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RETREAT WEEK 2013


Table of Contents Welcome Letter ........................................................... 1 Schedule at a Glance .................................................... 2 Schedule Descriptions ...………………………………3 - 8 Monday ................................................................... 3 Tuesday……………………………………………...4 - 5 Wednesday .............................................................. 6 Thursday .................................................................. 7 Friday ...................................................................... 8


Welcome Letter Dear Class of 2017, Welcome to the Jaguar Nation! I am thrilled that you have chosen to spend the next four years of your life with us and I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you better. Your decision to live in University Village brings with it many opportunities, including the University Village Connections Program. As new freshmen who live on campus, you are part of a living-learning program: University Village Connections. UNIV1000: University Orientation is a required course for the University Village Connections Program. UNIV1000 is a life-skills course, meaning the concepts we study will assist you in transitioning to the university, being academically and socially successful in your college years, and prepare you to be successful in life after graduation. Although the first classroom session of UNIV1000 begins on August 19, as new freshmen in this course, you are required to participate in Retreat Week beginning August 12. Retreat Week is designed to provide academic sessions and community building opportunities for you to begin the course early. By participating in Retreat Week the UNIV1000 course will finish prior to Thanksgiving break, which will free up 3 hours per week for you to focus on studying for your final exams and successful completing term papers. I look forward to getting to know you and to watching you make your mark as a Jaguar the next four years! Sincerely,

Liz Trotter UV Connections Program Coordinator


Retreat Week Schedule at a Glance SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

All Day: Move In

Morning Session: Financial Management Career Center: Thing Toward the Future and Successful Habits Health Education: Student Health Center and Wellness Center Afternoon Session: Thinking Toward the Future and Successful Habits Health Education: Student Health Center and Wellness Center Evening Session: Screen on the Green THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Morning – Afternoon Session: Move In

Evening Session: House Meetings JagRally

Morning Session: Chief of Police and Assistant Dean of Students: Campus Safety and Student Rights Interactive Fire Safety Demo Lunch: Dr. Poisel: Representing GRU’s Values in the Community

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

Afternoon Session: Service Projects FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

Morning Session: Campus Resource Tour Cultural Competency: 2 Million Minutes and Discussion Lunch: Coach Bryant: I am a Jaguar Afternoon Session: Campus Engagement: Student Panel Counseling Center: Organized Studying Scavenger Hunt Evening Session: Splash ‘n Bash

All Day: Convocation Program


Monday ● 4:00 PM ● House Meeting, RA rooms During your house meetings, you’ll meet your Resident Advisors (RAs), who will review rules and regulations of university housing, code of conduct, campus safety, and contact information. RA’s will also review the Retreat Week schedule prior to the first night fiesta: JAGRALLY!

● 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM ● JagRally, UV Pool Deck The first night fiesta of Retreat Week: the JAGRALLY will instill the Jaguar Nation spirit in new freshmen. Students will enjoy dinner and entertainment by cheerleaders and DJ, and have the opportunity to show their JagSwag by creating a banner for their apartment doors.


Tuesday ● 8:00 AM ● Shuttles to MPAT Morning Session Program Overview ― Liz Trotter, UV Connections Program Coordinator, will review expectations and benefits of the UV Connections Program, UNIV1000, and Retreat Week. 2 Million Minutes ― Did you know that you had only 2 million minutes in high school to prepare you for college? To prepare you to decide on a future career? To prepare you to succeed in college? To prepare you to compete with the brightest minds in the world? This awardwinning documentary will expose students to educational habits worldwide, and will make students ask, “how do I catch up?” Campus Resource Tour ― Students will visit and learn how to use academic support services (Educational & Collaborative Tech Center, Information Technology Services, Reese Library) in order to have a successful academic career. ● 12:30 PM ● Lunch in JSAC Ballroom


Tuesday (con.) Afternoon Session Organized Studying ― Ginny Luke, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, will provide resourceful tips on time management, organized studying, and how to balance life as a student. Student Panel ― Jessica Haskins, Assistant Director for Student Programs, will moderate a panel with the top campus leaders who will provide insight on what life is like as a student and how to get involved on campus. Campus Scavenger Hunt ― Student groups will compete for JagCard CASH! Student groups who earn the most points will be awarded JagCASH! Evening Session Splash n Bash ― Come out to the University Village (UV) Pool Deck for dinner and games! A night of slip ‘n slide, corn hole and competitive games will win you a great prize!


Wednesday ● 8:30 AM ● Shuttles to MPAT Morning Session Financial Management ― Let’s face it, college is expensive. Consumer Credit Counseling Services will present on how to manage your personal finances. Health Center Credit Union will offer their assistance by discussing what account options are available on campus. Morning/Afternoon Rotating Sessions Health Education ― Did you know your Student Health Fee covers your visits to the Student Health Center? We will tour the Student Health Center and meet with the physicians. In addition, we’ll have a pick-up game in the Wellness Center! Career Development ― Amanda Boland, Assistant Director of Career Services, will help you establish habits that will help you accomplish your goals!

● 12:45 PM ● Lunch in HSC Student Center Afternoon Session Myers Briggs ― A personality profile that normally costs $200! The Counseling Center will return your results later this semester. Evening Session Screen on the Green ― Relax under the stars with dinner and a movie! You’ll get to vote on what movie to watch during Tuesday’s lunch.


Thursday ● 9:15 AM ● Shuttles to Lee Auditorium Morning Session Campus Safety ― Chief McBride, Chief of Police, will describe Campus Safety’s role and function. Student Rights ― Gina Thurman, Assistant Dean of Students, will review the Code of Conduct. Fire Safety ― Gregg Stokes, Fire Safety Officer, has an interactive virtual fire safety demonstration for you to test! ● 12:30 PM ● Lunch in Lee Auditorium Afternoon Session Community Service Projects ― Leave your mark! This is your chance to show your leadership and compassion, two GRU values. Display your philanthropic spirit by serving others, who are less fortunate.


Table of Contents Welcome Letter ........................................................... 1 Schedule at a Glance .................................................... 2 Schedule Descriptions ...………………………………3 - 8 Monday ................................................................... 3 Tuesday……………………………………………...4 - 5 Wednesday .............................................................. 6 Thursday .................................................................. 7 Friday ...................................................................... 8 ● 9:15 AM ● Shuttles to MPAT ● 9:30 ● Early Registration, University Hall ● 9:50 AM –5:00 PM Freshmen Convocation & Lyceum ● 10:00 AM ● Morning Session, University Hall ● 11:00 AM ● Freshmen Convocation, MPAT ● 12:30 PM ● President's Picnic, The Grove ● 1:30 PM ● Lyceum Sessions


Week of Welcome Schedule of Events SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

8:30PM Movie Night Amphitheater, Summerville

11:00AM-2:00PM Clubfest Amphitheatre, Summerville

MONDAY, AUGUST 19

12:00-1:00PM Meet the Greeks Amphitheatre, Summerville THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

10:00AM-2:00PM Lemonade Brigade Summerville

11:00AM-1:00PM Marketplace: Flavors of Augusta JSAC Breezeway, Summerville

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

3:00PM-7:00PM Rockin’ the Wellness Center Wellness Center, Health Sciences

12:00-1:30PM Meet Me at the Fountain Lunch The Grove, Summerville 1:30-3:30PM Freshmen 101: A Crash Course to College Life! Maxwell PAT, Summerville 12:00-2:00AM jaguaRAVE Brunkswick National Bowling Lanes, 3067 Washington Road

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