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 events that are bolded are required for all first-year students.

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 in to your residence hall. All incoming students have an assigned time between 9 am-12 pm on Thursday, August 25th, 2022.

Q: When do commuter students arrive on Thursday, August 25, 2022?

A: Commuter students and their parents/families kick off Welcome Week with a Commuter lunch and orientation sessions starting at 12 pm. 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!9:00am12:00pmResidence Halls
Information Hub9:00am4:00pmStudent Center
Open House: Bayley Alumni House11:00am2:15pmBayley Alumni House
Open House: Career Services11:00am2:15pmThomas Library
Open House: McClain Center11:00am2:15pmMcClain Center
Open House: Womyn's Center11:00am2:15pmWomyn's Center
Open House: COMPASS11:00am2:15pmThomas Library
Open House: Weaver Chapel11:00am2:15pmWeaver Chapel
Open House: Tiger Counseling11:00am2:15pm2nd Floor Shouvlin Center
Open House: Thomas Library11:00am2:15pmThomas Library
Open House: University Honors Program11:00am2:15pmMatthies House
Commuter & Family Lunch12:00pm CDR
Commuter Student Welcome & Orientation
(required for commuters)
12:45pm2:00pmShouvlin 105 & Geil Lounge
Transfer Student Welcome & Orientation
(required for transfers)
2:00pm3:00pmShouvlin 105
New Student & Family Welcome Reception3:00pm4:30pmChapel Lawn (rain site: Arena)
Parents & Families Depart4:00pm4:30pm 
Find Your Tiger Team4:15pm4:30pmAlumni Way
First Meal on campus with Tiger Team4:30pm6:30pmCDR
Tiger Team Meeting 14:30pm6:30pm 
Traveling Tiger Social: Commuter Students6:30pm7:15pmGeil Lounge/Commuter HUB
Residence Hall Meetings6:30pm7:15pmResidence Halls
Meet your Community (Playfair): A powerful experience where you can make friends and get excited for you first night at Witt!7:30pm9:00pmSteemer
Hypnotist: Michael C. Anthony: The funniest show you will see where students from the audience get hypnotized to do the impossible! SEE the show or Be the Show!9:15pm10:30pmArena
Late Night Hall Programs10:30pm Residence Halls

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
FYS: Your First College Course8:30am10:00amVarious classrooms
Transfer Students: Transition Session9:00am10:00amShouvlin 105
First-Year Class Photo10:15am10:45amMyers Hall Steps
Opening Convocation11:00am12:00pmWeaver Chapel
Lunch with FYS Class12:00pm1:00pmChapel Lawn
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.1:00pm5:00pmMeet at Wally Witt
President's Reception5:00pm7:00pmBenjamin Prince House
Tiger Team Meetings & Dinner5:00pm7:00pmCDR
Witt Olympics Meet-Up: On-campus students meet up at your residence hall. Commuter Students meet up at the Traveling Tiger HUB. 7:00pm7:15pmResidence Halls/Traveling Tiger HUB
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: Keep the competition going with laser tag, gelly ball, and various games! Young's ice cream will be given out. 9:00pm Alumni Way & Post 95

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Educational Programming: Sex Rules, an interactive and multimedia Title IX-compliant lecture that discusses sexual assault awareness. The program's focus is to simultaneously educate and empower your students to understand safe sex practices, interactions, and exploration. Sex Rules trains students to understand and recognize all forms of sexual violence, along with proper methods for healing or helping survivors who have experienced any form of sexual misconduct.9:00am10:45amArena South
Tiger Team Meeting 410:45am11:45amVarious Locations
Lunch with Tiger Team11:45am1:00pmCDR
Downtown Springfield Takeover1:00pm3:00pmDowntown Springfield
Connections Time3:00pm4:00pmAlumni Way
Tiger Team Dinner5:00pm6:30pmCDR
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.7:30pm8:30pmChakeres Memorial Theatre
Witt Late Night: Welcome Back, Bash: Interactive activities include 24-foot rock wall, a three-lane bungee run, LED putt putt golf, zorb ball track obstacle course, Wittenberg stuffable pillows, and food trucks. Plus live music from a pop/rock band, Running Lights.8:00pm11:30pmAlumni Way

EventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Donuts and Fellowship10:30am11:00amWeaver Chapel
Worship Service11:00am Weaver Chapel
Commitment to Community & Final Tiger Team Meeting2:00pm3:00pmVarious Locations
Closing Remarks3:15pm4:00pmArena South
CBS Cookout6:00pm9:00pmMcClain Center
All-Residence Hall Meetings8:00pm9:00pmLobbies of Residence Halls

DateEventStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
August 29First Day of Class (FDOC) Campus Info. Tables7:30am10:30amAlumni Way, Ferncliff, and Tower
August 29Honors Orientation5:00pm7:00pmMatthies House
August 30First Day of Class (FDOC) Campus Info. Tables7:30am10:30amAlumni Way, Ferncliff, and Tower
August 30Witt Gear Bingo9:00pm11:00pmCenter Dining Room
August 31Founder's Opening Party9:00pm11:00pmFounder's Pub
September 1Fall Involvement & Resource Fair5:00pm8:00pmAlumni Way (rain site: Student Center)
September 2Traveling Tiger Welcome Bash5:00pm7:00pmHUB and Geil Lounge
September 3Ezra's Hour6:45pm8:45pmFounder's Pub
September 5Greek Life Carnival3:00pm5:00pmAlumni Way
September 71st Tiger (1st Gen Student) Welcome Reception6:00pm8:00pmGeil Lounge
September 7Founder's Trivia7:00pm9:00pmFounder's Pub
September 8Witt Late Night9:00pm12:00amEdwards-Maurer Field
September 9W-Day5:00pm8:00pmAlumni Way
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