Welcome Week

Transfer Student Welcome Week

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    Move-In DayResidence Hall Move-In (if applicable)

    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. by appointment | Residence Halls

    View more information on the Res Life website here .

     

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    Matriculation Convocation Ceremony

    11:30 a.m. | Virtual Event

    Join us for this live-streamed ceremony.

    The Matriculation Convocation Ceremony serves as Southwestern’s official welcome to new students.

    Students and families are invited to view this event online. Printed programs will be available at the Parent Move-In Registration Table on Saturday, August 14. 


    Music Theory Placement Test

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Room 148

    This exam is for all students planning to major or minor in music, or those interested in studying Music Theory (please bring a pencil).

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    Campus Tour

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Meet at Cullen Welcome Center

    Kick off Welcome Week with a walk around campus. Special attention will be given to the buildings and facilities that will be used throughout Welcome Week. This is a great way to familiarize or re-familiarize yourself with Southwestern.


    Advanced-Entry Seminar*

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Classrooms


    Official Transfer Check-In with Student Life*

    12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 p.m - 1:15 p.m. | Dan Rather Room, McCombs Campus Center

    College life presents many new opportunities, but there are also risks and threats that you may not have considered. Join representatives from Student Life and Southwestern University Police to learn what you need to know and where you can turn for help.

    Important Notes:

    1) All Transfer students may eat for free in the Dining Commons throughout Welcome Week.  2) For this event, we’ve created two consecutive sessions in the Rather Room, which is located in the Dining Commons, so that students can come to either the 12:00 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. session and also eat a free meal either before or after the presentation.  


    Advising Appointment Sign-Ups*

    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Advisor Offices

    Go to your advisor’s office and sign up for a Wednesday advising appointment. You should have received your advising assignment through email over the summer. Contact the Office of Advising and Retention at 512-863-1886 with any questions.


    Mix & Mingle with Mosaic

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Brown-Cody Lounge

    Join the Mosaic Student Ambassadors for an evening of mindful mingling! With interactive activities designed to foster new friendships and prompt reflection, Mosaic is here to empower you in your transition to college and as you begin to shape your Southwestern experience. 

    Today, you’ll have an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and classmates while reflecting on your first few days on campus. Discovering and cultivating new friendships is critical to building community, so grab your roommate, suitemates, or a new friend and join us in the Brown-Cody Lounge! Free giveaways will be provided to attendees.


    Snow Cone Social

    8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Bishops Lounge, McCombs Campus Center

    As a welcome to Southwestern University and Georgetown, join us for a night of FREE Zydeco Ice snow cones, a Georgetown and Southwestern favorite

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    Advanced-Entry Seminar*

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Classrooms


    Lunch with Academic Success*

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, Dan Rather Room

    Join the Center for Academic Success to learn about the academic resources available to you, hear from fellow students, and get your miscellaneous questions answered.


    “Keep It Real”

    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Block A | C.J. Robertson Center, Walzel Courts

    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Block B | C.J. Robertson Center, Walzel Courts

    Participants will engage in an open dialogue about diversity and inclusion as an orientation to everyday college life by playing the game “Keep It Real” which challenges participants to find a deeper understanding about themselves and those around them. The game has a variety of diverse topics and serves as an engaging, reflective and impactful tool to break down barriers and build community. The game will be facilitated by the inventor of the game, Leslie Robinson.


    Sexual Health Session

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Block A | F.W. Olin Building

    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Block B | F.W. Olin Building

    During the Sexual Health Session, peer educators, along with the support of the Counseling and Health Center, will be helping students understand what it means to be a sexually healthy adult through being both physically and emotionally safe and self-aware. The goal of the Counseling and Health Center is to educate students on how clear communication, gender identity and sexual orientation understanding and safer sex practices can one, act as a preventative measure to different negative sexual outcomes and scenarios, and two, prepare students for what it means to be a mature, sexually healthy adult


    Mix & Mingle with Mosaic

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Clark Lounge

    Join the Mosaic Student Ambassadors for an evening of mindful mingling! With interactive activities designed to foster new friendships and prompt reflection, Mosaic is here to empower you in your transition to college and as you begin to shape your Southwestern experience. 

    From the simple habit of checking your email daily to setting healthy boundaries with your roommate, as a first-year you’ll discover the importance of communication. In this interactive session, Mosaic will offer some guidance in developing communication skills that will transcend the classroom and benefit your personal and professional lives, too! Grab your roommate, suitemates, or a new friend and join us in the Clark Lounge! Free giveaways will be provided to attendees.


    First Lecture with Dr. Rebecca Evans, Assistant Professor of English:  “But What If…?”: Science Fiction, Critical Thinking, and the Power of Radical Imagination

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Howry Center

    For centuries, science fiction has probed the boundaries of political and scientific possibility. We’ll consider several examples of how different science fiction writers powerfully challenged key beliefs and social structures of their cultural moments. Then we’ll engage in some thought experiments of our own, using speculative fiction prompts to practice the critical thinking and creative questioning skills that characterize the Southwestern experience.


    UPC Presents: Tomar and the FCs

    8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center

    University Programming Council brings you a night of live music and fun in The Cove featuring Tomar and the FCs. Based out of Austin, Tomar and the FCs is an up and coming soulful alternative rock band who is making waves through the music scene and has been touring non-stop.

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    Advanced-Entry Seminar*

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Classrooms


    Lunch with the Center for Career and Professional Development*

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    Learn how you can get support for your career development! As transfers, your time horizon to next steps after SU is probably shorter than for new first-years, so starting early to explore options, build marketable skills, and develop strategies for moving from “Pirate2Pro”(fessional) is critical to your future success. We look forward to meeting you!


    Voice and Choir Placement Hearings

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Room 166

    All students registered or interested in taking private voice lessons or singing in Southwestern Choral or SU Singers should sign up for a time slot.  This includes all entering recipients of Sarofim Scholarships and Performance Awards in voice.  Please email Dr. Everett for assigned times Everettb@southwestern.edu


    Advising Appointments

    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Advisor Offices

    Advising appointments should have been made on Monday. Advising is required for all students.


    Student Life at SU

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | F.W. Olin Building, Room 110

    Let’s take a moment to discuss all that happens outside the classroom at SU. New students may have questions concerning health and safety, student activities, campus diversity, athletics, recreational activities, and career and professional development. Members of the Student Life staff, representing all of those areas and more, will provide an overview of their programs and answer your questions.


    Self-Care Fair

    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, Bishops Lounge

    A holistic approach and mindset to one’s health is vital in achieving not only academic success at SU but mental, physical and emotional growth; preparing one for the challenges and journeys to come post undergrad. During the Self-Care Fair, multiple resources will be on display to help students understand and develop their own self-care skills. 


    Mix & Mingle with Mosaic

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | First-Year Courtyard

    Join the Mosaic Student Ambassadors for an evening of mixing and mingling! With interactive activities designed to foster new friendships and prompt reflection, Mosaic is here to empower your transition to college as you begin to shape your Southwestern experience. 

    We all know how stressful the transition to college can be – from connecting with new people to living in an unfamiliar environment. Don’t worry, Mosaic wants to help you make Southwestern your new home. Grab your roommate, suitemates, or a new friend and join Mosaic to start off your first-year by Speed-Friending with others who might share your passions, interests, and hobbies! Free giveaways will be provided to attendees.


    First Lecture with Dr. Vanessa Mikan, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Kinesiology:  The Way to Wellness with Pythagoras, Plato and Pooh

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Howry Center

    “In order for us to succeed in life, we have been provided with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, we can attain perfection. For the part can never be well if the whole is not well (Plato).”

    Stress, anxiety, depression and sleep difficulties are the leading factors impeding college student academic performance, all of which are exemplified during times of change and transition. There is so much we can learn from ancient Greek philosophers to that silly ole’ simpleminded bear when it comes to finding our Way toward being well. Pooh is a bear with very little brain but “is brain all that important?” Is it really brain that takes us where we need to go? Over the course of these next four years, you will be finding your Way through the Enchanted Forest. There may be times where you run into some heffalumps and woozles, presenting challenges from every angle. However, Pooh finds you will always get to where you need to be “by walking away from where I have been.”

    Wellness is a conscious, self-directed process in which we make choices to improve and bring balance to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The most important step is awareness. “The great science to live happily is to live in the present (Pythagoras).” Taking a moment in each day to be mindful, breathe and move can alleviate feelings of anxiety, stress and tension and produce feelings of happiness, joy and peace.

    In this First Lecture, we will exercise the mind and the body through meditation and movement. Professor Mikan will guide you through breathing techniques to reduce anxiety before an exam or presentation. Seated chair stretches to loosen tensing muscles from long study sessions and writing assignments, along with healthy bedtime habits to help relax the mind and the body to aid in more restful, restorative sleep, will be shared. There will be plenty of challenges these next few years; simply focus on what is within your control and you will find your Way. 


    SU Traditions and Tales

    8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    Join Student Philanthropy Council and Student Foundation as they take you on a journey through Southwestern’s history. Join us to learn about some of our time honored traditions and things that are unique to Southwestern. There will be free food and chances to win some great door prizes.

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    Advanced-Entry Seminar*

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Classrooms


    Lunch

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mabee Commons


    Mosaic, Integrative Learning, and Paideia Meet and Greet*

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Prothro Center Atrium

    Paideia, The Center for Integrative Learning, and Mosaic encourage students to make connections between their academic coursework and experiences outside of the classroom, as well as beyond the SU campus. Stop by the Prothro Atrium to learn how you can engage with these offices to make the most of your time at Southwestern. Tiff’s Treats Cookies will be provided to attendees!


    CDSJ Reception

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Prothro Center, Cross Cultural Center, Room 234

    Interested in changing the world through diversity and social justice? Want to learn and/or connect with cultural and identity based organizations? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, come meet the leaders of the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) which is made up of the following student organizations: Hispanic and Latinix Organization, E.B.O.N.Y., Asian Student Association, SU Native, Pirates for Pride, Reproductive Justice Alliance, Kappa Delta Chi, Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge, Jolt and Muslims and Allies.


    S.E.A.K. Sustainability Tour

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Meet at the McCombs Campus Center, Bishops Lounge

    The SEAK (Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge) Sustainability Tour is a great way to get more familiar with Southwestern’s campus while learning about all of the sustainable features that make our campus so environmentally friendly. The tour will highlight the student-run Southwestern Garden, the Environmental Lounge, and the efforts made by SU students that helped in making the campus run on 100% wind energy. Join us for a fun walk around the campus!


    Game Night with the Peer Mentors

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Clark and Brown-Cody Lounges

    You’ve heard from a Peer Academic Mentor over the summer – now come meet the whole crew in person! Join us for some friendly competition between the first year halls. Come and cheer on the members of your floor and learn about SU and the Peer Mentors. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Prizes will be won!


    Mix & Mingle with Mosaic

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Mabee Atrium

    Join the Mosaic Student Ambassadors for an evening of mindful mingling! With interactive activities designed to foster new friendships and prompt reflection, Mosaic is here to empower you in your transition to college and as you begin to shape your Southwestern experience. 

    Today we’ll discuss both the exciting moments and intimidating challenges of college life! What experiences have you had that will support your transition? What do you need to do to be prepared for this upcoming semester? Grab your roommate, suitemates, or a new friend and join us in the Mabee Atrium! Free giveaways will be provided to attendees.


    First Lecture with Dr. John Ross, Assistant Professor of Mathematics:  Calling Different Things the Same Name: How finding similar structures in dissimilar inquiries can yield amazing insights

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Howry Center

    What commonalities can be found in the flight of a mosquito, the rise and fall of the stock market, and the art of political districting? Surprisingly, these topics are all governed by the mathematical structure! We will explore how geometric rules undergird much of the natural and modern world, and will see how studying the geometry of one subject can lead us to surprising insights into the nature of another.


    Karaoke Night

    8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center - on the Veranda!

    Join the University Programming Council (UPC) for a night of fun and lively karaoke.

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    Advanced-Entry Seminar*

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Classrooms


    Lunch

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Mabee Commons


    Lunch with VA Education Benefits Session

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, Dan Rather Room, 

    Student veterans and military dependents using VA Education Benefits should attend this session for additional information regarding VA requirements.


    Student Employment Orientation

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    Welcome, new SU first-years and transfers! Join us to learn about searching for on-campus and off-campus student employment and how to transition your high school resume to a college employment resume for best results. If you are eligible to work on campus as part of a financial aid package then you SHOULD attend!


    Out of State Mixer

    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    New to the Lone Star State? This mixer features games, prizes, refreshments and free t-shirts for all.  Come over for some fun while meeting other out-of-state and international students! 


    Mix & Mingle with Mosaic

    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. |  McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms, 

    Join the Mosaic Student Ambassadors for an evening of mindful mingling! With interactive activities designed to foster new friendships and prompt reflection, Mosaic is here to empower you in your transition to college and as you begin to shape your Southwestern experience.

    What successes and challenges have you experienced in your first week on campus? How are you feeling about being a new SU student? Come by for a chance to actively engage with other students and reflect on your first week at Southwestern. Today we will provide a space for you to discuss the positive and challenging feelings that you’ve experienced throughout this week. Grab your roommate, suitemates, or a new friend and join us in the McCombs Ballrooms! Free giveaways will be provided to attendees.


    Friday Night Live: Ran’D Shine

    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Alma Thomas Theater

    Ran’D Shine is the face of the new millennium magician. As one of the most sought after magicians on the college circuit, the pioneering performer continues to astonish and amaze audiences with his craft. His brand of magical comedy and entertainment has been on display at Hollywood’s ‘Magic Castle’ as well as ‘Monday Night Magic’, New York’s longest running Off-Broadway magic show. He has already read your mind and knows that you want to know more. Come see for yourself…


    Mini Golf to Go

    9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center

    All the fun of mini-golf right on our campus! Come play this 9 hole mini-golf course complete with obstacles and adventures. Bring your friends and see who has the best putting skills.  Refreshments will be provided for everyone at this event.

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    Introduction to Theatre Company

    1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Jones Theater,

    This is an informal workshop for students who want to learn more about the Theatre Department’s auditioning process. Auditions for plays and musicals produced by the Theatre Department are open to ALL Southwestern students, regardless of major. Students interested in attending should come with one 1 minute monologue and/or song from a musical with a maximum of 2 minutes per student audition. All students present will receive feedback on their audition. All material should be memorized and rehearsed. If you decide to bring a song, you must supply a taped accompaniment (using your cell phone is a good option). This workshop is strongly suggested for all potential theatre majors and/or students who think that they might want to audition for a production while attending Southwestern University.


    Cinematic Saturday: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

    7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    Grab some friends and make your way to The Cove for the first Cinematic Saturday of the year. Catch this blockbuster movie for free! Free popcorn will be provided.


    SU Bingo

    10:00 p.m. - Midnight | McCombs Campus Center, McCombs Ballrooms

    UPC invites you to join them for a night of pirate themed SU bingo. Don’t miss this opportunity to win exciting back-to-school prizes.

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    International Student Social

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Prothro Center, 2nd Floor

    All international students are invited to join us for games and socializing on the 2nd floor of Prothro. We will be welcoming back returning students and welcoming new students to Southwestern.


    Dessert Before Dinner

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Building, Jones Lobby, 

    Join the Sarofim School of Fine Arts faculty, staff and current students to learn more about classes, auditions, ensembles, and more. This is your opportunity to meet students, make friendships, relax before classes start, and eat some ice cream. All are welcome, majors and non-majors alike!