North Central College - Naperville, IL

Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, September 10

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 youget settled in your residence hall room.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration Confirmation and Parking Permits

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.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cardinal First Family Continental Breakfast

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

This welcome breakfast is for all incoming first-generation college students* and their parents. Students will meet several Cardinal First Ambassadors (upperclass first-generation students), faculty/staff who were first-generation college students and Julie Carballo, Director of First Generation Programs.  *first-generation student defined as neither parent having a four-year degree

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Picnic Lunch

Jefferson Plaza

You and your family are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch in Jefferson Plaza. 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

Residence Hall/ Recreation Center, Third Floor

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 teachfirst@noctrl.edu.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In and Open House

The Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials. Stay and meet the Commuter Assistant (CA) staff as well!

12:30 - 1 p.m. Makeup Technology Training

Carnegie Hall, Room 111

If you were unable to attend your Summer Orientation session,you should attend this session to gain access to the College’s technology systems.

1:30 - 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.

3 - 4:30 p.m. Opening Convocation

Pfeiffer Hall

Join in the celebration where you are formally welcomed into the North Central academic community.

5 - 7 p.m. Opening Meetings and Dinner

Residence Halls, Meiley-Swallow Theatre, Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage

Meet your respective Resident Assistant (RA) and Commuter Assistant (CA), learn about campus services and upcoming events. Resident Student meetings will be on their assigned floors, and Commuter Students will meet at the Meiley-Swallow Theatre. Resident Student dinner will be in Kaufman Dining Hall, and Commuter Students will eat dinner at The Cage. 

  Geiger Peter and Paul Rall Seager Seybert Student Village Commuters
5 - 6 p.m. Meeting Meeting Meeting Dinner Dinner Dinner Meeting
6 - 7 p.m. Dinner Dinner Dinner Meeting Meeting Meeting Dinner

7 - 8 p.m. Group Meetings

Various Locations

Join your First-Year Mentor and Resident Assistant or Commuter Assistant (CA), who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other new students in your FYE section.

8:15 - 9:15 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 - 10:30 p.m. Bonfire

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, South Lawn behind stadium

Enjoy a bonfire with fellow first-year students. Make your own s'mores! 


Thursday, September 11

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall & Cage

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 11 a.m. First-Year Experience Class

Various locations

Don’t be late for your first North Central class!

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Theatre of the Oppressed

Pfeiffer Hall

Kelly Howe, Assistant Professor of Theatre, leads all new students in an exploration in eliminating oppression.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group or with friends for lunch. Check in with your FYM to find out where you should meet before “Solo Cup Culture.”

3 - 4:30 p.m. “Solo Cup Culture”

Wentz Concert 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.


4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

5 - 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Blvd. Bingo

Seager Hall Lounge 

Looking for a place to chill with new friends? Check out Bingo and enjoy some sweet treats!

6 - 11 p.m. First-Year Student Boat Dance

Downtown Chicago–Meet in front of White Activities Center at 6 p.m. 

First-Year students will have the chance to go into downtown Chicago for a cruise on Lake Michigan.

Sign up online after September 3rd at northcentralcollege.edu/student-life/freshman-orientation. First come, first served.

8 - 11 p.m. Star-Studded Casino Night

Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre Lobbies

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 12

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall, Cage & Boilerhouse

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 10 a.m. Be a Better Bystander

Wentz Concert Hall

As a North Central student, you are responsible for helping keep our campus and each other safe. Carin Silkatis, Assistant Professor of Theatre, empowers you to use bystander strategies and introduces you to the Green Dot Movement.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m. FYE Class Part 2

Various Locations

Continue your class from yesterday.

12 - 2 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group or with friends for lunch.

12 - 1 p.m. Nutritionist

Wentz Concert Hall and Lobby

Requirement for all first-year student athletes. Nutritionist Kate Davis MS, RD, CSSD, LDN will speak to the importance of a well-balanced diet and lifestyle during the transition into your first year of collegiate athletics. Lunch will be served.


2 - 4 p.m. Service Fair

Jefferson Plaza

Members of the Naperville community will be on hand to share service opportunities within their agencies.  Plus, participate in hands-on service opportunities.

2 - 4 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Meet in Jefferson Plaza

Grab some friends to compete in a campus-wide scavenger hunt! Come anytime. Winners will be based on completion times.

4:30 - 6 p.m. Welcome (Back) Veterans Reception

ResRec, 3rd Floor Conference Center

New and returning student Veterans and their families are cordially invited to meet other student veterans, faculty, and staff in a relaxed informal atmosphere. Refreshments will be served.

5 - 7 p.m. Soccer Fan Fest

Championship Plaza

Join in the games, food and music in Championship Plaza before the men’s soccer game!

7 - 9 p.m. Men’s Soccer

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Come cheer on the men’s soccer team as it battles the Penn State Lions!

7 - 9 p.m. The Union

129 W. Benton Avenue  

Free for Students
Enjoy a night of music at The Union; a venue for social change. Our featured artist this Friday is Joshua James. His first two albums, 2007’s The Sun Is Always Brighter and 2009’s Build Me This, topped the year-end ‘Best of iTunes’ lists, while earning ecstatic praise from press like Paste Magazine and Esquire.  The Telegraph says of James "“With a hoarse, sweet voice than can fly from tremulous fragility to soulful roar, James brings a kind of grunge rock drive to rootsy folk, fueled by gloom existentialism and political rage." With his full band, we're excited to bring him to The Union for the very first time!


8 p.m. - midnight Friday Night Program: Double Feature

Pfeiffer

Join other students for the kick-off of Residence Life’s Friday Night Programs. The double feature for the night includes 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street.


Saturday, September 13

9:30 - 11 a.m. Service Experience: Into the Streets

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby

Join in this optional service experience right in our neighborhood. Sign up online at northcentralcollege.edu/student-life/freshman-orientation.

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. Sign up online at northcentralcollege.edu/student-life/freshman-orientation.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chicago Excursion – Museum of Science and Industry

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

Take a ride into the city and explore at the world famous Museum of Science and Industry. Take advantage of the bold science and interactive experiences and enjoy the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. North Central College will provide admittance and travel fees. Sign up online at northcentralcollege.edu/student-life/freshman-orientation.

1 - 4 p.m. NCC Olympics

Residence Hall/Recreational Center

Grab a team or come solo to sign-up with a team for several fun and unique games. Prizes will be awarded for the winners.

1 - 11 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 northcentralcollege.edu/shuttle.

4 - 8 p.m. WAC Games

White Activities Center, Main Floor

Head over to WAC to play board games, Wii games, and win prizes.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

White Activities Center, The Cage

8 - 9:30 p.m. CUAB Presents: Frangela

Pfeiffer Hall

You know this comedy duo from NBC's "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" and VH1's "Best Week Ever." Don't miss this chance to see real life best friends and Second City alums Frangela (Frances Callier & Angela Shelton) make you laugh until your socks fall off. Presented by the College Union Activities Board.

10 - 11:30 p.m. Late-Night Rec Sports

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

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


Sunday, September 14

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 - 4 p.m. L.A. Block Party

Jefferson Plaza

Play a game of Bags, eat some delicious BBQ, and relax. Or participate in a game of kickball or Spikeball. 

1 - 4 p.m. Walk of Fame

Jefferson Plaza/Downtown Naperville

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. Pickup and return passports to the Block Party when you're finished.

1 - 11 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 northcentralcollege.edu/shuttle.

4:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

5 - 7 p.m. Ice Cream Social

President’s House - 409 E. Chicago Ave.

President Hammond & his family invite all new students to an ice cream social at the President’s house.