Fall Welcome Week


Friday, Aug. 28 - Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020

Our Fall Welcome program is designed to make the start of your college experience a positive one inside and outside the classroom. New students will arrive on Friday, Aug. 28 (three days prior to the start of fall classes) and participate in many activities and events to get to know the campus before classes actually begin. You will not want to miss what this important program has to offer. 

All new students are assigned to a Welcome Group for the weekend’s activities based upon your Becoming A Scholar class section (1-12).  Transfer students not enrolled in this class will be assigned to a Welcome Group. Check with your admissions counselor. (Activities are subject to change.)

2019 schedule at a glance

The 2020 schedule will be similar. A finalized plan will be posted in summer 2020.

Friday, Aug 23, 2019

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9 a.m.-noon Residential student check-in Sommer Center
9 a.m.-1 p.m. One Stop Center Sommer Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bookstore open Marbeck Center
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Welcome picnic The Commons, Marbeck Center
12:30 p.m. Transfer student reception Gallery Lounge, Marbeck Center
1 p.m. Residence Hall floor meetings Check signs posted on hall floors for location
1 p.m. Commuter student meeting Bob's Place, Marbeck Center
1:45-3:15 p.m. Welcome group session #1 and afternoon snack Welcome Group meeting locations
Check signs posted in residence halls
and Marbeck Center
3:20-5:30 p.m. Welcome group session #2
Academic Success & Scavenger Hunt
Sommer Center and Stutzman Lecture Hall
5:30 p.m. Dinner  The Commons, Marbeck Center
7:30 p.m. Welcome group session #3
Bluffton 101: How to be a Beaver!
Yoder Recital Hall
9 p.m. Marbeck After Dark 
Neufeld Lawn
SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2019

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7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast The Commons, Marbeck Center
8:30-11:40 a.m. Welcome group session #4
Bluffton Cares & Main Street

Stutzman Lecture Hall and Main Street, Bluffton
See daily schedule for times/places
11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. Lunch The Commons, Marbeck Center
1 p.m. Bluffton Olympics Team Preparation Welcome group meeting locations
2 p.m. Bluffton Olympics Bluffton University Nature Preserve
4 p.m. President's reception Moyer Center, Bluffton University Nature Preserve
5-6 p.m. Dinner The Commons, Marbeck Center
6-9 p.m.

Welcome group session #5
Multicultural Competence & The Honor System

Bob’s Place and Kreider Room, Marbeck Center
See daily schedule for times/places
9 p.m. Pop Culture Clash Game Show Yoder Recital Hall
SunDAY, AUG. 25, 2019

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11 a.m. Sunday morning worship Yoder Recital Hall
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch The Commons, Marbeck Center
Noon-6 p.m. Bookstore open Marbeck Center
1:30 p.m. Learn & Earn: Orientation
to campus work
The Commons, Marbeck Center
5-6 p.m. Dinner The Commons, Marbeck Center
5-8 p.m. Party at the Preserve
Includes dinner for all students
Bluffton University Nature Preserve
8:30 p.m. Welcome group session #6 Welcome group meeting locations
MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2019

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8 a.m. Classes begin  
12:30 p.m. Things-You-Forgot-at-Home BINGO
Sponsored by MCB
Bob's Place, Marbeck Center
7 p.m. Purple & White volleyball scrimmage Founders Hall
9 p.m. Things-You-Forgot-at-Home BINGO
Sponsored by MCB
Bob's Place, Marbeck Center
9:30 p.m. Residence hall floor meetings Residence hall floors
10:30 p.m. All hall meeting Residence hall lobbies
TUESDAY AUG. 27, 2019
10:45 a.m Opening Convocation Sommer Center
7 p.m. A Conversation with the convocation speaker Yoder Recital Hall
9 p.m. Hypnotist Daniel James The Commons, Marbeck Center
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2019
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive Sommer Center
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Student Involvement Fair
Sponsored by Office of Student Involvement
Upper level of Marbeck Center 
4 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee
Sponsored by the Ultimate Frisbee Club
Library Green
6 p.m. Trip to Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company Meet in the Kiva, Marbeck Center
9 p.m. Campfire Social - Sponsored by
Hall Chaplains 
The Fire Circle, near Adam's Bridge
THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2019
11 a.m. Chapel Yoder Recital Hall
9:30 p.m. Donuts. Coffee. TV. - Sponsored by MCB Bob's Place, Marbeck Center
FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2019
5 p.m. Women's soccer vs. St. Mary's Soccer Field, Sears Athletic Complex
9 p.m. Marbeck After Dark; Giant Game Night Sommer Center
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
10:45 a.m. Cross Country Beaver Dam Invitational Bluffton University Nature Preserve
7 p.m. MCB Presents: Bubble Soccer Sommer Center