Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week at the George Washington University provides opportunities for students to connect, build relationships, learn about resources, and build a community at GW. Welcome Week events showcase the many resources GW has to offer for academic success and features opportunities for involvement at the Mount Vernon Campus, in the performing arts, sustainability activities, multicultural student services, international student activities, student organizations, and more.

Make sure to tweet @GW_CSE with #GWwelcome to tag us in your photos and tweets!


CSE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in being a CSE Welcome Week Sponsor? Download the 2018-2019 Sponsorship Guide to learn more! Contact Victoria Heithaus via email at [email protected] with questions.


WELCOME WEEK 2018

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

 

Bed, Bath & Beyond Pop Up Shop | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | District House B132

Come get campus ready with RHA amd Bed Bath & Beyond, where you'll find all those things that make your room feel like home!

Sponsored by Residence Hall Association and Bed Bath & Beyond

GW Family Welcome Suite | 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM | Marvin Center Great Hall
Need a break after you move in? Enjoy refreshments, 
show some GW Spirit, and recharge your 
batteries (including your smartphones!). 
GW staff will also be available to answer your 
questions about student life.
 

Sponsored by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations

GW Family Welcome Suite | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Mount Vernon Campus Quad
Need a break after you move in? Enjoy refreshments, 
show some GW Spirit, and recharge your 
batteries (including your smartphones!). 
GW staff will also be available to answer your 
questions about student life.
 

Sponsored by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations

GW Volleyball Home Opener | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Charles E Smith Center

Come cheer on the GW Volleyball team as they take on the AU Eagles in ther first matchup of the season! GW students get in FREE with a valid GWorld.

Sponsored by GW Athletics

First Night | 8:00 - 10:00 PM | University Yard

This annual event welcomes all new and returning students to campus with a variety of fun carnival games and activities, food, prizes and giveaways, and lots of fun. There is no better way to celebrate being back on campus than hanging out with your friends and making new ones at First Night.

Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement

 


 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

 

Bed, Bath & Beyond Pop Up Shop | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | District House B132

Come get campus ready with RHA amd Bed Bath & Beyond, where you'll find all those things that make your room feel like home!

Sponsored by Residence Hall Association and Bed Bath & Beyond

Legacy Family Welcome Brunch | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | City View Room, ESIA

This brunch welcomes Legacy Families and their incoming students. Attendance is for invitees only.

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations

GW Women's Soccer vs. Stetson | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Mount Vernon Soccer Field

Come out to the beautiful Mount Vernon Campus to cheer on your Women's Soccer team as they take on Stetson! Admission is FREE for all fans.

Sponsored by GW Athletics

RHA Pool Party | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Mount Vernon Campus Pool

Come splash with us and celebrate the start of the year! RHA wants to make sure you start the year off SWIMMINGLY, and invites you to enjoy food and fun in the MVC Pool. This is a great way to make new friends and DIVE-IN with RHA!

Sponsored by Residence Hall Association

FREE Food After Sunday Mass | 8:45 - 9:45 PM | Newman Center (2210 F Street NW)

Join us for free dinner following the 7:30 PM Student Mass at St. Stephen Martyr (25th & Penn.). We will walk back from Mass to the Newman Center for dinner. All are welcome to attend!

Sponsored by GW Catholics

 


 

MONDAY, AUGUST 27

 

11th Annual Senior Breakfast | 9:00 - 11:00 AM | Square 80

Breakfast for Class of 2019 to kick off the Senior Class Gift Campaign and welcome students to their senior year.

Sponsored by the Senior Class Gift Campaign

GW Men's Soccer vs. American | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Mount Vernon Soccer Field

GW Men's Soccer takes on the AU Eagles on the Mount Vernon Soccer Field. Kickoff is at 4:00pm and all GW Students get in free!

Sponsored by GW Athletics

Founding Scholars | 5:00 - 9:00 PM | District House B205

This orientation offers an overview and refresher of GW information for incoming first-year, first-generation students. Examples of information covered: time management, tools, and resources for academic success, career exploration, and CSE offerings. The goal of the program is to teach students about resources available to them at the start of their academic career, so they can pair that information with their own strengths and knowledge to be the most successful student they can be.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagment

SA Housewarming Party | 9:00 - 10:30 PM | Marvin Center 427

Celebrate the end of your first day of classes with Student Association members in our brand new office! And you're not wrong, we'll definitely have food, dessert, and drinks!

Sponsored by the GW Student Association

Late Night at the Rec | 9:00 - 11:00 PM | Lerner Health and Wellness Center

To welcome incoming students to campus, engage them in Campus Recreation programs, and connect them with Campus Recreation communication channels.

Sponsored by Campus Recreation

 


 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28

 

Blind Date with a Book | 12:00 - 3:00 PM | Kogan Plaza

Join us in Kogan and go on a blind date with a book to start the semester off right! Each book is wrapped and coupled with some mysterious hints. All proceeds go to the DC Public Library. Hardcovers $2, Paperbaks $1. This event is run by the capital chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a gender-inclusive social organization. We have a strong literary tradition that incorporates a diverse array of interests to help form a community and familty at GW.

Sponsored by GW Alpha Delta Phi Society

Meet Bobby Flay, Eat for Free! | 4:00 PM | Bobby's Burger Palace (212 K Street)

Meet Bobby Flay when he visits BBP to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary! First 100 guests get a free burger and fries. After the first 100, guests will recieve free fries with the purchase of a burger.

Sponsored by Bobby's Burger Palace

Colonial Health Center Open House | 5:00 - 6:30 PM | Colonial Health Center

Join the Colonial Health Center (CHC) for our annual open house! We will provide a meal, giveaways, tours of the CHC, and an opportunity to meet CHC staff and our Captital Peers health educators.

Sponsored by the Colonial Health Center

Party in the Yard | 5:00 - 7:30 PM | University Yard

Kick back with FREE CAPTAIN COOKIE, lawn games, and live music performances in University Yard.

Sponsored by Campus Outreach and Lawn Sports Club

Founding Scholars | 5:00 - 9:00 PM | District House B205

This orientation offers an overview and refresher of GW information for incoming first-year, first-generation students. Examples of information covered: time management, tools, and resources for academic success, career exploration, and CSE offerings. The goal of the program is to teach students about resources available to them at the start of their academic career, so they can pair that information with their own strengths and knowledge to be the most successful student they can be.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagment

Sustainability at GW | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | District House B117

Come hangout with GW’s sustainable community and learn about sustainable academic opportunities on campus, including the sustainability minor and classes, extracurriculars and volunteer work, and meet like-minded students who are cultivating GW’s sustainable community. Food will be provided and the event is open to anyone interested. We can’t wait to see you there!

Campaign GW Mt. Vernon Kick Off | TBD | TBD

Come join Campaign GW for games and food on the quad on the Vern! Learn more about how to get involved with sustainability on campus and meet some friends!

FREE Tuesday Night Dinner | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Newman Center (2210 F St NW)

Join is for free pizza at the Newman Center! Mass is at 6:00 PM before dinner in the Newman Center Chapel. All are welcome to attend!

Sponsored by GW Catholics

 


 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29

 

#GWVotes | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Marvin Center Lobby

Connect with #GWVotes to learn more about registering to vote and voter resources on campus. Don't forget to sign up for Turbovote by visiting gwu.turbovote.org! GW Votes is a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among our students.

Sponsored by the GW Voter Taskforce

Iced Cofee in Kogan | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Kogan Plaza

Come hangout and get some FREE ICED COFFEE in Kogan!

Sponsored by Campus Outreach

CampaignGW Foggy Bottom Kick-Off | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Kogan Plaza

Come join Campaign GW for games and food in Mid-Campus Quad! Learn more about how to get involved with sustainability on campus and meet some friends!

Sponsored by the CampaignGW

Transfer Connect | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Science and Engineering Hall Atrium

Transfer Connect is an event hosted by the CSE, exclusive to transfer students. This event allows for transfer students, both incoming and previously transferred alike, to meet one another. They can also connect with offices and student organizations that can support them while at GW.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

 


 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

 
Spiritual Espresso: Morning Prayer & FREE Coffee/Breakfast | 8:45 - 9:30 AM | Newman Center (2210 F Street NW)

 

Morning prayer followed by FREE coffee and breakfast!

Sponsored by GW Catholics

GW Women's Soccer vs. Georgetown | 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Mount Vernon Soccer Field

GW Women's Soccer team takes on crosstown rival Georgetown on Thursday, August 30 at 5:00pm. Admission is free for all GW students! 

Sponsored by GW Athletics

Senior Kick-Off | 8:00 - 11:00 PM | Hive Bar

This annual event welcomes the Class of 2019 to their senior year. The night features drinks and light bites, and is designed to introduce the campaign to seniors and also explain the importance of giving.

Sponsored by the 2019 Senior Class Gift Campaign

Veserium EDM Concert | 9:00 - 10:00 PM | Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Veserium is a Las Vegas-based performance group known for their impressive light shows and ability to sculpt sound from thin air. They have been recognized by the Discovery Channel for their “Renaissance-level creativity.” This event will reach capacity quickly and entry will be prioritized for those who have RSVP’d through the Agnes app. Doors at 8pm, Veserium starting at 9pm sharp.

Sponsored by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Movie on the Yard | 7:00 PM | Betts Theater (rain location)

Bring a friend to watch Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War on the big screen!!!

Sponsored by GW Program Board

Midnight Monument Run | 11:15 PM - 1:00 AM | Marvin Center

GW Club Cross Country would like to invite everyone to our annual Midnight Monument Run! We will offer a run guided by club officers around the National Mall at Midnight. There will be a variety of pace groups from sub 6:00 minute mile pace through walking. We will start and end at the Lincoln Memorial. There will be t-shirts, glow stickts, and current club members eagerly showing you how fun this organization truly is. Please meet in the Marvin Center by the glass tables at 11:15 PM.

Sponsored by GW Club Cross Country

 


 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

 

Veserium Technology, Arts, & Entrpreneurship Talk | 11:30 - 1:00 PM | SEH B1220

Come hear from the creators of Veserium, a Las Vegas-based performance group who mixes their own electronic music and builds all their own software and hardware. The duo is the world's first virtual reality DJ's, pioneering a new generation of music performance. Touching on their experience with engineering, design, and the arts, this will be one of the most unique talks ever hosted at GW.

Sponsored by GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

MSSC Block Party | 4:00 - 8:00 PM | Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

BBQ, Cultural Student Org Perfromances, Greek Strolls/Stepping featuring the Multicultural Greeks and the Divine 9, Dancing, Faculty/Staff Wobble, Friend and Allly building, Diversity Community Building

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Services Center

Graduate Student Happy Hour | 5:30 - 8:00 PM | The Front Page in DuPont

Celebrate your first week of classes by joining your fellow GW grads at Happy Hour! Free appetizers will be provided.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

Friday Fun: Minute to Win It Games & FREE Dinner | 6:30 - 8:00 PM | District House B114

Come out to play minute to win it games, win some prizes, and enjoy a free dinner! We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by GW Catholics

Student Performance Showcase | 7:00 - 9:00 PM | Lisner Auditorium

Come see 20+ permorning arts and acapella student organizations from all across campus perform in Lisner Auditorium!

Sponsored by GW Class Council

Night Monument Tour | 8:00 - 11:00 PM | Kogan Plaza

Come explore your new home by going on a free guided tour of the beautiful monuments at night! There will be a professional tour guide taking us to all the sites so bring your comfy walking shoes! Meet at Kogan Plaza for the beginning of the tour.

Sponsored by GW InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

 


 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

 

Grads at the Newseum | 9:00 - 5:00 PM | Newseum

Take the opportunity to attend one of DC's finest museum. The Newseum is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. Grad students will have the opportunity to attend the Newseum with a guest free of charge on September 1 and/or 2.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

EngageGW | 12:00 - 2:00 PM | Smith Center

Engage with nearly all of GW’s student organizations to learn about their work, activities, and opportunities to get involved. University departments and community partners will also be available throughout the event for you to connect with a diverse array of resources.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

Bazaar | 2:30 - 5:30 PM | Mount Vernon Campus Quad

This Labor Day weekend, the world market comes to the Mount Vernon Campus at our annual Bazaar! Join us for an afternoon full of food, crafts, and games from GW’s multicultural community. Come make new decorations, new memories, and new friends in this essential Vern experience!

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

GW Men's Soccer Kickin It at the Vern | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Mount Vernon Soccer Field

Come out to the vern to enjoy free hotdogs and hamburgers as your GW Men's Soccer Team takes on Lehigh at 4:00pm. Free for all students and members of the GW Community!

Sponsored by GW Athletics

Comedy Show: Presented by Program Board | 8:00 - 10:00 PM | Charles E. Smith Center

Headline comedy event, stay tuned for the announcement of the headlining act!

Sponsored by GW Program Board

GW Ballroom Salsa Social | 8:00 - 11:00 PM | Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Party the night away with GW Ballroom at our season-starting salsa social! A short, beginner-friendly lesson will be provided at the beginning, followed by several hours of social dancing. Snacks will be provided!

Sponsored by GW Ballroom

 


 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

 

Grads at the Newseum | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Newseum

Take the opportunity to attend one of DC's finest museum. The Newseum is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. Grad students will have the opportunity to attend the Newseum with a guest free of charge on September 1 and/or 2.

Sponsored by the GW Center for Student Engagement

Celebration of Textiles | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | GW Museum

Explore the art of recycling at a free festival in the museum. Try your hand at weaving with recycled materials and designing a paper dress; watch local fiber artists at work; enjoy live music and dance; and explore the ingenious designs in the exhibition "Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse."

Sponsored by the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Beginner Swing and Tango Workshops | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Learn a little swing or tango with GW Ballroom! Ask GW's competitive ballroom team members questions and get a taste of what ballroom dance is like with free, newcomer-friendly workshops. The swing lesson will be 1-2 PM and the tango lesson will be 2-3 PM.

Sponsored by GW Ballroom

Interfaith Ice Cream Social | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Potomac Park

Join the vibrant religious and worldview communities on campus for ice cream sundaes and lots of fun! All are welcome!

Sponsored by the GW Student Association, GW Interfaith and 12+ GW religious organizations