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What to Know Before First Weekend, Complete Schedule

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WSU Fall Fest 2019 | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian


First Weekend is a three-day, in-person event for residential and commuter students jam packed with information, games, advice and more designed to acclimate new students to campus-life. Before attending First Weekend, there are several things students should know.

Dates and check in location

First Weekend takes place all over campus across three days from August 20-22. There are additional activities planned for Thursday, August 19 as well.

Check-in for commuters is Friday, August 20 near the Turning Points sculpture at the center of campus from 9 – 9:30 a.m. 

There is a separate schedule for commuter students and residential students

Upon arriving for first weekend, it is important to keep in mind whether you are a commuter or residential student. Although both will receive relatively the same experience, residential students have additional activities and meetings on their schedule to help with move-in and other essentials for living on campus.

Another important difference deals with meal plans. Because residential students are required to purchase a meal plan for the school year, they are all set for first weekend. However, commuters may want to consider purchasing meal tickets before or at check in.

All non-residential students are required to register to attend First Weekend. If students do not register beforehand, they will be asked to register upon check-in.

Registering for First Weekend beforehand will allow staff members to prepare for each student. Each student will receive a first Weekend T-shirt,  name tag, schedule, campus map, and any purchased meal tickets at check in.

To purchase meal tickets and register, click here >>

Parking

Suggested parking lots are 6, 710, or 4 near the Community Center.

Commuter students do not need parking passes specifically for first weekend, but it is recommended students do not wait to order parking passes, which are necessary after the start of the fall semester.

Student parking permit fees are $48. Permits will be valid through December 31, 2021. To purchase a parking permit, click here >>

Corq app and Engage resources

Engage is a website used for student involvement at Wright State. It displays all events happening on campus including organization meetings, club fairs, service projects and more. Engage is where students can start to learn about how to get involved on campus. Corq is a downloadable app displaying all events happening on campus. Corq and Engage will be updated in real time during First Weekend with any changes.

Students can visit wright.edu/engage and log on using their W number by clicking on the blue “Sign In” button.

Read More about Corq and Engage here >>

Covid expectations

WSU is currently under an indoor mask mandate. Masks are required to be worn inside campus buildings at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors.

WSU is asking First Weekend attendees to complete a short health assessment before attending and to stay home if any of these are applicable:

  • You have a temperature over 100.4° F
  • You have cold or flu symptoms
  • You have other COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC
  • Anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms

Commuter Student Schedule

Thursday, August 19

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
11 a.m.
– 2 p.m.
Games on North Lawn
Feel free to hang out with your new peers on the North Lawn adjacent to the Student Union and Hamilton Hall.
North Lawn
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Enjoy dinner in the Student Union. Haven’t signed up for meal tickets? Pre-register for First Weekend today.
Union Market (111 SU)
6:30–9 p.m.Take Off!
You’re moved in; now it’s time for the fun! Kick-off your Wright State experience with fun activities and meet your fellow Raiders.
North Lawn
9 p.m.–midnightParty in the Woods
Bust a move and jam out with the fraternity and sororities on the Woods basketball court. Get to know some upperclassmen before the big day tomorrow—First Friday!
Woods basketball court

Friday, August 20—First Friday

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
9–9:30 a.m.Commuter Check-In
Check-in will be located at the Turning Points (B.A.R.T.) sculpture near University Hall. We recommend parking in lots 6, 710, or 4 near the Community Center, if available. Commuter students must pre-register for First Weekend.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
10 a.m.Kickoff Address and Opening Session
University President Sue Edwards and Student Government President Jonathan Ciero officially kick off First Weekend. Make sure to wear your official First Weekend shirt for the group photo!
Outdoor Amphitheater
10:30 a.m.First Weekend Group Meetings
Meet and hear from your First Weekend leader on what you can expect as our newest Raiders. We will cover important topics about your first semester, introduce you to Wright State traditions and expectations, and allow you to meet some of your peers.
North Lawn
11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Raiders with Grit: What’s your WHY?
It’s no secret: college can be tough. We are all here to help you increase your own personal resiliency, tenacity, and perseverance for success. We are all here to support you.
Student Union Conference Wing
12:15–1:30 p.m.Cook Out with President Sue
Get your grub on and meet President Sue and various other campus faces. Don’t be afraid to say “Hi!” Haven’t signed up for meal tickets? Pre-register for First Weekend today.
Alumni Grove
1:30–3:50 p.m., concurrent sessionsSessions for Success
Get acclimated with student services and activities. Attend various panels, seminars, and forums through this conference-style event.
Various campus locations
1:30–2:00 p.m.Commuter Students Presenters:
Alaina Collins, Commuter Student Senator, Student Government Association
Debbie Lamp, Advisor, Commuter Student Association
Medical Sciences 120
2:10–2:35 p.m.How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year 
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct to learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students. 
Presenters Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law
Christopher Hogan, Director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Juggling Your Involvement
You want to do it all because there is so much to do!   Juggling classes, involvement, social time, and other commitments can be an issue.  Find out ways to fit everything into your schedule.
Presenter Courtney Laukitis, Program Manager, Organizations
Student Success Center 014
Helpful Tips for Transfer Students to Experience the Raider Way
Explore ways to experience the Wright State community as a transfer student. This session will include tips on how to get involved on campus, how to complete your transfer process, and how to celebrate together as a transfer student, as well as tips from current Wright State students who transferred in just like you.
Presented by Hideo Tsuchida, Director of Articulation, Transfer, and Institutional Partnerships
Hanna Keller, Assistant Director, Transfer Recruitment
Rachel Fulton Wright Path Program Manager
Student Success Center 007
Top 10 Tips for Academic Success
Welcome to Wright State, Right School; Tips to start the Right Way!
Strategy for successful on-boarding and supportive resources Presenters:
Michelle Dixon, Student Success Coach
Catherine Hernandez Hogan, Student Success Coach
Student Success Center 009
Make a Friend, Pick a Prize
Join Student Advocacy for a fun-filled hangout that should be fun for introverts and extraverts alike.  All participants get their choice of prize just for being there and giving the community a try. Hopefully, you’ll leave knowing someone you can walk with to your next activity. Presenter:
Destinee Biesemeyer, Associate Director, Student Advocacy and Wellness
Medical Sciences 120
Culture and Identity Center Meet and Greet
Come meet your Culture and Identity Center specialists and directors, learn more about their programs and events, and ask us all of your questions about inclusion and equity on Wright State’s campus. Presenters:
Emily Yantis-Houser, Intercultural Specialist, LGBTQA Center
Nicole Carter, Ph.D., Director Women’s Center
Fermin Recarte, Intercultural Specialist, Latino Center
Quatez Scott, Intercultural Specialist, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center
Kevin Huang, Intercultural Specialist, Asian and Native American Center
Oelman Hall 109 
2:45–3:15 p.m.How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct to learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students.  Presenters:
Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law
Christopher Hogan, director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Student Leader Panel
Do you have a burning question about student organizations and involvement?  This is a perfect time to ask your questions!  These students have it figured out! Presenters:
Student Organization Leaders
Student Success Center 007
Campus Rec and Outdoor Programs 101
Fitness, hiking, and sports…oh my! Come and see how to get involved with Campus Rec. Presenters:
Billy Willis, Program Director, Campus Recreation Center 
Erin Sherrets, Program Manager, Outdoor Recreation
Student Success Center 009
3:20–3:50 p.m.Have Fun but Stay Safe
Wright State may seem like a big place to some and small to others.  Presenters:
Officer Hicks, Wright State Police Department
Dispatcher Earl Thompson, Communications Dispatcher 1
Student Success Center 007
It’s all Greek to Me!
What does it mean to be a member of a fraternity or sorority at Wright State? Interested in joining but don’t know how? Have questions? This is a perfect opportunity to learn more. Presenters:
Members of College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-hellenic Council
Student Success Center 014
How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct to learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students.  Presenters:
Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law  
Christopher Hogan, director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Building Your Success Strategy: First Steps Toward Graduating on Time
College is a big step, and it can get away from you quicker than you might think. This session will discuss practical tips for managing the anxiety of college and getting a good start. Presenter:
David Bringhurst, Director, Academic Support
Student Success Center 009
4–6 p.m.Do the U
Get involved! There is always something to do at Wright State—now find a student club or organization (…or a few) to join! Connect, engage, and find your people at Do the U!
Student Union
4–5 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week of classes.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Explore the newest dining options with this exclusive first look at the new Union Market. You’re certainly in for a treat! Haven’t signed up for meal tickets? Pre-register for First Weekend today.
Union Market (111 SU)
6–8 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
8 p.m.–midnightMovie Night: “Without Remorse”
An elite Navy SEAL goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy. Enjoy this FREE movie and popcorn under the stars. 
Village Pavillion (Rain: 109 OH)

Saturday, August 21

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
10 a.m.First Weekend Group Meetings
Check-in with your First Weekend leader.
North Lawn
10:30 a.m.–noonService Project
Join us for an on-campus service project.
Student Union Atrium (091 SU)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch
Enjoy a buffet-style lunch included in your meal plan. Haven’t signed up for meal tickets? Pre-register for First Weekend today.
Union Market (111 SU)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
1:30–5 p.m.Shopping in Beavercreek
Pick up any last-minute items that you need, and explore Beavercreek.
RTA bus stop in front of the Student Union
4 p.m.Women’s Volleyball vs. Miami (OH) ExhibitionC.J. McLin Gymnasium
5 p.m.Men’s Soccer vs. Western Michigan ExhibitionAlumni Field
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Enjoy a buffet-style dinner included in your meal plan. Haven’t signed up for meal tickets? Pre-register for First Weekend today.
Union Market (111 SU)
7–8:30 p.m.Joseph Tran: Magician and Comedian
Enjoy a show in the Student Union Apollo Room, provided by the University Activities Board.
Apollo Room (160 SU)
8:30 p.m.
– midnight
Student Union After Dark
Explore this carnival-style event all over the Student Union. Have fun with various clubs and organizations, Campus Recreation, and more.
Student Union

Sunday, August 22

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
11 a.m.–7 p.m.Semester Meal Plans Become Active
Utilize your semester meal plan at your own leisure at The Hangar, located in Allyn Hall. Don’t have a meal plan? Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan.
The Hangar
11 a.m.–5 p.m.Shopping in Beavercreek
Pick up any last-minute items that you need, and explore Beavercreek.
RTA bus stop in front of the Student Union
Noon–5 p.m.Mud Volleyball
Participate in mud volleyball and prepare to get dirty. Compete against your fellow Raiders for #BraggingWrights. Register or join a team on imleagues.com. #ForTheShirt
Campus Recreation Park
2 p.m.–midnightRaider Mart is Open
Peruse Raider Mart, Wright State’s campus convenience store and mini grocery, located in the Honors Community.
Raider Mart
5–7 p.m.Homestyle Dinner
Enjoy a homestyle dinner. Don’t have a meal plan? Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan.
The Hangar
Full schedule via wright.edu/firstweekend

Residential Student Schedule

Wednesday, August 18

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
9 a.m.–3 p.m., by appointmentOperation Move-In
If you are living on campus, this is the day you will moving into your rooms early so you can participate in the educational and social programs of First Weekend. Learn more about Operation Move-In.
Residence halls and various campus locations
6:30 p.m.Residence Life and Housing Welcome Night
Hang out and meet your residence hall staff with volleyball, basketball, yard games, card and board games, and more!
The Woods residential community

Thursday, August 19

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
9 a.m.–3 p.m., by appointmentOperation Move-In
If you are living on campus, this is the day you will moving into your rooms early so you can participate in the educational and social programs of First Weekend. Learn more about Operation Move-In.
Residence halls and various campus locations
11 a.m.–3 p.m.Games on North Lawn
Already moved in? Feel free to hang out with your new peers on the North Lawn adjacent to the Student Union and Hamilton Hall.
North Lawn
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch
Enjoy lunch included with your meal plan.
Union Market (111 SU)
4–5 p.m.Resident Assistant (RA) Meetings
Meet your RA at your floor lounge. You will also receive your official First Weekend 2021 T-shirt to wear for First Friday.
Residence halls–floor lounges look for postings
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Enjoy dinner included in your meal plan.
Union Market (111 SU)
6:30–9 p.m.Take Off!
You’re moved in; now it’s time for the fun! Kick off your Wright State experience with fun activities and meet your fellow Raiders.
North Lawn
9 p.m.–midnightParty in the Woods
Bust a move and jam out with the fraternity and sororities on the Woods basketball court. Get to know some upperclassmen before the big day tomorrow—First Friday!
Woods basketball court

Friday, August 20—First Friday

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
9 a.m.Resident Assistant (RA) Meetings
Meet with your RA before heading over for the First Weekend Kickoff!
Residence halls–floor lounges
10 a.m.Kickoff Address and Opening Session
University President Sue Edwards and Student Government President Jonathan Ciero officially kick off First Weekend. Make sure to wear your official First Weekend shirt for the group photo!
Outdoor Amphitheater
10:30 a.m.First Weekend Group Meetings
Meet and hear from your First Weekend leader on what you can expect as our newest Raiders. We will cover important topics about your first semester, introduce you to Wright State traditions and expectations, and allow you to meet some of your peers.
North Lawn
11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Raiders with Grit: What’s your WHY?
It’s no secret: college can be tough. We are all here to help you increase your own personal resiliency, tenacity, and perseverance for success. We are all here to support you.
Student Union Conference Wing
12:15–1:30 p.m.Cook Out with President Sue
Get your grub on and meet President Sue and various other campus faces. Don’t be afraid to say “Hi!”
Alumni Grove
1:30–3:50 p.m., concurrent sessionsSessions for Success
Get acclimated with student services and activities. Attend various panels, seminars, and forums through this conference-style event.
Various campus locations
1:30–2:00 p.m.Residential Session

Presenters:
Jennifer Attenweiler, Associate Director, Residence Life and Housing 
Lisa Eizenga, Assistant Director, Residence Life and Housing
Oelman Hall 109
2:10–2:35 p.m.How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year 
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct to learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students. 
Presenters Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law
Christopher Hogan, Director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Juggling Your Involvement
You want to do it all because there is so much to do!   Juggling classes, involvement, social time, and other commitments can be an issue.  Find out ways to fit everything into your schedule.
Presenter Courtney Laukitis, Program Manager, Student Organizations
Student Success Center 014
Helpful Tips for Transfer Students to Experience the Raider Way
Explore ways to experience the Wright State community as a transfer student. This session will include tips on how to get involved on campus, how to complete your transfer process, and how to celebrate together as a transfer student, as well as tips from current Wright State students who transferred in just like you.

Presenters:
Hideo Tsuchida, Director of Articulation, Transfer, and Institutional Partnerships
Hanna Keller, Assistant Director, Transfer Recruitment
Rachel Fulton, Wright Path Program Manager
Student Success Center 007
Top 10 Tips for Academic Success
Welcome to Wright State, Right School; Tips to start the Right Way!
Strategy for successful on-boarding and supportive resources Presenters:
Michelle Dixon, Student Success Coach
Catherine Hernandez Hogan, Student Success Coach
Student Success Center 009
Make a Friend, Pick a Prize
Join Student Advocacy for a fun-filled hangout that should be fun for introverts and extraverts alike.  All participants get their choice of prize just for being there and giving the community a try. Hopefully, you’ll leave knowing someone you can walk with to your next activity. Presenter:
Destinee Biesemeyer, Associate Director, Student Advocacy & Wellness
Medical Sciences 120
Culture and Identity Center Meet and Greet
Come meet your Culture and Identity Center specialists and directors, learn more about their programs and events, and ask us all of your questions about inclusion and equity on Wright State’s campus. Presenters:
Emily Yantis-Houser, Intercultural Specialist, LGBTQA Center
Nicole Carter, Ph.D., Director, Women’s Center
Fermin Recarte, Intercultural Specialist, Latino Center
Quatez Scott, Intercultural Specialist, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center
Kevin Huang, Intercultural Specialist, Asian and Native American Center
Oelman Hall 109 
2:45–3:15 p.m.How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct to learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students.  Presenters:
Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law
Christopher Hogan, director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Student Leader Panel
Do you have a burning question about student organizations and involvement?  This is a perfect time to ask your questions!  These students have it figured out! Presenters:
Student Organization Leaders
Student Success Center 007
Campus Rec and Outdoor Programs 101
Fitness, hiking, and sports…oh my! Come and see how to get involved with Campus Rec. Presenters:
Billy Willis, Program Director, Campus Recreation 
Erin Sherrets, Program Manager, Outdoor Recreation
Student Success Center 009
3:20–3:50 p.m.Have Fun but Stay Safe
Wright State may seem like a big place to some and small to others.  Presenters:
Officer Hicks, Wright State Police Department
Dispatcher Earl Thompson, Communications Dispatcher 1
Student Success Center 007
It’s all Greek to Me!
What does it mean to be a member of a fraternity or sorority at Wright State? Interested in joining but don’t know how? Have questions? This is a perfect opportunity to learn more. Presenters:
Members of College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-hellenic Council
Student Success Center 014
How NOT to Screw Up Your Freshman Year
One mistake can ruin it all! Come see Student Legal Services and Community Standards and Student Conduct learn how to protect yourself on and off-campus against the pitfalls that often happen to first-year college students.  Presenters:
Stephanie M. Allen, Attorney at Law  
Christopher Hogan, director Community Standards and Student Conduct
Student Success Center 207
Building Your Success Strategy: First Steps Toward Graduating on Time
College is a big step, and it can get away from you quicker than you might think. This session will discuss practical tips for managing the anxiety of college and getting a good start. Presenter:
David Bringhurst, Director, Academic Support
Student Success Center 009
4–6 p.m.Do the U
Get involved! There is always something to do at Wright State—now find a student club or organization (…or a few) to join! Connect, engage, and find your people at Do the U!
Student Union
4–5 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week of classes.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Explore the newest dining options with this exclusive first look at the new Union Market. You’re certainly in for a treat!
Union Market (111 SU)
6–8 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
8 p.m.–midnightMovie Night: “Without Remorse”
An elite Navy SEAL goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy. Enjoy this FREE movie and popcorn under the stars. 
Village Pavillion (Rain: 109 OH)

Saturday, August 21

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
10 a.m.First Weekend Group Meetings
Check-in with your First Weekend leader.
North Lawn
10:30 a.m.–noonService Project
Join us for an on-campus service project.
Student Union Atrium (091 SU)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch
Enjoy a buffet-style lunch included in your meal plan.
Union Market (111 SU)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Classroom Wayfinding
Choose from a student-led tour of classrooms, so you know exactly to go during your first week.
Turning Points (AKA B.A.R.T.)
1:30–5 p.m.Shopping in Beavercreek
Pick up any last-minute items that you need, and explore Beavercreek.
RTA bus stop in front of the Student Union
4 p.m.Women’s Volleyball vs. Miami (OH) ExhibitionC.J. McLin Gymnasium
5 p.m.Men’s Soccer vs. Western Michigan ExhibitionAlumni Field
5–7 p.m.Dinner
Enjoy a buffet-style dinner included in your meal plan.
Union Market (111 SU)
7–8:30 p.m.Joseph Tran: Magician and Comedian
Enjoy a show in the Student Union Apollo Room, provided by the University Activities Board.
Apollo Room (160 SU)
8:30 p.m.–midnightStudent Union After Dark
Explore this carnival-style event all over the Student Union. Have fun with various clubs and organizations, Campus Recreation, and more.
Student Union

Sunday, August 22

Time of ActivityActivityLocation of Activity
11 a.m.–7 p.m.Semester Meal Plans Become Active
Utilize your semester meal plan at your own leisure at The Hangar, located in Allyn Hall.
The Hangar
11:00 a.m.–5 p.m.Shopping in Beavercreek
Pick up any last-minute items that you need, and explore Beavercreek.
RTA bus stop in front of the Student Union
Noon–5 p.m.Mud Volleyball
Participate in mud volleyball and prepare to get dirty. Compete against your fellow Raiders for #BraggingWrights. Register or join a team on imleagues.com. #ForTheShirt
Campus Recreation Park
2 p.m.–midnightRaider Mart is Open
Peruse Raider Mart, Wright State’s campus convenience store and mini grocery, located in the Honors Community.
Raider Mart
5–7 p.m.Homestyle Dinner
Enjoy a homestyle dinner.
The Hangar
7:30 p.m.Hall Meetings
Meet with your RA and wrap up your First Weekend. Next step: classes tomorrow!
Residence halls–floor lounges
Full schedule via wright.edu/firstweekend

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Editor-in-Chief