North Central College - Naperville, IL

Transfer Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week 2015 Dates Announced!

September 9 - 13

A new schedule for Welcome Week Fall 2015 will be available soon. Check out last year's schedule below!

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 roll out the red carpet and help you get settled in your residence hall room.

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

 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

 Third Floor Residence Hall/ Recreation Center

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

 1:30 - 3 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In and Open House

 Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café

 Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials. Stay and meet our Commuter Student Services staff as well!

 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. Welcome Meeting and Dinner

The Cage

Meet your respective Resident Assitant (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.

7 - 8 p.m. Group Meetings

Various Locations

Meet your Orientation Leaders, who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other transfer students.

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 transfer students. Snacks will be served. 


Thursday, September 11

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group for breakfast.

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Group Rotations

Dollars & Sense

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


Familarize yourself with library facilities and the services it has to offer.

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 of eliminating oppression.

12:35 - 2:50 p.m. Group Rotations


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.

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 Lounge

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

8 - 11 p.m.

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. With fun favorites like poker, rouletter, craps and blackjack alond with some free food, it's sure to be a good night.


Friday, September 12

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

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group 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 Silkaitis, Assistant Professor of Theatre, empowers you to use bystander strategies and introduces you to the Green Dot movement.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Academic Adjustment

Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall

While you have completed courses at another institution, this session will help ensure you are prepared for the classroom at North Central College.

Noon - 2 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy lunch with your group or with friends.

Noon - 1 p.m. Nutritionist

Wentz Concert Hall & Lobby

Requirement for 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 and participate in hands-on activities.

2 - 4 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Meet in Jefferson Plaza

Grab some friends to compete in a campus-wide scavenger hunt!  Come at any time - winners will be based on completion time.

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.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

5 - 7 p.m. Soccer Fan Fest

Championship Plaza

Join in the games, food and music in Championship Plaza during 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

(8 p.m. 21 Jump Street, 10 pm 22 Jump Street)


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 throughout the 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 – 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.

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

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

Enjoy dinner swipes at 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 - 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

4:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

5 - 7 p.m. Ice Cream Social

President’s House- 490 E. Chicago Ave

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

9 - 10 p.m. Residence Hall Meetings

Floor Meetings