North Central College - Naperville, IL

Transfer Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, September 11

8 a.m. - Noon New Student Move-In

All Residence Halls

The Cardinal Move-In Crew—including campus leaders and members of our nationally ranked football team—will help you get settled in your residence hall room.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration Confirmation, Parking Permits and Student Employment Paperwork

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Confirm that all paperwork and payments are up-to-date. Complete the parking permit application process and receive your parking permit.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. First Generation Cardinals Club Continental Breakfast

 Larrance Academic Center: Heininger Auditorium

This welcome breakfast is for all incoming First Generation students and parents. Students will meet the club advisor, Dr. Renard I. Jackson, the Executive Board of the First Generation Cardinals Club, and other First Generation Students.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

You and your family are welcome to enjoy lunch in Kaufman Dining Hall, where students eat, using their student ID, on their meal plan. Family members can pay just $5/person. If you choose to dine in downtown Naperville, we encourage you to take advantage of the special offers provided by local restaurants. You can find these special offers in your Welcome Week packet.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Teach First Luncheon

Third Floor Residence Hall/ Recreation Center

This lunch and program overview event are for all incoming first-year and transfer Teach First students and their families. Participants will meet the Teach First Leadership Team and Julie Carballo, Teach First Director. If you have questions contact

Noon - 1 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Lobby

Students who are commuting check in and receive all Welcome Week materials.

1 - 1:30 p.m. Commuter Welcome

Meiley-Swallow Hall, Theatre

Students who are commuting will meet the Off-Campus and Commuter Involvement Coordinators, learn about upcoming events and services, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

1 - 2:30 p.m. President’s Reception for Parents and Family Members

President’s Lawn – 409 E Chicago Ave

Mingle with Dr. Troy Hammond, President, and staff members from various areas of campus.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Academic Department Receptions for Students

Meet faculty and other students in your academic interest area.

• English and Modern & Classical Languages

Kiekhofer Hall, Main Level

• Art and Speech Communication

Meiley-Swallow Hall, Gallery

• Music and Theatre

Wentz Concert Hall, Lobby

• Broadcasting

WONC-FM 89.1, Oliver Hall

• Accounting, Economics, Management & Marketing

125 S. Loomis House

• History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion,

Sociology and Anthropology

Larrance Academic Center, Outdoor Patio

• Education, Health and Physical Education

Res/Rec Center West Lawn (Rain location–Cardinal Room, Merner Field House)

• Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics,

Physics and Psychology

Old Main Plaza (Rain location–Kroehler Science Center, Second Floor)

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Opening Convocation

Pfeiffer Hall

An opening celebration to welcome you and your family to the North Central College community.

4:30 - 6 p.m. Farewell Picnic

Jefferson Plaza

You and your family are invited to our Farewell Picnic to say your official goodbyes. At the end, you will be dismissed into your different Welcome Week groups.

6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Group Meetings

7:30 - 9 p.m.

Torchlight Celebration

Pfeiffer Hall

A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torchlight Parade dates back to 1912. Hear about the College motto Lux Veritas in a night dedicated to North Central College traditions and inspiring school spirit, including North Central’s fight song, Alma Mater, and more.

9:15 - 10:15 p.m. Late Night Snack

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café

Enjoy a free snack and hang out with other transfer students.

Thursday, September 12

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group for breakfast.

10 - 11 a.m.

Academic Adjustment

Meiley-Swallow Hall, Theatre

Hear about the unique academic differences between North Central and other colleges, as well as what you can expect from North Central College academically.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Group Rotations

Dollars & Sense Goldspohn 20

Everything you need to know about the Business Office and student finances.

Lunch White Activities Center, The Cage

Enjoy lunch with your group at The Cage—North Central’s a la carte service in White Activities Center.

Mailroom Old Main, Campus Mailroom

Receive your Campus Mailroom key and mailbox. 

Student IDs Old Main, Fifth Floor

Take your student ID picture and receive your student ID. Photo ID is required (either driver’s license or state ID).

Technology Training Carnegie Hall 200

Learn about campus technology, receive a tutorial of Merlin, Blackboard and Novell email.

2 - 3:30 p.m. “Solo Cup Culture”

 Pfeiffer Hall 

Jake Byczkowski shares his personal story using videos, interviews, audience interaction and humor to convey the importance of partying smart and keeping friends safe. He sheds light on common-sense decision-making tools, helping students to party safely, should students decide to make that choice.

3:30 - 6 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure:

Simon Says It’s Time to Serve

Madden Theatre and Lobby 

Learn about how you can get involved with service projects, trips, and more with our Office of Ministry and Service.

Boilerhouse Bingo

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café

Looking for a new place to chill with new friends…Check out Bingo at the Boilerhouse and enjoy a café drink and some sweet treats! (see coupon on last page)

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.  

8 - 11:30 p.m. Casino Night: I Bet UNO Who’s Going to Win Tonight

White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

With $1,000 in prizes the odds are in your favor, you just have to join in the game. Fun favorites like Poker, Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack along with some free food: it’s sure to be a good night.

Friday, September 13

7:45 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Student Veterans Orientation 

Old Main, Smith Hall 
This orientation is for all new and returning Student Veterans.  Student veterans will learn about the North Central College Forward! Program, policies, procedures, and resources available to the veteran.  Additionally, there will be discussion on the establishment of a Veterans Club that will help Veterans connect on campus.  

9:30 - 11 a.m.

“Drunk Sex or Date Rape – Can You Tell the Difference?”

Pfeiffer Hall

Some students on campuses today engage in a hookup culture of random sexual encounters with other students, usually fueled by alcohol. But, just because some students are getting drunk and hooking up doesn't make it right, or legal. When does a hookup cross the line? How can you prevent it? Daniel Swinton, a higher education attorney who specializes in sexual misconduct and campus security, facilitates this interactive experience.

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy lunch with your group or with friends.  

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. “Eliminating Poverty One Home at a Time”

Wentz Concert Hall

Rick Guzman '99 has helped people from all over the world - without leaving town.  You'll learn how he befriended local refugee families, started a non-profit organization, and is now living out his dream to "break the cycle of working-class poverty through homeownership." Shortly after graduating from North Central, Rick and his wife Desiree founded what is now Emmanuel House Community Development Corporation, and Rick now works as Assistant Chief of Staff to Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.

3 - 6 p.m. Campus-wide CLUE!

Residence Hall/Recreation Center

THINK YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY…? Grab some friends to compete in campus-wide CLUE!  Also enjoy an event with inflatables and other life-sized games based on your favorite childhood games!

4 – 6 p.m. Veteran Reception

WAC – Fireside Lounge 

Veterans and their families are cordially invited to meet other Military students, faculty, administrators, board members, and staff in a relaxed informal atmosphere.  Refreshments will be served.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

 7 - 9 p.m. The Union

129 W. Benton Avenue

Enjoy a night of music at The Union; a venue for social change. Our featured artist this Friday is Chicago’s Great Divide, a rock ‘n ’soul band full of passion, spontaneity and groove. With multiple appearances at festivals like SXSW, North Coast Music Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, and renowned venues across the Midwest and east coast, Great Divide is an ambitious affair, moving effortlessly from soul to pop to funk.

 9:30pm - 11 p.m. (Doors open at 9:00 p.m.)  CUAB Presents: Comedian Mike Birbiglia 

Pfeiffer Hall

Mike is a comedian, actor, and writer best known for his award-winning one-man shows, My girlfriend’s Boyfriend (2011) and Sleepwalk With Me (2008), which straddle standup comedy and theater. He has appeared on more than 40 network talk shows, including: Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, and Jimmy Fallon. He also has three Comedy Central TV Specials, including “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing.” Mike has been called the “Master of the personal, embarrassing tale,” and “Both laugh-out-loud funny and earnestly reflective.”

 Saturday, September 14

9:30-11 a.m. Service ExperienceInto the Streets

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby

Join in this optional service experience. Signup at meals throughout Welcome Week.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chicago Excursion – Double-Decker Bus Tour!

Meet in front of Kaufman Dining Hall at 11 a.m. to walk together to the Metra train station. Enjoy a double-decker bus tour of downtown Chicago and visit the famous Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, and more. North Central College will provide train and bus fare, but be sure to bring spending money if you’d like to shop and eat.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chicago Excursion – Go Fish at THE SHEDD Aquarium

Meet at the White Activities Center at 11 a.m.

Take a ride into the city and explore at the world famous SHEDD Aquarium. Who knows what underwater creatures you will find?

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. BBQ & Bags/Explore with Friends

Jefferson Plaza & Downtown Naperville

Play a game of Bags, eat some delicious BBQ, and relax. Then, visit the downtown Naperville shops and restaurants to get stamps on your passport. The more stamps you get, the better your chances of winning a downtown Naperville gift card! Return passports to BBQ & Bags when you’re finished. 

 1 - 6 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Wentz Concert Hall

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

 4 - 7 p.m. Dinner

White Activity Center, The Cage

Enjoy dinner swipes at The Cage.

 8 p.m. – Midnight WAC Weekends Kick-Off

 White Activities Center, The Cage

Check out the beginning of a brand new series of events held on Friday or Saturday evenings throughout the year. Formerly known as S.N.A.C.; head over to WAC to play board games, participate in special activities, and win prizes.

 7 – 9p.m. Have You Scene It?: “Now You See Me”

Pfeiffer Hall  

Enjoy a movie and popcorn in our very own Pfeiffer Theater. FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. 


9:30 - 11:30 p.m. Play at your Own Risk: Late-Night Intramurals

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Join your new classmates in intramural games under the stadium lights.

 Sunday, September 15

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Pre-Worship Breakfast and Reception

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Meet ministry and service student organization leaders and staff members for an informal breakfast and learn about the opportunities for involvement. After breakfast, rides and walking groups will be provided to a number of local churches.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

1 - 6 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Afternoon shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, Jewel, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Wentz Concert Hall

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

12:30 - 4 p.m. Soccer Fan Fest

Championship Plaza

Join in the games, food and music in Championship Plaza during the men’s and women’s soccer games!

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Come cheer on the men’s soccer team as it battles the White Water WarHawks!

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Come cheer on the women’s soccer team as it battles the White Water WarHawks!

6 - 11 p.m. Evening shuttle service to bowling alley, Hollywood Palms Cinema, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Wentz Concert Hall

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

9 - 10 p.m. All Resident Students

Floor Meetings