Welcome Week 2014

Welcome Week

Greetings from the Student Development Office!

Soon, our new students will begin their career at NCU.  We are glad that God has directed them here and know He has great things in store for them! There are a lot of last minute details and questions for those arriving in August and the information below should help prepare for Welcome Week.

What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week is our new student orientation for all incoming students.  Beginning on Saturday, August 23, there are a number of events that will help you become familiar with the North Central campus and many opportunities for you to engage in the North Central community. Each orientation session is designed to equip you with information that will enhance your time here at NCU. Essential information is given during these four days; therefore Welcome Week is required for all freshman, transfer, and commuter students. The Welcome Week schedule will give you an idea of what to expect.

If there are any specific questions you have before the time you arrive on campus, please do not hesitate to call our office at 612.343.4451 or email me.

Chelcy Walker

Saturday,
August 23
   
8:30am - 4:00pm New Student Check-In Gym
8:30am - 4:00pm Opportunity Fair WWC/Atrium
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
4:30pm - 6:00pm Welcome Picnic Elliot Avenue
6:00pm - 6:15pm President's Welcome Sanctuary
6:15pm - 6:30pm Class Photo TJ Jones Library Entrance
6:30pm - 8:00pm Foundation Groups/Parents' Orientation Various
8:00pm - 8:30pm Parent & Student Reception WWC/Atrium
8:30pm - 9:30pm Free Time Various
9:30pm - 11:00pm Floor Meetings Residence Hall Floors
Sunday,
August 24
   
8:30am - 10:00am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria
10:00am - 12:00pm Academic Convocation Service Sanctuary
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
1:00pm - 5:00pm Free Time Various
1:30pm - 2:00pm Athletics Meeting (All Sports) Chapel
2:00pm - 4:30pm Athletics Tryouts (Fall Sports Only) Gym
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner with RA/DL Cafeteria
6:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome Sanctuary
6:30pm - 7:15pm Workshops I Various
7:30pm - 9:00pm Sunset Service Elliot Avenue
9:30pm - 11:00pm Late Night Activities Various
Monday,
August 25
   
8:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast Atrium
8:30am - 9:00am Session: Academics Sanctuary
9:15am - 10:00am Academic Open Houses Various
10:00am - 12:30pm Individual Faculty/Student Advising (If Scheduled) Various
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch with Peer Mentors Cafeteria
1:30pm - 2:30pm Session: Student Engagement Sanctuary
2:30pm - 5:00pm Individual Faculty/Student Advising (If Scheduled) Various
2:30pm - 5:00pm Free Time Various
3:00pm - 5:00pm Shopping Shuttles to Target & Rainbow Atrium
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner with RA/DL Cafeteria
6:00pm - 7:00pm Foundation Groups Various
7:00pm - 8:30pm Free Time Various
8:30pm - 9:30pm Funky Night Gym
9:30pm - 11:00pm Party on the Patio Patio
Tuesday,
August 26
   
9:00am - 9:30am Worship & Devotions Sanctuary
9:30am - 10:30am Session: Residence Life and Student Conduct Sanctuary
10:30am - 10:45am Snacks Atrium
10:45am - 11:30am Workshops II Various
11:30am - 12:30pm Session: City Life Sanctuary
12:30pm - 1:30pm Picnic Lunch with Peer Mentors Elliot Park
1:30pm - 3:00pm Downtown Tour Meet in Elliot Park
3:00pm - 5:00pm Free Time Various
3:00pm - 5:00pm Shopping Shuttles to Target & Rainbow Atrium
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner Cafeteria
7:00pm - 9:00pm Block Party Elliot Avenue
Wednesday,
August 27
   
As Assigned Foundations of Leadership Various
10:00pm Praise Gathering Sanctuary

Saturday,
August 23
   
8:30am - 4:00pm New Student Check-In Gym
8:30pm - 4:00pm Opportunity Fair WWC/Atrium
11:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
4:30pm - 6:00pm Welcome Picnic Elliot Avenue
6:00pm - 6:15pm President's Welcome Sanctuary
6:15pm - 6:30pm Class Photo TJ Jones Library Entrance
6:30pm - 8:00pm Foundation Groups/Parents' Orientation Various
8:00pm - 8:30pm Parent & Student Reception WWC/Atrium
8:30pm End of Day  
Sunday,
August 24
   
8:30am - 10:00am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria
10:00am - 12:00pm Academic Convocation Service Sanctuary
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
1:30pm - 2:00pm Athletics Meeting (All Sports) Chapel
2:00pm - 4:30pm Athletics Tryouts (Fall Sports Only) Gym
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner with RA/DL Cafeteria
6:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome Sanctuary
6:30pm - 7:15pm Workshops I Various
7:30pm - 9:00pm Sunset Service Elliot Avenue
9:30pm - 11:00pm Late Night Activities (Optional) Various
Monday,
August 25
   
8:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast Atrium
8:30am - 9:00am Session: Academics Sanctuary
9:15am - 10:00am Academic Open Houses Various
10:00am - 12:30pm Individual Faculty/Student Advising (If Scheduled) Various
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch with Peer Mentors Cafeteria
1:30pm - 2:30pm Session: Student Engagement Sanctuary
2:30pm - 5:00pm Individual Faculty/Student Advising (If Scheduled) Various
6:00pm - 7:00pm Foundation Groups Various
8:30pm - 9:30pm Funky Night (Optional) Gym
9:30pm - 11:00pm Party on the Patio (Optional) Patio
Tuesday,
August 26
   
9:00am - 9:30am Worship & Devotions Sanctuary
9:30am - 10:30am Session: Commuter Life Atrium
10:30am - 10:45am Snacks Atrium
10:45am - 11:30am Workshops II Various
11:30am - 12:30pm Session: City Life Sanctuary
12:30pm - 1:30pm Picnic Lunch with Peer Mentors Elliot Park
1:30pm - 3:00pm Downtown Tour (optional) Meet in Elliot Park
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Block Party (optional)

Elliot Avenue
Wednesday,
August 27
   
As Assigned Foundations of Leadership Various
10:00pm Praise Gathering Sanctuary

When should I arrive?

Incoming students and their families should plan to arrive at North Central for check-in on August 23 according the following schedule:

Last Names  — Times to Arrive
starting with T-Z — 8:30am
starting with L-S — 10:30am
starting with A-K — 12:30pm

How do I check in to my residence hall?

All students will begin the check-in process in the lobby of the College Life Center (CLC). Once you have completed the check-in process our student leaders will assist you in receiving your keys and moving into your room.

Can I move into my room before August 23, 2014?

All incoming students may move into their housing assignment on August 23, 2014. If an extracurricular activity requires you to be on campus before this date you will be contacted by the appropriate department for those arrangements.

How can I find out about my roommate(s)?

When your application is received by our Housing Coordinator, your housing placement should be completed within five business days. You will then receive your roommate information via your NCU e-mail address. You may also check your housing status on Unet at any time.

When should commuter students arrive?

All commuter students should check-in during their designated check in time on August 23, 2014. Following check in we encourage you to purchase your books before the evening activities. The commuter lounge will be open for any free time you might have.

Parents: should they come or not?

Yes! Parents should plan on being with their student during the entire check-in process. A special orientation and reception is provided for parents on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.. Have your parents check out the parent’s section of this site for more information.

If there are any specific questions you have before the time you arrive on campus, please do not hesitate to call our office at 612.343.4451 or email me.

Chelcy Walker

Welcome Parents

The time is quickly approaching when you will bring your student to NCU. While there is a great deal of excitement that comes with this event, there is also a natural bit of anxiety about what type of experience he or she will have.

I want to assure you that we are thoughtfully and prayerfully planning for your student’s first few days on campus. Our orientation program is designed to not only orient your student to campus, but also to help your student find his or her place here on our campus. Our goal is to see new students integrated into campus life as smoothly as possible.

We know that for many of you, traveling to NCU may mean missing work or ministry obligations; however, this is one of the most important times in your child’s life. Your son or daughter will greatly appreciate the effort you make to be a part of this important day. We also encourage you to join us on the 23rd-24th for events like our Welcome Picnic, Parents' Orientation, or Sunday's Convocation Service.

The admissions office will be in contact with your student in the next few weeks in regards to housing, financial aid, bill payment, and other pertinent topics. Please take time to be involved in this process, as your student’s college experience begins before they arrive on campus.

If there are any specific questions you have before the time you arrive on campus, please do not hesitate to call our office at 612.343.4451 or email me.

Chelcy Walker

What is Parents' Orientation?

Parents’ Orientation is an opportunity for the families of incoming North Central students to learn about the community at North Central and interact with staff and administrators. There are several departments represented for parents ranging from what life in the Residence Halls is like, how the Student Success Center can benefit your child, the history of NCU and much more. Please plan on joining us for this exciting time.

Are there hotels nearby that offer a discount for friends & families?

The following local hotels offer discounts for friends and family of North Central University students. (Rates Subject to Availability)

 

Aloft Minneapolis Hotel  ($109 per night; ask for NCU rate) (Includes free shuttle to NCU!)(800) 372-3131
(612) 455-8400
900 Wasthington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(.8 miles from campus) 

 

Best Western Normandy (15% off published rate; ask for NCU rate)
(800) 372-3131
405 S. 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(.7 miles from campus) 

 

Days Inn Hotel on University (10% off published rate; ask for NCU rate)
(612) 623-3999 2407 University Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(3.2 miles from campus)

 

Holiday Inn Express ($89.95 single/night; 99.95 double/night - complimentary breakfast)
(612) 341-3300
225 S. 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(.6 miles from campus)

 

Holiday Inn Express (15% off published rate; ask for NCU rate)
(952) 854-1687
1601 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN 55425
(16 miles from campus; includes shuttle to light rail) 

 

Hyatt Place Minneapolis (10% off published rate; ask for NCU rate)
(612) 333-3111
425 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(.6 miles from campus) 

 

 Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport South (15% off published rate; ask for NCU rate)
(952) 854-0700
7800 International Dr
Bloomington, MN 55425
(11 miles from campus; includes shuttle to light rail) 

 

Roseville Holiday Inn Express ($89.00/night, ask for the 10% off NCU rate)
(651) 636-5800
2715 Long Lake Rd.
Roseville, MN 55113
(8.1 miles from campus)

 

Super 8 Motel (rates vary by date from 49.99/night to 109.99/night)
(651) 636-8888
2401 Prior North
Roseville, MN 55113
(8.2 miles from campus)

How long should I plan on being on campus?

Parents are welcome to attend our annual Welcome Picnic and Parents' Orientation on Saturday evening.  We are also having special chapel service on Sunday, August 23rd, at 10:00a.m. where families and their students are invited to join us in the celebration of a new school year.