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Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2022

August 28-September 1 | 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!

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Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week Events

Sunday, August 28

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 Group Meetings

6:30-7:30 p.m. | Daugherty

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.

Kick-Off Karaoke

7:30-9 p.m. | Lawn in Front of the Student Activity Center

End your first day on campus with karaoke and delicious BBQ. Mingle with new friends, play some lawn games, and just have FUN! This is your new home, Roadrunners!

Monday, August 29

Pancake Brunch

10 a.m.-12 p.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.

Library Mini Golf

12-3 p.m. | Library

Swing by the library to play a round and score a chance at winning a $10 Birdfeeder/Zollar Café digital gift card!

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 2023. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can’t wait to meet you!

Trail Mixer

3-4 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.

Illusionist

6 p.m. | Theatre in the Lyons Building

Daniel Martin has become one of the most in-demand performers touring today. His high-energy fusion of exhilarating magic and sarcasm continually leads to record-breaking crowds and consistent standing ovations at theaters, universities, and celebrity events worldwide.

Tuesday, August 30

Outdoor Workout

10-11 a.m. | Lawn in Front of 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.

Lunch Shuttle #1

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 2023. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can’t wait to meet you!

Bonfire

7-8:30 p.m. | Student Activity Center Parking Lot-Far End of the Lot

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

Ghosts in the Graveyard

10 p.m. | Meet at the Student Activity Center

The object of the game is to find the ghost—a player who is hiding. The player who finds the ghost’s hiding spot, yells “ghost in the graveyard” to alert the other players. The player who finds the ghost is safe. All the other players must race back to base. The ghost tries to tag someone before they do and that player is ghost for the next game.

Wednesday, August 31

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 2023. Each department will have free food or goodies to collect. We can’t wait to meet you!

Lunch Shuttle #2

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.

Water Balloon Dodgeball

3-4 p.m. | Lawn in Front of the Student Activity Center

Enjoy a classic game with an exciting upgrade. Come play dodgeball with water balloons and try not to get soaked! Play in teams as you duck, dip, dive, and...dodge your way to victory!

Slip 'n' Slide Kickball

4:30-5:30 p.m. | Lawn in Front of the Student Activity Center

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

Volleyball Exhibition

6-8 p.m. | 1st Source Bank Fieldhouse

Come support the SMC volleyball team in a round-robin exhibition against Bethel University, Kalamazoo College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Go Roadrunners!

Thursday, September 1

Picnic With the President 

12-1:30 p.m. | Lawn in Front of the Student Activity Center

Meet President Odenwald, faculty, and staff during lunch at the Student Activity Center.

Student vs. Staff Softball

2:30-3:30 p.m. | SMC Softball Field

Roadrunners come together and take place in one of SMC’s oldest traditions...students vs. staff softball. All equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own gear if you like. See you on the field of glory!

Welcome Night for Adult Learners

5:30-7 p.m. | Fred L. Mathews Library

This family-friendly event will feature a meet-and-greet with Dr. Katie Hannah, the Dean of Student Development, an interactive Wired and Moodle overview, and digital scavanger hunt. Childcare and light refreshments will be provided. Adult learners and their families are also invited to the outdoor movie.

Outdoor Movie

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

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