CONNECT Orientation


CONNECT 2015 Student Schedule

CONNECT welcomes all new Clarke students to campus! This is a comprehensive schedule of all events taking place during CONNECT. All students who have not participated in CORE (registration) will do so during CONNECT. Transfer students are asked to attend events that are denoted with an asterisk* but are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities except for Transitions Class which is for first-year students only. 

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8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Wahlert Atrium/Lingen Technology Center
CORE Writing Test 
Only for students who have not yet completed the writing test.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Atrium Conference Room
CORE Parent Advising Overview
Only for the parents of students taking the writing test at this time.
 *9 a.m. – Noon
Lobby of assigned Residence Hall 
Resident Student Check-in and Move-in 
Resident students can check into their residence hall and pick up their room key and building access chip from the Residence Life staff. Resident students will also receive their CONNECT schedule, name tag and Clarke ID card.

Unloading zone signs will be marked along Clarke Drive in front of the residence Halls. We ask that you please unload quickly and move your vehicle to one of our parking lots to avoid congestion along Clarke Drive. Members of the Clarke community will be available to help move students in during this time.
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
New students and their families are invited to dine in the Clarke Dining Hall for lunch. Tickets are free, but required. Simply pick up the number of needed lunch tickets at Check-In.  
12:45 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CORE Check-In
Students who have not yet participated in CORE (registration) should check-in at this time with Admissions for their afternoon registration and technology sessions. 
1 – 4 p.m.
Clarke Campus
Some suggestions for U-Time: Unpack and get settled or use this time to visit campus offices including student accounts, financial aid, security, or the Campus store. 
1 – 2 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Campus Tours Available
Haven't had a chance to see the campus yet? Student tour guides from the Clarke Admissions office will offer a campus tour leaving from the Atrium. Families, guests and students are welcome. Recorridos por el campus están disponibles en español.
1 – 2 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CORE Advising (Blue Group)  
Accessing CORE Technology/Student ID's (Gold Group)
Only for new students who have not participated in the CORE program.
2 – 3 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CORE Advising (Gold Group)
Accessing CORE Technology/Student ID's (Blue and White Groups)

Only for new students who have not participated in the CORE program.
3 – 4 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CORE Advising (White Group)
Only for new students who have not participated in the CORE program.
3 – 4:15 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
CONNECT for Parents
At Clarke, we welcome parents as our partners in your students' transition and success.  In this program, you will meet the staff who will play a role in your students' education and learn about available resources and programs.  Staff from athletics, campus ministry, counseling and career center, dining services, health services, learning center, residence life, safety and security, student engagement and intercultural programs, and the Transitions Coordinator will be participating.
*3:30 – 4 p.m.
Kehl Center
Commuter Student Check-in
First year and transfer commuter students check-in and receive their CONNECT schedule, name tag, and Clarke ID card, and then proceed to Student CONNECTions at 4 p.m.
*4 – 4:45 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Student CONNECTions
All new students will gather for a fun-filled activity before attending the campus welcome with family and guests.
4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Parent/Faculty CONNECTions
Parents are invited to get to know and mingle with Clarke faculty members and administrators before attending the campus welcome with students.
*5 – 5:30 p.m.
Kehl Center
Welcome to Clarke!
The CONNECT opening session will include a welcome from Clarke President, Sr. Joanne Burrows, Kate Zanger, Vice President for Student Life and an address from the student body president, Shanna Forbes. At the conclusion of the program, our parents and family members will receive a “Blessing for Travelers” as they leave campus.
*5:30 – 7 p.m.
Kehl Center / Clarke Dining Hall
Tuckpointer Team Introductions and Dinner
New students and Tuckpointers will enjoy a getting to know you ice breaker and dinner together in their Tuckpointer groups.  New students will have a number on their CONNECT nametag that corresponds to their group number. Name tags must be worn at all CONNECT activities including meals.
*7:30– 8 p.m.
Residence Halls
Resident Student Floor Meetings
Resident students will meet their Resident Assistant and other Residence Life staff, and will get to know other students in the residence hall building.
*7:30– 8 p.m.
Commuter Lounge, (Catherine Byrne Hall)

Commuter Student Meeting
Commuter students will meet with the Director of Engagement and Intercultural Programs and the Commuter Assistant to learn about commuter life on campus and how to become connected to Clarke.  
8– 10 p.m.
Lion's Den
Karaoke/Game Night
Karaoke night has become a CONNECT tradition and one that you don’t want to miss. Not much of a singer? Grab some friends and start a game of euchre, Texas Hold’Em, ping pong, shuffleboard, pool, foosball, or one of our Xbox360/Kinect options!
8 – 9 a.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
9 – 10 a.m.
Assigned Location
Transitions Class Section Meetings 
Tuckpointers will guide groups to Transitions meeting locations.
*9:45 – 10 a.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Transfer Student Check-In with Tuckpointers
Transfer students gather with their Tuckpointer group to begin Transfer CONNECT events for the day. 
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Assigned Location
Transitions Class #1 
 *10 – 10:50 a.m.
Lingen Technology Center 1 and 2
Transfer Student Clarke 101 Involvement Panel
This interactive session is designed for transfer students and will feature advice from upper class students, who transferred to Clarke, and introduce The Source, which is a tool designed to help all students to get involved on campus.
*11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Alumnae Lecture Hall

Meeting and Lunch with Academic Departments
Join the faculty and other students in the department of your intended major. Get to know students and faculty you’ll be working with at Clarke! 
*1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Clarke Campus/Soccer Field
Scavenger Hunt/Social Event 
How about a little friendly competition? Get connected to the campus and our people during the scavenger hunt, and see which group can be most creative with their submissions to win.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Clarke Campus

Some suggestions for U-Time:

  • Grab your class schedule and a new friend and find your classrooms - Campus
  • Check in with Financial Aid Office - Atrium (2nd floor)
  • Computer Registration/Help Desk Assistance - Keller Computer Center
  • Buy parking permits - Student Accounts
  • Open Gym - Kehl Center
  • Football/soccer- Soccer Field
  • Ping Pong Tournament - SAC
  • Take a nap or work out
  • Practice for AIRBAND!
4:30 – 7 p.m
Clarke Dining Hall 
8–10 p.m.
Soccer Field
Outdoor Movie on the Big Screen
Grab your blankets, pillows and new-found friends for an outdoor movie screening of Back to the Future 2 on this Flashback Friday. Back to the Future 2 sends Marty McFly to 2015! Enjoy this classic, along with treats from a popcorn, pizza and candy bar.
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
Assigned Location
Transitions Class #2
*9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wahlert Atrium/Dubuque Community
Transfer Student Off Campus Activity
Meet your Tuckpointer group in the Atrium to head off campus for a fun Saturday morning in Dubuque.
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Assigned Location
Transitions Class #3
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
1 – 1:50 p.m.
Assigned Location
Transitions Class #4
*2 - 4 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
We "Value" Projects  
Learn about Clarke University’s initiatives to be sustainable, our core values, and how you and other Clarke students play a role. Students will break into small groups to complete hands-on projects to experience what We Value. 
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
4:30 – 8 p.m.

Some suggestions for U-Time:

  • Women's Soccer Scrimmage - 5 p.m.
    At University of Dubuque
  • Grab your class schedule and a new friend and find your classrooms - Campus
  • Open Gym - Kehl Center
  • Football/soccer- Soccer Field  
  • Ping Pong Tournament - SAC
    (Student Activity Center)
  • Take a nap or work out
  • Practice for AIRBAND!
8 – 9:30 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
Dramatic Dialogues
This interactive session addresses important topics with frank and open discussions. The actors take a creative approach and you will leave with something to talk about!
9:30 – 10 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Tuckpointer Team Meeting
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Computer Labs
(Assigned Locations)
The Source
This session will introduce The Source, which is a tool designed to help all students get involved on campus, and will also help first-year students track their progress through Compass.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel
All-Campus Mass
At Clarke, we welcome and encourage people of all faiths to join us in Mass. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Dining Hall.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Clarke Campus

Some suggestions for U-Time:

  • Worship: A list of places to worship in the Dubuque Community can be found in your CONNECT folder
  • Grab your class schedule and a new friend and find your classrooms
  • Get settled in your room, and relax
  • Go for a walk with new friends
  • Practice for AIRBAND!
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Dubuque Community
Off Campus Activity
Learn and experience a few fun things Dubuque has to offer! You’ll be given a choice in activity, but whichever you choose, we’re sure it’ll be a fun adventure.
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
This is by far the best CONNECT event, ever. You do not want to miss it.
6:15 - 8 p.m.
Atrium Plaza & Lawn
Dinner and Games
Enjoy a cookout dinner sponsored by Campus Ministry, featuring lawn games and friendly conversation.

7 - 10 a.m.
Crusader Café
Classes Begin! Breakfast Served


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