Welcome Weekend 2021

Welcome Back, Class of 2025 & 2027!

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for the start of the fall semester!

Welcome Weekend 2021

Thursday, Aug. 26 - Saturday, Aug. 28

Welcome Weekend acts as an extension to Orientation: a variety of activities will take place, such as social activities, introduction to Wilkes University traditions and a variety of informational workshops that help you get ready for the start of the semester. You will receive communication about this program and some things to complete prior to your arrival on campus via your Wilkes email, so be sure to check that account regularly!

This 3-day program is required for all residential and commuter first-year students. Registration for Welcome Weekend is not required. Please check back at the beginning of August for more details on the schedule of events.

For information on Move-in Day, please visit wilkes.edu/moveinday for a schedule and more information.

For more information about the COVID-19 guidelines for the fall semester, please visit wilkes.edu/fall2021.

Weekend Schedule

7-10:30 a.m. | Breakfast, Henry’s Food Court (Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor)

Students will be able to enjoy buffet-style in our Henry’s Cafe catered by Aramark Food Services. Meal plans will be active for all resident students using their Wilkes ID.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Move-in and Check-in for Residential Students

Residential students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID card key amp for their assigned residence hall and detailed schedule of the weekend’s events. Students will move in according to their e-Mentor assignment.

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy lunch buffet style in our Henry’s Cafe catered by Aramark Food Services. Meal plans will be active for all resident students using their Wilkes ID. amp;

1-4 p.m. | Move-in and Check-in for Residential Students

Residential students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID card, key for their assigned residence hall, and detailed schedule of the weekend’s events. Students will move in according to their e-Mentor assignment.

4:30-7:30 p.m. | Dinner, Henry’s Food Court

Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal on campus in our Henry’s Cafe. Henry’s Cafe is traditional buffet style and catered by Aramark Food Services.

8-10:30 p.m. | Movie On the Greenway!

Join the e-Mentor team for a movie and snacks outside on the Greenway!

8-10:30 a.m. | Breakfast, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy breakfast in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

9-10:30 a.m. | Check-in & Welcome, Fenner Quadrangle

Students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID,parking pass and schedule of the weekend’s events. Enjoy some refreshments, get your Welcome Weekend Shirt and get ready for your class photo on the greenway!

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Meet with your e-Mentor, Fenner Quadrangle

Students will be able to connect with their mentor and partake in a series of vibe checks and review the weekend’s schedule.

If you have not been assigned a mentor, please see the Student Development Staff at check-in.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Class of 2025 Photo, Fenner Quadrangle

Students will join their mentor groups to organize and take a creative class photo on the Greenway!

12-2 p.m. | Lunch, Henry’s Food Court

Students will enjoy lunch in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

2-4 p.m. | Commuter Social, Commuter Lounge (2nd Floor SUB)

Commuter students will be able to mingle through our Commuter Social, where they will be able to interact with fellow commuter students and our Commuter Council.

2-4 p.m. | Honors Program Social, Honors Classroom (Stark 260)

Honors program students will be able to mingle and socialize with fellow honors students, meet the honors program staff and go over important information regarding the program.

2-4 p.m. | Residence Hall Social, Various Locations on Campus

Students will meet their hallmates and their RA, go over important information and get to know one another, starting off on the right foot for the school year!

2-4 p.m. | Bonner Social, Savitz Lounge, 2nd Floor Henry Student Center

Bonner’s Scholars students have a chance to meet one another, meet important faculty and staff, learn more about their program and do some fun activities to get comfortable and excited for their first semester of college!

4-5 p.m. | Classroom Tours, Various Locations

Students will have the opportunity to take a specific campus tour based on their class schedule led by their mentor, identifying class locations for the first week of the semester.

4:30-6:30 p.m. | Dinner, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy buffet style with their mentor groups in our Henry’s Cafe catered by Aramark Food Services. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

6:30-8:30 p.m. | After Hours Art Gala, Sordoni Art Gallery (Karambelas Center Experience)

An immersive activity in our renowned Sordoni Art Gallery! Going along with the current exhibit of French Prints, students can enjoy caricature artists, DIY pins, custom tote bags and more! All in le’french spirit, of course!

8-11 p.m. | Games Galore, Evans Hall Lobbies & McHale Athletic Center

Enjoy board games, party games and snacks in each lobby of Evans Hall, or play games like basketball, frisbee, volleyball and check out the rock wall in the MAC!

9-11 p.m. | Drag Bingo, Henry Student Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Hosted by Memphis Divine, come play a Wilkes University hallmark - Bingo (with an awesome twist)!

With $4,000 worth of prizes to win, the stakes are high. Can you lip-sync for the win?

8-9 a.m. | Yoga on the Riverfront, Riverfront Amphitheater, Northampton St.

Lead by WAE’s Jill Price, this is the perfect startto your last day of Welcome Weekend. Come and practice yoga, with the Susquehanna River as your backdrop! Bring your own yoga mat or towel! Students can meet at the SUB by 7:45 a.m. to walk to the river.

8:30-10:30 a.m. | Breakfast, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy breakfast in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Capture the Flag, Various Locations on Campus

It’s Mentor group against Mentor group for this classic game -- but with a Wilkes twist, of course. Can your mentor group collect all the flags and win the grand prize?

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Welcome Weekend Checklist, Various Locations on Campus

Meet up with your e-Mentor and complete your checklist before the first day of classes! Pass the handbook quiz, complete the Institutional Research Survey, get oriented to D2L and more!

12-2:30 p.m. | Lunch, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy lunch in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for resident students with their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

12-3 p.m. | Greenway Cookout by MSC, Fenner Quadrangle

Join the Multicultural Student Coalition on the Greenwayfor a cookout lunch! Meal tickets are not needed for this event.

2-3:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions, Various Locations on Campus

Session 1 | 2-2:30pm
Your choice of:
Building Skills for College Success, Stark Learning Center 101

Join the University College staff for a review of tips for organization, managing time/tasks, studying, professor expectations and more!

Work Study 101, Breiseth 106

Students will be able to receive information on work study here on campus. Learn the who, what, where, how, when and why of work study.

LEAP into Community Service/Alternative Spring Break, Breiseth 107

Students will be able to learn more about community service opportunities around campus, as well as other opportunities off campus through our Alternative Spring Break program

Session 2 | 2:30-3 p.m.
Building Skills for College Success, Stark Learning Center 101
Work Study 101, Breiseth 106
LEAP into Community Service/Alternative Spring Break, Breiseth 107
Session 3 | 3-3:30 p.m.
Building Skills for College Success, Stark Learning Center 101
Work Study 101, Breiseth 106
LEAP into Community Service/Alternative Spring Break, Breiseth 107

3:30-5:30 p.m. | Goat Yoga, Evan’s Hall Courtyard

Join Buttinheads Farm and their yoga goats! Bring a towel or yoga mat Outside Evans Hall and choose a one-hour session (3:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.) to practice your poses alongside goats!

Sessions are limited to 60 people each. Openings are on a first come, first serve basis!

4:30-6:30 p.m. | Dinner, Henry’s Food Court

Students will be able to enjoy dinner in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

6-8 p.m. | DIY Dorm Decorations, Stark Learning Center (Room 124)

Join us in decking out your dorm room Wilkes-style! Come with friends, make some crafts and enjoy some music!

8-10 p.m. | Roller Skating, Karambelas Media Center’s Parking Lot

Join us on the Greenway for some roller skating fun! Skate the roller rink, enjoy the music, disco ball, and lights, and bust out your best skating moves!

9-11 p.m. Glow Games, McHale Athletic Center, Simms Center on Main

Join us in the UCOM gymnasium for a series of glow-in-the-dark games, including volleyball, frisbee, dodgeball and basketball!

10 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Late Night, Henry Student Center

Take part in a Wilkes tradition for the first time: midnight snacking at the SUB!

Take the day to prepare and relax before the first day of your college career! See you in class on Monday!