Welcome Week will be a scream … except for disco

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By Rick Vacek
GCU News Bureau

The welcome that incoming Grand Canyon University students get at Move-In is inspirational all by itself.

First up for freshmen is having their fellow students take all their belongings to their room at Move-In.

But it’s only just the start.

When Welcome Week 2019 commences Monday, Aug. 19, it will kick off a package of activities designed to keep newcomers busy all day, every day. Sure, there’s plenty to do when they and their parents first arrive, but then there are the parties (lots of them), the socials and the traditional activities.

“It’s all about connecting them with a variety of different people,” said Jeremy Mack, Director of Student Engagement.

The newest – and most interesting – party this year is Silent Disco, scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in GCU Arena. It’s exactly what the name implies: There’s no music to be heard unless you’re tuned to one of the channels on the headphones that are handed out.

“It’s really fun to watch a group of people when you can’t hear anything, but they’re dancing,” said Mack, adding that the Associated Students of GCU (ASGCU) have staged a couple of silent discos and got 500 students the first time and twice that many the next. “It’s like watching the guy next to you in a car, jamming out.”

Lope-A-Palooza, scheduled for Friday night, Aug. 23, this year, is among the most popular Welcome Week events.

The addition of Silent Disco meant two returning events, Ignite and Lope-a-Palooza, had to be moved back a day. Ignite, a chance to worship together, will be on Thursday, Aug. 22, and Lope-A-Palooza, where freshmen learn what GCU spirit is all about, will be the following evening.

Freshman also will be divided into O-Groups, aka Orientation Groups, which will mix with other O-Groups on campus for what Mack called “a different type of tour than they’ve had in the past.”

ASGCU also organizes socials for just about every group, including transfer students, commuters, newcomers from particular states or regions and international students.

Add it all up, and it’s always a week to remember. Here’s the complete schedule:

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 16

6:30 a.m.-noon — Welcome Crew Express Move-in, all living areas

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 17

8 a.m.-noon — Welcome Crew Training, GCU Arena

4:30-6:30 p.m. — Welcome Crew Pool Party, Diamondback Pool

 

The Canyon Cooldown features all sorts of wet fun on what is sure to be a warm night.

MONDAY, AUG. 19

6:30-8:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Juniper Hall and Ocotillo Hall

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Family Lounge, Thunder Alley

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Orientation Expo, North Dining Hall, Student Union

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Scheduling and finances, Cypress Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Bed Bath, & Beyond Tent, GCU Arena Patio

9:30-11:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Acacia Hall and Chaparral Hall

1-8 p.m. — Commuter Welcome, GCU Arena and Lopes Performance Center

2:30-3:45 p.m. — New Student Orientation, GCU Arena

4-5:30 p.m. — New Family Welcome (Part 1), GCU Arena

4-8 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8-10 p.m. — Canyon Cooldown, Grove Lawn

 

Night at the Movies

TUESDAY, AUG. 20

6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Returning Student Self Move-in (by appointment), various living areas

6:30-8:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Willow Hall and Roadrunner Apartments

7-8:30 a.m. — Bye Bye Breakfast, Canyon 49 Grill

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Family Lounge, Thunder Alley

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Orientation Expo, North Dining Hall, Student Union

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Scheduling and Finances, Cypress Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Bed Bath & Beyond Tent, GCU Arena Patio

9:15-11:30 a.m. — New Family Welcome, Part 2, Colangelo College of Business lecture halls

9:30-11:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Ironwood Hall and Prescott Hall

2:30-3:45 p.m. — New Student Orientation, GCU Arena

4-5:30 p.m. — New Family Welcome, Part 1, GCU Arena

4-8 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8-10 p.m. — Night at the Movies, GCU Arena

 

Bowling in Thunderground is another way to get to know people.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21

6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Returning Student Self Move-in (by appointment), various living areas

6:30-8:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Diamondback Apartments

7-8:30 a.m. — Bye Bye Breakfast, Canyon 49 Grill

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Family Lounge, Thunder Alley

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Orientation Expo, North Dining Hall, Student Union

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Scheduling and Finances, Cypress Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Bed Bath & Beyond Tent, GCU Arena Patio

9:15-11:30 a.m. — New Family Welcome, Part 2, Colangelo College of Business lecture halls

9:30-11:30 a.m. — New Student Express Move-in, Saguaro Hall and Sedona Hall

2:30-3:45 p.m. — New Student Orientation, GCU Arena

4-5:30 p.m. — New Family Welcome, Part 1, GCU Arena

4-8 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8-10 p.m. — Silent Disco, GCU Arena

 

Ignite sparks togetherness with the lighting of the candles (weather permitting).

THURSDAY, AUG. 22

6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Returning Student Self Move-in (by appointment), various living areas

7-8:30 a.m. — Bye Bye Breakfast, Canyon 49 Grill

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — O-Group Activities, various living areas

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Family Lounge, Thunder Alley

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Orientation Expo, North Dining Hall, Student Union

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Scheduling and Finances, Cypress Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Bed Bath & Beyond Tent, GCU Arena Patio

9:15-11:30 a.m. — New Family Welcome, Part 2, Colangelo College of Business lecture halls

2:30-3:30 p.m. — Living & Learning Communities Orientation, GCU Arena

3-4 p.m. — Transfer Student Social, Thunder Alley

3-6 p.m. — ROTC New Cadet Orientation, Day 1, North Gym lecture halls, Room 101

2-3:30 p.m. — ACE Social, Lopes Performance Center

5-7 p.m. — Welcome Back Worship Bash Center for Worship Arts, Recording Studio

8-9:30 p.m. – Ignite, GCU Arena and Quad

 

Thunder Alley also has pool, shuffleboard and table tennis available.

FRIDAY, AUG. 23

6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Returning Student Self Move-in (by appointment), various living areas

All day — Explore Lope Country, various campus locations

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Family Lounge, Thunder Alley

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Orientation Expo, North Dining Hall, Student Union

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Scheduling and Finances, Cypress Hall

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. — Bed Bath & Beyond Tent, GCU Arena Patio

9 a.m.-11 a.m. — ROTC New Cadet Orientation, Day 2, North Gym lecture halls, Room 101

10 a.m.-noon — Honors Orientation, GCU Arena

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — New International Student Orientation, Lopes Performance Center

Noon-2 p.m. — Native American Welcome, North Gym lecture halls, Room 102

Noon-4 p.m. — Honors College Optional Elective Session, Technology Building, rooms 130-133

2-3 p.m. — Out of State and International Student Social, Lopes Performance Center

3-6 p.m. — Welcome Back at the CAC, Canyon Activity Center

7:30 p.m. – “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Ethington Theatre

7:49-8:30 p.m. – Lope-A-Palooza, GCU Arena

8:30-10 p.m. – Infuse, Quad

9-10:30 p.m. — Live Music, Canyon 49 Grill, GCU Golf Course, GCU Hotel

 

Glow Party

SATURDAY, AUG. 24

7 a.m.- 7 p.m. — Ultimate Lopeventure, various campus locations

10:30-11:45 a.m. — New Adult Learner Orientation, Building 71 lecture hall (27th Avenue)

11 a.m. — Volleyball scrimmage, Antelope Gym

2-3:15 p.m. — Makeup New Student Orientation, Lopes Performance Center

7:30 p.m. – “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Ethington Theatre

5-7 p.m. — Volunteer Thank You Event, Thunderground

8-10 p.m. — Glow Party, GCU Arena

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 25

7:30 p.m. – “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Ethington Theatre

Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or rick.vacek@gcu.edu.

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