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Welcome Weekend

August 24-27, 2018

Welcome Weekend is the beginning of many Taylor traditions. While you are busy packing your suitcases and shopping for supplies, campus leaders arrive even earlier to prepare residence hall programming, plan small group activities, and organize the year’s first dance.

Welcome Weekend, along with Taylor’s First Year Experience* program, can help you meet new friends, make the transition academically, and provide opportunities for you to know yourself and God in a deeper way.

Important Notes:
  • There is no advanced registration or fee needed for students or parents for Welcome Weekend.
  • Students living on campus, please check in at your residence hall lobby upon arrival where you will receive your room key and be greeted by student leaders, ready to assist you with moving-in. **Note: move-in day for upperclassmen is Saturday, August 25, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Transfer students are invited to move-in on Friday and participate in Welcome Weekend. We have specific activities planned for you.
  • Commuter students, please check in at the registration table in Hodson Dining Commons on Friday between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to receive your welcome packet. A complimentary dinner ticket will be provided for students who do not have a meal plan.
  • Parents and guests are invited to purchase meals in the Hodson Dining Commons or Boren Student Center on Friday and Saturday. Meals are payable by cash or credit card at the cashier during each meal.
  • Most parents arrive with their son or daughter for move-in on Friday and stay through Saturday lunch. There are many student activities planned for the remainder of the weekend which will assist with the transition to Taylor. Check for area accommodations.

*The First-Year Experience® is a service mark of the University of South Carolina. A license may be granted upon written request to use the term The First-Year Experience in association with educational programmatic approaches to enhance the first college year. This license is not transferable without written approval of the University of South Carolina.

Welcome Weekend 2018 Schedule
Time Event
Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. Residence Halls Open for Freshmen and New Transfer Students
Check-in at your residence hall. You may arrive at any time during the day, after 9:00 a.m.
Student leaders will be available to assist you!
11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch** – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
See below for ticket information.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Academic and Information Fair – LaRita Boren Campus Center
Visit with faculty from academic departments, representatives from many campus offices, and area churches. A list of departments and participants will be provided at check-in.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music Department Audition Registration/Instrument Lockers – SHMC Room 169
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Honors Reception – Ockenga Honors Lodge
For honors students and their families.
3:00 p.m. Taylor Alumni Legacy Reception and Photo – President’s Lawn
For alumni parents and their incoming student; RSVP required through the alumni office – 765-998-5170 or parents@taylor.edu.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In – Hodson Dining Commons
Receive your registration materials. Parents and guests may purchase meals at the DC.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner** – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
See below for ticket information.
7:00 p.m. Dedication Service – Rediger Auditorium, LaRita Boren Campus Center
A special chapel service for new students and their families.
8:30 p.m. Mandatory Residence Hall Meetings – new students only.
Saturday, August 25
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast** – Hodson Dining Commons
See below for ticket information.
8:30 a.m. Math and Reading Proficiency Testing – Reade 139/140 – for last names A-K.
9:00 a.m. – Noon Music Ensemble Auditions – locations listed on sign-ups in the Dining Commons.
10:30 a.m. Math and Reading Proficiency Testing – Reade 139/140 – for last names L-Z.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Parent Sessions – Rediger Auditorium, LaRita Boren Campus Center:
9:00 – 9:45 – Meet Taylor’s President & University Cabinet
10:00 – 10:45 – Devotions with Dr. and Mrs. Phil Collins
Students may also attend these sessions, as your testing/audition schedule allows.
11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch** – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
See below for ticket information.
Following lunch, we respectfully request that parents say goodbye and depart from campus to begin your journey home. The remainder of the schedule is designed for students only.
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. New Student Gathering – Rediger Auditorium, LaRita Boren Campus Center
For freshmen and new transfer students; dress for outdoor activities.
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
8:00 p.m. All Campus Dance, sponsored by TSO: Dance and Special Events (DSEC)
Sunday, August 26
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast – Hodson Dining Commons
10:00 a.m. Worship Service – Rediger Auditorium, LaRita Boren Campus Center
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Hodson Dining Commons
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. New Student/Faculty Fellowship, hosted by President and Mrs. Haines – Muselman House
For new freshmen and transfer students – meet and mingle with faculty members at the President's home
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Music Ensemble Auditions
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner – Hodson Dining Commons
7:00 p.m. All-Campus Communion Service
Monday, August 27
7:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast – Hodson Dining Commons
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Community Plunge – a Taylor tradition!
An all-campus service day, designed for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to serve the local community through various service projects
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Language Placement Testing
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Music Theory Placement Testing – for all music majors and minors.
9:00 a.m. – Noon Music Ensemble Auditions
11:00 a.m. – Noon Music Voice Major/Minor Studio Placement Audition
11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Honors Student Advising – Ockenga Honors Lodge
Required for all freshmen honors students (please eat lunch prior to noon).
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Departmental Meetings by Major
Required for all new students.
4:30 p.m. Campus Tours with student leaders – a personal walk-through to locate your classrooms.
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner – Hodson Dining Commons or LaRita Boren Campus Center
5:00 p.m. Classes Begin – check TOWER for your class schedule.

** Advance tickets for parent/guest meals at Hodson Dining Commons (DC) are available for purchase by credit card through Wednesday, August 22nd. Tickets can be ordered through our ticket link.

Bring your email confirmation with you for entry into the Dining Commons.

Advance tickets are not required but will save time in line. Tickets may also be purchased at the cashier with cash or credit card during Welcome Weekend. Student meals at the DC will be deducted from the student’s meal plan.

Parent/guest meal prices at the DC are:

Breakfast Adults $6.00; Children $3.00 (under 11)
Lunch Adults $8.00; Children $4.00 (under 11)
Dinner Adults $9.00; Children $4.50 (under 11)

Food service will also be available in LaRita Boren Campus Center for students, parents, and guests throughout the weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 11 a.m. – midnight and Sunday 7 p.m. – midnight. However, advance tickets are not available for the Campus Center location. Students must have their student IDs to use dining dollars at the Campus Center; otherwise, students may purchase meals at the Campus Center for the retail price.

Questions?

Concerned or confused about any of the steps above? Contact Shawnda Freer, Coordinator of First Year Experience, at 765-998-4915 or shfreer@taylor.edu.