Weekend of Welcome 2019

Weekend of Welcome will be on August 15-18, 2019 and is an immersive experience that showcases the unique and multifaceted culture of Georgia College. It's a time to get acquainted with the Georgia College campus community, to make new connections, to get involved, and to explore the different parts of campus. There are several required programs for first-year students during Weekend of Welcome (denoted with an asterisk) that cover important topics about health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and the transition into the college environment. We hope you will take the time to participate in the wide array of events and activities. For a complete breakdown of the Weekend of Welcome schedule, please see below.

* Denotes a mandatory event or activity

** Please bring your Bobcat Card so your attendance can be tracked. **
 

7 – 11 a.m.  MOVE-IN DAY - Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

You will begin your residential Georgia College experience by moving into your assigned hall or apartment.  A variety of community members and returning students will be on hand to welcome you and move your belongings into your room.  These individuals are available to assist you by providing directions and answering questions.  Move-in details are available online by visiting University Housing.

 

7 – 11 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge in.  Contact your sorority for details.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.

 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE VIP PARTY – Downtown on Hancock Street

Come to Barnes & Noble at Georgia College to be welcomed to campus in style at our VIP Event!  Pick up your books, get your GC gear, get free swag, and learn more about winning a semester of free books!

 

 

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  LUNCH - The MAX  

 

12:30 - 2 p.m.  LATE FALL SEMESTER ORIENTATION - Arts & Sciences Auditorium

The orientation session is designed for transfer and freshmen students who were unable to attend one of the June or July programs.  Check-in will be held between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium and the orientation program will conclude by 2 p.m.  Students may register online at gcsu.edu/orientation or contact the office of New Student Programs at 478-445-0948

 

3 - 4 p.m.   PARENT PROGRAM - Location TBD

More details to come.  

 

*3 - 4:30 p.m.   MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVISOR (CA) - Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

Come together with your CA and your fellow floor mates to be introduced to your new community.  Your CA will share important information you need to know about living in University Housing.  Your CA will review the Week of Welcome schedule, distribute your Class of 2023 T-shirt for the Welcome Rally and Kick-off Cookout, and help you meet your new neighbors.  Other topics will include sharing housing rules and policies and getting involved on campus.

 

*GEORGIA COLLEGE WELCOME RALLY – Centennial Center

Be sure to wear your Class of 2023 T-shirt. Parents are welcomed. 

 

4:30 p.m.   CHECK IN AND FREE T-SHIRT

Students should arrive early to the Welcome Session (before 5 p.m.) to swipe in and receive an official GC Green Towel and other swag.  

 

5 p.m.  GEORGIA COLLEGE WELCOME RALLY – Centennial Center

Now that you’ve unpacked and moved in, we want to celebrate your induction into the GC Family!  First, a number of distinguished speakers, including the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Director of Athletics, will officially welcome you to Georgia College.  Next, it will be time to show your Bobcat Spirit with introductions to some of our athletic teams and performances by GC’s Cheerleaders, Sassy Cats Dance Team, and more!  You will also have the opportunity to sign GC’s Honor Code.    

 

5:45 p.m.  TRANSPORTATION TO WEST CAMPUS    

 

6 p.m.  DINNER – KICK-OFF COOKOUT – Centennial Center Square

Now that you're energized from the Welcome Rally, enjoy an old fashion cookout!  Grab a burger or some BBQ and get geared up for an amazing interactive activity.

 

7:15 p.m. - INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY - Intramural Fields

More details to come.

 

8:15 p.m.  RECFEST & FIREWORKS – Intramural Fields

From obstacle courses to jousting, to Giant Jenga, to archery, plenty of fun is to be had and prizes to be won. Burn some calories from dinner by participating in a home run derby, playing cornhole, KanJam, and more. In between activities, relax and enjoy live music or learn more about the various programs and employment opportunities including Intramurals, Club Sports, Group Fit, Sustainability, and Outdoor Programs.  Afterward, find a comfortable spot in the stands or on the field for a firework celebration.  We are wrapping up your first day with a bang!  

 

10 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge in.  Contact your sorority for details.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  BREAKFAST – The MAX

 

*8 a.m.  FIRST-YEAR CONVOCATION CHECK-IN STARTS – Centennial Center

 

*9 – 10 a.m.  FIRST-YEAR CONVOCATION – Centennial Center

Appropriate dress required - no jeans or caps.

Convocation is your official induction into the Georgia College family, and, in many ways, marks the beginning of your collegiate journey.  Convocation will feature a welcome from our President, SGA President, and keynote speaker, Dr. Brooke Conaway, Assistant Professor of Economics.  Here you will also receive your class pin which serves as a tangible symbol of your membership in the Georgia College Class of 2023. In receiving and putting on your pin, you are not only joining a list of Georgia College community members that stretches back 130 years, but you are also demonstrating your bond to your classmates and commitment to our shared principles of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility.”  

 

*10:30 – 11:15 a.m.   COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE – Locations announced after Convocation

Meet college leadership, faculty, and other students in the college. Georgia College has four colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health Sciences. Learn about all the opportunities afforded by being a GC Class of 2023 member!

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  LUNCH

 

*12:45 – 2:15 p.m.  MICRO-SEMINAR SESSIONS – A&S Classrooms (locations previously assigned via LibGuides)

To ensure a good start to your academic experience, you get to participate in one of our Micro-Seminars! These seminars offer an informal introduction to college-level discussions and an opportunity to explore a subject of mutual interest with a subject matter that you selected from the summer reading essays. Get a preview of a classroom setting at Georgia College and have a discussion about compelling themes with those that share a similar interest.

 

 

 

*2:30 – 5:05 p.m.  CONCURRENT PROGRAMS – See groupings, locations, and times below

AlcoholEDU

Did you know that 34% of first-year students at Georgia College don't drink? Learn more interesting facts like this and the importance of making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college.

Be BRAVE

Join us for this session to learn about your role in preventing sexual assault at Georgia College. It's on us to be BRAVE!

The GC Family

What does it mean to be a part of the GC Family?  This interactive session will delve into cultural awareness and understanding through respectful, genuine dialogue with GC’s own Diversity Peer Educators.  The shared values of diversity and inclusive excellence, ethical principles, and providing a welcoming place of everyone are the cornerstones of the Georgia College experience.  You’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about GC traditions and about different offices and resources on campus that will help with your transition to college life.

Group Assignments by Residence:

Group 1: Foundation, Parkhurst, Sanford

Group 2: The Village, Bell

Group 3: Adams, Napier, Wells

 

Group 1

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  THE GC FAMILY - Magnolia Ballroom

 

Group 2

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  THE GC FAMILY - Magnolia Ballroom

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

 

Group 3

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  THE GC FAMILY - Magnolia Ballroom

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

 

4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*7 – 8 p.m.  FORMING YOUR COMMUNITY – Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

Join your fellow floor mates and share your experiences from your first day of Week of Welcome. Your CA will also work with you to form community expectations for the year and will have important information about the class photo scheduled for Saturday morning including receiving your GC Gives T-shirt.

 

 8 – 11 p.m.  BOBCAT BASH BLOCK PARTY – Greene Street (in front of Wells and Parkhurst Halls)

You are cordially invited to the second annual Bobcat Bash Block Party! Come out and celebrate treats, art, music and test your climbing prowess on a 30-foot climbing tower. Tour the Old Governor's Mansion, The HUB, and more. Student organizations will be on hand to provide information on how to get involved on campus. Now that you are on campus, remember the Campus Life Challenge: Get involved in at least one organization or team in the first two weeks. You will even have an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes including a semester of free books! You don't want to miss out!

 

8 – 11 p.m.  SPIRITWEAR T-SHIRT UPGRADE (while they last) – Greene Street

Bobcat fans will have the opportunity for a T-shirt upgrade during the Block Party. Bring in a shirt with any other college logo on it, no matter the condition, and swap it for a brand-new Georgia College shirt! Milledgeville is Bobcat territory. It can be the Georgia Tech shirt you do yard work in with the yellow pit stains, or it can be the Georgia shirt that your pet bulldog got a hold of and tore to shreds. We’ll take any shirt, no questions asked.

 

8 - 11 p.m.  GLOW ZONE BLACK LIGHT FOAM PARTY - Napier Hall Courtyard

Music, laser beams, black lights, and foam?  What more could you ask for?  During Block Party, keep the energy alive by having some fun in foam.  A perfect way to wrap up your Friday night!

 

10 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge in.  Contact your sorority for details.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


*8 – 8:30 a.m.  PHOTO FOR CLASS OF 2023 – Front Campus

Be sure to wear your GC Gives T-shirt.

 

*8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. GC GIVES – Milledgeville/Baldwin County (locations to be announced)

Being a student at Georgia College is more than excelling in the classroom – it’s about becoming a servant leader too. Join fellow members of the Class of 2023, faculty, staff, and community members as we come together and partner with Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful to serve your new community.  Food, water, and transportation to different service sites in the surrounding community will be provided immediately following the class photo. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear as most locations will be outdoors. Let’s give back and be the change which you want to see in the world!

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  LUNCH – The MAX

 

4:30 – 7:15 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*8 - 9:30 p.m.  CAN I KISS YOU? - Centennial Center

This session is being brought back by popular demand! It will educate students on the importance of developing healthy relationships in college and beyond. For over 20 years, Mike Domitrz has been inspiring students with his hilarious sense of humor and his truly unique approach to healthier dating and communication. Check him out at datesafeproject.org.

 

8 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE DRAWING FOR A SEMESTER OF FREE BOOKS – Centennial Center

If you entered the Barnes & Noble drawing during the Block Party, prizes including a semester of free books will be drawn at this time. You must be present to win!

 

9:30 – 11:45 p.m.  BOBCAT NIGHTS & SILENT DISCO sponsored by Resident Student Association – Centennial Center

Catch a glimpse of what Bobcat Nights is all about - late night entertainment and programming! Stick around after Can I Kiss You? to enjoy food and activities. Also, the Resident Student Association (RSA) invites you to their annual Silent Disco! Silent Disco is a unique way of experiencing music. Guests wear wireless headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms into a high- energy musical performance. Enjoy the work of a professional DJ, or make requests for your favorite tracks the choice is yours.  Tune in to up to three channels and different types of music and create the party you would prefer. Free refreshments will be provided.


7 – 11 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge in.  Contact your sorority for details.

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BRUNCH – The MAX

Sleep in and then head to The MAX for your first brunch of the year. 

 

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  EMERGING LEADERS KICK-OFF – Donahoo Lounge, Maxwell Student Union 
                                    (NOTE:  Only for those who pre-registered for this program)

 

12 – 3:30 p.m.  LAKE BASH sponsored by CAB – Rocky Creek Park on Lake Sinclair

Welcome to Georgia's Lake Country!  The Campus Activities Board is hosting a fun-filled afternoon at Lake Sinclair with a number of lake activities planned.  What better way to kick off the school year than with a party on the lake? Hosted by the Campus Activities Board, this is one party you won’t want to miss. There will be boat tours, swimming (bring a towel and a bathing suit), and much more. We’ll supply the snacks, drinks, and popsicles to keep you cool while you hang out with friends on Lake Sinclair. Georgia College’s own WGUR will be DJing, giving you the best summer party soundtrack. Starting at 11:45, shuttles will be provided to transport you to and from the event (from the MSU stop near The MAX) - we’ve got it all covered.

 

2 – 3:30 p.m.  FINDING AND LANDING A PART-TIME JOB – Atkinson 107

The Career Center will lead an interactive session that teaches students how to find part-time jobs and how to be successful in the search and application process. By attending this workshop, students will also learn how to put together a resume, prepare for the Part-time Job Fair on August 22, and interview effectively for part-time positions.


5 - 7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*8 – 9 p.m.  BECOMING A BOBCAT: YOUR GC JOURNEY - Centennial Center

More details to come.

 

*9 – 10 p.m.  CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY – Ralph H. Norman Clock Tower (between Sanford and Wells Halls)

The night before classes start, the campus community gathers around the reflection pool near the Ralph H. Norman Clock Tower to mark the beginning of the academic year. 

 

10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  BOBCAT BRIGADE – Make-a-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Need to know where your class is located?  Not sure where the Financial Aid Office is? Want to learn more about Bobcat Spirit? Bobcat Brigade won’t throw shade – they’re here for you! Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of our campus community who make up the Bobcat Brigade. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have, provide a tasty treat, and hand out cool GC swag as you make your way across campus.

 

8 a. m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

Need some art for your walls? Be sure to stop by the Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center to shop through Trent Graphics' massive poster sale for posters and prints for your room, apartment, or home. 

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  CAREER CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND RESUME REVIEW DAYS - Lanier Hall 110

Students are invited to stop by the Career Center to learn about their services and to get resumes reviewed before the part-time Job Fair.  By getting a resume reviewed at this event, students will also be able to complete the Resume Review expectation of the Career Planning Milestones.

 

5 - 8 p.m.  MOD HOURS MONDAY AT THE INNOVATION STATION

The Innovation Station is staying open late to make sure you’ve got everything you need for classes.  Raffle prizes will be drawn all night!

 

 

7:00 p.m. – RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY COUNCIL INFO SESSION – Your Residence Hall’s Lobby/West Campus Classroom

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, meeting new friends in your residence hall, and above all, having a great time? Then join your residence hall’s Community Council. Get more information by talking to your Community Advisor or Community Director and attend this session. Once you've decided to be a part of your Community Council, complete an application by going to www.gcsu.edu/housing/get-involved. If you are elected to serve on the Community Council Executive Board, you'll attend an overnight Community Council Leadership Retreat, September 8-9, to prepare you for your role and introduce you to several new experiences!

 

TBA   IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM – See your Community Advisor for details.


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  BOBCAT BRIGADE - Make-a-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Need to know where your class is located?  Not sure where the Financial Aid Office is?  Want to learn more about Bobcat Spirit?  Bobcat Brigade won’t throw shade – they’re here for you!  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of our campus community who make up the Bobcat Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have, provide a tasty treat, and hand out cool GC swag as you make your way across campus.

 

8 a. m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

Need some art for your walls? Be sure to stop by the Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center to shop through Trent Graphics' massive poster sale for posters and prints for your room, apartment, or home. 

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  CAREER CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND RESUME REVIEW DAYS - Lanier Hall 110

Students are invited to stop by the Career Center to learn about their services and to get resumes reviewed before the part-time Job Fair.  By getting a resume reviewed at this event, students will also be able to complete the Resume Review expectation of the Career Planning Milestones.

 

9:00 p.m. – RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY COUNCIL INFO SESSION – Your Residence Hall’s Lobby/West Campus Classroom

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, meeting new friends in your residence hall, and above all, having a great time? Then join your residence hall’s Community Council. Get more information by talking to your Community Advisor or Community Director and attend this session. Once you've decided to be a part of your Community Council, complete an application by going to www.gcsu.edu/housing/get-involved. If you are elected to serve on the Community Council Executive Board, you'll attend an overnight Community Council Leadership Retreat, September 8-9, to prepare you for your role and introduce you to several new experiences.

 

TBA   IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM - See your Community Advisor for details.


8 a. m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE – Make-a-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Need some art for your walls? Be sure to stop by the Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center to shop through Trent Graphics' massive poster sale for posters and prints for your room, apartment, or home. 

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  PART-TIME JOB FAIR – Front Porch of Atkinson Hall (up front external stairs)

On and off-campus employers will be available to talk to students about part-time job opportunities.  Students are encouraged to research the attending companies on Career Connection and to bring copies of their resumes.

 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. MAKE AND TAKE COLOR WITH CAB - Make-A-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Take a break in between classes and stop by the Make-A-Wish Fountain at A&S to create your own unique tie-dye shirt! T-shirts and supplies will be provided until supplies last, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own shirt to colorize with natural tie-dye.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

1 – 4 p.m.  INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CENTER OPEN HOUSE – Bone House (across from Old Governor's Mansion)

Join the International Education Center in celebrating the first week of classes and our new director! Talk to students who have recently returned from study abroad and learn more about your opportunities to study abroad, the International Club, and other international opportunities. Cool off from a hot day with snacks and cold beverages! To learn more about the International Education Center, check out http://www.gcsu.edu/international

 

8 p.m. – 12 a.m.  MOVIE NIGHT sponsored by Resident Student Association and The Cultural Center – Parkhurst/Foundation Hall Courtyard

More details to come.