Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

New residential students move in on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 

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     This page was last updated on July 24, 2014

 

Welcome Week is designed to help you become acclimated with campus life, settle in and meet new people. It’s also a time to kick back and have fun. Follow the link to Welcome Week above, and follow "Shenandoah University Student Life" on Facebook for Welcome Week events, photos, special offers and more.

Welcome Week 2014 begins on Move-In Day, Tuesday, Aug. 19, when new residential students check in at the residence halls between 9 a.m. and noon, and commuter students check in at the Brandt Student Center.

If you are a residential student, you and your family will be greeted by a team of Shenandoah faculty, staff and students, who will direct traffic, help unload vehicles and carry boxes and bags to your room. As soon as you are checked into your hall, head over to the Brandt Student Center, where you’ll find everything to begin your college career: technology, parking permit, meal plan, the business office, etc. This is called Navigator, and it's a one-stop shop to help you on Move-In Day.

Commuting students should go directly to the Brandt Student Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to join the residential students as staff work to help you get everything you need. By parking in the garage behind the student center, you can avoid traffic near the residence halls.

Welcome Week 2014 looks like this:

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / Move-In Day for New Residential Students is from 9 a.m. until noon. Begin at the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre parking lot, and you will be directed where to go. Residence Life staff will greet students in their residence halls. Then, students, their family and friends head to the Brandt Student Center to complete all other tasks at the Navigator one-stop shop. Find “Family Farewell Dinner” tickets and sign-up sheets for some Welcome Week activities at the Student Life table.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / Navigator from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center is a one-stop shop for new students who arrived today. The following offices will be co-located in the BSC: Academics, Auxiliary Services (I.D. cards, meal plans), Campus Mail, Department of Public Safety, Financial Aid, Hornet Central (payments, class registration), Institutional Computing (laptops, etc.), Payroll (work-study forms), Smith Library and Student Accounts. Find sign-up sheets for some Welcome Week activities at the Student Life table.  

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / Move-In Day Family Lounge is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center Game Room. Shoot pool. Play ping pong. Watch TV. Siblings, friends, grandparents and anyone who came along for the ride today are invited to relax while the new college student takes care of Move-In Day tasks.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / New Student Convocation begins at 4 p.m. on the track and soccer field behind the Brandt Student Center. All new students are required to participate, and they must be seated by 3:50 p.m. The ceremony includes President Tracy Fitzsimmons greeting each student as he/she walks across the stage. Family and friends of new students are encouraged to attend this special event that marks the beginning of college life at Shenandoah University.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / Family Farewell Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the Allen Dining Hall. New students will use their meal plans. Family members and friends must pick up FREE meal tickets during Navigator. After dinner, it’s time for families and friends to head home.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 / The Amazing Face Race begins at 8 p.m. in the Funk/Gore, Parker, Racey and University Inn lobbies. All new students are invited to make the party circuit of all first-year residence halls, and meet new people. Twelve in particular are the subject of the “Amazing Face Race.” Students will receive sheets of paper with photos of 12 people and must go from hall to hall, find those people, get their signatures, and go claim prizes from the man sitting in a chair outside Racey Hall. The evening includes s’mores over a fire pit and music by provided by a DJ.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Move-In Day for Returning Conservatory Students is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go directly to assigned residence hall. Contact reslife@su.edu   

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Navigator from noon to 3 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center is a one-stop shop for returning conservatory students who moved in today as well as new nursing and respiratory care students. The following offices will be co-located in the BSC: Academics, Auxiliary Services (I.D. cards, meal plans), Campus Mail, Department of Public Safety, Financial Aid, Hornet Central (payments, class registration), Institutional Computing (laptops, etc.), Payroll (work-study forms), Smith Library and Student Accounts. Find sign-up sheets for some Welcome Week activities at the Student Life table.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Student Life 411 Session begins at 2:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall. Attendance is REQUIRED for all new residential, transfer and commuter students – except student-athletes who attended the Sundaynight session.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Work Study Orientation begins at 4 p.m. in Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium. This is one of two Work Study Orientations offered this week, and all students who qualified for work-study jobs must attend one of the two meetings. (The other is on Thursday, Aug. 21.)

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Bingo in the Caf begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Dining Hall. Play Bingo for the chance to win gift cards to local restaurants and businesses while you and your new friends enjoy dinner! Use your meal plan at the door.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Residence Hall Meetings begin at 8 p.m. in each hall. Attendance is required for all new residential students, who go only to the meeting in the hall where they live. Contact reslife@su.edu

Wednesday, Aug. 20 / Late Night SU begins at 9 p.m. in the Funk/Gore lobby. Join with others in your residence hall to form a team for Capture the Flag for some friendly competition. Or, stay in the lobby to make Crayon Art for your room. Local restaurants will provide free pizza and other late-night snacks, too.  

Thursday, Aug. 21 / Yoga Class with instructor Tammy Battista begins at 10 a.m. at the East Campus Commons ballroom. (ECC is located east of main campus, past Shentel Stadium.) Shuttle van picks up students at 9:45 and 9:55 a.m. at the Brandt Student Center main entrance; students can take the shuttle back to BSC after class.

Thursday, Aug. 21 / Shopping Shuttles run every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., taking students to and from the Brandt Student Center main entrance to shopping centers along S. Pleasant Valley Avenue. Final pick up is at 1 p.m.Go to the Winchester Commons shopping center (Pier I, Target, T.J. Maxx, Famous Footwear, Home Depot, Walmart and more); or go to Winchester Station shopping center (Five Below, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross, Michaels and HHGregg). Store pick-up and drop-off spots are Target, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond. The van service is free, but students bring their own money for shopping.

Thursday, Aug. 21 / Luau Pool Party is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Campus Commons pool. (ECC is located east of main campus, past Shentel Stadium. Follow Ralph Shockey Drive.) This is a social event for all new students – residential and commuters – featuring food, games, music and, of course, a swimming pool for those who want to jump in. Shuttle vans run every 30 minutes, taking students to and from the Brandt Student Center main entrance to the ECC.(Rain plan: Party at ECC and students can make “First Week of College” survival kits with lots of freebies.)

Thursday, Aug. 21 / Work Study Orientation begins at 3 p.m. in Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium. This is one of two Work Study Orientations offered this week, and all students who qualified for work-study jobs must attend one of the two meetings. (The other is on Wednesday, Aug. 20.)

Thursday, Aug. 21 / First-Year Seminar Pasta Party begins at 5:30 p.m. in FYS classrooms. All first-year students are required to attend to meet their First-Year Seminar student-mentors. Students should check their SU email for invitations from their FYS mentors. Contact Arts & Sciences Administrative Assistant Jo Strader at 540/542-6522 orjstrader@su.edu

Thursday, Aug. 21 / “Stop Hunger Now” Food Packing Project begins at 6:30 p.m. in Shingleton Gymnasium (next to the Brandt Student Center). First-Year Seminar students will have fun, make friends and make a difference by packing meals for people in need in the U.S. and abroad. Contact Arts & Sciences Administrative Assistant Jo Strader at540/542-6522 or jstrader@su.edu

Thursday, Aug. 21 / Bowling Night at Northside Lanes is a monthly event and a Shenandoah tradition. Bowl for free between 9 and 11 p.m. A bus will take students to and from the Brandt Student Center main entrance to Northside Lanes, or students can drive themselves. Visit www.nslanes.com. Returning students are welcomed to attend if space permits.

Friday, Aug. 22 / CrossFit Class with instructor Samantha Hirata begins at 10 a.m. at the East Campus Commons ballroom. (ECC is located east of main campus, past Shentel Stadium.) Shuttle van picks up students at 9:45 and 9:55 a.m. at the Brandt Student Center main entrance; students can take the shuttle back to BSC after class.

Friday, Aug. 22 / FYS on the Shenandoah takes all First-Year Seminar students to the Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring, a historic 196-acre property along the Shenandoah River in Clarke County, Va., rain or shine! All FYS students are required to attend one of two sessions (12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). Students should check their SU email for invitations from the FYS mentors. Eat a hearty meal before leaving campus, and dress for being outside on a warm day. Everyone will work in small teams to complete a variety of physical, intellectual and creative tasks in a cooperative and competitive setting. Be prepared for an active afternoon spent outside. Transportation is provided. Contact Arts & Sciences Administrative Assistant Jo Strader at 540/542-6522 or jstrader@su.edu

Friday, Aug. 22 / Friday Night Open Mic begins at 8 p.m. in Armstrong Concert Hall. All Shenandoah students – especially first-year students – are encouraged to bring their instruments and/or voices and present music, comedy, slam poetry, monologues, circus arts or whatever they love to do for this Open Mic event. First-year students are given preference in the performance schedule. The audience serves as judge, and prizes will be awarded to the crowd’s favorite performers. Sign up at the Student Life table at Navigator (Aug. 19 and 20) or sign up at the event. Contactstudentlife@su.edu

Friday, Aug. 22 / Last Day to Register for 2014 fall semester classes to avoid late registration fee. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 540/665-5585 or registrar@su.edu

Saturday, Aug. 23 / Mission:Possible is a monthly event and a Shenandoah tradition. Students are invited to go out into the Winchester and Frederick County communities and volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up at the Student Life table at Navigator (Aug. 19 and 20) or sign up via spirituallife@su.edu On Aug. 23, meet in the Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall lobby by 8:45 a.m. Contact the Office of Spiritual Life at 540/535-3546 or spirituallife@su.edu

TENTATIVE Saturday, Aug. 23 / Outdoor Adventure Hike is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. takes 10 students to Sky Meadows State Park. Sign up at the Student Life table at Navigator (Aug. 19 and 20). Visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks Contactsuoutdoors@su.edu Follow “Shenandoah University Outdoors” on Facebook.

Saturday, Aug. 23 / Move-In Day for All Returning Students (other than new students, conservatory majors and student-athletes) is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go directly to assigned residence hall. Contact reslife@su.edu

Saturday, Aug. 23 / BSC Blitz is from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center. Play ping pong and billiards, play Xbox, PlayStation and Wii on the BSC systems (yes, you can bring your own games!), and try out the BSC fitness room. Make a cool T-shirt bag with help from the folks who run the Shenandoah Salvage Co. The B-SAC downstairs (Room 123) has a performance stage, sofas, refrigerator and microwave so you can make you own fun there, too.

Saturday, Aug. 23 / FYS Downtown Dinner introduces all first-year students to old town Winchester. Buses will be at the Brandt Student Center main entrance at 4:30 p.m. and will begin transporting students to and from Shenandoah’s Feltner Building on the corner of Boscawen and Loudoun streets, continuously making the 20-minute circuit. All First-Year Seminar students will enjoy free dinners with faculty at great restaurants. All FYS students are required to attend. (Dinner reservations are at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.) Last bus leaves downtown – heading back to main campus – at 8 p.m. Students should check their SU email for invitations from the FYS mentors. Contact Arts & Sciences Administrative Assistant Jo Strader at 540/542-6522 orjstrader@su.edu

Saturday, Aug. 23 / Heat Wave foam dance party is from 9 to 11 p.m. in the McKown Plaza (outside the student center, near the parking garage). In addition to the foam dance pit, there will be a giant slip-and-slide, snow cones and music. Wear clothes that can get wet!

Sunday, Aug. 24 / Zumba Class with instructor Cindee Steele begins at 10 a.m. at the East Campus Commons ballroom. (ECC is located east of main campus, past Shentel Stadium.) Shuttle van picks up students at 9:45 and 9:55 a.m. at the Brandt Student Center main entrance; students can take the shuttle back to BSC after class.

Sunday, Aug. 24 / University Chapel @ Noon service is in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall. The ecumenical service is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the Winchester community. The UC@N discussion continues over brunch in the Allen Dining Hall. Contact spirituallife@su.edu   

Sunday, Aug. 24 / Matinee Movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema invites new students to enjoy “Let’s Be Cops”and food in a theatre reserved just for them. “Let’s Be Cops” stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – both of the TV show “New Girl.” This matinee showing is limited to the first 95 students who sign up during Navigator in the Brandt Student Center (Aug. 19 and 20); you must show your SU I.D. when you sign up. Show time and shuttle departure time to be announced. Students who drive themselves must be in front of the Alamo by a time TBA. Students must take SU I.D. to the Alamo, too.

Sunday, Aug. 24 / Residence Hall Meetings begin at 8 p.m. in each hall. Attendance is required for all new residential students, who go only to the meeting in the hall where they live. Contact reslife@su.edu   

Monday, Aug. 25 / Fall Semester Classes Begin today.


SU Calendar of Events: www.su.edu/events/2014-08/


If you have any questions, contact the Division of Student Life at (540) 665-4863 or studentlife@su.edu

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