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Welcome Weekend 2020

Welcome Weekend is a dedicated time for you and your family to take a deep dive into the culture and experience of SAU. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty & staff and get to know upperclassman student leaders that are ready to serve you. Take this opportunity to learn what resources are available to help you succeed over the next few years, and along the way you will begin to feel the pulse of this community and become a part of it.

Welcome Weekend takes place August 28-31, 2020

FAQ

  • Welcome Weekend is mandatory for all new on-campus and commuter students. There is no registration needed for students, and 2 guests per new student may participate. If there is a conflict with participating in any part of Welcome Weekend, we ask that you communicate directly with your Admission’s rep before your arrival.
  • In order to limit the number of people on campus and ensure the safety of our community as it relates to COVID-19, we ask that each student limit the number of family members helping with move-in day and participating with Welcome Weekend to 2 guests per new student.
  • Please check-in at the welcome tent located in between Gainey hall and Dietzman hall upon arrival. This is where you will receive your welcome packet & room key if residing on campus and be tested upon arrival. If you are living on campus, you will then be greeted at your residence hall by student leaders who are ready to help you move-in.
  • Move-in day for returners is Saturday, August 29th & Sunday, August 30th at one of the assigned times listed below
  • Each new student and their 2 guests will receive a FREE meal ticket to join us for a grab & go lunch on Friday. Dine-in options will be available grab & go style, however, you are welcome to bring chairs & a picnic blanket to enjoy your meal outside.
  • We will have our traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4PM on Friday. This small group led ceremony is for new students and guests to celebrate the beginning of this new college experience and to reflect on the journey of getting to this moment. During this time, we will be dividing by core groups. We will then ask that family and students say their goodbyes and part ways. From this moment on, we will only have activities planned for students throughout the weekend. However, we want parents & families to continue staying involved throughout the academic year. If you have questions about resources we provide on campus or would like to find out about campus events or ways your student can be involved, etc. reach out to us by phone at 517-750-6330 or by email at student.development@arbor.edu

New Students Move-In Schedule

When you arrive at the welcome tent you will receive your welcome packet & be tested. You are then free to begin moving into your residence hall!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH | 9:00-11:00 A.M. | GROUP #1

This group includes the following areas for all odd-numbered rooms:

  • Andrews hall 
  • Gainey hall 
  • Lowell hall: Alpha, Delta, Gamma Wings

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH 11:00-1:00PM | GROUP #2

This group includes the following areas for all even-numbered rooms:

  • Andrews hall 
  • Gainey hall 
  • Lowell hall 

Returning Students Move-In Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH 1:00-3:00PM | GROUP #3

This group includes the following areas for all odd-numbered rooms:

  • Andrews hall 
  • Gainey hall 
  • Lowell hall 
  • Villages 
  • Female K-house residents

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH 1:00-3:00PM | GROUP #4

This group includes the following areas for all even-numbered rooms:

  • Andrews hall
  • Gainey hall 
  • Lowell hall 
  • Villages 
  • Male K-house residents

New Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, 8/28TimeEvents Details and Locations
9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.Check in at your assigned time at the Welcome Tent located between Gainey Hall & Dietzman hall for Welcome Packet, Room Key & testing
7:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.Sacred Grounds coffee shop open, located in the White Library
11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.Family grab & go style picnic luncheon served at the Dining Commons
1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.Campus resource tent located outside the plaza for guests & students to have access to various depts such as athletic staff, Campus safety, HR, Financial Aid, Business office, general information, etc.
3:00p.m.-3:30p.m.Commuter check-in at the Welcome Tent located between Gainey Hall & Dietzman Hall
4:00p.m.-4:30p.m.Parting at the Plaza with your core group, various locations see Peer Advisor
4:45p.m.-7:00p.m.Core Group Meetings, various locations see Peer Advisor
4:45p.m.-7:00p.m.Celebration Dinner in the Dining Commons
7:15p.m.-8:30p.m.Residence meetings in various locations
Saturday, 8/29TimeEvent Details and Locations
8:10a.m. – 9:15a.m.Breakfast in the Dining Commons
9:30a.m. – 10:15a.m.Devotions with core groups led by PA’s/SLL’s, various locations
10:30a.m. – 11:45a.m.Operation Community, various locations, see RA for details
11:45a.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch in the Dining Commons
1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.Making the Most of College I, various locations
4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.Athletic Practices, various locations
5:00p.m.-6:30p.m.Core Group Dinner in the Dining Commons
7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.Coffee House at the outdoor tent in the plaza
7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.Men’s Soccer scrimmage @ the Soccer field
7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.Ice Cream with the Prez @ the Presidents lawn
Sunday, 8/30TimeEvent Details and Locations
9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.Campus Worship services at the tent outside the plaza
11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.Brunch in the Dining Commons
1:00p.m.-3:30p.m.Service Projects, various locations, see PA for details
4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.Making the Most of College II, various locations
5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.Core Group Dinner in the Dining Commons
8:30p.m.-10:00p.m.Arbor Nights, various locations
Monday, 8/31TimeEvent Details and Locations
7:40a.m. – 8:40a.m.Breakfast in the Dining Commons
8:45a.m. – 9:20a.m.Devotions with core groups led by PA’s/SLL’s, various locations
9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.Lowdown at the tent outside the plaza
11:45a.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch in the Dining Commons
1:45p.m.-3:15p.m.Major Meet-Up in Various Locations
4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.Athletic Practices in Various Locations
5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.Residence life/Commuter Dinner in the Dining Commons
9:00p.m.Residence Meetings in Various Locations
Tuesday, 9/01TimeEvent Details and Locations
Times will varyClasses Begin, various locations

Note: All of this information is up to date as of 8/8/2020 and is subject to change.