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CONNECT 2019 First-Year Student Schedule

CONNECT welcomes all new Clarke students to campus! This is the first-year students’ schedule for CONNECT. All students who have not participated in CU Registration (registering for classes) will do so during the first day of CONNECT.

Thursday, August 22

Resident Student Check-In and Move-In
9:00 a.m.-Noon
Lobby of Assigned Residence Hall
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.

Lunch
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dining Hall
Students and families are invited to dine in the Dining Hall for lunch. Tickets are free, but required for guests. Simply pick up the number of tickets at Check-In.

Multicultural Dessert Reception
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Rose O’Toole, Mary Josita Hall
Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Engagement and Intercultural Programs staff invite our multicultural families and students to this reception. The event is designed for people to come-and-go freely, engage with one another, and meet Clarke faculty and staff.

CONNECT for Parents
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Atrium
We welcome Parents as Partners in students’ transition to Clarke University. In this program, parents will meet staff and faculty who play an integral role in student success. Learn about campus services available to students, and have any last minute questions answered.

Commuter Student Check-In
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Kehl Center
Commuter students will check-in to CONNECT and receive their schedule, CONNECT nametag and Clarke ID card before heading to the welcome event.

Welcome to Clarke
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Kehl Center
The CONNECT opening session will feature a welcome from Clarke’s 16th President, Dr. Thom Chesney; Vice President for Student Life, Kate Zanger; and an address by the student body president, Bailey Theisen. At the conclusion of the program, our parents and family members will receive a “Blessing for Travelers” as they depart campus.

Tuckpointer Introduction & Compass Navigator Class
3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Kehl Center & Assigned Location
New students will gather into their small orientation groups, led by Tuckpointers. New students have a name on their nametag that corresponds to their group number. CONNECT nametags must be worn at all CONNECT activities. After a brief introduction, Tuckpointers will lead students to their first Compass Navigator class to meet their instructor.

Tuckpointer Team Dinner
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Dining Hall
Students and Tuckpointers will enjoy a get-to-know-you dinner together in their small groups.

Resident Floor Meetings & Commuter Student Meeting
7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Lounge & Atrium
Resident students will meet their Resident Assistant and other residents on their floor, in their floor’s lounge. Commuter students will meet each other and the Director of Engagement and Intercultural Programs to learn more about commuter life at Clarke.

Game Night, Social & Dance
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Lion’s Den
Spend some time socializing and getting to know your new classmates. If you’re feeling brave, get on up and try some karaoke! Or, just dance along to the music. We’ll have pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, card and board games available, too. Relax, and get settled in by starting new friendships and connections.

Friday, August 23

Breakfast
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Dining Hall
Meet up with your Tuckpointer for breakfast before class.

Compass Navigator Breakout #1
9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Assigned Locations
Tuckpointers will guide groups to meeting locations.

Compass Navigator Breakout #2
10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Assigned Locations
Tuckpointers will guide groups to meeting locations.

Academic Department Meeting & Lunch
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
Join the faculty and other students in your intended major. Open major faculty and students will be available, too. Get to know the people you’ll be working with, and what expectations your major department has for new students over a meeting and lunch.

Campus Scavenger Hunt & Classroom Find
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Campus
How about a little friendly competition? Get connected to campus and our people during the scavenger hunt, and see which group can be most creative with their photo submissions to win!

U-Time
2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Campus
Take some time to: get settled in your room with your new roommate, take your class schedule to the MARC to learn about how their services can help you in your classes, check in with Financial Aid to make sure all of your paperwork is completed, stop into Student Accounts to set up your payment plan or purchase a parking permit, sync your email to your phone at the Help Desk, buy or rent your textbooks at the Campus Store, practice for Airband with your Tuckpointers, train with your athletic team, or maybe…. just take a nap!

Dinner
4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Dining Hall
Find out what time to meet your Tuckpointer group for dinner.

Tuckpointer Team Meeting
7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Designated Location
Tuckpointer groups will meet to learn information important for transition to college.

Clarke Activities Board Comedian
8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Student Activity Center
The Clarke Activities Board hosts entertainment events, off-campus trips, and social activities throughout the school year. Here’s a first glimpse at some of the free entertainment provided.

Saturday, August 24

Breakfast
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Dining Hall
Meet up with your Tuckpointer for breakfast before class.

Compass Navigator Breakout #3
9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Assigned Locations
Tuckpointers will guide groups to meeting locations.

Compass Navigator Breakout #4
10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Assigned Locations
Tuckpointers will guide groups to meeting locations.

Lunch
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dining Hall

Off-Campus Activities
12:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Selected Activity Locations
Learn about and experience some of the fun things Dubuque has to offer. Students are given a choice in activity, but whichever is chosen, we’re sure it will be a fun adventure.

U-Time
3:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Campus
Take some time to: visit the Game Room in the SAC for some pool or ping pong, buy or rent your textbooks at the Campus Store, practice for Airband with your Tuckpointers, train with your athletic team, or go shopping for those forgotten supplies.

Dinner
4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Dining Hall

Tuckpointer Team Meeting
7:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Designated Location
Tuckpointer groups will meet to learn information important for transition to college.

Dramatic Dialogues & Discussion
8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
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. The program will conclude with a small group discussion with Tuckpointers.

Sunday, August 25

Breakfast
7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Dining Hall

The Source Breakout & Tuckpointer Team Meeting
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Assigned Locations
This session will introduce The Source, a tool designed to help students get involved on campus. Students will have a final Tuckpointer team meeting.

Sunday Brunch
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dining Hall

“We Value” Projects
12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
Learn about Clarke University’s initiatives to be sustainable, our core values, and how you and other Clarke students play a role. Students will select an activity and break into small groups for hands-on projects to experience what We Value.

Airband
3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
This is by far the best, and most memorable, CONNECT event. You do not want to miss it!

Campus Mass
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel, Atrium
At Clarke, we welcome and encourage people of all faiths to join us in Mass.

Closing Cookout Dinner & Games
5:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Atrium Lawn
Enjoy a cookout featuring lawn games and friendly conversation to conclude a successful weekend, and prepare for an exciting first day of classes.

Monday, August 26

Classes Begin!

Breakfast Served
7:00 a.m.-10 a.m.
Café 1843