Orientation and Welcome Week

Orientation, Welcome Week and Move-in

Your life as an SMC Roadrunner is about to begin!

Come to Orientation and Welcome Week to get acquainted with campus and join the lively and welcoming spirit that has invigorated campus since 1964.

Residence Life Move-in

August 30, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Residence Halls

Move-in day! Welcome home, Roadrunners! We’ll send more details and instructions as the day draws near.


August 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Dowagiac Campus

Students attending SMC for the first time in the Fall are expected to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation is your chance to get acquainted with campus and learn about all the resources at your disposal before classes begin.

Orientation Schedule

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Check-in | Briegel Building

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fill Out the Passport to Success | Around Campus
Visit each building to find classrooms, meet faculty, learn about campus services and resources and take part in special activities. Get your Passport to Success (provided at check-in) stamped at each location for a chance to win one of two $500 scholarships.

12-1:30 p.m.

Picnic with the President | Alumni Plaza

Welcome Week

August 30-September 8 | Dowagiac Campus

We’ve prepared a jam-packed schedule of activities to make your first week on campus great. Attend Welcome Week events to have some fun with other students before classes begin.

Students may attend whatever events they would like.

Welcome Week Events

Thursday, August 30

3 p.m.

Welcome Week Group Assignments | Daugherty Building
Come to be assigned to a Welcome Week group and meet your group leader and the other members of your group.
Meet the Welcome Week leaders.

5-9 p.m.

Downtown at Dusk | Downtown Dowagiac
Join us for a trip to downtown Dowagiac to start enjoying the city and explore what it means to be a part of the Dowagiac community. Participate in a scavenger hunt, munch on free refreshments, visit shops and eateries and end the night with a concert in the park.

Friday, August 31

8-9:30 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast | SAC
Start your first morning at SMC off right with a delicious breakfast with the Student Life staff.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Community Service Day | Dowagiac
Join your Welcome Week group for a day of volunteering in your new Dowagiac community.

7-9 p.m.

Ice Cream Social | SAC
Meet some friends in the SAC and enjoy an ice cream sundae.

Saturday, September 1

3 p.m.

Capture the Flag | Across Campus
Meet at the SAC for a campus-wide game of capture the flag.

7-11 p.m.

U of M vs. ND "Tailgate" | Intramural Field
Watch a live-stream of the University of Michigan vs. Notre Dame football game on a large, outdoor screen. Student Life staff will host a Fish Fry and provide game-day treats. Show off your skills at the half-time punt, pass and kick competition.

Sunday, September 2

2 p.m.

Church Service with Alpha Kappa Omega Bible Study Club | Theatre in the SAC
AKO Bible Study Club invites all students to join them for worship, refreshments and an encouraging message.

4-6 p.m.

Roadrunner Cup Residence Halls Competition | SAC Lawn
Fire up your Roadrunner spirit with the inaugural Roadrunner Cup. Each residence hall and a commuter team will compete against each other for the ultimate prize, The Roadrunner Cup!

7-11 p.m.

Green & Gold Dance | SAC
Meet new friends, dance the night away and enjoy amazing food and drinks. We'll provide the party; you bring the energy!

Monday, September 3

11 a.m.

Roadrunner Rally | SAC
Join us for the inaugural Roadrunner Rally. This untimed, one-mile run leads you through the Roadrunner Trails, where you'll be splashed with color. Celebrate after the race with music, snacks and drinks.

2-3 p.m.

Intramurals Showcase | SAC
The Intramural Showcase highlights the intramural sports offered at SMC. Participate in demonstrations and sign up for intramurals.

Tuesday, September 4

All Day

Welcome Booths | Around Campus
Stop by for a warm welcome to the first day of classes and refreshments. Don't know where your class is? Ask us!

7:30-9 p.m.

College Life Night | SAC
SMC clubs provide a variety of opportunities to get involved on campus and enrich your college experience. Explore them all at College Life Night—you're sure to find one that matches your interests or sparks your creativity.

Wednesday, September 5

2-4 p.m.

Majors Fair | Student Service Center, Briegel Building
Need help deciding on a major? Explore the options and get advice from faculty and second-year students at the Majors Fair.

Thursday, September 6

8-11 p.m.

Pack the SAC | SAC
Come experience everything the SAC has to offer! Fun activities will take place in each room.

Friday, September 7

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

College Success Workshop | Student Service Center, Briegel Building
Get advice on how to be successful from Welcome Week leaders and Honors students. Topics will include study skills, time management and transitioning to college.

Saturday, September 8

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Renaissance Faire | Intramural Field
Travel back to the days of yore at SMC's second annual Renaissance Fair. Watch as knights do battle, belly dancers mesmerize and jesters tell jokes. Feast on turkey legs as you walk the grounds and learn about weaponry, purchase wares or maybe get a palm reading from a mystic.

RSVP by August 26!



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