Week of Welcome 2018

* Denotes a mandatory event or activity

** Students are encouraged to attend all events and activities. **

*** Please bring your Bobcat ID 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 as you 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 at gcsu.edu/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.

 

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 win a semester of free books!

 

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. 

 

2 – 3 p.m.  IFC PARENT ORIENTATION – Donahoo Lounge, Maxwell Student Union 

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) Parent Orientation is an optional information session dedicated to helping parents and potential members learn about fraternity life at Georgia College. We will share detailed information about the recruitment process, the new member period, costs, and time expectations.

 

3 - 4:30 p.m.   MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVISOR (CA) - assigned residence hall

Come together with your CA and your fellow floor mates to be introduced to your new community. Your CA will share important information with you about Week of Welcome and help you meet your new neighbors.

 

4:30 – 7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

6:30 – 7 p.m.   CHECK IN AND FREE T-SHIRT

Students should arrive early to the Welcome Session (before 7 p.m.) to swipe in and receive their GC Green Towel.  

 

*7 – 8:30 p.m.  WELCOME TO GEORGIA COLLEGE KICKOFF RALLY – Centennial Center

Now that you’ve unpacked and moved in, it is time to celebrate! First, the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students will officially welcome you to Georgia College. Next, it will be time to show your Bobcat Spirit with performances by GC's Cheerleaders, Sassy Cats Dance Team, and more! You will also have the opportunity to sign GC’s Honor Code. We want to celebrate your induction into the GC Family! 

 

8:30 - 9:45 p.m. PLAYFAIR - Centennial Center 

Playfair is totally unlike anything ever experienced! It’s entertainment! It’s the ultimate ice breaker! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! Playfair promises an engaging, fun opportunity for new students to build numerous connections with one another. To learn more, visit playfair.com.

 

10 – 11 p.m.  SAILESH THE HYPNOTIST – Russell Auditorium

Dubbed "The World’s Best Hypnotist," by MTV Europe, his live show has been described as a cross between a concert and the best party ever! Sailesh makes audience members the stars of the show, taking the entire audience on a journey using hypnosis, improv, music, and interactivity to create a whole lot of laughter and a ton of fun! As Campus Activities Magazines 2016/2017 Entertainer of the Year, he has also been nominated and Runner-Up for Best Male Entertainer of the Year and Best Novelty Act in the last two years, and awarded as APCA's 2014 Hypnotist of the Year. This is one show you must see!

 

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.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  BREAKFAST - The MAX

 

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

Bring your Bobcat Card to gain entrance to all events.

 

*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. Here you will also receive your class pin which serves as a tangible symbol of your membership in the Georgia College Class of 2022. In receiving and putting on your pin, you are not only joining a list of Georgia College community members that stretches back 129 years, you are also demonstrating your bond to your classmates and commitment to our shared principles of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility.”  

 

10 a.m.  GROUPS DISMISSED TO COLLEGES 

 

*10:30 – 11:15 a.m.   COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

More information to come.

 

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  LUNCH

 

*11:30 a.m. – 1:55 p.m.  SESSION I – Concurrent Programs – see groupings, locations, and times below

Introduction to GC Technology

Technology is extremely important to the daily lives of our students so you should not miss this session.  This is the only comprehensive introduction to technology you will receive at Georgia College. This session will introduce you to the many software products and the computer services that we offer.  We believe it is important for you to receive hands-on training immediately after these concurrent sessions to ensure you have a good command of these resources.

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!

Group Assignments by Residence:

Group 1: Foundation, Parkhurst, Sanford

Group 2: The Village, Bell

Group 3: Adams, Napier, Wells

 

Group 1

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.      LUNCH - The MAX

12:20 – 1:05 p.m.                TECHNOLOGY - Russell Auditorium

1:10 – 1:55 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

 

Group 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.      BE BRAVE - A&S Auditorium 

12:20 – 1:05 p.m.                LUNCH - The MAX

1:10 – 1:55 p.m.                  TECHNOLOGY - Russell Auditorium 

 

Group 3

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.      TECHNOLOGY - Russell Auditorium

12:20 – 1:05 p.m.                BE BRAVE - A&S Auditorium

1:10 – 1:55 p.m.                  LUNCH - The MAX

 

*2 – 5 p.m.  SESSION II – Concurrent Programs – see groupings, locations, and times below

Micro-Seminar Sessions

Ensure a good start to your academic experience - 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 the 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.

The GC Family, Traditions, and Resources 

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.  We hope to make GC a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.  You’ll also have an opportunity to view a video of GC traditions and learn more about different offices and resources on campus that will help with your transition to college life.

 

Group Blue

2 – 3:30 p.m.     MICRO-SEMINAR SESSIONS – Locations TBD

3:30 – 5 p.m.     GC FAMILY, TRADITIONS, AND RESOURCES – Russell Auditorium

Group Green

2 – 3:30 p.m.     GC FAMILY, TRADITIONS, AND RESOURCES – Russell Auditorium

3:30 – 5 p.m.     MICRO-SEMINAR SESSIONS – Locations TBD

 

5 – 6:30 p.m.  NPHC FORUM – A&S Auditorium   

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African-American, international fraternities and sororities. The NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine.” Membership intake for these organizations are coordinated by the chapters, their sponsoring local alumni chapter, and supported by the Georgia College NPHC chapters. Please join the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life for the NPHC Forum. This informational session will be a great opportunity to meet the student leaders from NPHC. Be sure to join us later at the Block Party for an ice cream social! To learn more, visit www.gcsu.edu/fsl/nphc.

 

4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*7 – 8:00 p.m.  COMMUNITY 101 – Assigned Residence Hall

Join your fellow floor mates as your Community Advisor reviews important information you will need to know about living in University Housing. Topics ranging from housing rules and policies to how to get involved on campus and in your building will be covered. You will also receive information about the class photo scheduled for Saturday morning. Attendance is required.

 

8 – 11 p.m.  BLOCK PARTY sponsored by The HUB – Clarke Street  

More information to come.

 

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.


*8 – 8:30 a.m.  PHOTO FOR CLASS OF 2022 – Front Campus

 

*9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  BOBCATS GIVE BACK - Location TBD

More information to come.

 

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

 

1 – 7 p.m. REC FEST – Wellness and Recreation Center

Come out to the Wellness and Recreation Center for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition, and prizes! Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the pool or a jump off the high dive or bring your tennis shoes for some inflatable related competitions. From obstacle courses to jousting, to Giant Jenga, to archery, plenty of fun is to be had and prizes to be won. In between activities, enjoy the opportunity to explore the Wellness and Recreation Center and learn more about the various programs and employment opportunities including Intramurals, Club Sports, Group Fit, Sustainability, and Outdoor Programs. GC Shuttles will provide transportation from the MSU stop.

 

4:30 – 7:15 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

9:30 – 11:45 p.m.  SILENT DISCO sponsored by Resident Student Association – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

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. – 5 p.m.  EMERGING LEADERS KICK-OFF – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center
                             (NOTE:  Only for those who pre-registered for this program)

 

12 – 3:30 p.m.  LAKE BASH sponsored by CAB – Power Point Lake Lot on Lake Sinclair

The Campus Activities Board is hosting a fun-filled afternoon at Lake Sinclair with a number of lake activities planned.  Welcome to Lake Country!  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 - we’ve got it all covered. So, be sure to mark your calendars for CAB’s Lake Bash at Power Point Lake Lot!

 

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 the 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 23, and interview effectively for part-time positions.

 

4 – 6 p.m.  BOBCAT MARKETPLACE & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION sponsored by Barnes & Noble – Centennial Center      

BOBCAT MARKETPLACE:  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. Well, now is that time. Just do it!

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION:  Milledgeville is a great place to live and learn. Come meet the various people and groups that make Milledgeville such a special place. You will have opportunities to connect with various faith-based groups, community service agencies, and local businesses. Get involved in your new community! Enter a drawing for prizes including a semester of free books!

 

4 – 6 p.m.  SPIRITWEAR.COM T-SHIRT UPGRADE (while they last) – Centennial Center

Bobcat fans will have the opportunity for a T-shirt upgrade.  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.

 

4 – 6 p.m.  THE MARK VAIL MARROW DONOR REGISTRY DRIVE – Centennial Center, Room 237/238

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.  For many patients with leukemia or other blood diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure.  If you are between the ages of 18-44, in general good health, and willing to donate marrow cells to a stranger, you could be someone's cure by joining the Be The Match Registry.  Paperwork, a cheek swab and 15 minutes of your time are all it takes to join.


5 - 7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*8 – 9:30 p.m.  CAN I KISS YOU?  - Russell Auditorium

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 17 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: datesafeproject.org.

 

8 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE DRAWING FOR A SEMESTER OF FREE BOOKS – Russell Auditorium

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

 

*9:30 – 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.


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

Need to know where Herty Hall is located?  Not sure where to go to get an immunization form?  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of Gamma Sigma Sigma (the National Co-Ed Service Sorority), The GIVE Center and other members of our campus community who make up the Lemonade Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and provide ice-cold lemonade and water as you make your way across campus.

 

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 Make-A-Wish Fountain next to A&S 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

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, 110 Lanier Hall

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - FREE DAPS sponsored by CAB - Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center 

Do you love rap? Do you love improv? Well when you put them together, you get FREE DAPS! The Campus Activities Board is excited to bring to Georgia College, FREE DAPS, a group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hip-hop to create a thrilling, one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. You don't want to miss this! 


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

Need to know where Herty Hall is located?  Not sure where to go to get an immunization form?  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of Gamma Sigma Sigma, the National Co-Ed Service Sorority, The GIVE Center and other members of our campus community who make up the Lemonade Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and provide ice-cold lemonade and water as you make your way across campus.

 

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 Make-A-Wish Fountain next to A&S 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

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, 110 Lanier Hall

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.

 

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

 

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.


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 Make-A-Wish Fountain next to A&S 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

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 (upfront 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.

 

2 – 5 p.m.  GIVE CENTER OPEN HOUSE – First floor of Maxwell Student Union

Interested in community service and volunteerism? Come join us for “Happy Hour,” sponsored by Sonic & Chili’s, and learn more about The GIVE Center, our service student organizations and volunteering opportunities in our community. In addition to food and refreshments, you will have a chance to win a free year of Netflix or Hulu! Don’t forget to bring your GIVE Center postcard that you received on Saturday for an extra chance to win!


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

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

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

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 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 - 10 p.m.  MOVIE NIGHT IN THE COURTYARD – Parkhurst/Foundation Hall Courtyard

More information to come.