North Central College - Naperville, IL

Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, September 11

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 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

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. To complete this paperwork, you will need to bring your driver’s license and Social Security card.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.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 incoming students eat, using their student ID, on their meal plan and 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 is 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 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Lobby

Commuter students will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials.

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

Carnegie Hall, Room 200

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 – 1:30 p.m. Commuter Meeting

Meiley-Swallow Hall Theatre

Commuter students will meet the upperclassman Commuter Assistants, learn about Cardinals on Wheels, and hear about upcoming services and events.

 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 - Larrence Academic Center Outdoor Patio

Education, Health and Physical Education - Res/Rec Center West Lawn (Rain location – Merner Field House, Cardinal Room)

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology - Old Main Plaza (Rain location-Kroehler Science Center, 2nd Floor)

 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Opening Convocation

Pfeiffer Hall

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

4:30 - 6 p.m. Farewell Picnic

Jefferson Plaza, north of Seager Hall

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

Various Locations 

Meet your First Year Mentor, who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other first year students.

7:30 - 9 p.m. Torch Light Celebration

Pfeiffer Hall

A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torch Light 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. 

 Resident Students: Floor Meetings and Late Night Snack

Meet Briefly with your RA to get aquinted and learn about hall policies. Then head to your lobby for a Late Night Snack

Commuter Students: Late Night Snack

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

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

Thursday, September 12

7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group for breakfast. Signups for the Double Decker Bus Tour and Into the Streets will be available.

9 - 11 a.m. FYE Seminar

Various Locations

Meet with your Academic Advisor for your first college class. Attendance is required.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Faculty Q&A

Various Locations

FYE class sections will gather to answer all of your questions related to coming to college. This will include how to address your faculty members, college email etiquette, class attendance and much more. 

12 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Eat lunch with your group or with friends. Check in with your FYM to find out where to meet for the Strange Like Me presentation. 

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.   “Solo Cup Culture”

“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

Wentz Concert Hall

Jake Byczkowski shares his personal story using videos,interviews, audience interaction and humor to convey theimportance of partying smart and keeping friends safe. He shedslight on common-sense decision-making tools, helping studentsto 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 Ministry and Service Office.

Boilerhouse Bingo

  Boiler House

  Check out our newly renovated lower level, participate in bingo tournament, play ping pong, and enjoy some free food and music!

4:30 - 7 p.m.  Dinner 

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends. Sign-ups for the Bus Tour and Into the Streets will also be available.

6 - 11 p.m. First Year Boat Dance

Meet at Harold and Eva White Activities Center

Enjoy a free cruise on Lake Michigan! Sign-ups begin at the Farewell Picnic and are first come first served. 

8 - 11:30 p.m.  Casino Night

White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Come to play the odds and win prizes just for showing up!

Friday, September 13

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

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group for breakfast. Sign-ups for the Bus Tour and Into the Streets will be available.

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

Old Main – Second Floor: 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 student 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 hook-up 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 hook-up cross the line? Daniel Swinton, a higher education attorney who specializes in sexual misconduct and campus security, facilitates this interactive experience.

11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy lunch with your group or with friends. Sign-ups for the Bus Tour and Into the Streets will be available.

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 – 5:30 p.m. Veteran Reception

Old Main, Smith Hall

Join other incoming veteran students and their families to learn about the programs that NCC offers veteran students. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the Office of Student Affairs.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends. Sign-ups for the Bus Tour and Into the Streets will be available.

7 - 9 p.m. The Union

129 W Benton Avenue

Enjoy a night of music and friends at this unique off-campus location. The Union is a venue for social change through the arts and features music, art and film on Friday nights throughout the academic year.

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. Into the Streets - Service Experience

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby

Join in this optional service experience right in our neighborhood. Sign up at the WAC Front Desk throughout Welcome Week.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chicago Excursion – Double Decker Bus Tour

Meet in front of Kaufman Dining Hall at 11 a.m. to walk to the train

station together.

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. This group will return to campus on the 3:40 p.m. train from Chicago’s Union Station.

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)

Wentz Concert Hall

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

4 - 7 p.m. Dinner

White Activity Center, The Cage

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.

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. Head over to WAC to play board games, participate in a trivia tournament, and win prizes. 

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

White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Meet ministry and service student organization leaders and staff 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!

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 northcentralcollege.edu/shuttle.

9 - 10 p.m. All Resident Students

Floor Meetings