Week One Schedule

You will receive the final schedule when you check in to your residence hall September 3.

This page shows the 2015 schedule. The 2016 schedule will be posted after July 1, 2016.

Friday, September 4

  • 2–4 p.m.  Early Auditions and Keyboard Assessments for admitted music majors (see All About Music).

Saturday, September 5

  • 9 a.m. Residence halls open
  • 9–10 a.m. Odd-numbered room check-in
  • 10 –11 a.m. Even-numbered room check-in
  • 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Keyboard Assessments for all music majors (see All About Music)
  • 9 a.m.– Noon International Student Writing Placement, Regents 210
  • International (degree-seeking and exchange) students meet with representatives from the Writing Program, who explain writing placement and the process of selecting appropriate writing courses required of degree-seeking students. Exchange students learn writing course recommendations and options at this time.
  • 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Music Lesson Registration for First-Year Music Majors (see  All About Music)
  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Parent Coffee and Information Fair, Buntrock Commons Crossroads (1st Level)
  • 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Student Employment Work Award Assignment Pickup, Tomson Hall Atrium 1st Level
  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m. BBQ Lunch, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain site: Stav Hall, 3rd level) Lunch provided continuously during this time.
  • 11:30 a.m. Transfer Student and Families Welcome Program, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
  • 2:30 p.m. What It Means To Be an Ole, Buntrock Commons, Lion’s Pause, 1st level
  • 4–4:45 p.m. A St. Olaf Welcome, Skoglund Center Auditorium (This event is the final activity for parents during Week One.)
  • 5–6:30 p.m. New Student/Advisor Picnic immediately following “A St. Olaf Welcome.” Meet your faculty advisor in the Skoglund Athletic Center fieldhouse.
  • 6:30 and 7 p.m. Living on a College Campus, Christiansen Hall of Music, Urness Recital Hall

              6:30–7 p.m. First-year students living in Kittelsby, Hoyme

              7–7:30 p.m. First-year students living in Kildahl, Ellingson, and Mohn

  • 7:30 p.m. Corridor Meetings, Your residence hall
  • 9 p.m. Playfair, Tostrud Center

Sunday, September 6

  • 9–10 a.m. First-Year Writing Placement, Buntrock Commons 142 (Required for first-year students previously notified by the director of writing.)
  • 9:15 a.m. Volunteer Choir Rehearsal for the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Boe Chapel
  • 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship, Boe Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall (3rd level)
  • 1 and 2:30 p.m. Square One: Practical Discussions for Living on Campus, Buntrock Commons, Lions’ Pause (Consult Week One schedule booklet for details)
  • 4 p.m. Bystander Training (Consult Week One schedule booklet for details)
  • 5–6:30 p.m. Dinner, Buntrock Commons, Stav Hall
  • 7 p.m. Maura Cullen: Taking Adversity out of Diversity, Skoglund Center/Auditorium
  • 8:30 p.m. All-Hall Meetings, Your residence hall
  • 9:30 p.m. Residence Hall Activities, Your residence hall

Monday, September 7

  • 8:30 a.m.–Noon Registration Planning Workshop: All new students are required to attend all sessions scheduled during the Registration Planning Workshop. Students are assigned to a color group for the workshop sessions.
  • 8:30–9 a.m. Becoming Registration-Ready, Buntrock Commons Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons Lion’s Pause, and Tomson Hall 280 (refer to schedule to determine location for your color group)

Following “Becoming Registration-Ready,” refer to the schedule of workshop groups below or to the back cover of your Registration Planning Manual for an individualized schedule of the following three required breakout sessions, each offered at the following times: 9:15–10 a.m., 10:15–11 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.–Noon

  • See note above for Connect with the Academic Program, Tomson Hall
  • See note above for Foreign Language: Passport to the World, Tomson Hall 280 (ground floor)
  • See note above for Tying Up Loose Ends (individual activities), Tomson Hall Atrium (1st level)
  • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Music Lesson Registration
  • 1:30–4 p.m. Exploring Academic Departments and Programs — faculty-led sessions to help you explore your academic interests. Learn and ask questions about general education (GE) and major/concentration opportunities within departments and programs. Attend as many sessions as possible. Sessions will be offered at the following times: 1:30–2 p.m., 2:10–2:40 p.m., 2:50–3:20 p.m., and 3:30–4 p.m. An “X” indicates that a department’s session is held during that time period.
Department Location 1:30–2 2:10–2:40 2:50–3:20 3:30–4
Africa and the Americas Holland 301 x x x
Alternative Lang Study Option(Arabic, Korean, Italian) Tomson Hall 150/WLC x x
American Studies & American Conversations Holland Hall 515 x x
Anthropology Holland 403 x x  x
Art and Art History Dittmann 202 x x x x
Asian Studies and Asian Conversations Tomson 114 x x x x
Biology Regents 410 x x x
Biomolecular Science Regents 290 x
Center for Integrative Studies (individual major) Tomson 283 x x x x
Chemistry Regents 310 x x x x
Chinese (meet with Asian Studies) Tomson 114 x x x x
Classics (Greek, Latin, Ancient Studies, and Medieval Studies) Tomson 112 x x x x
Computer Science Regents 203 x x x
Dance Dittmann, Studio 1 x x x x
Economics Holland 413 x x x x
Education (teacher education and educational studies) Tomson 214 x x x x
English Rolvaag Library 525 x x x x
Environmental Studies Regents 390 x x x
Exercise Science Skoglund Athletic Center,
Main Classroom
x x
Family Studies and Social Work Holland 302 x x x
French Tomson 310 x x x x
German/German Studies Tomson 314 x x x x
Great Conversation Buntrock Commons,
Viking Theater
Sections A-F
Latin American Studies/Spanish Tomson 212 x x x x
History Holland 501 x x x x
Japanese (meet with Asian Studies) Tomson 114 x x x x
Linguistic Studies Tomson 316 x
Management Studies Tomson 110 x x
Mathematics Regents 208 x  x  x x
Media Studies/Film Studies Rolvaag Library 520 x x
Middle Eastern Studies Old Main 240 x x
Music Christiansen Hall of Music,
Urness Recital Hall
x x x x
Music Composition Christiansen 224  x
Music Education Christiansen 233 x
Neuroscience Regents 210  x  x
Norwegian/Nordic Studies Tomson 308 x x x x
Nursing Holland 307 x x x x
International and Off-Campus Study Tomson 108 x x x x
Philosophy Holland 516 x x x x
Physics Regents Lab 293 x x x x
Political Science Holland 317 x x x x
Pre-Health Regents 190 x  x x
Pre-Pharmacy Regents 435 x
Pre-Veterinary Regents 204 x
Psychology Regents 150 x x x x
Race and Ethnic Studies Holland Hall 301 x x
Religion and Pre-Theology Old Main 140 x x
Russian Language and Russian Area Studies Tomson 312 x x x x
Science Conversation Old Main 340 x x
Family Studies and Social Work Holland 302 x x x
Sociology/Anthropology Holland 403 x x  x  x
Spanish/Latin American Studies Tomson 212 x x x x
Statistics Regents 207 x x
Theater Kelsey Theater x x x x
Women’s and Gender Studies Holland 515 x  x


  • 5–6 p.m., 6:15–7:15 p.m., 7:30–8:30 p.m.: Schedule Planning Workshops, Tomson Hall (refer to the back cover of your registration manual for exact location)
  • 9 p.m. Outdoor “Drive-In” Movie, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain site: Lion’s Pause) Sponsored by the Student Activities Committee

Tuesday, September 8

  • 8 a.m.–Noon: Meetings with Faculty Advisors (by appointment). Your advisor notified you of the time and place of this meeting at the Saturday picnic. All new students meet with faculty advisors for program planning, course planning for fall semester, and final preparation for registration on Tuesday afternoon. Bring your registration packet, draft course schedules, and a pen. Make sure you leave this meeting with your own completed and signed registration card. You must present this card at registration on Tuesday afternoon. Your registration appointment time for Tuesday afternoon is on your registration card that you received Tuesday morning from your advisor.
  • 11 a.m.–Noon or 3–4 p.m. Student-Led Session on Budgeting, Financial Aid, and Student Employment, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
  • Noon–approx. 6 p.m. Registration for New Students (by appointment — see your registration card), Tomson Hall Atrium — Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled registration time (indicated on your registration card), enter Tomson Hall through the east entrance (closest to Regents Hall), and proceed down the large staircase for check-in. Bring your own completed registration card (received from your advisor Tuesday morning), your alternate schedules, and a pen.
  • Noon–4:30 p.m. Signing of the College Book, Office of the President (Tomson Hall 260): Stop at the Office of the President to sign your name in the College Book, which is displayed on the desk of the first president of the college, Thorbjorn Mohn.
  • Noon–4:30 p.m. Piper Center Open House, Tomson 270: On your way to the President’s Office, swing by the Piper Center for Vocation and Career for an afternoon snack. First-year students can walk in anytime to meet with Peer Advisors who can help you with choosing a major, identifying internships, or crafting a cover letter or resume for an application. The Piper Center will be a resource to you during your entire college career.
  • 1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Library and IT Open House    Rolvaag, Music, and Science Libraries & Information Technology   Join us in the Rolvaag Library for a Brain Bash Party sponsored by the Library & IT: Meet your librarians and technology experts, have a snack, try a variety of fun activities including book-making, green screen fun in the Media Lab studio, and the brain toss!
  • 7 p.m. Traditions, Boe Memorial Chapel  What do water, wool, lye, and chalk have in common? Find out at this always entertaining and informative program. This fun program has an ending you won’t want to miss!
  • 8:30 p.m. Night in Buntrock, Buntrock Commons: End your busy day with food, music, and activities.

Wednesday, September 9

  • 8 a.m. Fun Run/Walk with Faculty and Staff, Buntrock Commons Crossroads
  • 8 a.m.–3 p.m.  Open time for loose ends.  See full schedule for ideas
  • 1–3 p.m.   Academic Support Center Open House, Buntrock 108
  • 3 p.m.  Academic Expectations:   The Musical, The Lion’s Pause, Buntrock
  • 3 p.m. Veselica Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 4:15 p.m. Companydance Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 5–7 p.m. Cocurricular Extravaganza and Picnic, Buntrock Commons, South Plaza (rain date:  Friday, September 11) : An outdoor festival of campus opportunities for involvement, this Week One tradition has long been a favorite for new and returning students. Representatives from more than 200 student clubs and organizations are available to discuss how to get involved in club sports, volunteer opportunities, student government, and special interest clubs.
  • 7 p.m.  Residence Hall Corridor Week One Wrap-Up in your respective corridor

Thursday, September 10: First Day of Classes

Consult the Student Information System to see your schedule. If you wish to make a change, visit the window in the Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising (Tomson Hall 149). Watch for more information from the college registrar.

  • 11:10 a.m. Opening Convocation, Boe Chapel: The opening of the academic year includes a formal procession of the faculty in academic regalia. Wendy Allen, Professor of French, is the featured speaker. This event will be streamed live and archived online.
  • 3–4:30 p.m. LGBTQ and Ally Ice Cream Social Sponsored by GLOW and the GSC. Regents Hall, 4th-Floor Atrium
  • 4:30 p.m. Reception Hosted by Multicultural Affairs (MCA), Tomson Hall, East ‘Lantern’ (3rd floor)
  • 7 p.m. Theater Orientation, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater
  • 8–9 p.m. Theater Audition Workshop, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater

Friday, September 11

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Companydance Audition Information Session, Dittmann Center, Studio One
  • 3:30–5 p.m. and 7–9:30 p.m. Auditions for Fall Production Talley’s Folly

Saturday, September 12

  • 10 a.m. Call Back for Fall Production Talley’s Folly, Haugen Theater
  • 10 a.m.–Noon Language Proficiency Tests (see Week One Details)

Sunday, September 13

  • 10:30 a.m. All-College Worship Service, Boe Chapel (streamed live and archived online)

Monday, September 14

  • 3:30–5:30 p.m. Companydance auditions for Juniors and Seniors, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio One
  • 6–10 p.m. Auditions for The Cherry Orchard, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater

Tuesday, September 15

  • 3–4:15 p.m.  Vesilica Auditions, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio Three
  • 4–5:30 p.m. Dance Companies audition for First-Years and Sophomores, Dittmann Center, Dance Studio One
  • 6–10 p.m. Auditions for The Cherry Orchard, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater

Thursday, September 17th

  • 6–10 p.m. Call Backs for The Cherry Orchard, Theater Building, Kelsey Theater