Welcome Weekend

What to Expect | Check-in | Requirements | Schedule | Other Info

What to Expect

Welcome Weekend 2017 kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1. You can move into the residence halls at 9 a.m.

Each student will be part of a Delta Group. These are small groups led by an upper-class student leader. Your first Delta Group will be at 3 p.m. Friday. Starting with that group, you will be involved in Welcome Weekend throughout the whole weekend.

Welcome Weekend is mandatory for all new first-year students. It is full of lots of fun programs, activities, and conversations that will help you connect well to this community and give you what you need to hit the ground running! You will have required events every day starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4.  

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition that may affect your ability to participate fully and richly in Welcome Weekend, please contact the Center for Equal Access and ask for Melissa Watschke at (218) 723-6747 or (218) 723-6790 (TTY/TDD) or access@css.edu. It is important that you contact her at least two weeks before Welcome Weekend if possible.

Welcome Weekend is a great introduction to life at The College of St. Scholastica. During this time you will:

  • have a ton of fun!
  • become familiar with your new home at CSS
  • make new friends and connect with a number of the diverse people who make up this community
  • meet faculty and staff
  • find ways to be involved and make connections that get you started
  • learn more about academic success strategies
  • be familiar with the student support services that exist at CSS
  • experience our Benedictine values in action and explore further what it means to live them every day

Welcome Weekend Check-in 

Check-in for St. Scholastica Welcome Weekend 2017!

Residential Students: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Friday, Sept. 1

  • Check-in at Somers Hall. Pick up your key, information about your new home and those kinds of nuts and bolts. 
  • You will also get your Delta Group assignment, which will include the name of your leader and the location of your first meeting on Friday, Sept. 1.

Commuter Students

  • Pick up your Welcome Week materials on Friday, Sept. 1 in Somers Hall from 1-2:45 p.m.  
  • You are also a part of the Delta Groups and the whole Welcome Weekend program! Plan on being on campus:
    Friday, Sept. 1: 2:45 - 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 2: 9:15 a.m - 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, Sept. 3: Noon - 9:00 p.m.
    Monday, Sept. 4: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Requirements

Is Scholastica Welcome Weekend required? 

Welcome Weekend is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition from high school to the College of St. Scholastica. The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you'll be making every day of your college experience - whether to attend class or not, whether to participate in on-campus events or not, or whether to have a positive attitude or not. Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with CSS and build a sense of community (one of our values). We encourage you to attend all the sessions and events. Get to know your classmates and start making new friends and memories.

And remember, you have your first real Dignitas class on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3!

Dignitas Class and Paper

As an introduction to the high academic standards of the College, all first-year students are given a summer reading assignment to complete as part of their Dignitas course. You will receive more information about the book and assignment instructions during On-campus Orientation. The assignment will also be available in the Learning and Living in CSS: New First Year Student Online Orientation all new students complete in August.


Schedule

Some of the events are mandatory and are indicated with bold titles. None of the meals or activities during Welcome Weekend will carry an extra charge.

Saints Shop Open - Tower Hall - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk - T2400 Hallway - 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
MOVE IN to your new CSS home and check in for Welcome Week
Somers Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
ENJOY A FREE FAMOUS DAVE’S LUNCH AND ROOT BEER FLOATS from Team Delta and Campus Ministry
Alpha Chi Lawn (outside between Somers Hall and Tower Hall)

1-3 p.m.
FINANCIAL AID ASSISTANCE (Optional for Parents)
One Stop, First Floor Tower Hall

If your family is still on campus, please plan to say goodbye to them before Delta Group meetings. New students will be busy for the remainder of the day.

3-3:45 p.m.
PARENTS AND FAMILY FINAL QUESTIONS (optional)
Mitchell Auditorium

3 p.m.
DELTA GROUPS
meet for Student Welcome Ceremony
Mitchell Auditorium

4:15 p.m.
WE ARE... WELCOMING CEREMONY
We are... Bold. We are... Benedictine.We are... CSS.
Mitchell Auditorium

5:15-6:30 p.m.
CELEBRATION DINNER
with your Delta Groups
The Greenview Dining Room

7-8 p.m.
RESLIFE WING MEETINGS AND COMMUTING STUDENT MEETING
Meet in Somers Hall wing Commuters in Somers Main Lounge

8-9:30 p.m.
PLAYFAIR

Reif Gymnasium

9:30 p.m.
HAVE S’MORE FUN!
Science Front Lawn

Saints Shop Open - Tower Hall - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk - T2400 Hallway - 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

8-9 a.m.
BREAKFAST
The Greenview Dining Room

9:15-9:45 a.m.
DELTA GROUPS

10-11:30 a.m.
SHARING OUR STORIES, SHARING OUR LIVES (PART I): BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS TO LAST WITH MAURA CULLEN
Mitchell Auditorium

12-3 p.m.
Intramurals Kickoff! Kickball tournament with BBQ lunch!
Soccer field, Burns Wellness Center, and Science Front Lawn

3-3:15 p.m.
DELTA GROUPS

3:15-5:15 p.m.
SEX SIGNALS - SAFETY, RESPECT AND COMMUNITY
For yourself and others to learn more strategies to take responsibility for your safety and health in college.
Mitchell Auditorium

5:30-7 p.m.
DINNER
The Greenview Dining Room

7:30-8 p.m.
Residential Life and Commuters
Mitchell Auditorium

8:30-10 p.m.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Illusionist, Joel Meyers as seen on “Fake Off” on Tru TV.
Mitchell Auditorium

10 p.m.
GLOW IN THE DARK FRISBEE
Soccer Field

Saints Shop Open- Tower Hall - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk- T2400 Hallway - 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

10 a.m.-Noon
BRUNCH
The Greenview Dining Room

11 a.m.
CATHOLIC MASS
Queen of Peace Chapel

12:05-1:50 p.m.
DELTA GROUPS Find your classes and academic expectations.

1:45-2 p.m.
COOKIES IN UNION
Ground Floor Tower Hall

2-4 p.m.
DIGNITAS CLASS FIRST MEETING
Responsible Self and Dignity of All: Love of Learning. Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking. See Delta Leader for classroom assignment

4-4:15 p.m.
SNACK
Mitchell Foyer, First Floor Tower Hall

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Being Healthy; Doing College Well
Mitchell Foyer, First Floor Tower Hall

5:15-6:45 p.m.
DELTA GROUP DINNER
The Greenview Dining Room

8:30-9:30 p.m.
“One Man Variety Show” Chris Ruggiero
Mitchell Auditorium

10 p.m.-1 a.m.
THROWBACK TIME MACHINE DANCE
Somers Main Lounge

Saints Shop Open - Tower Hall 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Technology Help Desk - T2400 Hallway 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
BREAKFAST
The Greenview Dining Room

10-10:45 a.m.
DELTA GROUPS
Prepare for your last day of Welcome Week

10:45 a.m.-Noon
SHARING OUR STORIES, SHARING OUR LIVES PART II:
Diversity, Your Education and Preparing for Leadership, The Danger of a Single Story
Mitchell Auditorium

12:05-2 p.m.
LUNCH/FINAL DELTA GROUP MEETING
(lunch closes at 1:30 p.m.)
The Greenview Dining Room

2:15-5 p.m.
COMMUNITY AND BEYOND! Explore CSS and Duluth. All events leave from Mitchell. Activities include:
• 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45 p.m. Busses to Canal Park
• 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, 6:45 p.m. Buses return to CSS
• 3 p.m. Adventure Along Chester Creek

4:30-6 p.m.
DINNER
The Greenview Dining Room

6:30-7:30 p.m.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP Christian Fellowship and Worship
Somers Courtyard

8 p.m.
KNOCKOUT COMEDY TOUR Two shows in one! AGT’s acclaimed hypnotist Chris Jones and Campus Activities Magazine’s 2015 Comic of the Year Adam Grabowski! You won’t want to miss this epic show!
Mitchell Auditorium

9/5:  GARY JOHNSON
Campus Activities Magazine’s 2014 Best Musician. Gary performs every show 100 percent by text request and uses cutting-edge live looping technology!
The Greenview Dining Room

9/5: Student Affairs Free - Hotdog Lunch
Alpha Chi Lawn

9/6: Spidey Mentalism Show

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about Welcome Weekend, please contact Megan Perry-Spears at mperryspears@css.edu. Or contact the orientation interns at orientation@css.edu or (218) 723-6728. 


Other helpful bits of information

Housing

If you apply for and select to live on campus for the fall, you will receive a letter in the middle of July informing you of your fall housing assignment and your new roommate(s). To be assigned a room, you will need to complete a housing contract and submit your $200 deposit. If you have not yet submitted your full deposit, please contact your CSS admissions counselor or make your deposit online. You may also review a list of suggested items to bring to campus. Transfer students are not required to live on campus, but if you are a transfer student and interested in living on campus, please complete the same steps.

CSS ID Cards

Most of you had your student ID picture taken when you were here for On-campus Orientation. You will pick-up your ID during Welcome Weekend. If you did not have your photo taken, you can do that on Friday of Welcome Weekend as well.

Saints Dining

Meal plans are used primarily in The Greenview. Here students can dine with their friends or make a to-go meal to take with them. More information can be found on the Saints Dining website.

Parking Permit and Transportation

Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus, but are required to register their vehicle online and purchase a student parking permit.
Please note that many students opt to NOT have a car on campus and it works out just fine. You can use your CSS ID as a bus pass to go anywhere in Duluth. For traveling further distances (Twin Cities and beyond) Jefferson Bus Lines picks up right on campus! (www.jeffersonlines.com/)