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Welcome Week

August 15 - 22, 2021

Enjoy your first full week on campus as a Captain! Reach out to your Crew Leader or your RA with questions regarding the schedule or campus life. There are many chances for you to enjoy fun and relaxing events, but take breaks when you need it and get excited for the next few weeks ahead!

If you are a Fall Varsity Athlete or a member of the Marching Captains, please refer to the schedule provided by your coach/band director.

Visit the coronavirus link below for campus COVID-19 information.

Students will need to have their CNU ID at all times to access their residential buildings, rooms, and meals.

Welcome Week Schedule

Time Event Location
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Launch Program
Mandatory for those in the program; you should have received an email from the Center for Academic Success with additional information.
Gaines Theatre
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brunch The Commons & Regattas
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. First Generation Reception
Calling all first generation college students! Join current students, faculty, staff, and alumni that share being the first in their families to attend a four-year college or university. We celebrate this milestone with you and for your family.
Alumni House Veranda
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Welcome*
Time to kick off Welcome Week and get a preview of what's to come!
  • York River East & York River West Residents in the Freeman Center Fieldhouse
  • Santoro Hall Residents in the Diamonstein Concert Hall
  • Potomac River North Residents in Gaines Theater
Various Locations
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Building-Wide Meeting*
  • York River East & York River West Residents in the Freeman Center Fieldhouse
  • Santoro Hall Residents in the Diamonstein Concert Hall
  • Potomac River North Residents in Gaines Theater
Various Locations
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Commuter Connections*
Learn about resources available to you as a commuter student, get your student ID, and receive your Welcome Week meal plan and schedule.
McMurran 101
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Hall Meetings* Residence Hall
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Evening Activities Listed Below

* means required event

Evening Activities: 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Event Location
Tie Dye
You can provide your own item to tie dye or make one of our free bandanas!
Gosnold Lawn
Kona Ice & Lawn Games
Free Kona ice and games on the Great Lawn? Yes, please!
Great Lawn
Craft Station with Friends
Do you want to make a bracelet with a friend or string art for your room? Come over!
Freeman 101 & Freeman 102
Karaoke Night
We bring the microphone, you bring the talent!
DSU Ballroom

Time Event Location
8 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Breakfast The Commons & Regattas
9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Center for Academic Success*
Hear about the many resources available to you through the Center for Academic Success, such as the Alice K. Randall Writing Center, one-on-one academic coaching, workshops on study strategies, tutoring services, and so much more.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CCP's Design Your Future*
Hear from our Center for Career Planning about the resources available to you for selecting a major and taking action now in designing your career path and experiences at CNU to help you be successful both during and beyond your time at CNU. You get jobs by talking to people!
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Making the Most of Your CNU Experience*
Join the Center for Career Planning and CNU Alumni for a panel discussion on how you can use your liberal arts background when looking for employment after graduation and general advice.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch The Commons & Regattas
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Academic Dean's Address*
The Deans of each academic college/school will welcome you to CNU. Select the school or college based on your academic area of interest. The Registrar’s office will also talk through the registration process and add/drop period.
  • College of Arts & Humanities - Peebles Theater
  • College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences - Diamonstein Concert Hall
  • College of Social Sciences - DSU Ballroom
  • Luter School of Business - Gaines Theater
Various Locations
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Academic Department Open Houses
Please see the table below for information on the open house locations.
Various Locations
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Core Advisor Group Meetings*
Meet with your Core Advisor, learn about our advising process, and schedule an individual meeting time for later this week. Your Core Advisor has emailed your meeting time and location to your CNU email.
Various Locations
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Live With Impact Presents . . . It is our Place*
Delve into the college experience with this engaging and memorable performance.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse

* means required event

Academic Department Open Houses
Department Location
College of Arts and Humanities English - McMurran 210
Fine Art and History - Torggler Fine Arts Center 311
History - McMurran 305
Philosophy and Religion - McMurran 262
Music - Ferguson R118
Theater and Dance - Ferguson T107
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences Mathematics - Luter 372
Physics, Computer Science and Engineering - Luter outdoor classroom
Pre-Health - Forbes 1022
Psychology - Forbes 2070E
College of Social Sciences Economics - Luter 243
Leadership and American Studies - Luter 142
Military Science - Luter 264
Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology - Luter 170
Political Science - McMurran 360
Luter School of Business Luter School of Business - Luter 121
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Education/Teacher Preparation - McMurran 260

Time Event Location
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast The Commons & Regattas
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Crew Time* - Group A
Join your Crew Leader for a syllabus scavenger hunt and a discussion about difficult situations you may encounter during your time at CNU while learning how to navigate those rough waters.
Crew Time Locations
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Yoga - Group B
Start your day off energized and refreshed with yoga on the Great Lawn!
Great Lawn
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Crew Time* - Group B
Join your Crew Leader for a syllabus scavenger hunt and a discussion about difficult situations you may encounter during your time at CNU while learning how to navigate those rough waters.
Gaines Theatre
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch The Commons & Regattas
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Wellness Fair
Visit an array of organizations and departments to gain valuable information about keeping yourself healthy - mind and body - throughout the school year.
Trible Plaza
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. CHECS & CNU Police Department*
Join the Center of Honor Enrichment and Community Standards and CNU PD for a discussion on community.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Emergency Management*
Talk about some aspects of Emergency Management at CNU such as Alertus, fire drills, CNU Alert, and University/Residence Life policies.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Center for Academic Success Open Hours
Drop in so the Center for Academic Success can assist you with registering for workshops, completing the tutor orientation module, or applying for an academic coach.
Luter 105 & Luter 109
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Center for Career Planning Open Hours
Want help on your resume and Handshake profile as you apply for on-campus jobs and other opportunities? Join the CCP to get your questions answered and the advice you need!
Luter 123
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mental Health & Campus Wellness Session
Join the Office of Counseling Services, University Health and Wellness Services, and CNU Fitness to talk about mindfulness, practicing healthy habits, and other ways you can stay healthy on campus.
Gaines Theatre
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. PLP Foundations Meeting
Mandatory for all PLP students.
Diamonstein Concert Hall
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Harlan Cohen*
Author of over seven books including “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College”, Harlan will challenge us to be comfortable even in the uncomfortable in this hilarious and interactive evening.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Library Game Night
The Trible Library has been transformed for one night only into a game night paradise! Check it out!

Trible Library

* means required event

Time Event Location
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast The Commons & Regattas
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Crew Time* - Group B
Join your Crew Leader to go over last night’s presentation by Harlan Cohen and how you can apply what you learned to get plugged into campus during your time at CNU.
Crew Times Locations
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Yoga - Group A
Start your day off energized and refreshed with yoga on the Great Lawn!
Great Lawn
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Crew Time* - Group A
Join your Crew Leader to go over last night’s presentation by Harlan Cohen and how you can apply what you learned to get plugged into campus during your time at CNU.
Crew Time Locations
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch The Commons & Regattas
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Campus Engagement Interest Sessions*
Choose 3 Anchor Organizations and/or Campus Departments to hear more about! Can’t decide? Wish you had more time to talk to club leadership? You can see these organizations again during the Involvement Fair on Sunday, August 29, if you would like any further information or to talk with them more directly! 
  • Engagement Session A: 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Engagement Session B: 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
  • Engagement Session C: 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Trible Plaza
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Be the Change*
Students are encouraged to “Be the Change” and “Restore the Joy.” Hear from First Lady, Rosemary Trible, staff, and peers about how CNU combats sexual violence, provides resources to students, and supports survivors.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Commuter Meeting DSU Ballroom
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hall Meetings* Residence Halls
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Movie on the Lawn: Lady Bird
Tag along with Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson as she navigates her senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college!
Great Lawn

* means required event

Campus Engagement Interest Sessions*: Academic Department Open Houses
Location Organization
Forbes 2070A Campus Activities Board
Plans free campus events for students, by students, movies, festivals, comedians, crafts, and more!
Luter 170 Student Diversity & Equality Council
Promotes an inclusive campus environment through advocacy, outreach, and programs.
Forbes 2070D Student Government Association
Provides a voice for all students and effects positive change on campus.
McMurran 216 Student Honor Council
Upholds the Honor Code through programming and decision making in the conduct process.
Luter 139 Residence Hall Association
Plans programs and advocates for the needs of residential students.
Luter 121 Captain's Log
Provides up-to-date coverage through a weekly newspaper and CNUTV.
McMurran 112 Interfraternity Council
Greek Council of recognized social male fraternities.
Forbes 2074 National Pan-Hellenic Council
Greek Council consisting of historically African-American fraternities and sororities.
McMurran 360 Panhellenic Council
Greek Council of recognized social female fraternities.
Forbes 2015 CNU Alternative Breaks
Facilitates service opportunities for students during academic breaks.
Departments & Student Involvement Opportunities
Location Opportunities
Freeman 201 Club Sports, Intramurals, Fitness Classes, & Opportunities
Learn about the many ways CNU Recreational Services and Fitness Services sponsors a wide array of exciting sports, activities, and resources to help you stay active.
McMurran 260 ROTC
For students interested, not already committed: the ROTC program comprises coursework and labs in military science, physical training, and field training.
OURCA, Trible Library Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Come hear about how to get involved in research on campus.
DSU Jefferson & Madison Study Abroad
Hear about many of the opportunities you have as a student to go abroad.

Time Event Location
7:30 a.m. - Noon Day One of Service* - A.M. Group
Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, students will meet at the Freeman Center Fieldhouse and then travel to various community partners. Transportation and breakfast provided. Wear the shirt given to you at Crew Time yesterday morning!
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast The Commons & Regattas
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch The Commons & Regattas
Noon - 4 p.m. Day One of Service* - P.M. Group
Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, students will meet at the Freeman Center Fieldhouse and then travel to various community partners. Transportation provided. Wear the shirt given to you at Crew Time yesterday morning!
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Core Advising - Individual*
You will sign up for a 15-minute session with your advisor. For those in the PM Group attending Day One of Service from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., you will get to meet with your advisor tomorrow.
Various Locations
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Center for Academic Success Open Hours
Drop in so the Center for Academic Success can assist you with registering for workshops, completing the tutor orientation module, or applying for an academic coach.
CAS, Christopher Newport Hall
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Ebony Stewart*
Join us in welcoming Ebony Stewart, a poet and performance artist. Her work speaks to the Black experience, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, womanhood, and race, with the hopes to be relatable, remove shame, heal minds, encourage dialogue, and inspire folks in marginalizes communities.
Gaines Theater
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Evening Activities
Kickball - James River Field
Music Bingo *win prizes!* - DSU Ballroom
Various Locations

* means required event

Time Event Location
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast The Commons & Regattas
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Honors Convocation*
This formal academic ceremony is your official welcome to our academic community and community of honor. Business professional attire is required. Doors open at 9 a.m. Students must be seated in the Freeman Center Fieldhouse no later than 9:40 a.m.
Freeman Center Fieldhouse
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ring the Bell*
Do not miss out on your first (and second to last) chance to ring the bell in the Clock Tower! Perfect time to snag a picture and show your Captain pride!
Great Lawn
1 p.m. - 5p.m. Core Advising - Individual*
Continued from yesterday’s individual meetings - be sure to note when you signed up for your Appointment.
Various Locations
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Crew Leader 1:1
If you would like to meet with your Crew Leader to talk one-on-one, make sure that you schedule an appointment with them! Your Crew Leader will talk about one-on-ones with you prior to today so you have time to schedule a time and a place to meet with them.
Various Locations
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Let the Good Times Roll!
Hosted by Orientation and the Campus Activities Board, swing by the Auxiliary Gym which has been transformed into a late night Roller Rink!
Aux Gym

* means required event

Time Event Location
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch The Commons & Regattas
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Archery Tag
Join us in the Aux Gym for dodgeball meets paintball– but with bows and arrows!
Aux Gym
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. CAB Presents... Step Brothers
Join Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, two aimless middle-aged stepbrothers, as they are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.
Gaines Theatre

Time Event Location
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch The Commons & Regattas
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
Your Meal Plan for the semester begins at dinner.
The Commons & Regattas
7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hall Meetings* Residence Halls

* means required event

First 6 Weeks Highlights

When What Where
August 24
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Student Welcome Freeman 201 & 202
August 26
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Multicultural Student Welcome Freeman 201 & 202
August 27
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
CAB Presents: Welcome Back Party York Street
August 28
8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
DSU Game Night Takeover DSU
August 29
Noon - 2 p.m.
Involvement Fair Field House
September 4
Noon - 2 p.m.
CAB & RHA Presents: Tie Diversity Gosnold Lawn
September 4
6 p.m.
Home Football Game TowneBank Stadium
September 9
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Discover Newport News Fair Great Lawn
September 14
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fresh Check Day Great Lawn
October 1
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Study Abroad Fair DSU
October 1-3 Family Weekend  - 
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