Winter Start Orientation (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 2023 will take place Jan 22 - 28, with move-in for domestic students on Jan. 22. First day of Block 5 is Monday, January 30. International students or students arriving from international locations will work with International Student Scholar Services for arrival dates and to confirm participation in International Student Orientation.

 

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 - Winter Start 2022

updated 1/16/2022


Sunday, January 16

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8-11 am

WSO Check-in:  Your first stop will be WSO Check-in, where you will get your: Navica COVID-19 arrival test kit, student ID card, program nametag, and welcome SWAG. All students will take a self-administered COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus for WSO. Kits will be available for pick-up at WSO check-in and step-by-step information about the testing process will be provided in the January CC Bound Newsletter, as well as in a message from noreply@navica.abbott prompting you to download the Navica app, create an account, and connect to the CC network using the connect code provide in the email. Two guests per student are allowed on campus for WSO. Upon check-in, guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test result within 72 hours prior to check-in.

Hybl Community Center

(near the intersection of  Weber St & E San Rafael St; parking is available in the  E-1 parking lot)

Students and Families
8-11 am Arrival Testing for COVID-19 (required for students):  All students will take a self-administered COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus for WSO. Kits will be available for pick-up at WSO check-in and step-by-step information about the testing process will be provided in the January CC Bound Newsletter, as well as in a message from noreply@navica.abbott prompting you to download the Navica app, create an account, and connect to the CC network using the connect code provided in the email. Pick-up test kit at WSO check-in and complete when instructed during telehealth appointment Students
8-11 am Residence Halls Open for Move-In:  After receiving a negative test result, you can drop off your belongings in your room and start getting settled in; there will be more downtime later in the schedule to more fully unpack. High-filtration masks are required indoors at all times. Your assigned Residence Hall Students living on campus and families
8 am - 12 pm Taking Care of Business: Several campus offices will be open so you can drop in, take care of outstanding paperwork, have your questions answered, pick up packages, or purchase some CC gear. Please do not visit any of these offices until you have completed your arrival test.
Mailroom (8:30 am - noon) Robson/Yalich student center optional
CC Bookstore (8 am - 12:30 pm) Robson/Yalich student center optional
Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment (8:30 - 11 am ) Spencer Center, Room 134 optional
Student Accounts (8:30 - 11 am) Spencer Center, Room 116 optional
10:30 am - 12:30 pm To-Go Brunch/Lunch from Rastall:  Enjoy a free to-go meal on us by showing your WSO nametag at the register. All meals must be taken to go to be enjoyed outside or in an indoor private location with only members of your immediate household. We will have Worner 213, 215, 216, and 227 open for private dining spaces for students and their two guests. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level
12:30 - 1 pm President's Welcome: The official schedule kicks off with a welcome from President L. Song Richardson. The president's remarks will begin promptly at 12:30 pm.

Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts

Also on Zoom:  https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/j/98838650221

Students and Families
1 - 2:20 pm Our Community Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: (required student session) This presentation will explain how sexual violence and anti-oppression work are connected and how that relates to the mission and vision of the college. You will also learn about consent, Title IX law and processes, as well as support resources available to you on campus.

Cornerstone Screening Room

Zoom link (passcode protected)   

Students
1 - 2:20 pm Family Program Sessions: Learn about campus resources, connect with staff, and each other. During this time there will be a staff panel where you can have your questions answered and get connected to campus resources. Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Families
2:30 - 4:30 pm Afternoon To-Go Snacks: Grab a snack bag for your trip home. All food must be eaten outdoors or in a private space with only members of your immediate household. Mainspace, Cornerstone Arts Students and Families
2:30 - 4:30 pm Abbreviated Campus Tour: Haven't had a chance to visit campus before enrolling or just wanting to get reacquinated? Join our WSO leaders for a tour of campus. Group tours or self-guided options will be available. Meet outside of Studio C, Cornerstone Arts Mainspace Students and Families
4:30 - 6:30 pm Break & Dinner on your own: Spend some time getting settled in your room before enjoying a to-go dinner from Rastall (5 - 6:30 pm, free with WSO nametag) or grab a to-go meal from Downtown Colorado Springs. Please note: Students must be back on campus by 6:30 pm. and COVID risk mitigation protocols should be followed when you are off-campus. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students and Families
6:30 - 7:30 pm Required Hall Meetings: (required student session) Meet the people in your hall and discuss community expectations for living on campus. Zoom link (passcode protected) Students
7:45 - 9 pm Priddy Group Meeting: (required student session) Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow new WSO students! Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
9 - 10:30 pm Priddy Group Social & Game Night: Come socialize with all WSO students and participants; enjoy snacks, play games, and relax after a long day. Sacred Grounds, Stove Chapel Students

Monday, January 17

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break: Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
9 - 10 am Priddy Group Discussions: (required session) Join your Priddy group to engage in a reflection activity about your values. Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
10:15 - 11:45 am Wellness at CC Trivia Challenge: (required session) 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, ultimately supporting individual growth and well-being. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level

Zoom link (passcode protected)

Students
11:45 am - 1:30 pm Lunch Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
1 - 3 pm Isolation Meal Pick-up:  Students who are in isolation should plan to pick up their daily 3-in-1 meal kits from the external south entrance of Worner each day between 1 - 3 pm. They should be wearing their N95 masks and should not enter the Worner building. Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center
1 - 5:15 pm Create Your Own CC Adventure Sessions: Students have the option of participating in some or all of the following sessions, listed in italics below.
1 pm Get to know the AFP Fitness Center & Campus Rec: 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, intramurals, club sports, etc.). Presented by Campus Recreation.   Adam F Press Fitness Center Lobby, North Entrance of El Pomar   Students
1:30 pm Exploring Inclusivity in Outdoor Culture: How to Get Involved in Outdoor Education:  The outdoor experience is for EVERYONE to explore in whichever way they find the most comfortable; here at CC, Outdoor Education is committed to providing a variety of unique opportunities and adventures! Join this session to learn all about Outdoor Education's campus facilities, job opportunities, outdoor trip experiences, and how to strive to redefine our outdoor culture to include every student! During this session, you will hear from both professional staff and students.  Presented by the Office of Outdoor Education.  

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center

Zoom link (passcode protected)

Students
3 pm Global Education & Study Abroad Opportunities at CC:  An introduction to study abroad & away on the Block Plan.  We will outline options for Off-Campus Blocks, Summer Blocks, and Semesters Away, including opportunities new students can join this upcoming Spring and Summer.  Presented by Center for Global Education & Field Study.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center

Zoom link (passcode protected)

4:30 pm Meditation: Busy lives, Peaceful Centers

Stove Chapel, The Side Chapel

5 - 7 pm Dinner Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
7 - 8:30 pm Priddy Experience Meeting: (required session) Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees; your leader will share the meeting location. Students
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Tuesday, January 18

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room.

 

Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level

Optional
9 - 11:30 am Building an Inclusive Campus Community: (required session) Colorado College is committed to building an environment where all of its members can be challenged and supported, can 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. The Rev Dr. Jamie Washington will lead us in an engaging conversation about what it takes to make CC a more inclusive campus community. Presented by the Butler Center.  Zoom link (password protected) + Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level
1:30 - 5:15 pm Create Your Own CC Adventure Sessions: Students have the option of participating in some or all of the following sessions, listed in italics below. Around Campus Students, Optional
1:30 pm Mapping Your Resources for Self-care and Well-being:  In this interactive workshop we’ll identify your goals and what you already know about yourself and how you manage life challenges, explore some of the common issues that make self-care challenging, and map the resources you can utilize to keep you well and successful during your first semester at CC and beyond.  Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

Wellness Resource Center

Zoom link (passcode protected)

Students, Optional
3 pm Stay Motivated! Understanding and Monitoring Your Motivation in College:  This interactive session will share insight on how to understand and monitor your motivation in college.  Presented by the Qualitative Reasoning Center.

Tutt Event Space (in the Tutt Library)

Zoom link (passcode protected)

Students, Optional
4:30 pm Top 10   Things to Know About Tutt Library to Succeed at CC:   Enjoy a tour of the library while learning the top 10 things about the library that you should know as you start your academic career at Colorado College. Tutt Library Lobby Students, Optional
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students, Optional
7 - 8:30 pm Priddy Experience Meeting: (required session)  Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees; your leader will share the meeting location. Students
8:30 - 10 pm Night at Bemis School of Art:  Let your creative juices flow – paint a canvas, play with clay, take a wheel throwing class, or just come through to enjoy the snacks with your new community. Bemis Art School (818 Pelham Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80903) Optional

Wednesday, January 19

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
9 - 10:30 am First Year Experience (FYE) Class Discussions: (required session)  Meet your First Year Experience (FYE) faculty and mentors to discuss the common read. Classrooms around campus; check your email for information from your faculty or FYP mentor for location and access info.  Winter Start First-year students
9 - 10:30 am Transfer Student Q&A: (required session) Meet with staff advisors and transfer student mentors to have your questions answered. Worner 213 Transfer students
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Camp Lunch:  Cook a camp lunch outdoor with your Priddy group and enjoy smores over a fire. Outdoor Education, behind gear house ( 931 N. Nevada Ave.) Students
1:30 - 5 pm Priddy Experience Rotations: (required session) Between Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to explore the local Colorado Springs Community, engaging in activities focused on developing a sense of place, build community, and exploration. Students
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break: Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students
7 - 8:30 pm Priddy Experience Meeting: (required session)   Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees; your leader will share the meeting location. Students
8:30 - 10 pm Evening Social Event with the Residential Experience staff. Mathias Hall Students, Optional

Thursday, January 20

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
9:30 - 11 am Sense of Place: (required session)  This program aims to cultivate a sense of place and connection to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region by deepening your knowledge of local communities, issues, and ecosystems. Sponsored by the Collaborative for Community Engagement.

Zoom link (passcode protected)

Students
11 am - 1pm Lunch Break: Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level
1 - 4 pm Downtown Colorado Springs Exploration:  (required session)  Meet with your Priddy Group to discuss topics related to today's required session while exploring our neighborhood - Downtown Colorado Springs. Depart from Gaylord Hall Students
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students
7 - 8:30 pm Priddy Meeting: (required session)  Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees; your leader will share the meeting location.
8:30 - 10 pm

Evening Social Event: Hide & Seek at Worner: explore the building after hours and play hide and seek with your peers. There will be several rounds played and all participants are expected to follow the rules at all times to make this a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

Meet in Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center 

Friday, January 21

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
9:30 - 11 am Arts @ CC and Amazing Race: (required session)   Join us for an interactive session exploring educational connections and uses of visual and performing arts at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, directly followed by a scavenger hunt and series of challenges to cultivate teamwork and community while giving you a chance to explore all the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College has to offer. Teams will have the opportunity to win prizes! Fine Arts Center Students
11 am - 1pm Lunch Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level
1 - 5 pm Priddy Experience Rotations: (required session)  Between Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to explore the local Colorado Springs Community, engaging in activities focused on developing a sense of place, build community, and exploration. Depart from Gaylord Hall Students
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students
7 - 8:30 pm Priddy Meeting: (required session)  Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees; your leader will share the meeting location. Students
8:30 - 10 pm Evening Social Event S'mores with the Residential Experience Staff. South Hall Fire PitSouth Hall Students, Optional

Saturday, January 22

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students, Optional
9 am - 3 pm Priddy Experience Rotations: (required session)  Between Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to explore the local Colorado Springs Community, engaging in activities focused on developing a sense of place, build community, and exploration. Students
5 - 6 pm Dinner Break:  Due to the campus risk mitigation protocols for J Block and Block 5, all meals are to-go from Rastall and should be enjoyed outdoors or in the privacy of your room. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students, Optional
5:30 pm Cohort Picture: Meet at Worner to pick up some CC gear before heading to the hockey game and take a quick group picture. Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
6 - 8:30 pm CC Hockey vs DU: Cheer on the Tigers as they take on our rivals - the University of Denver. Meet at Gaylord to get tickets Students, Optional
8:30 - 10 pm WSO Reunion at the Climbing Wall: Connect with previous year's WSO students and explore the climbing gym. Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym, Adam F Press Fitness Center Students, Optional

Sunday, January 23

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
10:30 am - 1 pm Brunch Worner Campus Center, Rastall Dining Hall Optional
5 - 6:30 pm Dinner Worner Campus Center, Rastall Dining Hall Optional

Monday, January 24: First Day of Classes

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
9:00 am Classes begin! Assigned Classroom All Students
11:15 am-12:15 pm First Mondays Speaker Series, featuring Austin Channing Brown: The First Mondays series is an opportunity for the whole community to gather and engage in the intellectual life of the college at the beginning of each block. This Monday the lecture is set aside to further honor and explore the impact and continued relevance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s enduring legacy. Zoom  All Students
2 - 5 pm Student Opportunities & Advising Hub open for drop-in hours: Stop in to ask questions about advising, requirements, academic programs, etc. Schedule an appointment online. 1014 N. Weber; Schedule an appointment online Optional

Should you have any questions or need any help as you adjust to CC after WSO concludes, please do not hesitate to stop by the Office of Campus Activities in Worner 230 for assistance.

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