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Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a continuing orientation program for all new Concordia-Chicago students and serves as a welcome back to campus for returning students. Led by student volunteers, new and returning students have the opportunity to meet new friends, learn about campus resources, have fun, and participate in service opportunities. Some events during the week may be subject to change. Please check back often for the most up to date schedule!

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Fall 2013 Events

Most students check in for the fall semester on Wednesday, August 21. We have activities planned for you and your family in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!

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Several events, such as our night out at the Brunswick Zone, require students to sign up. Signups will start on Wednesday, August 21 at check in activities. After that, you can sign up at the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Wednesday, August 21

2-3pm                    First Generation Reception, KCC Alumni Room

Concordia would like to celebrate our newest students who will be the first in their family to attend college.  Join us on Wednesday for some light refreshments and an opportunity to meet other students and families. All students will receive a copy of the book "First In the Family.”  Please RSVP to the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, or (708) 209-3124.

3pm                        Class of 2017 Class Photo, Triangle

                                Students will check in for the Service of Welcome and Induction at this time.

4pm                        Service of Welcome and Induction, Chapel of Our Lord

Families of all denominations are welcome as we celebrate the new students joining the University Community.

5pm                        New Student & Family BBQ, KCC Patio (Rain Location: Crossroads Dining Hall)

                             Commuters and families may get tickets for this event at check-in.

6:30-7:30pm          Student Led Campus Ministries Ice Cream Social, Kretzmann Patio (rain location: Art Gallery)

7:30-8:30pm           Residence Hall Floor Meetings

 Check with your resident assistant for details.

8:30 pm                   Movie on the Triangle: Star Trek Into Darkness (Rain Location: South Gym)

Popcorn and lemonade provided by VOICE, CUC’s Student Government Association

Thursday, August 22   (All events until 3:30 pm are required of all new students)

Various times        Music Ensemble Auditions (choir, band, orchestra), Kretzmann Hall

Sign up sheets available in Kretzmann Hall. Audition times offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

9am                        Dean of Students Welcome, Chapel of Our Lord

9:30-10:30am      Staying Safe on Campus and Around Chicago, Chapel of Our Lord

10:30-11:30am    Making Sense of Your Finances and Financial Aid, Chapel of Our Lord

11:30am-12pm    The Concordia University Honor Code: What You Need to Know, Chapel of Our Lord

12-1pm                  Lunch, Crossroads Dining Hall

                                Commuter students will receive tickets for lunch.

1-2pm                    Noetics Experience Meet & Greet, Chapel of Our Lord

2-3:30pm              Playfair, Triangle

                                Get to know your fellow new students through fun interaction!         

3:30-4:30pm        Music and You: An Introduction to Music Opportunities, Kretzmann’s McCormick Recital Hall

3:30-5:30pm        Shopping Shuttles

                                The Department of Residence Life is sponsoring a shuttle service to Target.

8-10pm                  CUC Pool Party at the Elmwood Park Pool

Refreshments and fun at the Elmwood Park Pool! Buses leave the Firelane starting at 7:45pm. Appropriate swimwear must be worn. Co-sponsored by Recreational and Intramural Sports Programs.

Friday, August 23  

Various times        Music Ensemble Auditions (choir, band, orchestra), Kretzmann Hall

Sign up sheets available in Kretzmann Hall. Audition times offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

9 - 2pm                  College Student Inventory with your Noetics Experience Class, various computer labs (required of all new students)

                                Each student will receive an individualized time and location on Thursday.

12-5pm                  CU @ the Lake, downtown Oak Park

CUC students can see any movie showing between 12 noon and 5pm for $3 at the Lake Theatre in downtown Oak Park. Just show your Concordia ID! Be on the lookout for specials and deals with local restaurants and businesses, brought to you by the Downtown Oak Park Association.

7-8:30pm              Let’s Make a Deal!

                                Join us in the South Gym to wheel and deal and win!

Saturday, August 24

11am-5pm             Explore Chicago, various locations

Meet up with one of the student-led groups going on an adventure around the city. There’s something for everyone! Learn more about the specific trips planned and how to sign-up when you arrive on campus.

6pm                       Evening Devotions, Pillars Steps (Rain Location: Chapel of Our Lord)

For more than 50 years, students have hosted evening gatherings at the Pillars to sing songs and share prayers in short devotion. The Office of Alumni Relations and StudentLed Campus Ministries invite all students are invited to join CUChicago’s Golden Alumni this Saturday and take part in this timehonored tradition.

8pm – 12               CUC Night at the Brunswick Zone in Romeoville

Tickets are required for this event and costs $5 per person. You will be able to sign up for this event at check-in. Buses will be available and will start loading at the Firelane at 7:45pm.

Sunday, August 25

2-3pm                    Opening Service Choir Rehearsal, Chapel of Our Lord

4pm                        Opening Service, Chapel of Our Lord

5:30pm                  Post Opening Service Celebration, Triangle (Rain Location: South Gym)