Turning Titan: New Student Orientation Schedule

Turning Titan: New Student Orientation is an exciting six day program where new IWU students get a chance to begin to build their community on campus, meet with their First Year Advisor, register for fall 2020 classes, become acquainted with campus, meet their Titan Orientation Leaders and much more!

Attendance for first year students is mandatory.

The dates of Turning Titan are Tuesday, August 11, 2020 through Sunday, August 16, 2020

Turning Titan Check-in takes place from 8:00am- 5:00pm at the Hansen Center. See you there!

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Tues. 8/11/20
Time Event & Location  Description
8:00am - 5:00pm           Check-In/Registration (Hansen Student Center Please make sure to follow the arrival instructions and COVID-19 testing protocols.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Instructions for lunch will be provided in your check-in details. 
4:30pm - 6:00pm Dinner (Residence Halls Dinner will be provided in the residence halls to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period. 
6:15pm - 7:00pm New Student   Convocation (Virtual Opportunity - Zoom) Welcome to our academic community! This is the first of several Convocation ceremonies that take place throughout the academic year and the first event that new students will participate in together. This event will be recorded and later shared on the website 
7:15pm - 8:15pm Orientation Group Meeting with Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) (Virtual Opportunity) Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) are current IWU students volunteering for the week to serve as your guides throughout orientation. Join your TOLs and orientation group members as you navigate these first days on campus together.
8:30pm - 9:15pm       Hall Floor Meetings (Virtual Opportunity) Welcome to your first floor meeting! This time allows you to meet your floor-mates through discussions and icebreakers. Become acquainted with your First-Year Resident Advisor (FYRA) as you discuss community expectations and roommate contracts. Time is provided for you to familiarize yourself with residence hall and University policies. You will begin to brainstorm a floor name and theme.
9:30pm - 11:30pm Trivia! (Virtual Opportunity So us what you know while winning prizes in the process! Who wants to be the IWU trivia champion! 
Wed. 8/12/20
Time Event & Location Description
8:00am - 9:00am               Breakfast (Residence Halls) Breakfast will be provided in the residence halls to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period. 
8:00am - 10:00am   Second Language Placement Tests  (Virtual) Online placement tests in French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish will help you determine the level of language course to best match your skill level. You will receive an email to help you determine if you need to take the test. Check your individual schedule for instructions.
10:00am - 10:45am Academics 101 (Virtual Opportunity )  In this session you will learn about IWU’s general education, graduation, and academic requirements, as well as hear about available campus resources to assist with your academic success. Check your individual schedule for instructions. 
11:00am - 11:45am Departmental Information Sessions  ( Virtual Opportunity ) In the departmental information session you will meet a faculty member in your declared major department, hear about major requirements, and learn about the opportunities within your field of study. Check your individual schedule for instructions. 
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Residence Halls) Lunch will be provided in the residence halls to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period. 
1:15pm - 2:00pm Group Advising Sessions  (Virtual Opportunity) In this first meeting with your advisor, you will begin discussing and planning your first semester’s schedule. Check your individual schedule for instructions. 
2:15pm - 3:00pm Professional/Secondary Education Meetings (Virtual Opportunity)   This session provides students pursuing or considering pursuing pre-professional programs the opportunity to learn about the curriculum and requirements. Programs include: Pre-Health (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine), Engineering Pathways, Pre-Law, or Secondary Education. Check your individual schedule for instructions. 
3:30pm- 4:30pm Orientation/TOL Group Meet Up (Virtual Opportunity)  This meeting will provide additional opportunities for TOL groups to get to know each other. 
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner (Residence Halls) Dinner will be provided in the residence halls to adhere the 48 hour self isolation period.
6:15 - 7:15pm  Orientation/TOL Group Meet Up (Virtual Opportunity)  Students will have the opportunity to continue building relationships with their fellow classmates. 
7:30pm - 8:30pm Hall Floor Meetings (Virtual Opportunity) This session will provide more opportunities for students to build relationships with their fellow floormates. 
9:30pm - 11:00pm Boom Boom Bingo (Virtual Opportunity) This virtual bingo game will be played with online bingo cards, and called out numbers from your musical guest event manager and DJ!
Thurs. 8/13/20
Time Event & Location  Description
8:00am - 9:00am           Breakfast (Residence Halls) Breakfast will be provided in the residence halls in order to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period. 
8:30am - 12:00pm Individual Academic Advising Appointment (30 minute sessions) (Virtual Session) Advisors will contact students to schedule this meeting. After you meet with your advisor and receive a PIN, you are able to register for fall courses. Use your personal computer or device. If you need assistance with registration, please call the Academic Advising Center at 309.556.3231 or the Registrar's office at 309.556.3161. 
9:00am-9:30am Turning Titan My Way: Hart Career Center (Virtual Opportunity) The Hart Career Center strongly encourages first year students to visit early and often. Questions about majors or careers? Wondering about how to find internships? Need help with your resume? Our staff can work with you, and these are just a few of the services we provide. Meet our staff in this session and learn how to ensure your future success!
9:30am - 9:50am Turning Titan My Way: Ames Library ( Virtual Opportunity )  The Ames Library is a “go-to” resource for all first-year students, whether they have questions about their courses, campus resources, or the local community. We can help you to find and borrow materials from libraries throughout Illinois (and around the world), and our librarians are available to provide research assistance, including shaping a topic, finding and evaluating resources, and citing and presenting information for your assignments. Our partners in The Writing Center, The Thorpe Center, The Center for Engaged Learning, and The Action Research Center (all located in The Ames Library) are also available to help you with questions about your writing, technology on campus, and opportunities for community engagement. Come to this session to learn more about how the library can help you to succeed in the classroom and outside of it!
9:50am - 10:20am Turning Titan My Way: Study Abroad (Virtual Opportunity ) IWU’s International Office oversees semester-length, year-long, and summer study abroad programs. From Aberdeen to Zagreb—we offer study abroad programs in over 70 countries/regions and in hundreds of locations, with programs suited to almost every major on campus. Come to this session and learn more about studying abroad!
10:20am - 10:40am Turning Titan My Way: Student Involvement (Virtual Opportunity ) Learn about leadership opportunities and ways to stay active and make friends within your residence hall, student government, Greek Life, and campus-wide program and event planning. In addition, learn how you can remain physically active through participation in intramural sports.
10:40am - 11:00am Turning Titan My Way: Student Employment (Virtual Opportunity) This session is required for all first year students who have been awarded work study as part of their financial aid package. Students awarded work study must attend one of these sessions.
11:00am - 1:00pm Lunch (Residence Halls Lunch will be provided in the residence halls to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period.
1:00pm - 4:00pm Individual Academic Advising Appointment (30 minute sessions) Advisors will contact students to schedule this meeting. After you meet with your advisor and receive a PIN, you are able to register for fall courses. Use your personal computer or device  if you need assistance with registration, please call the Academic Advising Center at 309.556.3231 or the Registrar's office at 309.556.3161. 
1:00pm-1:30pm Turning Titan My Way: Hart Career Center (Virtual Opportunity ) See Above 
1:30pm - 1:50pm Turning Titan My Way: Ames Library  ( Virtual Opportunity ) See Above
1:50pm - 2:20pm Turning Titan My Way: Study Abroad (Virtual Opportunity ) See Above
2:20pm - 2:40pm Turning Titan My Way: Student Involvement (Virtual Opportunity ) See Above
2:40pm - 3:00pm Turning Titan My Way: Student Employment (Virtual Opportunity ) See Above 
4:00pm-5:00pm Dinner (Residence Halls) Dinner will be provided in the residence halls to adhere to the 48 hour self isolation period.
6:15pm - 7:15pm Say What?! (Virtual Opportunity)
This educational session uses humor, interactive talk, and exercises to create an impactful and meaningful learning environment for all participants. Say What?! utilizes research from psychology and adult learning theory mixed with real world discussion and examples of cultural differences happening around us. Check with TOLs for room location. 
7:30pm - 8:30pm FYRA/TOL Discussion (Virtual Opportunity)  FYRAs and TOLs will facilitate a discussion about Say What while challenging students to reflect on what they just learned.  
9:00 pm  - 10:30 pm Zach Pincince, The Hypnotist  With hundreds of millions of views and millions of followers on the popular social media app TikTok in just the past few months, Zach Pincince is the most viral hypnotist on the planet right now. *Up to 20 students will be able to attend in person. 

*Class Registration will take place immediately following advising appointments.
Fri. 8/14/20
Time Event & Location Description
8:00am - 9:00am   Breakfast (MC Bertholf Commons) For early risers please stop by the commons and grab some breakfast. 
10:00am - 10:50am Academic Expectations Panel (Virtual Opportunity)  During this session, students will hear from upper-division students and faculty about what it is like to be a student at IWU, including how being in a college environment differs academically from a high school environment. Check your individual schedule for instructions.
11:00 - 1:00pm Lunch w/ TOL groups (MC Bertholf Commons OR The Dugout) Lunch times/locations will be assigned. Please check with TOLs for information. 
1:15pm- 2:30pm Summer Reading Program Discussion (Virtual Discussion Join IWU faculty, staff, alumni, upper class students and your Gateway or First Year Experience classmates, for a discussion of the Summer Reading Program book, What The Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. This discussion serves as an introduction to the IWU intellectual community. Please bring your book and ideas about this text for a dynamic discussion. Check your individual schedule for instructions.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Turning Titan My Way (Various Locations, see Turning Titan My Way tab below for more information) Turn Titan in your own way by choosing from a list of sessions that will teach you more about the IWU experience. 
4:00pm- 6:00pm Dinner with TOL Group  (Bertholf Commons or the Dugout) While some groups eat the other groups will chalk their aspirations near Aspiration Fountain. 
6:30pm - 7:30pm "The Hook Up" (Virtual Opportunity)  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.
7:45pm - 8:45pm FYRA/TOL Discussion Meetings  (Virtual Opportunity )    FYRAs and TOLs will facilitate a discussion about "The Hook Up" while challenging students to reflect on what they just learned. 
9:00 pm  - 10:30 pm Chris Carter The Mentalist (Virtual opportunity) Chris Carter is an IWU alum who is recognized as one of the world’s greatest mind readers. However, he is the first to admit that he is not psychic, rather a skilled observer of human behavior and a life-long interest in non-verbal communication and people reading. A psychology and theatre major while at IWU, Chris will surely wow you with a great evening of entertainment and insight into the depths of your mind. *Up to 20 students will be able to attend in person. 
Sat. 8/15/20
 
Time Event & Location Description
9:00am - 10:00am     Breakfast ( MC Bertholf Commons) MC Bertholf Commons
10:00 - 12:00pm  Mural Painting (Main Quad Our quad will be jam-packed with fun today! Floors will paint their murals while listening to music. The murals will be judged at 12:00 PM. Rain location is the Munsell-Ferguson Breezeway.
12:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch (MC Bertholf Commons or Dugout)
Lunch with your new friends 
2:00pm - 5:00pm  Be In Community Scavenger hunts in both Bloomington and Normal; Walk on Constitution Trail; Walk to get ice cream (Emack/Main Street Scoop)
5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner with TOL Group (MC Bertholf Commons)
Dinner with your new friends 
8:00pm - 11:00pm Titan Kickoff  (Virtual and various locations) There will be DIY paint by number kits that we will have available for people in Young Main/Hansen. There will be a movie in Hansen. There will also be Mini Golf, Laser Tag, and another event on the quad, mini quad, and the beach. There will be a Kona Ice Truck and the Mister Softee Ice Cream truck. 
Sun. 8/16/20
 
Time Event & Location Description
10:30am - 12:30pm    Brunch ( MC Bertholf Commons and the Dugout)                                                          Enjoy brunch with friends!
2:00 - 3:00pm Being a Successful Online Student Webinar Learn how to be a successful online student. 
5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner ( MC Bertholf Commons and the Dugout) Enjoy dinner with friends!

 

Classes begin on Monday, August 17, 2020

Turning Titan My Way
Time Friday August 14 Location
3:00-3:40 pm/3:50-4:30pm Eating Options at IWU Memorial Center Dugout
3:00-3:40 pm/3:50-4:30pm Revisiting Diversity and Inclusion Model Memorial Henning Room
3:00-3:40 pm/3:50-4:30pm I volunteered in high school....now what?: Getting Involved in Bloomington-Normal Memorial Turfler Room
3:00-3:40 pm/3:50-4:30pm Your Health at IWU: Overview of Arnold Health Services and Counseling and Consultation Services Memorial Center Joslin Atrium 
3:00-3:40 pm/3:50-4:30pm Exploring Spiritual Life at IWU  Memorial Center Cartwright Room 
 
Please note that activities are subject to change in response to state, federal, and public health guidelines.