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Connection Weekend Schedule 

Connection Weekend for Fall 2014 will take place from Thursday, August 28 - Sunday, August 31, 2014.  The information below will be updated soon to reflect the activities for this fall's Connection Weekend.  Check back again later for more details!

 

Thursday, August 29 to September 1, 2013

You will receive a more detailed schedule when you arrive Thursday. New students transferring 24 or more credit hours will have a special "Transfer Student" schedule upon arrival.

Thursday, August 29

Check-in                                *9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Franklin Hall

*9:15-11:00 a.m.                     New Resident Students A-J (last name) move into Residence Halls

*12:00-2:00 p.m.                     New Resident Students K-Z (last name) move into Residence Halls

*12:00-2:00 p.m.                     New Commuter Students

Parent's Information Sessions: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Founders Room in the Stanley Library, 2nd floor, Dr. Andrea Zuschin, Vice President of Student Affairs – Please try to attend 1 of the above sessions.

11:30 -2:00 p.m.                      Lunch, Franklin Dining Hall

4:30-6:00 p.m.                         Dinner, Franklin Dining Hall

6:00 p.m.                                 Parents, Friends and students please say goodbye before the Grand Opening,

*6:30 p.m.                               GRAND OPENING (Students Only), Vaughn Chapel

Connection Group Meeting and Classroom Tour

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET your Nametag and Connection Schedule

*7:30 to 9:00 p.m.                    Team Challenge # 1, YMCA

* 9:30 p.m.                               "Meet Your Neighbor Residence Hall Socials",

Assigned Residence Hall, (Resident students only)

Friday, August 30

7:30-8:45 a.m.                        Breakfast, Franklin Dining Hall

*9:00-9:50a.m.                        Gateway I Seminar, Designated classroom

*10:00 -12:00 p.m.                  TEAM CHALLENGE # 2, Black Team, Vaughn Chapel

                                               TEAM CHALLENGE # 3, Gold Team, TBA

12:00- 1:45 p.m.                     Lunch, Franklin Dining Hall

*2:00- 4:00 p.m.                     TEAM CHALLENGE, # 2, Gold Team

                                               TEAM CHALLENGE #3, Black Team

4:30 p.m.                                 Black Team, Sprit Team for the Men's Soccer Game

4:30 p.m.                                Gold Team, Dinner, Franklin Dining Hall

5:30 p.m.                                 Black Team, Dinner, Franklin Dining Hall

5:30 p.m.                                Gold Team, Spirit Squad for the Men's Soccer Game

7:00 p.m.                                Black Team, Spirit Squad for the Women's Soccer Game

7:00 p.m.                                 Gold Team, Spirit Squad for the Volleyball Game

9:00 p.m.                                 Victory Celebration, Franklin Quad

Saturday, August 31

7:30-8:45 a.m.                      Breakfast, Franklin Dining Hall

*9:00- 11:00 a.m.                 TEAM CHALLENGE #4, Gold Team, Sale Theatre

TEAM CHALLENGE # 5, Black Team, Vaughn Chapel

11:30- 1:30p.m.                   Lunch

*2:00-4:00 p.m.                    TEAM CHALLENGE #4, Black Team, Sale Theatre

                                            TEAM CHALLENGE #5, Gold Team, Vaughn Chapel

4:30 p.m.                             Gold Team Dinner, Franklin Dining Hall

5:30 p.m.                             Black Team Dinner, Franklin Dining Hall

8:00 p.m.                             22nd Annual Karaoke Contest, Franklin Student Center, P-Den

Sunday, September 1

*10:00 a.m.                        Guided Spiritual Journey, Vaughn Chapel

10:00-12:45 p.m.               Brunch, Franklin Dining Hall

*12:00- 2:00 p.m.              TEAM CHALLENGE # 6, Black Team, Vaughn Chapel

*2:00- 4:00 p.m.                TEAM CHALLENGE # 6, Gold Team, Vaughn Chapel

*4:30                                 Connection Group Meeting, Designated Classroom

*5:00                                 Ceremony of Initiation and Affirmation, Hart Plaza

                                          (Immediately following the Initiation, "Welcome Picnic,"    Franklin Quad Area)

*9:30 p.m.                        Residence Hall Floor Meetings (Resident students only)

Please note that all required programs are designated with an asterisk * but you are strongly encouraged to attend all of the programs.

 

The Connection and the Six Challenges

What are the challenges of the Weekend? By popular demand the Bonding Challenge is the first challenge. Get to know your fellow students in the Freshmen Class or your fellow transfer students in this popular event. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday your Connection Group will join half of the new students on either the Black Team or the Gold Team. Your team will rotate through the challenges over the Connection Weekend.

* 1. Bonding Challenge – Playfair in the Ferrum YMCA, Playfair is one of the most popular college orientation programs in the nation. Get to know your fellow students in the Freshmen Class or your fellow transfer students during this popular event.

* 2. The Dean's Challenge- A program designed to jump-start your transition to college life – academically and socially. You will also take the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory which can help you confirm your decision about a major or a career goal.

* 3. The Competition Challenge – Learn some cool stuff about campus and compete for prizes with your Gateway Group in this fun filled challenge!

* 4. Love n' Liquor Challenge - A humorous look at a serious subject. This program will engage you with outstanding information about college decision-making issues. The presenter has been featured at colleges and universities all over the country.

* 5. Decisions, Choices, Decisions, Choices Challenge – Life is full of choices and making decisions that can impact your life. This programs provides a little help from your new Ferrum Friends.

* 6. Life at Ferrum Challenge – The Ferrum O-Team presents several skits which will prepare you for life as a Ferrum College student. The presentation includes important academic and college resource information and an edgy video tour of Franklin County. You will also take part in the CIRP National Survey.

(The Connection Schedule at a Glance is subject to change upon arrival)