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Welcome Week Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 22, 2019

CHECK-IN SECTION

9 to 11 a.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
RESIDENTIAL Student Check-in for Welcome Week (first-year, transfer and exchange residential students)
ALL new residential students check-in for Welcome Week at this time. If you are moving into your residence hall this morning, you MUST complete this check-in before you will be able to move into your residence hall.

11 a.m. to 12 noon – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
COMMUTER Student Check-in for Welcome Week (first-year and transfer commuter students)
All commuter students can avoid the residential student traffic and wait until 11 a.m. to check-in for Welcome Week. (Commuter students should check in with the Office of Residential Life in Caine Student Center to get an Illinois College Identification Card.)

AS YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS
Please make plans to arrive by traveling on Morton Avenue and then turning north onto Lincoln Avenue toward campus.
Near campus, you will see that Edgehill Road (between Lincoln Avenue and Park Street) will be closed to general traffic and will be running west to east only. Once you arrive at Edgehill Road, please look for a member of the Welcome Crew. They will direct you to the appropriate temporary parking area for stage one of check-in.

CHECK-IN AT BRUNER
All students and family members will check-in at Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. Officially check-in for Welcome Week.
Confirm that all financial aid paperwork and payments are up-to-date. 

  • Check that you have completed all your necessary health documents and online programs (health history, physical exam form, immunization record, AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates).
  • Pick up your complete Welcome Week schedule and nametag – includes your Connections Group information.
  • Get your free official “Illinois College new student T-shirt” – you’ll need to wear the t-shirt to the Opening Celebration on Monday, August 26.

 

MOVE-IN SECTION

9:30 a.m. to 12 noon – Residence Hall Lobbies    
RESIDENTIAL Student Residence Hall Move In 

Once you complete the Welcome Week check-in in Bruner, you will be cleared to move into your residence hall. Before leaving Bruner, be sure to get a “Moving In” sign to place on your car’s dash. Once you reach an unloading area near your hall, the Welcome Crew will be on hand to help you with moving in your things. It would be helpful if you label all personal boxes/belongings with student name and room number. 

The new IC student should go to the main lobby of your residence hall to check in with the resident assistants and receive your room key and pick up your Illinois College Student Identification Card. Please do not leave your car unattended. When your car is unloaded, please exit and park in the lot due east of the football field. The entrance is on Park Street near the Campus Services building.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Caine Student Center
IC Store Open. Come check out the brand-new location of the IC Store! Get rolling with your IC spirit wear collection.
 
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Steuer Walkway
Family Welcome Station

As you're moving in, take a quick break to enjoy some refreshments, pick up some free gifts to show off your Illinois College pride, and take a family photo with Abe! Find out ways to keep connected to the College through our Illinois College Family Association, Illinois College Varsity Club and more. (Rain site: Center for Student Involvement - Caine Student Center)
 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Schewe Library third floor
Technology Service Desk (special Welcome Week hours)

We want to make sure you’re connected whenever and wherever you need to be. Whether you have questions about installing free antivirus or Microsoft Office, getting connected to our wireless network or printing to campus printers from your own device, the Service Desk provides technological assistance to students, faculty and staff. The Service Desk is staffed by Illinois College students in the third floor of Schewe Library. For assistance, call 217.245.3416 or email servicedesk@ic.edu. Walk‐ups are encouraged, no appointments necessary.
   
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cummings Dining Hall
Lunch Available

Lunch will be served for any families, guests and students in Cummings Dining Hall. Student meal plans are in effect. Students will need to swipe their Illinois College ID to eat. Commuter students should check in with the Center for Student Involvement to get a meal pass. Guests are welcome to join us for lunch and can pay cash or use a credit card to pay their discounted price. 

2:30 p.m.
Time for Family Goodbyes

If you have family on campus, please plan to say your “good-byes” before the first residence hall meeting. You’ll want a few minutes to connect with your new neighbors before the meeting begins.

3 to 3:45 p.m. – Residence Hall Lobbies
Residence Hall Meetings (required for all new residential students) 
Living in the residence halls? Attend your first official residence hall meeting to get the information you need about the rights, responsibilities and expectations in your living communities. Have a little fun and get to know the people with whom you will be living. At the end, you’ll walk over to the Welcome Week Kickoff together.

4 to 5 p.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel
Welcome Week Kickoff for ALL New Students – first-year students, transfer students, exchange students (residential students and commuter students) 
Here is where it all gets started! Be prepared to see ALL the new students for the first time and meet the student leaders that will assist in your transition to college. 

What to bring:

  • Your student ID.
  • Your Welcome Week booklet. 
  • Your nametag (Connections Leader and Home Base listed on back). 
  • Pen or pencil. 

You will leave the event with your Connections Leader to walk directly to your Connections Group Meeting.

5 to 6 p.m. – Home Base
Connections Group Meetings
As the Kickoff concludes, all new students will divide into their Welcome Week Connections Groups. You will walk together to your Home Base and have your first meeting with your Connections Leader (CL) and your C-Group members. You will make plans and go over the schedule for the week, so be sure to bring your Welcome Week booklet and wear your nametag.

6 p.m. - Cummings Dining Hall Open for Dinner for New Students 
After your C-Group meeting, head over to Cummings Dining Hall for dinner. Don’t forget to bring your Illinois College student ID.

8 p.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel 
Checkpoint Electronic Check-In
Bring your student ID so you can officially get registered to win the various prizes we’ll be giving away!

8:15 p.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel  
First Night Fun with Hypnotist Nadeen Manuel

Tonight’s the first night all the new students will be hanging out together. Nadeen’s Comedy Hypnosis Show will have you roaring with laughter as you witness the amazing power of the subconscious mind; featuring mesmerized audience members (that’s YOU!) as the stars of the show!

9:30 p.m. – Upper Quad
Cool Down on the Quad

Everyone loves Dippin’ Dots! Take a few minutes to hang out after show and cool down with the original and unbeatable flash-frozen ice cream sensation!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Morning Work
Work on Your Technology Readiness 
For a checklist of technology steps you need to be able to complete, please refer to https://m.ic.edu/default/admitted_students/ or check it out on our IC mobile app. Take time now in the comfort of your own room (or head to one of the computer labs) to make sure you are ready to go! Start the semester off with success.

Have you:

  • Connected to the Illinois College wireless network successfully?
  • Logged into the Single Sign-On (SSO) Portal?
  • Logged into Papercut via the SSO button?
  • Printed successfully to a network printer and set up Mobility Print (link found in the SSO)?
  • Confirmed access to Connect2?
  • Successfully set security questions in case you forget your password?
  • Recorded the correct pronunciation of your name on NameCoach?
  • Signed up for the emergency notification system on IC Alert?
  • Submitted or updated your Emergency Contacts under Students tab on Connect2?
  • Submitted your Personal Information Update under Students tab on Connect2?
  • Submitted your Registration Agreement under Students tab on Connect2?
  • Confirmed access to your Moodle course pages via Single Sign-On (SSO) Portal?
  • Checked out TutorTrac on SSO to see how to get a tutor?
  • Logged into your Illinois College Gmail account?
  • Logged into a campus lab computer to confirm proper access?

Morning Work
Time to Get Organized!

Take a few moments to be sure you’re ready for the start of the school year. 

First-year students, make sure you are done with your assignment for your first-year seminar – and make sure you bring the completed assignment to class on Monday, August 26. 

Make a plan to meet with your academic advisor for Advising Day on Monday, August 26. If you’d like to set up a specific time to talk with your advisor one-on-one, you can email them now to set up an appointment. (If you don’t get an appointment set ahead of time, you can always just head to their office on Monday to pop in when they’re available.) 
AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates are required for ALL new students. Make sure to take time now to complete these required online programs if you haven’t already! You received email instructions with more details.
 
FRIDAY REQUIRED SESSIONS

First-Year Seminar Class #1 – Home Base
Begin your very first Illinois College course! Be sure to come prepared with a notebook and pen/pencil.
Meet your First-Year Seminar instructor, get an introduction to the course, review the syllabus and plan for the semester.

Life Inside the Classroom – McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre
Hear how the First-Year Experience will assist in your transition to Illinois College. 
Learn more about the BLUEprint general education program and discover the support available to aid you in your new academic community. 

Textbook Pickup – Cummings Dining Hall Side Dining Rooms 
CLs will gather their C-Group to direct them through the process in Cummings to pick up textbooks for the semester. 
You must bring your Illinois College student ID to get your textbooks.

Important Technology Information – Kirby 6
Bring your laptop if you have one – and have it fully charged! This will be an interactive session! 
Meet the IT Staff and learn about the technology available to you on campus and how to take advantage of it. 
Learn about:

  • IC Wired and Wireless Networks
  • Moodle, Connect2 and Gmail
  • Gaming Systems on the IC Network
  • Google Drive
  • Campus Printing/Copying/Scanning
  • How to Get Help

Transfer Student “Jump Start Your Career Plans” Workshop – Schewe Library – Pratt Classroom
Career Readiness & Experiential Learning will be on hand to lead you in creating a plan of action to jump start your career plans. There is no time to waste! 

You’ll discuss timelines for internships and other experiential learning, resume prep, graduate school applications, finances, etc. Bring a pen or pencil and leave with your career calendar! 

1 to 2 p.m.
Required Session #1

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

Session

Location

Groups

First-Year Seminar Class #1

Home Base

O, P, Q, R

Life Inside the Classroom

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

A, B, C, D, E

Textbook Pickup

Cummings Dining Hall – Side Dining Rooms

F, G, H, I, J, T

Important Technology Information

Kirby Hall – Room 6

K, L, M, N, S

2 to 3 p.m.

Required Session #2

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

 

Session

Location

Groups

First-Year Seminar Class #1

Home Base

K, L, M, N

Life Inside the Classroom

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

O, P, Q, R, T

Textbook Pickup

Cummings Dining Hall – Side Dining Rooms

A, B, C, D, E, S

Important Technology Information

Kirby Hall – Room 6

F, G, H, I, J

3 to 4 p.m.

Required Session #3

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

 

Session

Location

Groups

First-Year Seminar Class #1

Home Base

F, G, H, I, J

Life Inside the Classroom

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

K, L, M, N, S

Textbook Pickup

Cummings Dining Hall – Side Dining Rooms

O, P, Q, R, T

Important Technology Information

Kirby Hall – Room 6

A, B, C, D, E

 

4 to 5 p.m.

Required Session #4

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

 

Session

Location

Groups

First-Year Seminar Class #1

Home Base

A, B, C, D, E

Life Inside the Classroom

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

F, G, H, I, J

Textbook Pickup

Cummings Dining Hall – Side Dining Rooms

K, L, M, N

Important Technology Information

Kirby Hall – Room 6

O, P, Q, R

Transfer Student Workshop – Jump Start Your Career Plans

Schewe Library – Pratt Classroom

S, T

 

8:30 p.m. – Cummings Dining Hall
Checkpoint Electronic Check-In
Bring your student ID so we can track attendance and you can win the prizes we’ll be giving away! 

8:45 p.m. – Cummings Dining Hall
Maximize Your Buzz and Maximize Your Appetite!

Serious comedy followed by serious pizza! 
Don’t be stupid … eliminate hangovers … avoid the freshman 15 … win prizes! 
The grand prize drawing at the end of the show is a $50 gift card to Walmart!
After the show, you will get to sample pizza from all of Jacksonville’s local pizza places. 
You’ll vote on your favorite pizza – and the winning pizza place will be asked to serve up a ton of pizza for you at the big event on Friday, August 30.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

9 a.m. to 12 noon – Schewe Library third floor
Technology Service Desk (special Welcome Week hours)

The Service Desk is staffed by Illinois College students in the third floor of Schewe Library. For assistance, please call 217. 245.3416 or email servicedesk@ic.edu. Walk‐ups are encouraged, no appointments necessary.
 
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Kirby 108
College 101: Transition to Success! 

** The program is open to all TRIO-eligible students, but registration is limited. Please email trio@ic.edu by Thursday, August 22 to register. **
Start your IC experience with a step in the right direction! Learn more about the differences between high school and college at COLLEGE 101. You will hear tips and suggestions from TRIO staff and current IC students about how to succeed academically in college! Information about the TRIO program and its benefits will be discussed. We look forward to seeing you there (includes lunch and is free of charge)!

SATURDAY REQUIRED SESSIONS

Connections Group Meeting – Home Base
First-year students will complete a survey that the College uses to learn all they can about how to best serve the Class of 2023. 
Transfer students will review important details and make plans to set you up for success.
 
“Beyond the Classroom” – Kirby 6
We’ll highlight life outside of the classroom and give you the details on what you need to know.
Info on where and how you live, starting and staying healthy, and getting involved and engaged in campus life.

“Succeeding at IC” – McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre
An upper-class student panel of high achievers in the classroom will share tips and answer questions on how they maintain their commendable GPAs, balance schoolwork and a personal life, and survived their transition to college-level academics.

Service Blitz Sign-Up and Group Meet Up – start at Home Base
Start at your home base and then walk over as a group to Parker Science Center to sign up for your preferred service site for Sunday’s Service Blitz. Spend time getting to know your classmates in other C-Groups.

1 to 2 p.m.
Required Session #5
Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

Session

Location

Groups

Service Blitz Sign-Up and Group Meet Up

Home Base

O, P, Q, R

Connections Group Meeting

Home Base

A, B, C, D, E

“Beyond the Classroom”

Kirby Hall – Room 6

F, G, H, I, J, T

“Succeeding at IC”

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

K, L, M, N, S

 

2 to 3 p.m.

Required Session #6

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

 

Session

Location

Groups

Service Blitz Sign-Up and Group Meet Up

Home Base

K, L, M, N

Connections Group Meeting

Home Base

O, P, Q, R, T

“Beyond the Classroom”

Kirby Hall – Room 6

A, B, C, D, E, S

“Succeeding at IC”

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

F, G, H, I, J

 

3 to 4 p.m.

Required Session #7

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

Session

Location

Groups

Service Blitz Sign-Up and Group Meet Up

Home Base

F, G, H, I, J

Connections Group Meeting

Home Base

K, L, M, N, S

“Beyond the Classroom”

Kirby Hall – Room 6

O, P, Q, R, T

“Succeeding at IC”

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

A, B, C, D, E

 

4 to 5 p.m.

Required Session #8

Please report to the appropriate location based on your C-Group.

 

Session

Location

Groups

Service Blitz Sign-Up and Group Meet Up

Home Base

A, B, C, D, E

Connections Group Meeting

Home Base

F, G, H, I, J

“Beyond the Classroom”

Kirby Hall – Room 6

K, L, M, N

“Succeeding at IC”

McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre

O, P, Q, R

5 to 8 p.m.    
First-Year Student Study Time

First-year students, here’s a good opportunity to get some reading done for your first day’s assignments. Read the assigned article, focus on academics and get off to a good start with managing your time!

7 to 10 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
Checkpoint Electronic Check-In

Bring your student ID so you can officially get registered to win the various prizes we’ll be giving away!

7 to 10 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
Rec Night at Bruner 

Get acquainted with your classmates while seeing what this amazing center has to offer. 
Play volleyball, basketball, badminton, Spikeball and more.
Try one of the newest games – Cranium Dark, Exploding Kittens, What Do You Meme?, Never Have I Ever, Disturbed Friends, or Joking Hazard. 

Take a dip in the pool or our 30-person hot-tub! Bring your towel and enter through the locker room.
Free food! 

 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

12 noon to 12:45 p.m. – Caine Conference Room – first floor Caine in hallway between restrooms and dining hall
Music Department Interest Meeting/Meet and Greet Lunch 

Interested in IC bands or choirs? Want to learn to sing or play an instrument? Here's your chance to meet the professors and conductors and learn about your options. Grab your lunch in Cummings and join us for a brief informational meeting and some yummy dessert!

1 to 4 p.m. – Residence Hall Lobbies
Returning Student Check-in 

Returning IC students will be moving in at this time. Be aware that the residence halls and parking lots may be busy.

1 p.m. – Home Base
C-Group Meeting 

Meet up with your CL in your Home Base. We’ll be discussing the plans for the rest of the week. Wear your Service Blitz shirts and work shoes. We’ll be going directly to the upper quad to head out to our service sites. 

1:30 to 5 p.m. – check-in and leave campus from the upper quad
26th Annual Service Blitz (required for all new students)

Join in the tradition of sharing and caring through service to our community. All new students, First-Year Seminar faculty and CLs will be gathering for this monumental event! We’ll be taking shuttle vans/buses to work with a variety of community partners for an afternoon of making a difference. When you arrive at the upper quad, please find the table for the site you signed up to serve. You’ll have a few forms to sign and we need to know when your entire group is ready to leave for the service site.

4 to 6 p.m. - Community Park on West Morton Avenue 
Big Eli Ferris Wheel Free Rides 

Find a way to get out to Community Park and take a free ride on the Big Eli Ferris Wheel! It’s a Jacksonville tradition that everyone needs to try at least once. 
 
5 p.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel
Opening Mass

The IC Newman Club invites all Catholic students and those interested in the Catholic faith to attend Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday nights. Services are held in Rammelkamp Chapel and usually last less than an hour.

5 to 8 p.m.    
Study Time

Make sure to spend some time preparing for your First-Year Seminar class that meets again on Monday.

7 p.m. – McGaw Fine Arts Center – McGaw 124
Choir Rehearsal

No experience necessary! Join us for a fun, laid-back rehearsal and introduction to IC Choirs. We’ll be rehearsing a simple song for the Opening Celebration.

8 p.m. – residence hall lobbies
Mandatory Residence Hall Floor Meeting 

Don’t miss this required meeting for all new and returning residential students. Building community is a huge piece of your IC experience!

 

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Schewe Library Open (Standard Operating Hours)

Take some time to explore what the library has to offer – the digital learning center, books, newspapers, periodicals, computers, archives and so much more!

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cummings Dining Hall Side Dining Rooms
Textbook Pickup for Returning Students

Returning students should report to the side dining rooms in Cummings at the appropriate time that corresponds with the first letter of their last name. Remember, you need to bring your Illinois College student ID to get your textbooks.

  • 8:00 a.m. - Last Names A - B
  • 9:00 a.m. - Last Names C - F
  • 10:00 a.m. - Last Names G - I
  • 11:00 a.m. - Last Names J - L
  • 12:00 p.m. - Last Names M - N
  • 1:00 p.m. - Last Names O - R
  • 2:00 p.m. - Last Names S - Z

9 a.m. to 12 noon – individual faculty offices
Academic Advising

All faculty members will be in their offices at this time. You can find out or confirm who your advisor is on Connect2. The Office of the Registrar can provide your advisor information as well. Stop by to discuss your academic plans, ask questions, and talk about any scheduling issues. Take advantage of this great time to connect!

Note About Schedule Changes
It is best to make any schedule changes as early as possible. New students should contact the Office of the Registrar for schedule changes. For returning students, Connect2 will be open for schedule changes from mid-August through the fifth day of classes on Monday, September 2. From September 3 through September 9 (tenth day) at 5 p.m., you may make changes using the paper add/drop forms with faculty instructor and advisor signatures. Add/drop forms are available on Connect2 and in the Office of the Registrar.

Your financial aid is based on your enrollment at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 9. After September 9, all dropped classes will be indicated by a “W” on your transcript. The last day to withdraw from a class with a “W” will be Monday, November 4, 2019, at 5 p.m.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 217.245.3013.

9 a.m. to 12 noon – any computer lab (Baxter 100, Kirby 237, Kirby 244, Schewe Library)
AlcoholEdu for College? Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates? Have You Completed Them? Get it Done!
All new students will have received an email explaining how to access these two required online programs, but if you haven’t yet taken the time to complete the programs, here is your chance to get things taken care of. “AlcoholEdu for College” empowers students to make well-informed decisions and provides some simple strategies to help keep you and your friends safe. “Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates” is a program that educates students about the elements of healthy relationships, the importance of sexual consent and the role of bystanders in creating safe, healthy communities.

You will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, head to a computer lab to get this requirement taken care of. 

10 a.m. to 12 noon – leaving from the Illinois College seal on the Steuer Walkway
Find Your Classes – Tour of Campus

Don’t want to be the new student who is walking around LOST on the first day of classes? Worried about not finding your classes or being late on your first full day? Then come out a day early and let us help you! The Connections Leaders and Student Senate members will be providing “Find Your Class Tours” today. Just bring your schedule and we will take it from there.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel
Choir Rehearsal 

No experience necessary! Join us for a fun, laid-back rehearsal and introduction to IC Choirs. We’ll be rehearsing a simple song for the Opening Celebration.

12 noon to 1 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
On-Campus Student Employment Fair

Interested in finding a campus job? Report to the Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center at 12 noon to learn all about the student employment process and talk with employers about what they are looking for in student workers. Bring your class schedule and a pen!
    
2:20 to 3:30 p.m. – Home Base
First-Year Seminar Class #2

Be sure to come prepared – most importantly, you should bring your completed summer note-taking assignment! 
You should also bring a notebook, pen/pencil and your copy of Educated: A Memoir.
Your CL will lead the class in discussion and reflection on the Service Blitz.
Your First-Year Seminar Instructor will collect your note-taking assignment and dive into other course content.
After class, your CL will lead the class directly to the Opening Celebration lineup.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Home Base and then Schewe Library
Transfer Student C-Group Meeting and Library Tour

All transfer students should meet up with their CL in their Home Base first. Midway through the meeting you will walk together to the library to get a quick tour. Before classes begin tomorrow, you’ll want to make sure you get a jump start on knowing all the IC library has to offer. 

3:30 p.m. – Upper Quad
New-Student Procession

All first-year and new transfer and exchange students are asked to gather on the Upper Quad on the sidewalks in front of Rammelkamp Chapel for a new-student procession to the Opening Celebration. Illinois College faculty will line the sidewalks to welcome you as you enter. Please remember to wear your new student t-shirt!

4 p.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel
Illinois College Opening Celebration (Convocation Credit)

Don’t miss the official opening of the College’s academic year. All new students will be recognized and welcomed into the community. This event is a traditional ceremony to officially start your Illinois College adventure!

Along with formally welcoming students to the beginning of their academic career at Illinois College, the Opening Celebration displays the impact the new students make on the community of learners. With all new students gathered in one place, you will gain a sense of the size, strength, and identity of the Class of 2023. New transfer students will gain an important connection to one another and to the College. The administration and faculty from each academic department, in full academic regalia, represent the commitment to the new members of our Illinois College community. 

All new students are required to attend. They will automatically receive convocation credit. Any returning students who would like to receive convocation credit must check-in and out with the staff at the entrance.

5 p.m. – upper quad
New Student Photo

As you exit the Opening Celebration, all new students will stick around for a few moments to take the traditional new student photo. We’ll also take a legacy photo for any new students who have a family connection to IC. 

5:30 p.m. – Steuer Walkway
Class of 2022 – Sophomore Year Experience Cookout!
You’ve made it! You’re here for your second year and we couldn’t be happier. Now it’s time to think about the rest of your time here at IC. Join your friends, classmates, faculty and administration to kickoff your sophomore year with the Sophomore Year Experience Cookout! We have some amazing giveaways for everyone who attends! 

9 p.m. – Caine Student Center – Center for Student Involvement
Student Organization Training Session

Calling all current student organization leaders! Don't forget to attend one of the two Student Organization Training Sessions this fall. All the resources available to you, how to get funding and important dates will be covered. Can't make this session? The second session will be held on Sunday, September 1 at 3 p.m. Contact the Center for Student Involvement for more info.

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

7:45 to 10 a.m. – Steuer Walkway
First Day of School Photos with Abe! 

As you head to class, stop by to take your First Day of School Photo with Abraham Lincoln! Trust us, your family will love seeing your post on social media. You can also pick up some last-minute school supplies or grab a juice box, granola bar or fruit snacks to eat on the way to class. Sponsored by Student Senate and the Center for Student Involvement.

5 to 6:30 p.m. – Bruner Fitness & Recreation Center 
First-Year and New Transfer Student Dinner

Meet the friendly staff in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations during a dinner held in your honor! Stop by the Twyford’s BBQ truck outside the entrance of Bruner, then come inside for dinner to mingle and learn more about student philanthropy! 

7 to 8:30 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center – King Field House
Involvement Fair and Community Showcase 

Illinois College laundry bags to the first 400 in attendance! Experience the range of Illinois College student organizations and opportunities. All student organizations and many area businesses will be giving out information, samples and prizes! Talk to the members of student organizations to receive information and find out how you can participate in their activities. It’s a great chance to see some of the local resources. This annual event is one that you do not want to miss! Get informed and get involved! Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

4 to 7 p.m. – Lincoln Hall 
Lincoln Hall Open House

Check out the newly transformed Student Success space in Lincoln Hall - the new home for Career Readiness & Experiential Learning, Center for Academic Excellence, Chesley Health & Wellness Center, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the Writing Center. Enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and making connections in the newly renovated space!

5 p.m. – Bellatti Tennis Complex
Women’s Tennis vs. Millikin University

7 to 9:20 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center
Information Sessions for All-Campus Student Organizations
Don’t miss this chance to get a glimpse of what each of these groups is all about. Go to one or to ALL of the meetings to find out where you might want to get involved!

7 to 7:20 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 108
Do YOU Want to be a Connections Leader? – Find out what it takes to be a part of this very special group of students. Anyone who thinks they might be interested should attend!

7:20 to 7:40 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 110
Do YOU Want to be a Resident Assistant? – Start thinking NOW about these very important leadership roles. Anyone who thinks they might be interested should attend!

7:40 to 8 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 112
Student Senate Info Session – Student Senate is IC’s student government. Find out how you can be involved and how Senate affects your day-to-day life.

8 to 8:20 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 110
CSI Programming Team Info Session – The Center for Student Involvement Programming Team plans homecoming and other exciting all-campus major events for IC students. Led by six student interns, this team is always looking for student involvement!

8:20 to 8:40 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 112
Literary Societies Info Session – Students can have a special connection with alumni and each other by participating in the historic literary society tradition at Illinois College. There are three women’s and four men’s societies. The literary societies provide opportunities to improve public speaking and leadership skills through participating in literary productions, community service projects and social endeavors.

8:40 to 9 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 108
The Rambler Info Session – Established in 1878, The Rambler is IC’s very own student-run newspaper. Gain great experience in a variety of areas! We have positions for students interested in writing, photography, design and layout, advertising, copy editing and more. Come check it out!

9 to 9:20 p.m. – Kirby Learning Center – Room 110
Alpha Phi Omega Info Session – APO is the College’s co-ed service fraternity. Check out how to get involved in the group that strives to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to the campus, community, state, nation and all of humanity.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

6:15 p.m. – McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre
IC Improv Show

IC's improv troupes, Lincoln's Security Detail (LSD) and President Carter's Patrol (PCP), kick off the year. It’s a trip!
 
7 to 8 p.m. – McGaw Fine Arts Center – Sibert Theatre
Theatre Open House

Come meet the production team and other TheatreWorks students to find out how you can be part of our season.
 

Friday, August 30, 2019

“On Fridays We Wear Blue” Prize Giveaway!
Show your IC pride on Fridays by wearing your blue IC spirit wear each week. On each Friday we’ll have a few student leaders that will wander campus to "reward" people for wearing IC blue. They may stand at the Illinois College seal and catch people as they walk by on their way to class, they may pop into the library or head to any other building and offer up a fun incentive to any student who is wearing IC blue and showing their IC pride that day. So, remember – “On Fridays We Wear Blue!”

4 pm – Green Athletic Field
Men’s Soccer vs. Dominican University

8 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
Women’s Volleyball Illinois College Invitational Tournament – Illinois College vs. Rockford University

9 p.m. – Caine Student Center
Checkpoint Electronic Check-In
Bring your student ID so we can track attendance and you can win the prizes we’ll be giving away! 

9 p.m. to 12 midnight – Caine Student Center
Welcome to J-Vegas – Casino Night!
What happens in J-Vegas, Stays in J-Vegas! You glow, the games glow, and the food glows too! Whether you’re an expert or a newbie, this event will be a ton of fun! It’s all free – and you can be a winner! And when you get hungry, we’ll also serve up tons of the pizza chosen by the new students as the “Best in J-Vegas!”
 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

10 a.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
Women’s Volleyball Illinois College Invitational Tournament – Illinois College vs. Simpson College

2 p.m. – Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center
Women’s Volleyball Illinois College Invitational Tournament – Illinois College vs. Anderson University (IN)

7:45 p.m. – Lower Quad
Checkpoint Electronic Check-In
Bring your student ID so we can track attendance and you can win the prizes we’ll be giving away! 

8 to 11 p.m. - Lower Quad
Quad Fest 
Celebrate the end of summer! Mystery grab bags to the first 200 folks. Live music by St. Louis’ favorite alt-pop band – Steeples (@steeplesmusic). After the band, the festival continues with tons of activities. Be sure to follow the Center for Student Involvement on social media to keep up to date with all that’s being added. Free music! Free food! Free fun!
 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2 p.m. – Green Athletic Field
Men’s Soccer vs. Manchester University

3 p.m. – Caine Student Center – Center for Student Involvement
Student Organization Training Session

Calling all current student organization leaders! Don't forget to attend one of the two Student Organization Training Sessions this fall. All the resources available to you, how to get funding and important dates will be covered. This is the last session of the semester so be sure to attend! Contact the Center for Student Involvement for more info.

4 to 6 p.m. - Community Park on West Morton Avenue 
Big Eli Ferris Wheel Free Rides 

Find a way to get out to Community Park and take a free ride on the Big Eli Ferris Wheel! It’s a Jacksonville tradition that everyone needs to try at least once. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

LABOR DAY – Classes ARE in session

11 a.m. – Rammelkamp Chapel
The ABCs of Inclusion – FYE Required Convocation

If there is a way to utilize language that includes rather than excludes, why wouldn’t we choose inclusive language? Answer: Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. Our guest speaker, Tara Fuller, takes an interactive, engaging approach to help us understand how Awareness, Belonging, & Courage set a foundation for creating more inclusive environments. All are invited and encouraged to attend – first-year students are required to attend as a part of the First-Year Experience. 

 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Caine Student Center - Center for Student Involvement

Commuter Student Open House
Calling ALL commuters – new and returning! We’d like to make sure you have all the info that will help you succeed. Drop by the Center for Student Involvement in Caine and let us FEED YOU and get you connected. 

Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2019
Family & Friends Weekend

The College invites the friends and families of all students to come to campus and engage in the life of the campus. Invite everyone to come back to campus for a weekend of special events: a concert, food, athletics and activities. Informational materials will be sent home soon.

Monday through Saturday, October 21-26, 2019
Illinois College Homecoming Week

It’s coming! Keep your calendars open for Homecoming 2019. This year’s events include a variety of activities planned throughout the week including Pep Rally, Powderpuff Football, Follies, Parade, and the Formal Dance. Join in these spirit-filled activities to celebrate another amazing year at IC!