Orientation & Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Bemidji State incoming students!

Fall 2019 New Student Orientation & Welcome Week will kick off Friday, August 23, 2019.

Friday, August 23

9 am – 2 pm Residence Hall Move-in
Find details for the move-in process here. Residence Hall students will receive their orientation name tags and schedules when they move in. Students living off campus can check in at Orientation Central in “Upper Deck” of Walnut Hall until 1:00p.m. and at the Chet Anderson Stadium from 1:00-2:30 p.m. before the Official Welcome. 
9 am – 4 pm Orientation Central, Upper Deck, Walnut Hall
Need directions, missing your name tag, have a question, or just want to say hi? Stop in to Orientation Central and get everything you need for the weekend. Parents, join us for air conditioning and refreshments.
9 am – 2:30 pm Bucky’s Guide Service
Throughout the weekend and on Monday, visit the canopies along Birchmont Drive for directions, to get questions answered and for help finding Orientation and Welcome Week events.
9 am – 11 am Student Center for Health & Counseling Open House, outside of Cedar Hall
11 am – 1 pm
Lunch options available in Lakeside Dining, Hobson Memorial Union (HMU)
1 – 2 pm
Academic Open House with dessert reception, Crying Wolf Room, HMU
Families and students, join us for refreshments and visit with faculty members who will be guiding students through their academic careers.
2:30 pm Official Welcome to BSU & 101st Entering Class Photo, Chet Anderson Stadium (Students Only Schedule Begins)
BSU President, Dr. Faith Hensrud welcomes our new enter class to campus. Wear your orientation name badge and pick up your class t-shirt. Immediately following the welcome students will meet their orientation leader and group to enjoy the rest of the weekend together.
3:15 pm Students meet in Bangsberg Hall for Founder’s Walk & Convocation Procession
3:30 pm  Convocation, Physical Education Complex, Gym
Convocation is our official ceremony and an honored campus tradition that recognizes students’ academic start at Bemidji State. Take the first steps on the road to graduation.
4:30 pm Beaver Family Time, Walnut Hall
Beavers are know to live in groups referred to as “families.” Now that you’ve been welcomed, enjoy time in your Beaver Family with you orientation leader and First-Year Experience instructors and learn the ins and outs of what to expect at orientation.
6 pm Welcome Picnic, Hobson Memorial Union (HMU), Lakeside Lawn
Orientation Groups will make their way to Lakeside Lawn for your first meal and an opportunity to spend some time with our university community.
7:30 pm Floor meetings, your residence hall
All students living on campus must attend these mandatory floor meetings to start their residential experience at BSU.
7:30 pm Off-Campus Student Social, Crying Wolf Room, Hobson Memorial Union (HMU)
If you won’t be living on campus this fall, gather and meet other off-campus students. Talk with our orientation leaders about how to connect to campus while commuting from home.
9:00 pm Welcome Dance, Beaux Arts Ballroom, Hobson Memorial Union (HMU)
One of our favorite new student orientation traditions! Throw on your favorite floral shirt and lei for a Hawaiian themed dance.

Saturday, August 24

9 am – 2:30 pm Bucky’s Guide Service
Throughout the weekend and on Monday, visit the white canopies for directions, to get questions answered and for help finding Orientation and Welcome Week events.
10:00 am Beaver Family Time, Courtyard between PE and Tamarack
Meet with your orientation groups to get to know fellow students, go over the day’s events and get your questions answered.
10:30 am Life On Campus: What You Need to Know, PE Gym
Attend this important session covering student health, campus conduct policies, support services and staying safe and healthy throughout your college career.
Lunch at Wally’s Dining Center, Walnut Hall, split by Orientation Group 
2:00 pm/3:30 pm
“Take Back College” With Speaker Ryan Penneau, Bangsberg Hall 200 (Split by Orientation Groups) 
Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult. Moving away from home, choosing a major, making new friends, adjusting to your newly found freedom… the list is endless. Embrace personal responsibility for your education and commitment to lifelong learning with inspiring speaker Ryan Penneau.
2:00 pm/3:30 pm CampusQuest, various locations (Split by orientation group)
Have fun walking campus with your orientation group learning about student service locations and completing quirky challenges. Will your group win the prize?
Dinner at Wally’s
8 pm Campus Activities Board Presents…
Join us for inflatables, interactive gaming, carnival treats and more at a larger than life welcome event. Upperclassmen welcome too!

Sunday, August 25

9 am – 7pm Ropes Course Day! Meet at designated location/time
Don’t miss the opportunity to bond with fellow residence hall students with the low-ropes course. Talk to your resident assistant about when and where to load the bus with your community.
10 am & 2 pm
Walking Tours, Meet at Bucky’s Guide Service Booths
See the campus again through the eyes of a Bemidji State student–you! Meet orientation leaders and learn the ins and outs of navigating the campus. Bring your class schedule to help you remember the buildings you’ll be visiting on a daily basis when classes start Monday.
11 am Transfer Student Orientation Event, Bridgeman Hall 100
We hope you’ve been connecting with fellow transfer students throughout orientation weekend but this session will be an opportunity to discuss the unique needs of transfer students and meet some BSU staff who will help you make a successful academic transfer into Bemidji State. Lunch provided.
Lunch at Wally’s
1 – 5 pm Sunday in the Park, Diamond Point Park Waterfront
Enjoy the beautiful Bemidji fall with free rentals at the Outdoor Programming Center Boat House!
Dinner at Wally’s
8 pm Campfires & S’mores, your residence hall

Welcome Week

Monday, August 26 – First day of Classes
10 am – 10 pm What’s Poppin’ in Hobson, HMU Information Desk
Stop in the first day of class and every Monday at the HMU Info Desk for some free popcorn and a list of “What’s Poppin'” in student activities for the week.
8 pm Wings & Sings Karaoke and Open Mic Night, Beaux Arts Ballroom, Upper Hobson Union
Show us your stuff at Open Mic Night or sing to your favorite tune with Karaoke! Sign up for a performance time upon arrival. Not a performer? Come out to cheer on your fellow talented Beavers.
Tuesday, August 27
8 pm Bingo Night, HMU Ballroom
Let’s hear you show BINGO! playing the game BSU students love. Win some fun back-to-school prizes.
Wednesday, August 28
8 pm “Dating Doctor” Dave Coleman, HMU Ballroom
Building relationships, romantic or not, can be tough. Join relationship expert Dave Coleman for advice on making friends and creating last relationships.
Thursday, August 29
3-4 pm Beaver Floats, Orientation Leader Q&A, Centennial Plaza
Join us for the first of our weekly “Beaver Treats” series where you can enjoy a flavorful treat and meet a different student organization or department each Thursday. This week, check in with your orientation leaders and share any questions or concerns you’ve had after a few days of class under your belt.

4:30 pm – 6 pm 


Community Appreciation Day, HMU Lakeside Lawn 
Help Bemidji State celebrate and appreciate the Bemidji community. Businesses and community organizations will promote their services and offer giveaways. Come get to know our community!
Friday, August 30
8:30 pm (dusk) Movie on the Lawn, Oak/Pine Lawn (rain site: Walnut Upper Deck)
Bring a blanket or chair and cozy up on the lawn outside Oak/Pine (Weather permitting, of course) to watch our feature film (to be announced).