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Welcome Week

Sunday, September 1st - Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Moving in and getting acquainted

The beginning of school is an exciting time for the campus and for our new students. Welcome Week begins with a 3-day social and educational program in which all new students can become better acquainted with the MCLA community. We look forward to having all our new students join in our college community through this frist three-day experience. 

Our program is sure to engage you in the spirit of our campus through community sharing opportunities, academic life components as well co-curricular experiences. Events throughout these days are carefully selected to assist with your transition into our MCLA college community.

Events that occurred within the Welcome Week Program and as part of our Welcome Back series throughout September included:

  • Academic success workshops
  • Community building speaker sessions
  • Annual community service necessities drive
  • March to Victory and Engagement Fair
  • Traditional Academic Convocation followed by the President's Cookout Lunch
  • The Student Activities Council also hosts late evening programming like: SAC Salute to Summer Fest and Comedian Lauren Faver
  • Mt. Greylock Annual Hike: September 7th - open to new and returning students - Register today!
          Tips for Hiking Mt. Greylock Info Sheet

In addition to participating in educational and social programming opportunities, Welcome Week allows you to connect with students and staff across campus. During the 3 day intensive of Welcome Week you will meet the following people: your roommate or other commuter students, your Peer Mentor and Resident Adviser, staff, administration and faculty members. Making connections with our campus is made easy and fun during Welcome Week and beyond!

 welcome week banner

Sunday, September 1st

10 a.m. -
4 p.m.
New Resident Student Check-InResidence Areas
10 a.m. -
4 p.m.
Offices Open

Admission Office
Bookstore
Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE)
Computer Help Desk (open until 11 p.m.)
Mailroom
MCLA Dining Services
Public Safety (open 24/7)
Student Financial Services

Smith House
Campus Center, 1st floor
Eldridge Hall, top level

Murdock Hall, 1st floor

Venable Hall
Campus Center, 1st floor
277 Ashland Street
Eldridge Hall, middle level

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.LunchFree for new students and their families
(pick up lunch passes at the Family Photo Booth)
Campus Center, 1st floor
12 noon - 4 p.m.Family Photo BoothHave your family photo taken!

            #MakeItMCLA
Campus Center, 1st floor
12 noon - 
10 p.m.
Office OpenFreel LibraryFreel Library
4 p.m.Family Send-offStudents say farewell to your families
4 p.m.Orientation SessionSession for students who were unable to attend a Summer OrientationMurdock Hall, 218

5 -
9 p.m.

Resident Student
Meeting and Dinner
Berkshire Towers and Flagg Townhouses
  5-6 p.m. Resident Student Meetings
    Berkshire Towers
    Flagg Townhouses
  6-7 p.m. Dinner
  7-8:30 p.m. Resident Student Meetings
    Berkshire Towers
    Flagg Townhouses
Hoosac Hall
  5:15-6:45 p.m. Resident Student Meetings
  6:45-7:45 p.m. Dinner
  7:45-8:45 p.m. Resident Student Meetings



Murdock Hall
Bowman Hall,  119
Centennial Room

Murdock Hall
Bowman Hall, 119

Individual HH Floors
Centennial Rooms
Individual HH Floors

8 -
10 p.m.
Decompression ZoneVisit the library for a quiet respite when you need it. We have playdoh, puzzles, coloring, and a few arts and crafts to enjoy while you decompress.Freel Library
9 p.m.FIRST NIGHTGet to know all the other new MCLA students in a fun and engaging way!Venable Gym
10:30 p.m.Residence Area ConnectionResidence Areas


Monday, September 2nd

7:30 -
8:45 a.m.
BreakfastCentennial Room

9 a.m.

FYE After Orientation: The Next Chapter

Peer Mentor meet and greet to learn more about the next steps in your first year at MCLA
Church Street Center
   Auditorium

10 a.m.


11 a.m.

FYE Group Session 1


FYE Group Session 2

The Academic Apps: What You Need To Know

Foundations of the Liberal Arts Education
Church Street Center
   Auditorium


   Social Hall

10 a.m.


11 a.m.

Transfer Student Session 1

Transfer Student Session 2

Making the Most of a Liberal Arts Education

The Academic Apps: What You Need To Know
Church Street Center
Social Hall

Auditorium
12 noonPeer Mentor Group LunchBowman Hall

1:30 p.m.

Living Your Best Life

How to make the most of your life on campus
Church Street Center
   
Auditorium
2 -
6 p.m.
Off Campus AdventureChoose from a variety of off campus adventures!

Buses will leave from the Church Street Center
4 -
8 p.m.
Walmart ShuttleShuttle will make continuous trips to Walmart with the last pick from Hoosac Hall at 7:15 p.m. and the last pick up from Walmart at 7:55 p.mHoosac Hall
4:30 -
7 p.m.
DinnerCentennial Room
8 -
10 p.m.
Rec FestKaraoke
Game Night
Intramural Games
Sullivan Lounge
Freel Library 
Venable Gym/Taconic Lawn
Connection Groups8-8:30 p.m. LGBTQIA+


8:15-8:45 p.m. Students of Color

8:30-9 p.m. Anime Aficionados

8:45-9:15 p.m. I heart  community service
IGE Resource Center
    Campus Center, 3rd floor

Empowerment Lounge

    Venable Hall, 3rd floor
Murdock, 208

    
Volunteer Center
    Campus Center, 3rd floor
8 -
10 p.m.
Decompression ZoneVisit the library for a quiet respite when you need it. We have playdoh, puzzles, coloring, and a few arts and crafts to enjoy while you decompress.Freel Library


Tuesday, September 3rd

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.Breakfast

Sullivan Lounge
   *alternate location

8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Late RegistrationNew and Returning StudentsRegistrar Office
Eldridge Hall, main level
9 a.m.FYE Group MeetingsMeet with your Peer Mentor to review helpful topics that will get you ready for your first weeks of schedule including: goal setting, time management, and college life.Bowman Hall
11 a.m.Commuter Student MeetingCSI atrium
11:30 a.m.Convocation Line UpLine up with all the new MCLA students as you participate the time honored MCLA tradition of walking through the gates on your way to the Convocation Ceremony.CSI sidewalk
12 noonConvocationConvocation is a time to celebrate. We celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you.Campus Center Gym
1 p.m.Cookout LunchEnjoy lunch outside with the whole campus communityAcademic Quad
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
MCLA Talks

Topics:
   -What I wish I knew when I was in college
   -Create self-success
   -Resiliency in the face of adversity
   -Paying for college on my own
   -How I learned to talk with others and express my own opinion
   -Learning in the moment


Church Street Center
   
Auditorium 
4:30 -
7 p.m.
DinnerCentennial Room
6:00 p.m.Women's Volleyball GameCheer on the volleyball team as they compete against Mount HolyokeCampus Center Gym
7 -
8:30 p.m.
Residence Area MeetingBerkshire Tower
Hoosac Hall
Flagg Townhouses
Murdock Hall
Individual HH Floors
Bowman Hall

8:30 p.m.

Welcome Back Trivia

All students are welcome to this competition of the minds! Compete to win prizes!
    Sponsored by SAC
Church Street Center
   Social Hall
8 -
10 p.m.
Decompression ZoneVisit the library for a quiet respite when you need it. We have playdoh, puzzles, coloring, and a few arts and crafts to enjoy while you decompress.Freel Library


Wednesday, September 4th—First Day of Classes

8 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Resource TentStart your first day of classes off by stopping by the tent and ask us anything! We are here to help you begin the first day of classes right!

     #MCLAMYFIRSTWEEK2019
Academic Quad
   Rain location:
            Bowman Hall
9 -
11 a.m.
Pop-Tarts and PastriesCome grab an iced coffee and treat on your way to the first day of class!
       Sponsored by SAC
Academic Quad
5 p.m.Women's Soccer GameCheer on the women’s soccer team as they compete against Saint Joseph’s (Connecticut)Athletic Complex
   776 West Shaft Road
7 p.m.FYE First Day In: Peer Mentor Group MeetingPeer Mentors available to help answer questions about your first day of school and how to prep for the coming months.Bowman Hall


Thursday, September 5th

8 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Resource TentHave Questions? We have answers! Stop by to say Hi or ask any questions you might have!Academic Quad
   Rain location:
            Bowman Hall
12 noon FYE SessionCampus Scavenger Hunt with your Peer MentorVarious Locations
Connection Groups8-8:30 p.m. Gamers Connect


8:15-8:45 p.m. I'm not from here: Out of State Students Connect


8:30-9 p.m. Book Worms

8:45-9:15 p.m. I was a vegetarian before it was cool!
Campus Center
   Sullivan Lounge

Murdock Hall, 208


Freel Library

Achievement Lounge
   Campus Center, 2nd floor


Friday, September 6th - Spirit Friday

All DaySpirit FridayJoin the new tradition of showing your MCLA trailblazer pride and support by wearing the college colors or favorite MCLA T-shirt every Friday!

          #MCLASpiritFriday
8 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Resource TentHave Questions? We have answers! Stop by to say Hi or ask any questions you might have!

     #MCLAMYFRISTWEEK2019
Academic Quad
   Rain location:
            Bowman Hall
11 a.m. -
12 noon
Open HouseSociology, Anthropology, & Social WorkMurdock Hall, top floor
2:30 -
4:30 p.m.
CSSE Open HouseAll students are welcome to drop in for pizza and beverages to learn more of what the Center for Student Success and Engagement has to offer!CSSE Office
 
Eldridge Hall, top level
3 -
4 p.m.
Open Houses

All Students
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Computer Science
English & Communications
Environmental Studies
Fine & Performing Arts
History and Political Science
Interdisciplinary Studies,
Philosophy, and Modern Language
Mathematics
Psychology
Undeclared Students

Freel Library
CSI, 208
Murdock Hall, 101/102
CSI, 308
Bowman Hall, 101/122
Mark Hopkins, 110
CSI, 225
Bowman Hall, 319
72 Porter Street
100 Porter Street

Bowman Hall, 105
CSI, 3rd floor
CSSE
  Eldridge Hall, top level

4 p.m.Men's Soccer GameCheer on the men’s soccer team as they compete against Coast GuardAthletic Complex
   776 West Shaft Road
10 p.m. -
1 a.m.
Heat Wave: Endless Summer Dance Party with MC LALet's turn it up, and get down for one last hot summer night dance party. The dance floor is heating up! Get off your phone and get into the groove. All students with valid MCLA ID are welcome to soak in the vibes, mingle with the mermaids, splash in the sounds and swim in the dance floor sea. Come dressed in your best endless summer wears! Venable Gym


Saturday, September 7th

9 a.m.Mt Greylock HikeRain date: Sunday, September 8th

Register for the Mt Greylock Hike
Sullivan Lounge
11 a.m. -
4 p.m.
Book Store Open
*special hours
Campus Center, 1st floor
1 p.m.Women's Tennis MatchCheer on the women’s tennis team as they compete against Thomas (ME)Athletic Complex
   776 West Shaft Road
4 p.m.Men's Soccer GameCheer on the men’s soccer team as they compete against Western Connecticut StateAthletic Complex
   776 West Shaft Road
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.SAC Salute To Summer FestSAC's annual Fest with inflatables, games, and prizes with a new nighttime twist!Quad/Venable Gym

Convocation 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019,12:00 p.m.
Campus Center Gym