Welcome Week: Schedule of Events

Welcome Week at Wittenberg University is the second-part in the Destination Wittenberg: New Student Orientation series.

We hope that the events listed below will inform and entertain, but most of all, we hope that our new students learn everything they need to know about their new college home. Please note that all bolded events are required for all first-year students, and times and locations are subject to change.

Q: Is Welcome Week Required?

A: Yes! Welcome Week—one of the best traditions at Wittenberg is required for all incoming students! Students are paired with a Tiger Team—an upper-class peer leader who will be your guide and built-in support as you begin college!

Q: Do I have to attend all events?

A: Most students attend all events, however, the sessions on the schedule that are BOLD are mandatory for all incoming students!  When you check in on Move-in Day you will receive your individualized schedule that will have the time and locations for sessions.

Q: When do I move into the Residence Halls?

A: All residential students received an email from Residence Life that outlines your specific time to move into your residence hall. All incoming students have an assigned time between 9 am-12 pm on Thursday, August 24th, 2023.

Q: When do commuter students arrive on Thursday, August 24, 2023?

A: Commuter students and their parents/families kick off Welcome Week with a Commuter Student Welcome & Orientation session starting at 2:00 pm in Shouvlin 105. If you have questions, contact Drew Sawyer from COMPASS at sawyera@wittenberg.edu.

Q: What is a Tiger Team?

A: Your Tiger Team is comprised of your classmates from your First-year seminar and is led by 2-3 upper-class peer leaders! This group becomes a great “Home-base” for you as you will have class weekly with this group and many may have similar academic interests! When our graduating seniors look back on their experience, they often note that they made connections through their Tiger Team group!

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Move-in to your residence halls9:00am12:00pmResidence Halls
Information Hub9:00am4:00pmStudent Center
Orientation Session: This is for students who were not able to make our summer Destination Witt10:30am12:00pmShouvlin 201
Open House: Bayley Alumni House11:00am2:15pmBayley Alumni House
Open House: Career Services11:00am2:15pmCOMPASS
Open House: McClain Center: Stop by the McClain Center for Diversity to learn how we support students throughout the year11:00am2:15pmMcClain Center for Diversity
Open House: COMPASS11:00am2:15pmThomas Library
Open House: Tiger Counseling11:00am2:15pmSecond Floor; Shouvlin Center
Open House: Weaver Chapel11:00am2:15pmWeaver Chapel
Open House: Campus Cupboard11:00am2:15pmHagen Center / Campus Cupboard
Open House: University Honors Program11:00am2:15pmMatthies House
Open House: Health Center11:00am2:15pmShouvlin Center Basement
1st Generation Student & Family Welcome Reception: Students will be able to learn about resources/events for 1G, share stories with other 1st gen faculty and staff, and also take pictures with their family for the 1st gen mural to be displayed after winter break/1st gen week.12:00pm1:00pmShouvlin 105
Commuter & Family Lunch12:00pm CDR
Transfer Student Welcome & Orientation
(required for transfers)
1:00pm2:00pmShouvlin 201
Commuter Student Welcome & Orientation
(required for commuters)
2:00pm3:00pmShouvlin 105
New Student & Family Welcome Reception3:00pm4:30pmHWA - Arena
Parents & Families Depart4:00pm4:30pm 
Meet Your Tiger Team4:15pm4:30pmHWA - Arena
First Meal on campus with Tiger Team4:30pm6:30pmCDR
Tiger Team Meeting 14:30pm6:30pm 
Residence Hall Meetings6:30pm7:15pmResidence Halls
Traveling Tiger Social6:30pm7:15pmGeil Lounge/ Commuter HUB
Meet your Community (Playfair): A powerful experience where you can make friends and get excited for you first night at Witt!7:30pm8:30pmSteemer (6:30pm-9:15pm)
Hypnotist: The funniest show you will see where students from the audience get hypnotized to do the impossible! SEE the show or Be the Show!8:30pm9:30pmHWA Pam Evans Smith Arena
Late Night Hall Programs10:30pm Residence Halls

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Tiger Team Meeting 29:00am9:30amChapel Lawn
Opening Convocation10:00am11:00pmWeaver Chapel
First-Year Class Photo11:15am11:45amMyers Hall Steps
Lunch with FYS Class12:00pm1:00pmVarious Classrooms
FYS: Your First College Course1:00pm2:30pmVarious Classrooms
Tiger Team Activities/ Taking Care Of Business: Want to know where your classes are or need to chat with a campus resource? Or maybe you are interested in learning more about the HWA, Thomas Library, or ways to study abroad. This will be your time to choose your path. We will have a Tiger Team assist you.2:30pm5:00pmMeet at Wally Witt
President's Reception5:00pm7:00pmBenjamin Prince House
Tiger Team Meetings & Dinner5:00pm7:00pmCDR
Witt Olympics: Friendly competition between our community! Various competitions like tug-of-war, relay races, trivia, and other activities to see which community is the best!7:15pm8:30pmSteemer
Witt After Dark: RHA9:00pm Alumni Way & Post 95

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Educational Block Rotation9:00am10:45amScience 152A & HWA
Tiger Team Meeting 4 (debrief education session) /Lunch Rotation10:45am11:45amVarious Locations
Lunch with Tiger Team11:00am1:00pmCDR
Downtown Springfield Takeover1:00pm3:00pmDowntown Springfield
Connections Time3:00pm4:00pmAlumni Way
Tiger Team Dinner5:00pm6:30pmCDR
Commitment to Community and Final Team Meeting6:30pm7:30pmHWA:1929 Gym
Closing Remarks7:30pm8:00pmHWA:1929 Gym
Theatre and Dance Showcase: Theatre and dances invigorate every corner of our campus, from contact improvisation exploding across the stage to experimental pieces in alternative spaces, from major Broadway musicals and ballet to student-written plays and hip-hop dance.8:30pm9:30pmChakeres Memorial Theatre
Witt Late Night: Welcome Back Bash8:00pm11:30pmAlumni Way

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Donuts, Fellowship, and Worship 10:30am11:00amWeaver Chapel
Walmart Runs - Rotating Free Shuttles 12:00pm3:00pmStudent Center
CBS Cookout6:00pm9:00pmMcClain Center
All-Residence Hall Meetings8:00pm9:00pmLobbies of Residence Halls
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