CONNECT Orientation


CONNECT 2016 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 CU 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. 

Click here for a downloadable student schedule.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Wahlert Atrium/Lingen Technology Center
CU Registration Writing Test 
Only for students who have not yet completed the writing test.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Fabiano Conference Room
CU Registration 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 zones 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
CU Registration Check-In
Students who have not yet participated in CU 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. Pick up your textbooks at the Campus Store, make sure you’re set in Financial Aid, and pay fees or purchase a parking permit in Student Accounts.   
1 – 2 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
Campus Tours Available
Haven’t had a chance to see the campus yet? Tour guides from the Clarke Admissions office will offer a campus tour leaving from the Atrium. Families, guests and students are all welcome. 
1 – 2 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CU Registration Advising (Blue Group)  
Accessing CORE Technology/Student ID's (Gold Group)
Only for new students who have not participated in the CU Registration program.
2 – 3 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CU Registration Advising (Gold Group)
Accessing CORE Technology/Student ID's (Blue and White Groups)

Only for new students who have not participated in the CU Registration program.
3 – 4 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium
CU Registration Advising (White Group)
Only for new students who have not participated in the CU Registration 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 student's education and learn about available resources and programs. Staff from athletics, campus ministry, counseling 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 the Student Event at 4pm.
*4 – 4:45 p.m.
Student Activity Center
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, staff, 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 by a Clarke student leader. 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 to learn about commuter life on campus and how to become connected at 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 Xbox One game 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. This session will also introduce The Source, Clarke’s tool to help students 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. Open major faculty and students will be available as well. Get to know students and faculty you’ll be working with at Clarke! 
*1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Clarke Campus
Campus Scavenger Hunt and Classroom Find
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/syllabi and visit the MARC Library (2nd floor) 
  • Check in with Financial Aid Office Atrium (2nd floor)
  • Buy your parking permit Student Accounts
  • Sync your email and phone/Help Desk Assistance Keller Computer Center
  • Buy your textbooks Campus Store
  • Open Gym Kehl Center
  • Ping Pong Tournament SAC
  • Practice for AIRBAND!
4:30 – 7 p.m
Clarke Dining Hall 
8–10 p.m.
Student Activity Center
Movie on the Big Screen
Grab your blankets, pillows and new-found friends for a movie on the big screen and classic movie treats, too!
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
Transfer students gather with their 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:

  • Open Gym - Kehl Center
  • Pool or Darts Tournament SAC
  • 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 – 10:45 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 students track their progress through Compass.
11 a.m. – Noon 
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.
10:45 – 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
  • Get settled in your room, and relax
  • Go for a walk with new friends
  • Practice for AIRBAND!
  • Get ready for class!
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clarke Dining Hall
Sunday Brunch 
 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
4:30 - 6:40 p.m.
Kehl Center
Student Involvement and Gotta Have Faith Fair
  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015