Center for International Studies

Fall New International Student Orientation Schedule 2013

We are very excited that you have chosen Western Illinois University!  Here is some important information about the orientation:

*Free pick-up - Saturday, August 10-Tuesday, August 13

*While many of the activities during the orientation are voluntary, some are mandatory – meaning you must attend! All new students MUST ATTEND the orientation activities that appear in bold print and underlined . If an activity is not in bold print and underlined, attendance is optional but highly recommended.

*There are two main people who will work with you during orientation. They are Dana Vizdal and Bri Rhodes. Dana and Bri will help you organize your meals and shopping for the first few days you are in Macomb. You are welcome to email them before you arrive if you have questions.

*The first orientation activity everyone needs to attend is one of the "Check-In" sessions. There are many different Check-Ins scheduled. Once you complete your all check-in tasks, you DO NOT need to attend any other Check-ins.

*Transportation is available to many of the orientation activities, but not all. For each activity in this schedule, there is either a location or pick-up location given. If the description says "Go to..." that means there is no transportation and you must go to that location on your own. If it says "Pickup will be at..." it means that vans will pick you up at those locations to take you to the activity.

*Temporary housing will be at Olson Hall. The fee is $17 per night if you are on the early arrival list.  If you are not, it will be $40 per night.   Another option is to stay at the America's Best Value Inn ($40 per night).

*If you are in temporary housing and need help moving into your permanent home at any time during the week, please call Dana or Bri to set up a move out time.

*Orientation week is the only time that Center for International Studies staff will be able to help you with airport pickups, shopping and bank trips, and moving. Please make sure to make arrangements for all these activities during the orientation week.

 

FINAL ORIENTATION SCHEDULE:

 

Saturday, August 10

Free Pick-Up Period begins – Contact Bri or Dana to arrange shopping and meal trips

 

Sunday, August 11

Free Pick-Up Period – Contact Bri or Dana to arrange shopping and meal trips

 

Monday, August 12

8:45 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS—Pick up at America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

 9:00 am - 11:30 am: CHECK-IN - Go to the University Union Grand Ballroom. Please bring your academic and immigration papers,as well as your completed medical forms.

11:45 am: LUNCH TRIP (Self-pay) - Pick up outside the University Union (Murray St. entrance) , America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle. We will take any interested students out for lunch.

1:00 - 3:00 pm: CHECK-IN CONTINUES - Go to the University Union Grand Ballroom

If you have not checked in yet, bring your academic and immigration papers, and completed medical forms.

3:00 pm: BANK/SHOPPING TRIP - Pick up outside University Union (Murray St. entrance), America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts

For anyone who wants to shop and open a bank account. Be sure to bring your WIU ID card, passport and housing assignment if you have one.

6:00 pm: DINNER/DRIVING TOUR OF MACOMB (Self-pay) - Pick up from Olson Hall, America's Best Value Inn, Turnberry Circle

We will go to El Rancherito Mexican Restaurant for dinner and afterwards drive around Macomb and the WIU campus to familiarize you with your new home.

 

 

Tuesday, August 13

8:45 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS -Pick up at America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

9:00- 11:30 am: CHECK-IN—Go to 3rd floor Memorial Hall (Rm 341) .If you have not checked in yet, bring your academic and                  immigration papers, and your completed medical forms.

10:00 - 11:00 am CAMPUS TOUR/SCAVENGER HUNT - Go to Memorial Hall 3rd Floor Lobby. We will show you around campus and award prizes to the winners of the scavenger hunt.

11:00 am: SCAVENGER HUNT RECAP— Go to Olson Hall Cafeteria

11:30 am: LUNCH TRIP (Self-pay) - Pick up from Olson Hall, America's Best Value Inn. We'll take any interested students out to lunch at a local restaurant.

1:00 - 3:00 pm: CHECK-IN CONTINUES - Go to Memorial Hall (Rm 341).  If you have not checked in yet, bring your academic and immigration papers, and your completed medical forms.

1:30 pm: Zimbra/STARS INFO SESSION. Go to Stipes 307. We will help you log in to your WIU email and STARS account.

3:00 pm: HOUSING SESSION– Go to STIPES 121. Learn about finding housing and things to consider when signing a lease.

4:00 pm: EARLY RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN - We'll take you from your temporary housing location to your assigned residence hall.

6:00 pm:   DINNER (Self-pay) - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn, Turnberry Circle. We'll take any interested students out for dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Wednesday, August 15

8:30 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS—pick up from America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Cirlcle

9:00 –11:30 am: INFORMATION SESSIONS - Go to Stipes Hall 121—Mandatory session for all students! Representatives from many university departments will present on the services they provide including Housing, Public Safety, Student Health Center, Student Activities, Recreation Center, and many more.

12:00 pm: LUNCH TRIP (Self-pay) - Pick up outside of Stipes Hall—We will go to Asian Buffet for lunch.

1:00 - 3:30 pm: CHECK-IN CONTINUES - Go to 3rd floor Memorial Hall. If you have not checked in yet, bring your academic and immigration papers, and your completed medical forms.

2:00 pm: NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION - Go to Stipes 121—This is an important orientation session for all new graduate students sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies .

2:00 pm: BANK/SHOPPING TRIP - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn. For anyone who wants to shop and open a bank account. Be sure to bring your WIU ID card, passport and housing assignment if you have one.

4:00 pm: EXCHANGE STUDENT MEETING - Go to Memorial Hall 341— REQUIRED ONLY FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS. MEET WITH YOUR STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT INFORMATIO N.

5:45 pm: AMERICAN CULTURE NIGHT (Free food). - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop , America's Best Value Inn. Come for a free dinner at Café Aroma. You'll be introduced to people from the Macomb community. This is a chance to get to know people who live in the area and to learn about U.S. culture

 

Thursday, August 15

9:00 - 11:30 am: CHECK-IN CONTINUES—Go to 3rd floor Memorial Hall. If you have not completed check in, please bring all your academic and immigration papers, as well as your completed medical forms.

9:30 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS—pick up from America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

10:00 am WESL PLACEMENT TEST - Go to Morgan Hall 109 - REQUIRED FOR ALL WHO HAVE NOT MET THEIR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY! PLEASE BRING YOUR PASSPORT! NOTE: ALL TEST TAKERS MUST PAY A $100 WESL PLACEMENT TEST FEE (CASH ONLY)

12:00 pm: LUNCH TRIP (Self-pay) - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn. We'll take any interested students out for lunch.

12:30 pm: RIDES TO CAMPUS—pick up from America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

1:00 pm: WESL PLACEMENT TEST CONTINUES - Location to be announced. REQUIRED FOR ALL WHO HAVE NOT MET THEIR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY!

1:30-3:30pm: CHECK-IN CONTINUES - Go to 3rd floor Memorial Hall - If you have not completed check-in, please bring all your academic and immigration papers, as well as your completed medical forms.

2:00 pm: GRADUATE STUDENT REGISTRATION - Go to the University Advising Center (Memorial Hall lower level) Take your green sheet with you and the advisors will help you register for your courses.

6:00 pm: DINNER TRIP (Self-pay) - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop & America's Best Value Inn. Interested students will be taken to Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

7:30 pm: RIDES TO CAMPUS—pick up from America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

8:00 pm: THE EXPERIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - Go to the Multicultural Center. Listen to returning international students talk about their experiences with adjusting to the culture of the U.S.

 

Friday, August 16

7:30 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS– pick up at America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts,Turnberry Circle

7:30-8:45 am: FREE BREAKFAST - Go to the Multicultural Center—Join us for a free breakfast!

8:30 am: RIDES TO CAMPUS– pick up at America's Best Value Inn, Aspen Courts, Turnberry Circle

9:00 am: IMMIGRATION 101 - Go to Sandburg Theater (basement of University Union)

REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS. Visa Specialist Megan Bennett will provide you with information about maintaining your student visa status, jobs, driver's licenses and social security numbers.

10:30 am: CAMPUS TOUR:Go to the Malpass Library bus stop

11:30 am: LUNCH TRIP—pick up at Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn We'll take any interested student out for lunch

1:00-3:30 pm: CHECK-IN CONTINUES—Go to 3rd floor Memorial Hall. If you have not completed check-in, please bring all your academic and immigration papers, as well as your completed medical forms.

1:00 pm: NEW WESL STUDENTS ORIENTATION SESSION - Go to Corbin Hall 1032 - All new WESL students must attend this session for an introduction to the WESL program.

2:00 pm: BANK/SHOPPING TRIP - Pick up at Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn - For anyone who wants to shop and open a bank account. Be sure to bring your WIU ID card, passport, and housing assignment.

4:00 pm: IFC WELCOME ICE CREAM SOCIAL (Free) - Go to Multicultural Center. Come meet the members of the International Friendship Club (IFC) and discover the programs they have. This is a great chance to meet other international students!

6:00 pm: DINNER TRIP (self-pay) - Pick up at Multicultural Center, Malpass Library bus stop, America's Best Value Inn. We will take any interested students out for dinner.

 

Saturday, August 17

5:30 pm: NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION- Meet outside Student Recreation Center - WIU President Jack Thomas, faculty and staff will welcome new undergraduate students and their families.

6:15-7:00 pm: PRESIDENT'S FAMILY PICNIC -Immediately after Convocation, outside Western Hall

8:00 pm: ROCKY AFTER DARK: FIRST NIGHT - Go to Hansen Field.  Come out for free food, prizes, rides, games and live entertainment.

 

Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23

1 - 3:30 pm: CONTINUING ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES - 3rd floor Memorial Hall - If you have any additional orientation needs, come to Memorial Hall 3rd floor and our staff will be available to assist you during this time.

 

Tuesday, August 20

12:30 pm: AMERICAN CLASSROOM LUNCH - FREE - Go to the Multicultural Center - Come for a free lunch and learn more about the culture of the American classroom.  Presented by at WIU faculty member and returned international students.

 

Wednesday, August 21

3:00 pm: MALPASS LIBRARY TOUR: Go to the Library lobby. Come learn how to use all of the available resources in the library.

 

Sunday, August 25

4:00-6:00 pm: WELCOME BACK PICNIC (Free) - University Residence- Go to the Memorial Hall parking lot at 3:30 pm for a ride to the picnic.  Meet returning and new students and members of the WIU community and international office.

 

Monday, August 26

12:00-4:00 pm: STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE WAIVER APPLICATION ASSISTANCE- Go to the computer lab in the Malpass Library - All students will be charged for WIU health insurance UNLESS YOU COMPLETE A WAIVER APPLICATION.  We will help you do this; stop by for 15 minutes an bring your health insurance card.

 

Tuesday, August 27

12:30 - 3:30 pm: STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE WAIVER APPLICATION ASSISTANCE- Go to the computer lab in the Malpass Library - All students will be charged for WIU health insurance UNLESS YOU COMPLETE A WAIVER APPLICATION.  We will help you do this; stop by for 15 minutes an bring your health insurance card.