Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week Schedule

Stay tuned for the schedule for Welcome Week 2018.

In the meantime, check out 2017's schedule to get a glimpse into what to expect. All programs are subject to change for 2018, but know that you'll get an amazing experience no matter what! 

First Year and Transfer Students will gain valuable opportunities to find new friends and community at North Central College!

Wednesday, September 6

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New Student Move-In
All Residence Halls
The Cardinal Move-In Crew—including campus leaders and members of our nationally ranked football team—will help you get settled in your residence hall room.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cardinal First Family Continental Breakfast
Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 
This welcome breakfast is for all incoming first-generation college students* and their parents. Students will meet several Cardinal First Ambassadors (upperclass first-generation students), faculty/staff who were first-generation college students and Julie Carballo, Director of First Generation Programs. 

*first-generation student defined as neither parent having a four-year degree

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Welcome Picnic Lunch
Jefferson Lawn and Ratio Hall in the Wentz Science Center (rain location Res/Rec)
You and your family are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch with the campus community. If you choose to dine in downtown Naperville, we encourage you to take advantage of the special offers provided by local restaurants. You can find these special offers online here. 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In and Parking Permits
Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall
Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials and meet our Commuter Services Staff!

Parking permits will also be available for purchase!

2:30 - 4 p.m. Opening Convocation
Pfeiffer Hall
Join in this traditional celebration with your family, where you are formally welcomed into the North Central academic community. This is the last event for parents and family members before we say "See You Soon!".

4 - 5 p.m. Boilerhouse Open House
Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe
Commuter Student Services welcomes our newest students. Come and meet our Commuter Assistants while enjoying light snacks and friendly conversation. 

5 - 7 p.m. Opening Meetings and Dinner
Residence Halls, Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage
Meet your respective Resident Assistant (RA) and Commuter Assistant (CA), learn about campus services and upcoming events. Resident Student meetings will be on their assigned floors, and Commuter Students will meet at in Upper WAC. Resident Student dinner will be in Kaufman Dining Hall, and Commuter Students will eat dinner at The Cage. 

7 - 7:45 p.m. Group Meetings
Various Locations
Join your First-Year Mentor and Resident Assistant or Commuter Assistant (CA), who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other new students in your FYE section. Your FYE class will be located on the Welcome Week packet that you will receive at Check In or on your Residence Hall room door!! If you haven't received it, please reach out to the orientation staff at orientation@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5410.

8 - 10 p.m. Torchlight Celebration
Pfeiffer Hall
A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torchlight Parade dates back to 1912! Hear about the College motto Lux Veritas in a night dedicated to North Central College traditions and inspiring school spirit, including North Central’s fight song, Alma Mater, and more.

10 - 11 p.m. Bonfire
Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, South Lawn behind stadium
Enjoy a bonfire with fellow first-year students. Make your own s'mores! 

Thursday, September 7

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group
Kaufman Dining Hall & Cage
Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9-10:30am FYE Meeting for First Year Students / Transfer Student Meeting
First Years will meet in their FYE classroom and Transfer Students will meet in Upper WAC
Get excited to meet your fellow students! You'll hear all about Welcome Week and ways that you can get to know each other and learn all about the great resources at North Central!

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Kaufman Dining Hall
Meet with your group or with friends for lunch. Check in with your FYM or OL to find out where you should meet before your next presentation.

11-12:30pm The Hook Up
Pfeiffer Hall
Hooking up can often sound like harmless fun, but it can also be a cover for some very unhealthy behaviors. This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it's actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. A Better High
Pfeiffer Hall
This informative and humorous presentation focuses on natural highs and creating healthy habits in college. Matt’s comedic style, interactive demonstrations and inspirational stories are an ideal combination for college audiences. In addition, current research on resilience, mental health and substance abuse are integrated into the program. Matt also shares his own story of college prevention leadership, as the founder of a nationally recognized student group at Bucknell University.

4 - 6 p.m. Scavenger Hunt--Amazing Race Style!
All FYE & Transfer student teams will compete for the ultimate prize. Each team will compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, before they move on to the next location. Ultimately getting each team to know North Central College, the surrounding areas and great fun in the process!

5-7 p.m.  Honors Dinner
Res/Rec--Third Floor
First year students who have been accepted into the College Scholars Honors Program are invited to a casual dinner. We will introduce you to the Honors Program space in Ward Hall while you get to know your fellow Class of 2021 College Scholars, some returning honors students and faculty members.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Kaufman Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7:30 - 11 p.m.  Casino Night
Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre Lobbies
With $1,000 in prizes the odds are in your favor, you just have to join in the game. Fun favorites like Poker, Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack along with some free food: it’s sure to be a good night.

Friday, September 8

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group
Kaufman Dining Hall, Cage & Boilerhouse
Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 11 a.m. Theatre of the Oppressed
Pfeiffer Hall
Members of our theatre faculty lead all new students in an exploration of eliminating oppression. Short scenes will depict situations that could occur on our campus and the audience will work to find a solution. 

11 - 1 p.m. Lunch
Kaufman Dining Hall
Meet with your group or with friends for lunch.

12 - 1 p.m. Nutritionist
Wentz Concert Hall and Lobby
Requirement for all first-year student athletes. Nutritionist Kate Davis MS, RD, CSSD, LDN will speak to the importance of a well-balanced diet and lifestyle during the transition into your first year of collegiate athletics.

1 - 3 p.m. Conversations that Matter
Pfeiffer Hall
Let’s face it; there are people and topics that at some point are just off limits. You just can’t do it or them right now. Even worse, often it is a difficult topic that you have to bring up with a difficult person. What if you could engage in these conversations with more confidence, humor, and ease? No matter the person or topic, you are your best tool for conversations that matter. Understanding your self and others as differently right gives you the tools to intentionally design teams, groups, and partnerships that can bring value to a single project or topic. We are all frustrating to someone, and at times even to ourselves. Once you know who and how you are, you can reclaim responsibility for these behavior response patterns and leave room for others to do the same. Before you know it, you are having better conversations and fuller relationships with those around you. I promise – it is that easy.

3 - 4:30 p.m. FYE Part 2
Various classrooms, see your Welcome Week brochure for location
Part 2 is a continuation of your meeting from Thursday. Take this opportunity to ensure you are ready for classes on Monday and give feedback about the week's events.


3 - 4:30 p.m. Transfer Student Debrief
Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall
Let's debrief the week so far and see where we can best suit your needs before classes begin on Monday!

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Presidential Ice Cream Social
President's Lawn (409 E. Chicago Avenue)
Join Dr. Troy Hammond, president, and his wife, Sharlene, as they welcome you to North Central College!

5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Kaufman Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7 - 8:30 p.m. The Union
129 W. Benton Avenue  
Free for Students
Enjoy a night of music at The Union; a venue for social change.  

9:00 - 11:30 pm Friday Night Comedian, sponsored by the College Union Activities Board (CUAB)
Pfeiffer Hall

Saturday, September 9

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch
Kaufman Dining Hall

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure
Various Locations
Sign up for your choice of excursions for the day!! Stay on campus and paint a masterpiece for your residence hall room, test your skills at intramural sports. Or you can choose to attend Brookfield Zoo or a Double Decker Tour downtown Chicago. 

No cost! Sign up at the WAC Front Desk--there are limited spots for the off campus excursions, so make sure you sign up early! 

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
White Activities Center,The Cage and Kaufman Dining Room

8 - 9:30 p.m. ThinkFast Trivia Night
Pfeiffer Hall
Win over $500 worth of prizes and test your trivia knowledge in this individual and team effort. Or just come and enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of fast paced competition and fun!

No need to prep a team, just show up!

Sunday, September 10

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Local Church Send Off Breakfast
Kiekhofer Hall Lobby
Meet staff members from the Office of Ministry and Service for an informal breakfast. You will hear about the opportunities for involvement from our office's student organization leaders (Catholic Cardinals, Focus, and United). After breakfast, transportation and walking groups will be provided to a number of local churches.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Kaufman Dining Hall

1 - 4 p.m. Rock the Plaza 
Jefferson Commons
Play a casual game of bags or spikeball; then eat some delicious walking tacos and relax.

1 - 4 p.m. Explore Downtown Naperville
WAC Front Desk/Downtown Naperville
Visit the downtown Naperville shops and restaurants to get stamps on your passport. The more stamps you get, the better your chances of winning great prizes. Pickup and return passports to the WAC Front Desk when you're finished.

1 - 11 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Afternoon shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, Jewel, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more
Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at northcentralcollege.edu/shuttle.

4:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner
Kaufman Dining Hall