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 students on Jan. 22. First day of Block 5 is Monday, January 30. 

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 2023

updated 1/24/2023


Sunday, January 22

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8-11:30 am

WSO Check-in: Your first stop will be WSO Check-in, where you will get your: student ID card, program nametag, and other welcome information. Family will also check in at this time.

Yalich Boardroom, 1st Floor Spencer Center (830 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Students & Guests
8-11:30 am Residence Halls Open for Move-In:  After checking in for WSO, 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.  Your assigned Residence Hall Students living on campus and families
8 am - 12 pm

Taking Care of Business: Some 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. 

  • Mail Center (819 N. Tejon)
  • Bookstore (819 N. Tejon)
  • Financial Aid & Student Employment (Spencer Center 134)
  • Student Accounts (Spencer Center 116)
10:30 am - 12:45 pm Lunch/Brunch on Your Own: Enjoy a free meal on us by showing your WSO nametag at the register. Or head off-campus to enjoy a meal downtown or while you are running errands in advance of the President's Welcome. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students & Guests
 1 - 1:30 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 1 pm. Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Students & Guests
1:30 - 3:30 pm WSO Student Welcome & Required Sessions (required student session): After a welcome and overview of the WSO schedule, the first required content session will take place. 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, Room 131, Cornerstone Arts  Students
1:30 - 3:30 pm Family Program Sessions: Learn about campus resources, connect with staff, and each other. During this time there will be a presentations about parent programs at CC, student health and wellbeing, and a staff panel with representatives from across campus to answer your questions. Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Families/Guests
3:30 - 5 pm  Sweet Sendoffs: Students and guests can grab a sweet treat or snack together. Plus parents/families/guests will have the chance to share their Words of Wisdom to be delivered to mailboxes during Block 5. Mainspace, Cornerstone Arts Students & Guests
4 - 4:45 pm  Choose From the Following Options:
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 & Guests
How to Get Involved & Build Community on-Campus: CCSGA, SASA, TWIT, DW, RA - want to know what these acronyms mean, how to build community, and where to start your student involvement and leadership journey? Join this panel of student leaders to learn about the many ways you (or your student) can plug into, build, and lead. Cornerstone Screening Room, Room 131, Cornerstone Arts Students & Guests
4:45 - 6:30 pm Break & Dinner on your own: Enjoy a free meal on us by showing your WSO nametag at the register in Rastall which opens at 5 pm. Or head off-campus to enjoy a meal downtown or while you are running errands. Students, be sure to be back on-campus by 6:30 pm for your next required session, which is on Zoom.  Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students & Guests
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  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 Evening Social Event, 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 23

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break 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. Your Priddy Leader will tell you where to meet for this activity.  Students
10:15 - 11:45 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 and then you will complete an activity in small groups. We believe that in order to do this we must build our capacity to engage within, about, and across difference which will begin during this session.  Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
11:45 am - 1:30 pm Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
1 - 5:15 pm Create Your Own CC Adventure Sessions: Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two of these sessions total and up to four. Sign-ups will take place as you arrive to the Monday morning session in Gaylord Hall at 10 am.  Various/Around Campus
1 - 1:30 pm Get to know the AFP Fitness Center and 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 
1:45 - 2:45 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, Main Level
3 - 4 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, Main Level
3 - 4:45 pm Immigration 101: Required Session for International Students on F-1 or J-1 Visa. Presented by the International Student and Scholar Services Worner Campus Center, Room 213 International Students Only
4:15 - 4:45 pm Meditation: Busy lives, Peaceful Centers: This is an opportunity to gather in community and both sit in meditation as well as learn about meditation opportunities at Colorado College. Brought to you by the Chaplain's Office Shove Chapel: The Side Chapel
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break 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
8:30 - 10 pm Evening Social Event, Trivia Night: Test your knowledge of fun and quirky facts with new friends! Come with a team or solo and we can match you with a group. Snacks provided. Bemis Great Hall Optional

Tuesday, January 24

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break

 

Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level

Optional
9 - 10:30 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 Students
10:45 am - 12:30 pm 

Behind the Scenes at the FAC (required session): Students will join the staff for behind-the-scenes tours of the FAC. In small groups, students will get a backstage tour of the theatre to learn about all the innerworkings of a professional theatre, a tour through basement collections to explore the unseen work of a museum, work with artist Eiko Otake in her in-process installation of I Invited Myself: Vol. II, and learn all about opportunities to create at the Bemis School of Art.  

Fine Arts Center (30 W Dale
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level
1:30 - 5 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 - 2:30 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, Yalich Student Services Building (819 N Tejon)
3 - 4 pm  Stay Motivated! Understanding and Monitoring Your Motivation in College: This interactive session will share insight on how you can understand and monitor your motivation in college. Presented by the Quantitative Reasoning Center. Tutt Library Event Space, Second Floor Tutt Library 
4:30 - 5 pm What to Know about Tutt Library to Succeed at CC: You'll spend a lot of time in the library over your college career, come take a tour and learn more about Tutt Library and its resources, including books, study spaces, and the librarians. Presented by the Tutt Librarians. Meet in Tutt Library Lobby
5 - 7 pm Dinner Break
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. Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students
8:30 - 10 pm Evening Social Event, Art Night: Let your creative juices flow- paint a canvas, work with clay, create your own tote. Get to know the Arts and Crafts program, enjoy snacks and make friends with your new community. Arts and Crafts Studio: Worner Campus Center Lower Level Optional

Wednesday, January 25

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am Breakfast Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Optional
9 - 10:30 am 

FYE Class Meeting (Required Session): Meet your First Year Experience (FYE) faculty and mentors to discuss the common read.

  • CC106: The Political Science of Critical Issues/CC120: Food and the Nation, Tutt Library 317
  • CC106: A Critical Inquiry of Mental Illness/CC120: Sport, Media, and Society: Tutt Library 327
Classrooms Around Campus Winter Start First-year students
10 - 10:30 am Transfer Student Q&A (required session): Meet with your staff advisor to have your questions answered. Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Transfer Students
10:45 - 11:45 am Sense of Place Community Engagement Panel (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. Hear from local community leaders about the opportunities and challenges currently facing Colorado Springs. Sponsored by the Collaborative for Community Engagement. Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students
11:45 am - 1 pm Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center Main Level Students
1 - 5 pm Local Exploration (required session): With your Priddy Group, 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 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
8:30 - 10 pm Evening Social Event, Bingo: Test your luck and socialize with friends during a classic night of bingo! Prizes included! The Rochelle Dickey Multicultural Lounge; Worner Campus Center Second Floor  Optional

Thursday, January 26 - Friday, Jan. 27 - Priddy Experience

Time Session Title & Description Location Audience
All Day

Off-Campus Priddy Experience

Winter Start students will be traveling and staying off campus for their Priddy Experience! All Priddy Experience trips include a half day of community service with a variety of organizations alongside a local exploration afternoon as an introduction to Colorado Springs as a group.

Throughout these days together, groups have ample time to begin building relationships with their fellow classmates, as well as to gain insight from current CC student leaders. Group reflections and discussion surrounding academics and the culture at CC are a large part of the trip and provide an opportunity for incoming students to begin preparing for their upcoming first year experience.

Priddy groups will be staying indoors overnight but will be spending much of their time outdoors for their service work as well as exploring and hiking in the Rocky Mountain Southwest! It is important for all incoming students to have appropriate equipment and clothing to be prepared for the weather. Please see the recommended packing list: Winter Start Priddy Experience Packing List 

Students

Saturday, January 28 

Time Session Title & Description  Location Audience
9 am - 3 pm Priddy Groups Travel/Return to Campus
5 - 6:30 pm Welcome Back Dinner & Cohort Picture: Reconnect with your WSO cohort and enjoy catered dinner. The cohort picture will be taken promptly at 6 pm.  Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level
6:30 - 8:30 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 

Sunday, January 29

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

Needing to Get Around Town?

Check out the ZEB shuttle, which picks up near Robson, to get downtown.

The MountainMetro is free with your Student ID and takes you to University Village - Costco, Trader Joes, Kohls, Lowes, etc.

You can also get a free account with Pike Ride with your CC email address, good for up to 90 minutes of riding per day. Advance registration and processing required. 

More information about transformation can be found here. 

5 - 6:30 pm Dinner Worner Campus Center, Rastall Dining Hall Optional

Monday, January 30: 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 Kathryn Mohrman Theater, Armstrong Hall  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. 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 205 for assistance.

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