Schedule of Events: Welcome Week 2013*

Last updated: August 13, 2013

*Schedule subject to change.  Some programs may be removed or added as we get closer to August.  Please check back regularly.

Collect a RAFFLE TICKET at any required event marked on this schedule with "®" for a chance to win fantastic prizes including half in-state tuition for one semester.  The time of the drawing will be announced.
*New students ONLY.  Students must be present at time of drawing UNLESS THEY HAVE CLASS.  In that case raffle tickets should be dropped off at the Center for Student Involvement (SC 207) before 5pm on the day of the drawing.

Sunday, August 25

T-SHIRTS
Each student should pick up an “Aspire.” t-shirt in the Midtown Student Center Theater before 1pm.  We would like you to wear the t-shirt during the "Entering the Gates" ceremony, at future sporting events, and on Western Wednesdays.

SHUTTLE UPDATE:
The WCSU Shuttle will run Sunday through Tuesday (8/25 - 8/27) between the Westside campus and the Midtown campus, leaving Westside on the hour starting at 7:00 a.m. and leaving Midtown on the half hour.  The last bus will leave from the Midtown Student Center at 11:30 p.m.
The regular schedule starts 8/28/13!

MEALS
Students have to bring their Student IDs in order to receive meals.  Resident students should already be carrying their ID cards at all times but commuters also need to remember to bring their ID cards as they will be their tickets into the cafeteria. 
Students accepted to WCSU after August 14th may receive hardcopy meal tickets at check-in.

MOVE-IN DAY

9:00am – 12:00pm
Resident student check-in and move-in will take place in each student's residence hall.  Students need to move in during their appointed color-coded move-in time only!  For more information refer to the check-in email you received or check the Housing and Residence Life website.  Members of various student organizations and athletic teams will be available to assist with luggage. 

9:00am 4:00pm
Midtown Student Center Theater open for students and parents to relax and watch TV on the big screen

10:00am – 12:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

10:30am – 1:00pm
Brunch at the Midtown Cafe (Midtown Student Center) for students and families. Meal Plan begins for resident students so they must swipe ID.  Commuter students are free Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (swipe ID).

10:30am 1:00am
Commuter student check-in in the Student Center Plaza.  Commuter students do not need to be here early unless they want to take a tour or come for other activities such as the Alumni photo at noon.  Main activities for commuters begin with the line-up at 1pm.

10:30am – 1:00pm
Tours of Midtown campus – leave every hour from the Midtown Student Center lobby at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

10:30am – 6:00pm (REQUIRED for ISEP/International Students ONLY) - RECENTLY UPDATED
International Student Orientation
for all ISEP and F-1 students (Students will meet Donna Warner at the Student Center Information Desk and will go to various activities throughout the day as part of orientation) - all students new to the US are welcome to attend

12:00pm
Alumni Legacy Photo - if one of your parents or grandparents is an alum, please join us on the steps of Old Main for a "Next Generation" photo - followed by an Alumni Reception in Alumni Hall

1:00 - 1:30pm
Assemble on the sidewalk in front of Old Main for the "Entering the Gates" ceremony which will begin at approximately 1:30pm.  Students will be asked to wear their “Aspire.” t-shirt which they receive in the Midtown Student Center.  (In case of rain this event will be cancelled). 

1:30pm  (REQUIRED) ®
"Entering the Gates Ceremony" leading directly to the "Opening Ceremony" on the Quad 
(In case of rain proceed directly to Ives Concert Hall located in White Hall).

2:00pm – 6:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

2:30pm (REQUIRED) ®
PLAYFAIR on the Fairfield Hall Lawn (Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall in case of rain) "  – "This is the most popular campus attraction in history for new student orientation programs."  - "This is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced!  It's entertainment!" - "It's fun!  It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships."  - Come in comfortable clothes and have yourself a great adventure!

For your parents:
2:30pm
 (or immediately following the Opening Ceremony)
(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Parent Workshop
with Mike Weber in Ives Concert Hall.  Changes for College - Parent Edition.  It's new ... it's exciting ... it's scary!

4:00pm – 6:30pm  - RECENTLY UPDATED
Dinner at the Midtown Cafe (Midtown Student Center).  Families are welcome to join the students. The cost for family members is $10.00 per person ($6.00 for kids 12 and under).  Family members should purchase tickets at the Midtown Student Center information desk.  Students need to swipe their Western ID. 
Parents are encouraged to leave after dinner to give their students a chance to settle in.

4:00pm - 7:00pm  - RECENTLY UPDATED
Scavenger Hunt in the Haas Library - Play to win a Nook HD Plus.  Deadline to win: Tuesday, 8/27 at 6:30pm

5:00pm
Catholic Mass in Alumni Hall for those who would like to attend service.

6:00pm – 12:00am*
The Game Room in the Midtown Student Center is open

6:30pm – 7:30pm (REQUIRED) ®
Resident students will meet in their respective residence halls

6:30pm – 7:30pm
(REQUIRED) ®
Commuter Student Workshop in the Midtown Student Center 201
                
8:00pm (REQUIRED) ®  - RECENTLY UPDATED
Game Show "Price It Right" - Ives Concert Hall.  Sponsored by the Program Activities Council (PAC).
Come on down to Ives Concert Hall to participate in the "Price It Right" interactive game show! Members of the audience will be selected at random to be a participant and try to "Price It Right."  Players will be asked to price an item correctly based on guessing; whoever is the closest wins the prize and will potentially participate in the "showcase showdown" where you could win the biggest prize of all!

Monday, August 26

7:00am
Breakfast at the Midtown Cafe (Midtown Student Center)

10:00am – 12:00pm
Voices of Students for all new students in Ives Concert Hall (REQUIRED) ®

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch at the Midtown Cafe (Midtown Student Center)

1:30pm – 5:00pm  (REQUIRED) ®
Progressive Workshops - This program consists of six different dynamic and exciting twenty-minute workshops that will introduce new students to what they need to know to be successful during their first year at Western.  The workshops start in the Student Center Theater and rotate every 20 minutes.

4:00pm – 10:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

4:00pm – 8:00pm (Come to Have Fun) ®
RecFest '13 on the Quad (Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall in case of rain.)
Kick back and relax with a game of volleyball or dodgeball in the gym.  Or play some wiffle ball and ultimate Frisbee.  AND, there will be a 4-way bungee jump, zorbing (a zorb is a life-size hamster ball), and lawn game tournaments.  There will also be water wars, and a flash photo booth from 5-7pm.  Lots of prizes and giveaways and tons of information!!

4:30pm – 6:30pm
Dinner at the Midtown Cafe (Midtown Student Center)

5:30pm – 7:30pm - RECENTLY UPDATED
Freshmen V.I.P. Night at the Bookstore

6:00pm – 12:00am
The Game Room in the Midtown Student Center is open

8:00pm – 9:30pm  - RECENTLY UPDATED
Variety Show - Berkshire Theatre - sponsored by CenterStage

9:30pm – 1:00am (Come to Have Fun) ® - RECENTLY UPDATED
Head Phone Disco on the Quad
Call it a silent disco, call it a headphone party or call it whatever you want, either way it's a truly unforgettable experience. Headphone Disco's 'TwoDeeJaySuperShow' is a unique, surreal and hugely enjoyable experience that's been rocking the college, festival and club circuit since 2007. From London to Lisbon and Moscow to Montreal the reaction to this silent party sensation has been immense as party people embrace one of the most talked about and freshest of dance party experiences.

Tuesday, August 27

7:00am
Breakfast at the Midtown Cafe starting at 7:00am (Westside Cafe open 7:30am - 7pm)

11:00am – 2:30pm
Lunch at the Midtown Cafe (open only until 2:30pm today - dinner will be provided at Clubs’ Carnival BBQ on the Quad - the Westside Cafe is open until 7pm)

12:00pm – 10:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

1:00pm2:30pm ®
SCVNGR in the Student Center Lobby (starting point).  This scavenger hunt is more than a hunt, SCVNGR is a game.  And playing is easy.  Go places.  Do challenges.  Earn points!  That's the core of it but there's a whole lot more.  Discover cool new places on campus.  Do exciting new things.  Share what you're up to with your friends ... all from your mobile device/smartphone.

2:00pm – 7:00pm
Westside Campus Center Cardio Room is open

3:00pm – 6:00pm  ®
Clubs Carnival sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA)
Your Student Government Association is sponsoring "Clubs Carnival" on the Fairfield Lawn (Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall in case of rain).  This is your opportunity to learn about the student organizations at Western.  There will be amusements and more on the Quad.  Get involved; join an organization.  Raffle tickets are available at the SGA booth.

3:00pm – 10:00pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind.  Come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries.

4:00pm – 7:00pm
BBQ Dinner on the Quad sponsored by your Student Government Association (in Midtown Marketplace in case of rain)

8:00pm (Come to Have Fun) ® - RECENTLY UPDATED
Illusionist Joel Myers, Ives Concert Hall.  Sponsored by the Program Activities Council (PAC).
Get ready for a fast paced journey that NBC calls "A roller coaster ride!" Filled with non-stop laughs, audience participation, and incredible off-the-cuff, never-before-seen magic. All led by Joel's larger than life personality and charm. From masterful sleight of hand with playing cards and everyday objects, to minds read, to levitating sunglasses and haunted furniture, to your childhood dreams becoming a reality right before your eyes. This is a presentation we GUARANTEE you will never forget!

Wednesday, August 28

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

10:00am – 10:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

10:00am – 10:00pm
Westside Campus Center Cardio Room is open

10:00am – 10:00pm
Westside O'Neill Center Weight Room is open

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room is open in the Midtown Student Center, 2. floor

3:00pm – 10:00pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind. Come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries.

4:00pm
Program Activities Council (PAC) Meeting  - Get involved on campus!!!  Join PAC.  Midtown Student Center 201

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner in the Newman Center (on 8th Avenue, across from Newbury Hall)

8:00pm 8:30pm
Newman Club Meeting

8:00pm (The RAFFLE for many prizes including half semester in-state tuition takes place here)* ®
Mentalist Banachek  in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall co-sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Association
"Mentalist means mind reader or magician of the mind and BANACHEK is one of the best practitioners of the craft in the country. Walking in the footsteps of renowned mentalist Joseph Dunninger and Israeli psychic Uri Geller, BANACHEK can perform feats of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, derma optics, and hypnotism. On a good day he can even recreate performances of 19th century spirit theatre. In plain English that's a séance. His stage show is a captivating medley of all of the above." Las Vegas Style Magazine
*ALL STUDENTS may attend the show but the RAFFLE is for new students ONLY.  Students must be present at time of drawing UNLESS THEY HAVE CLASS.  In that case raffle tickets should be dropped off at the Center for Student Involvement (SC 207) before 5pm on the day of the drawing.

8:30pm 9:30pm
Holy Hour at the Newman Center10

Thursday, August 29

10:00am – 10:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

10:00am – 10:00pm
Westside Campus Center Cardio Room is open

10:00am – 10:00pm
Westside O'Neill Center Weight Room is open

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room is open in the Midtown Student Center, 2. floor

1:30pm – 3:00pm (RECOMMENDED)
The Walk of the Town - Join a group of students on a walking tour of Danbury
Meet at the Friendship Circle.  In the event of rain, meet in the SC Shuttle Lounge.

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind. Come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries.

8:00pm – 10:00pm (Come to Have Fun)
Midtown Coffeehouse in Alumni Hall (every Thursday)
Featuring this week Western's three a cappella groups: Play It By Ear, The Parallel Fifths, and Martini Glass
One hour of open mic at 8:00pm (sign-ups from 7:30pm) followed by the Feature Act
Coffee and snacks will be served.

Friday, August 30

10:00am – 5:00pm
Midtown Berkshire Hall Weight Room is open

10:00am – 5:00pm
Westside Campus Center Cardio Room is open

10:00am – 5:00pm
Westside O'Neill Center Weight Room is open

11:00am5:30pm
Affiliate program: CityCenter Danbury: Farmers' Market on the Danbury Green

12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Game Room is open in the Midtown Student Center, 2. floor

1:30pm – 3:00pm (RECOMMENDED)
The Walk of the Town - Join a group of students on a walking tour of Danbury
Meet at the Friendship Circle.  In the event of rain, meet in the SC Shuttle Lounge.

3:00pm - RECENTLY UPDATED
Bingo - Midtown Cafe (Sponsored by PAC)

3:00pm
Pool Doubles Tournament - Grasso Hall on Westside

6:00pm
Tie Dye -
Grasso Hall on Westside

7:00pm  (RECOMMENDED) - RECENTLY UPDATED
War Stars - An Unauthorized Parody -
Student Center Theater
Watch WCSU student John Stegmaier perform all parts in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.

10:00pm – midnight
Friday After Hours in Alumni Hall

Saturday, August 31

12:00pm
Tie Dye -
Centennial Hall on Westside

12:00pm
Crafts -
Litchfield Hall

12:00pm
Women's Volleyball Invitational - WCSU vs. Brandeis
in the O'Neill Center Arena (Westside)

1:00pm
Women's Field Hockey - WCSU vs. New Paltz State
in the Westside Athletic Complex

1:00pm
Dance Off
-
Litchfield Hall

2:00pm
Pool & Ping Pong
-
Litchfield Hall

2:00pm
Women's Volleyball Invitational - Brandeis vs. Worcester State
in the O'Neill Center Arena (Westside)

3:00pm
Video Games
- Litchfield Hall

3:00pm
Courtyard Games - Centennial Hall on Westside

4:00pm
Candy Apple Making and other Food
-
Litchfield Hall

5:00pm
Women's Volleyball Invitational - WCSU vs. Worcester State
in the O'Neill Center Arena (Westside)

8:00pm
Movie Night
- Centennial Hall on Westside

9:00pm
Man Hunt
- Grasso, Centennial & Pinney Hall on Westside

Sunday, September 1

1:00pm
Recreational Tournament
-
Fairfield Quad

1:00pm
Men's Soccer
- WCSU vs. Yeshiva at the Westside Athletic Complex 

3:00pm
Just Dance Tournament
- Fairfield Hall, 1st floor lounge

3:00pm
Wii Tournament
- Centennial Hall on Westside 

5:00pm
Movie Night "TBD"
- Fairfield Hall, basement

7:00pm
Cooking at College
- Grasso Hall on Westside 

8:00pm
Movie Night
- Centennial Hall on Westside 

 

Monday, September 2

LABOR DAY - NO CLASSES

12:00pm
Newly-roomie game
-
Centennial Hall on Westside

1:00pm
Minute To Win It
-
Newbury Hall, 1st floor lounge

2:00pm
Volleyball, Corn Hole, Ladderball, Can Jam
-
Newbury Hall Lawn

3:00pm
Tye Dye
-
Newbury Hall Lawn

4:00pm
Zumba (Virtual)
-
Newbury Hall, 1st floor lounge

4:00pm - 8:00pm
Loop Carnival -
Pinney Hall on Westside

6:00pm
Movie Night "TBD"
-
Newbury Hall, 1st floor lounge

8:00pm
Pitch Perfect Movie Night
- Grasso Hall on Westside 

 


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