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WSO Schedule

We are looking forward to seeing you at Winter Start Orientation (WSO) in January! 

WSO is a required program for all new students, including transfer students, enrolling in the Spring Semester, regardless of residency status or course format, and will help introduce you to campus, support resources, and the community. Winter Start Orientation will take place Jan 26 - 30, with move-in for domestic students on Jan 25; international students, or students arriving from international locations, should arrive on Jan. 19 for testing and participation in International Student Orientation and work with International Student Scholar Services.

WSO will include time for COVID testing, move-in, required programming, and community building. WSO 20201 will take place on-campus and in accordance with CDC, federal, local, state, and campus COVID-19 guidelines/precautions; remote students will be able to participate fully as all required offerings and Priddy group meetings will also be offered virtually via Zoom (Jan. 26 - Jan. 30). As COVID-19 may have unpredictable implications on this program and our campus status, we thank you for your patience as we continue to develop the schedule and are responsive to any changes in guidelines.

Should you have any questions in the meantime about WSO, please contact us via email Campus Activities or phone (719) 389-6800.

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Tentative WSO Schedule

Student Schedule

updated 1/20/2021

Students will be emailed a daily newsletter with Zoom access links to each session for the day. 

Guest Update: Due to cases of COVID-19 exposure linked to visitors on campus, only students will be allowed in residence halls for move-in. This means parents, family members, and friends are asked to restrict their time on campus to curbside drop off for all students. We recognize the hardship this presents for many, but know that the success of Spring Semester at CC depends on protecting our campus community. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!  

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Monday, January 25, 2021

8 am - 5 pm

Arrival Testing & Move-In

Don't forget to schedule your test in advance!

At residence hall move-in, all on-campus students will receive a self-care kit and an activity kit to keep you engaged and off the screen while under Enhanced Social Distancing. 

8 - 9:30 am Benji's Open for To-Go Breakfast Hot Entrée 
All Day Complete any outstanding Pre-WSO Canvas Modules
11 am - 2 pm

Benji's Open for To-Go Lunch
Preserve Open for To-Go Lunch (11:30 - 2 pm)

5 - 7 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Dinner
Preserve Open for To-Go Dinner
7 pm

Required Hall Meeting for all New Students

Meet your RAs, RLC, and all mates to learn more about the residential experience as well as policies and procedures for living on-campus. 

8 pm RA Social Events
9 pm

WSO Welcome Zoom Mixer

Get to know your peers in a series of Zoom breakout rooms with music and lots of interesting questions

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Today's Theme - T-Shirt Tuesday - Represent Your Hometown, State, or High School

8 am - 9:30 am Benji's Open for To-Go Breakfast Hot Entrée 
8:30 - 9 am

Priddy Breakfast Meeting

A quick check-in with your Priddy Leaders and fellow groupees so you know what to expect for the week ahead

10 - 10:30 am

Welcome to WSO!

The official start of the WSO program. 

10:30 am - 12 pm

Anti-Discrimination & Title IX at CC

Understanding discrimination and harassment and where to go if it happens to you is part of being an informed member of Colorado College's community. Come learn about the work the Anti-discrimination office does to keep our campus safe and free from this type of behavior. You'll learn everything from what it means to give active consent, how to intervene if you witness harassment, how to file a report of discrimination and how to support someone who's experienced harassment. This is a session you won't want to miss. Presented by the Anti-Discrimination Office.

12 - 2 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Lunch
Preserve Open for To-Go Lunch
12 - 2 pm 

Pick-up Art in Action Activity Kits, Outside of Benji’s 

These kits will provide you with the necessary supplies for this evening's social event with the Fine Arts Center Interns. 

2 - 5 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions (CYOA)

Students are expected to attend at least 2 and up to 4 CYOA Sessions during WSO; sign-up to claim your spot here. Today's sessions include:

2 - 2:30pm, Get to Know the AFP (Fitness Center)

Go on a quick tour of the fitness center, learn basic gym etiquette/rules, and hear about what fitness programs are available (individualized workout plans, group classes, etc.). Presented by Campus Recreation.

3 - 4pm, ESports at Colorado College

Tune into this Zoom webinar and learn about what Colorado College esports has to offer. Get an introduction to competitive video gaming at CC and how you might be part of the community as a player, aspiring player, staff member, or casual gamer. Presented by the Esports Program.

5 - 6:30 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Dinner
Preserve Open for To-Go Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Priddy Group Meeting

Get to know your Priddy Leaders and fellow groupees and learn about the Priddy Experience, which is focused on community building, exploration, and service. 

9 - 11 pm

Art in Action Social Event

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Quarantine Connections; connect with the Fine Arts Center Student Interns and your WSO peers in this creative group exercise. No art experience or expertise required; supplies provided for pick-up over lunch time. This event is all about the process and appreciation, not judgment. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Today's Theme - Work From Home & Wellness Wear Wednesdays (Think PJs!)

8 - 9 am Benji's Open for To-Go Breakfast
8 - 8:30 am Morning Meditation
9 - 11 am

Wellness at CC 

At Colorado College, we are committed to empowering students to envision and follow their own path to thriving. In this interactive program we'll introduce students to key areas of well-being, as well as the activities, programs, and resources that help create a safe and healthy community, and which support individual growth and well-being. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

11 - 2 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Lunch
Preserve Open for To-Go Lunch (11:30 - 2 pm)
12 - 2 pm 

Pickup "Spa Night" Kits, Outside of Benji's

Tonight's social event is centered around relaxation. Swing by Benji's to get a kit with relaxation essentials such as facial sheet spa masks, lotion, shower fizzies, and a yoga mat (while supplies last). 

3 - 5:30 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions (CYOA)

Students are expected to attend at least 2 and up to 4 CYOA Sessions during WSO; sign-up to claim your spot here. Today's sessions include:

3:45 - 4:30pm, Study Strategies for the Block Plan

As Benedict Carey, a journalist writing about science and learning for the New York Times, observes, “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong.” Our limited understanding of how learning works can lead us to use ineffective study strategies. In this interactive session, participants will reflect critically on their current study habits and learn about key insights from educational psychology that can inform effective approaches to studying on the block. 

4 - 5pm, Introductions to Community Engagement at CC

Hear from the Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE) staff to learn about community engagement opportunities at CC. We’ll share pathways to engage and current projects you can dive into!

5 - 6:30 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Dinner
Preserve Open for To-Go Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 pm Priddy Group Meeting
9 - 10 pm

Stretch & Relax Spa Night

Time to unwind from the day and get your relaxation on. Join Mar Wilson, '23, for some yoga to finish up your day. Don't have a yoga mat from the campus activities center? A towel on the floor will work just fine.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Today's Theme - Show Us Your Stickers!

8 - 9 am  Benji's Open for To-Go Breakfast
8 - 8:30 am Morning Meditation
9 - 11 am

Building an Inclusive Community 

Colorado College is committed to building an environment where all of its member can be challenged and supported, teach and learn, and contribute as full members of the community. We believe that in order to do this we must build our capacity to engage within, about and across difference. Butler Center Staff will lead us for an engaging conversation about what it takes to make CC a more inclusive campus community. Presented by the Butler Center. 

11 am - 2 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Lunch
Preserve Open for To-Go Lunch (11:30 - 2 pm)
12 - 2 pm 

Pickup Service Activity Kits

Today's social event will be hosted by Breakout and focus on community service and outreach to our local senior citizens. Pickup supplies to take back to your room to write (and/or create) valentine's cards for local nursing homes. 

1 pm 

Inclusive Community Breakout & Follow-up Sessions 

These are an opportunity to connect with other new students and peers with similar interests and identities.

Small Groups Coming Soon. 

2 pm 

Inclusive Community Breakout & Follow-up Sessions 

These are an opportunity to connect with other new students and peers with similar interests and identities.

Small Groups Coming Soon. 

3:45 - 5 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions (CYOA)

Students are expected to attend at least 2 and up to 4 CYOA Sessions during WSO; sign-up to claim your spot here. Today's sessions include:

3:45 - 4:30pm, Start Your Tiger Tale 

We all know that you are the one that knows you best; yet, sometimes it can be harder than we might think to express what that truly means to those around us, or even for ourselves. Join the Career Center to uncover, or re-discover, important pieces of who you are, and begin to explore how you might get the most out of your journey at Colorado College.

4- 5pm, A Day in the Life - Community Engagement Student Panel

A panel of engaged students will share their experiences of getting involved with the local community and finding a balance at CC. Join the Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE) as we hear about the current work students are involved in and for an opportunity to ask them all your burning questions about getting involved.

4 - 5pm, Nuts & Bolts of Advising & the Curriculum 

Overview of academic advising and the curriculum at Colorado College. We will review all-college requirements, Stellic, the new academic planning software, registering for classes on the Block Plan, grade track options, working with a faculty advisor and the Advising Hub, and how to declare majors and change advisors.

5 - 6:30 pm Benji's Open for To-Go Dinner
Preserve Open for To-Go Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 pm Priddy Group Meeting
9 - 10 pm

Service Night with Breakout

Today's social event will be hosted by Breakout and focus on community service and outreach to our local senior citizens. Pickup supplies to take back to your room to write (and/or create) valentine's cards for local nursing homes. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Today's Theme: Priddy Group Costume Contest

7:30 am - 9 am Benji's Open for To-Go Breakfast
8 - 8:30 am Morning Meditation
9 - 10:30 am

FYP Course Meeting & Transfer Panel

Meet with your FYP class to get to know each other, learn more about the course, and begin discussing the common read. Your faculty member will communicate with you directly about which time slot your class will be meeting and on which platform.

Transfer students will not have an FYP course meeting but will have the option to have an informal check-in with peers.

11 am - 2 pm

Benji's Open for To-Go Lunch
Preserve Open for To-Go Lunch (11:30 - 2 pm)

12 - 2 pm  Pickup Activity Kits
1 - 4 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions (CYOA)

Students are expected to attend at least 2 and up to 4 CYOA Sessions during WSO; sign-up to claim your spot here. Today's sessions include:

1 - 2pm, Outdoor Education and Exploring Your New Home!

Join Outdoor Education for a fun, interactive discussion about how to get involved with the outdoor community! This session will start out with a brief overview of the Outdoor Education program and all of the opportunities for you to get involved. We will then share some local adventures that are easily accessible to you and provide fun ways to spend your free time by yourself or with others!

2 - 3pm, Race and Racism on the American College Campus

Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of race/racial identity within the U.S. context? Are you curious about CC’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution? Join the Butler Center staff as we engage these topics and more!

5 - 6:30 pm  Benji's Open for To-Go Dinner
Preserve Open for To-Go Dinner
6 - 7 pm 

Shabbat 

The Jewish community and Hillel at CC invites you to celebrate Shabbat on Zoom.

6:30 - 8:30 pm Priddy Group Meeting 
9 - 10 pm  Evening Social Events 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

No scheduled, formal, or required WSO activities. Please use this day to rest and continue to get settled before classes begin on Monday. Stay tuned for information on evening social events!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

No scheduled, formal, or required WSO activities. Please use this day to rest and continue to get settled before classes begin on Monday. Stay tuned for information on evening social events!

Monday, February 1, 2021

First Day of Classes. Check your email and/or Canvas for more information about when, where, and how your class is meeting today.
11:15 am, First Monday Address: “Bridging the Racial Divide: Lessons from the Most Unlikely Friendship,” by Heather McGhee

The First Mondays Event series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. Today's speaker is Heather McGhee who is an influential author, advocate, and economist who designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. 

Friday, February 5 - 7, 2021 - Priddy Weekend

Your opportunity to meet your Priddy group in real life, explore campus, the local community, and participate in service activities now that you are out of enhanced social distancing. Schedules will vary by group but will include three rotations, including: community building, local exploration, and service plus evening social events. Please note that these will not be all day long commitments as we understand you will be balancing school work as well during this time. More information coming soon!

Friday, February 5 

7 - 10 pm, Night at the Museum

Saturday, February 6 

9 am - 5 pm, Priddy Group Rotations

7 - 10 pm, Get Active at El Pomar

Sunday, February 7 

9 am - 5 pm, Priddy Group Rotations

Last updated: 01/20/2021