Welcome Weekend 2014
NOTICE: This site currently features general information, but will be updated to feature a full schedule of events in April of 2014. At that time, the site will also be updated to accept RSVPs for the 2014 program. Please check back at that time for updates and to officially RSVP.
Current Students: Want to help with Welcome Weekend? Apply to be a Welcome Weekend Leader HERE!
The annual Welcome Weekend program is designed for both resident and commuting students and is intended to ensure that all new students are settled in, fully acclimated, and comfortable with their surroundings. It is our goal to see that each new student steps off into the new academic year with his or her best foot forward, fully prepared and having attended to all matters (business and otherwise).
The event commences Friday, August 16 with a comprehensive Fall Orientation Program. The Fall Orientation includes, among other pieces, Pierpont's 'Smart Start', which is different from and complimentary to the program that new students experience in the spring/summer months. Both students and family members are welcome to attend.
Also built into the Fall Orientation on Friday, August 15 is the Community Plunge Picnic, an opportunity for students, together with their families, to visit our “last chance” Locust Avenue campus stations (featuring Financial Aid, Student Accounts, the Parking Office, ID Card Office, and many more.) Local banks and businesses will also participate in order to greet families and to share information, as well as special promotions.
The Friday event winds down with the final Student and Family Gathering after students have had the chance to complete all “Checklist” items (see below) and to enjoy the picnic meal. Families will depart following the Gathering at 8:00 PM, while resident students proceed with important building/hall meetings and commuting students proceed with an optional commuter session. An opening luau will follow for all students later in the night.
Welcome Weekend continues Saturday and Sunday with numerous sessions, trainings, and lots of entertainment. While Saturday and Sunday programming is built-in for resident students, commuters are encouraged to attend as well! Below is a snapshot of what Saturday and Sunday hold in store. This site will be fully updated in spring of 2014 to include a full schedule of events, among other details.
The items on this CheckList should be taken care of before the academic year begins (on August 18th). While students are encouraged to address these items in advance, they can certainly be taken care of during Welcome Weekend.
-Books and Supplies
-Photo ID Card
-Parking Pass (if applicable)
-Secure Student Employment (if applicable; as available)
-Finalize Financial Aid & Scholarships/Veteran's Benefits
-Finalize Housing Arrangements, Including Deposit (if applicable)
-Finalize Class Schedule (deadline to add/drop classes if Friday, August 23rd)
-Take a Campus Tour Tailored to Class Schedule (optional)
-Test Out Your Connection (confirm access to campus wireless on your device(s) and verify that your myCampus accuont is activated and fully functional)
-Collect Information on Your Home Away from Home and All of the Institutional Offerings/Services Available to You (Health Center, Tutoring, Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services, the Teaching & Learning Commons, Public Safety/Parking, and Recreation Center)