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Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2021

August 29-September 2 | Dowagiac Campus

Start college off on the right foot. Welcome Week events help you meet students and staff, engage in campus life, and find all the resources available to you. Welcome, Roadrunners!

Watch a Video Recap of Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week Events

Sunday, August 29

Residence Life Move-In

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Residence Halls

Students will move into their residence halls during this time frame. Welcome Home, Roadrunners! 

Welcome Week Groups Meeting

6:30-7:30 p.m. | Daugherty and O'Leary Buildings

Meet your Welcome Week group leader! Welcome Week leaders will help you transition to college, navigate campus services, and explaining the various events planned for the week.

Welcome Week Kick-Off Concert

7 p.m.-9 p.m. | Intramural Field behind the Student Activity Center

End your first day on campus with a concert and food truck on the intramural field. Mingle with new friends, play some lawn games, and just have FUN! This is your new home, Roadrunners, and we are glad you are here!

Monday, August 30

Lunch Shuttle Downtown

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Downtown Dowagiac

Head downtown for some lunch or shopping. Get to know your new community and all that Dowagiac has to offer. Board the free shuttle outside the Student Activity Center.

Roadrunner Passport Day 1

2-3 p.m. | Student Services Offices

This three-day adventure around campus will help you get to know the staff in all student services departments. Get a stamp from every department and enter to win one of two $500 scholarships for Spring 2022. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can't wait to meet you!

Mental Health Break

4-5 p.m. | Theatre in the Student Activity Center

Meet our campus counselor and learn about all the resources SMC has to offer. Transitioning to college can be tough for any student. Get tips for good mental health on day one!

Retro Karaoke Ice Cream Mixer

7-9 p.m. | Student Activity Center

Enjoy this throwback to the early 00’s! Wear your 00's gear to meet some new friends and enjoy an ice cream treat!

Tuesday, August 31

Pancake Brunch

9-11 a.m. | Student Activity Center

Start your morning at SMC off right with a good brunch! Join the Campus Life staff in front of the
SAC for a delicious pancake feast.

Lunch Shuttle Downtown

12-2 p.m. | Downtown Dowagiac

Head downtown for some lunch or shopping. Get to know your new community and all that Dowagiac has to offer. Board the free shuttle outside the Student Activity Center.

Roadrunner Passport Day 2

3-4 p.m. | Student Services Offices

This three-day adventure around campus will help you get to know the staff in all student services departments. Get a stamp from every department and enter to win one of two $500 scholarships for Spring 2022. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can't wait to meet you!

The Trail Mixer 

5-6 p.m. | SMC Trails

Learn about exercise and healthy eating as you start your time on your own in college. Take a
stroll on our beautiful nature trails and create your own bag of trail mix. Meet in the Student Activity Center.

Bonfire

6:30 p.m. | Parking lot near the Student Activity Center

Enjoy the ending of the second full day of Welcome Week by sitting around the bonfire with your new friends.

Wednesday, September 1

New Student Convocation

10-11 a.m. | Theatre in the Lyons Building

New Student Convocation is your official welcome into SMC’s academic community and a celebration of your entry into higher education. 

Roadrunner Passport Day 3

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Student Services Offices

This three-day adventure around campus will help you get to know the staff in all student services departments. Get a stamp from every department and enter to win one of two $500 scholarships for Spring 2022. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can't wait to meet you!

Lunch Shuttle Downtown

12-2 p.m. | Downtown Dowagiac

Head downtown for some lunch or shopping. Get to know your new community and all that Dowagiac has to offer. Board the free shuttle outside the Student Activity Center.

Outside Workout

2-3 p.m. | Intramurals Field behind the Student Activity Center

Give yourself a moment to recharge and get moving in this fun outside exercise activity. All are welcome - no prior experience needed.

Blacklight Dodgeball

6-7:30 p.m. | Student Activity Center

Enjoy a classic game with an exciting upgrade. Come play dodgeball with black lights, neon floor taping, and glow-in-the-dark neon dodgeballs! Play in teams as you duck, dip, dive, and...dodge your way to victory!

Thursday, September 2

Picnic With the President 

12-1:30 p.m. | Alumni Plaza

Meet President Odenwald, faculty, and staff during lunch in Alumni Plaza.

Slip 'N' Slide Kickball

3:30-4:30 p.m. | Student Activity Center

Beat the heat and enjoy a game of kickball with a refreshing twist. Slip and slide your way to victory!

Outdoor Movie

7-9:30 p.m. | Intramural Field behind the Student Activity Center

Join the Campus Life staff for a movie under the stars. The movie will be projected on a large screen in the intramural field. Lawn games and other activities will be available.