Opening Week Activities

Welcome back to campus! We are very excited for your return and for the start of the fall semester. There are a number of exciting things in store for this year, and we're glad you're here to share them with us.

Orientation is about new and returning students coming together to meet and mingle, and we invite you to join us in welcoming the new first-year and transfer students to Whitman! This schedule lists many opportunities for you to meet the new students at upcoming orientation programs, and you are most welcome to attend all events listed in the returning students orientation program. So, if you love Christa Keim Schmeder's motivational lecture, feel free to attend on Friday night at 7:45 p.m. If you want to win a raffle prize, come visit us at Night@Reid. If you want to check out the new video dance party, join us at Saturday night event.

Welcome back!

8 a.m.-5 p.m. • INFORMATION DESK, Reid Campus Center. Wondering where to go or what to do? Stop here with your questions.

9 a.m. • RESIDENCE HALLS OPEN FOR RETURNING STUDENTS. Welcome back!

9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. • PACKAGE PICK-UP, Reid Campus Center G02. Packages mailed to the college over the summer may be picked up during this time.

11a.m. — 2 p.m. • LUNCH, Cleveland Dining Hall. For students on a meal plan.

1 — 4 p.m. • REFRIGERATOR RENTALS, Reid Campus Center, Room 202. Small residence hall refrigerators are available to rent for the academic year.

4:30 — 5:30 p.m. • WHITMAN COLLEGE OPENING CONVOCATION, Cordiner Hall. All students and family members are cordially invited to attend this event that marks the formal opening of the college year. Albert Schueller, the Mina Schwabacher Professor of Mathematics will deliver the Convocation address.

6:30 — 7:30 p.m. •END OF THE SUMMER COOKOUT, Ankeny Field (Reid Campus Center in case of rain). For students on a meal plan.

8 — 9 p.m. • "WELCOME TO THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE," Cordiner Hall. If you loved hearing Christa Keim Schmeder as a new student, you are invited to hear her again.

9 — 11 p.m. • NIGHT@REID, Reid Campus Center. Join the staff of Reid Campus Center for a night of fun, fun, fun! Activities will include Wii games, Bingo, Karaoke, Corn hole, food, prizes and more!

10:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. • BRUNCH, Cleveland Commons. Open to students on a meal plan.

1 — 3 p.m. • REFRIGERATOR RENTALS, Reid Campus Center, Room 202. Small residence hall refrigerators are available to rent for the academic year.

6 — 7:30 p.m. • FIRST FOODS DINNER, Memorial Front Lawn (Reid Campus Center in case of rain). Join us for a taste of a Native American First Foods meal. Open to students on a meal plan.

9 — 11 p.m. • VIDEO DANCE PARTY, Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom. Join the Whitman Events Board (WEB) for an awesome dance party! An in house DJ will transport the audience back in time to the beginnings of pop music and take them through its evolution right up to present day. Light refreshments will also be provided.

8 — 9 a.m. • CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, Cleveland Commons. Open to students on a meal plan.

10:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. • BRUNCH, Cleveland Commons. Open to students on a meal plan.

11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. • LGBTQIA+ STUDENT LUNCH, Glover Alston Center (GAC), 26 Boyer Avenue. This event is designed for LGBTQIA+ students to meet each other and get acquainted.

4 — 5 p.m. • FIRST GENERATION/WORKING CLASS STUDENTS RECEPTION, Glover Alston Center (GAC), 26 Boyer Avenue. (Reid Campus Center Coffeehouse in case of rain). The First Generation-Working Class community invites you to hangout, ask questions, and get student insight about life at Whitman. Refreshments will be provided.

5 — 9 p.m. • DINNER, Cleveland Dining Hall. Open to students on a meal plan.

7 — 9 p.m. • SOPHOMORE POOL PARTY, Veterans Memorial Pool, 719 E Sumach St. Hang out with your fellow sophomores for some end of the summer fun. The waterslides will be on! Meet us there or join groups walking over from Reid at 6:45 p.m.

9 — 11 p.m. • DESSERT PALOOZA & MAGICIAN BEN SEIDMAN, Reid Campus Center Ballroom. Join us for dessert in the Reid Campus Center foyer before experience Ben Seidman-- the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW network and starred in two specials on the Travel Channel.

7:30 — 10 a.m. • BREAKFAST, Cleveland Commons (7-9:30 a.m. full selection, 9:30-10 a.m. continental breakfast). Open to students on a meal plan.

9 a.m. — 4 p.m. • POSTER SALE, in front of Cordiner. Purchase posters to decorate your new room. Hundreds of prints to choose from!

10 a.m. — 1 p.m. • STUDENT ACTIVITIES FAIR, Cordiner Side Lawn. Representatives from various student clubs and organizations will provide information about getting involved at Whitman. Local businesses and organizations also will offer information about Walla Walla.

11 a.m. — 2 p.m. • LUNCH, Cleveland Commons. Open to students on a meal plan.

4 — 5 p.m. • THEATRE AND DANCE INFORMATIONAL MEETING, Harper Joy Theatre, Freimann Theatre. Interested in theatre or dance? We invite you to attend this meeting to learn about the department and the faculty, meet the student Drama Club, and tour Harper Joy Theatre. We will talk about the 2019-2020 season and upcoming auditions, plus current student job openings in the department.

5 — 9 p.m. • DINNER, Cleveland Commons. Open to students on a meal plan.

*7:30 — 9:30 p.m. • "VOICES OF WHITMAN," Amphitheatre (Cordiner Hall in case of rain). Current students will reflect on their college experiences, sharing how Whitman has shaped them, and in turn, how they have shaped Whitman in this celebration of diverse perspectives that define the college. Residence hall section discussions will follow the "Voices of Whitman" presentation.

10 p.m. • CAPTURE THE FLAG, Ankeny Field. Everyone is welcome!

CLASSES BEGIN!

5:30 — 6:30 • SOPHOMORE WELCOMING ADDRESS AND PICNIC, Reid Back Lawn (Reid Ballroom in case of rain). Two seniors will offer a welcoming address to the sophomore class. After the address sophomores will be invited to reconnect with friends over dinner with music to follow. You must bring your Whitman I.D. card.