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WSO 2020 Schedule

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

The start date for WSO 2021 is Sunday, January 10. WSO will begin with move-in on Sunday at 8 am and will run through Tuesday, January 19.

The 2021 tentative WSO Schedule will be made available here by early October; until then, below is a detailed look at the 2020 schedule so you have a better idea of what to expect at WSO.  

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


WSO 2020 Schedule (updated Jan. 12)

Schedule Key:

Bold: Required Student Event for All Students, including transfers, FSAs, and Winter Start First-years. 

(UPDATED): highlights any changes made to the schedule that defer from what is in the printed schedule. 

Who attends?

  • All students: this is a requirement for all incoming, new students, including transfer, FSA, and Winter Start First-year students.
  • Students & Families: students and their family members or adult guests can attend or participate.
  • Optional: Attendance at these student events is not required, but still encouraged in order to make friends and network. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Time Event Location Who attends?
7:30 - 11 am

Worner Mailroom Open

Worner Campus Center, Mailroom, Lower Level Students
7:30 - 11 am

Pick up your Gold Card (student ID)

If you uploaded your photo online, it should be available for pick-up. Otherwise, you will have your picture taken and card printed at the Worner Desk. Be prepared to show a photo ID. Cards should be picked up by 5 pm Jan. 12.

Worner Campus Center, Worner Desk, Main Level Students
8 - 11 am

Orientation Check-in and Residence Hall Move-in

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. Complete immunization records must be submitted before move-in.

Assigned Residence Halls Students & Families
8 - 11 am Health Center open to collect outstanding immunization forms Student Health Center Students with outstanding immunization forms
9 am - 12 p.m.

Taking Care of Business

Several campus offices will be open so you can drop in, take care of outstanding paperwork, have your questions answered, or purchase some CC gear.

CC Bookstore

Worner Campus Center, Lower Level

Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment

Spencer Center, Room 134

Student Accounts

Spencer Center, Room 116

Housing Office

Bemis Hall 119

Various Students & Families
11:45 am - 1 pm

President's Welcome Luncheon

The official schedule kicks off with lunch followed by a welcome from President Jill Tiefenthaler.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Main Space

Students & Families
1 - 2:20 pm

Family Program 

This session will feature panels of students and staff who will answer your questions and help get you connected to campus resources.

Cornerstone Arts Center

1- 2:20 pm 

Our Community Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention and Response 

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, and support resources available to you on campus. Remember to bring your Gold Card for attendance.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Screening Room

All Students
2:30 - 4 pm

Breakout Sessions

Learn more about how to maximize your CC experience and utilize resources available to students. Two rounds of sessions will be offered, beginning at 2:30 and 3:15 pm. Students and families are encouraged to split up and attend as many sessions as possible to gather the most information. 

Cornerstone Arts Center

All Students (required); Optional for Families
2:30 & 3:15 pm 

Academic Success

Families will have the opportunity learn about the academic culture at CC and what you can do to support your student’s academic success. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their staff advisor. Presented by the Colket Center for Academic Excellence & the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub. 

Screening Room 131, Cornerstone Arts Center

only at 2:30 pm 

Designing Your FutureOne Step at a Time

Students don’t have to figure everything out in their first block or first year. Come discover some of the ways we support students in planning and moving purposefully one step at a time. Presented by the Career Center

Studio C, Cornerstone Arts Center

only at 3:15 pm 

Creativity & Innovation at Colorado College

In addition to providing programs focused on entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation at CC focuses on the dimension of creativity – the precursor to innovation – by providing students with tools to approach any challenge with flexibility, openness, and confidence. In this session, Dez Stone Mendez will give a brief overview of Creativity & Innovation at CC’s mission, goals, and programs.

Studio C, Cornerstone Arts Center
2:30 & 3:15 pm

Making Friends & Getting Involved on Campus

Are you an introvert concerned about finding your “alone time” at college? Worried about living with a roommate for the first time? Or just nervous about making friends and finding your place on campus? Then attend this workshop to learn about strategies to get involved on campus, make meaningful friendships, and make your social transition to college as easy as possible! Hear tips from an extrovert (Chris Walters, Wellness Resource Center) and an introvert (Sergio Portesan ’16, Loomis RLC), learn from their experiences, ask questions, set goals, and make new friends!

Flex Room 130Cornerstone Arts Center
4 - 5 pm 

Priddy Experience Meeting     

Meet with your Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees!     

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level

All Students
5 - 6:30 pm

Dinner on your own

Enjoy dinner at Rastall (free with WSO nametag) or check out a local restaurant.

Rastall Cafe, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students & Families
6 - 6:45 pm

Sweet Send-offs

Drop in for an evening treat, meet other students and families, and say your goodbyes; this concludes the Family Orientation Program. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Family Relations. Students are expected at community meetings in their assigned residence halls at 7 p.m.

Worner Campus Center, Main Level Students & Families
7 - 8 pm

Community Meeting 

Drop in for an evening treat, meet other students and families, and say your goodbyes; this concludes the Family Orientation Program. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Family Relations. Students are expected at community meetings in their assigned residence halls at 7 p.m.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level All Students


8:30 - 10 pm

Get Active @ El Pomar!

Enjoy an evening of fun in El Pomar Fitness Center! Come climb at the climbing wall, play table tennis, pool, cornhole, basketball, or play a board game with new friends. Please use the north entrance.

El Pomar Sports Center

All Students

Monday, January 13, 2020

Time Event & Description Location Who attends?
8 - 9 am


Benji's (UPDATED), Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
9 - 11 am

Academic Success @ CC and Math Self-Assessment

Learn about some of the academic resources available to support you at CC and complete a math self-assessment, which is required for all first-year students and optional for transfer students. Bring your laptop. 

(UPDATED): Arrive by 8:45 am if you need help registering or troubleshooting. 

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level All First-Year Students
11:30 am - 1 pm Lunch on your own Benji's (UPDATED), Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
1 - 2:15 pm 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CC

This session will introduce you to what diversity and inclusion look like at CC, the importance of utilizing an intersectional lens, and the college's antiracism work. Remember to bring your Gold Card for attendance. Presented by the Butler Center and Accessibility Resources.

Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, Main Level

All Students

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Show up for Wellness: Trivia Showdown

Compete with your peers in wellness trivia! Topics include bystander intervention, mental health, substance use, and accessibility and inclusion. Remember to bring your Gold Card for attendance; please arrive on time as the session will begin promptly at 2:30. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, Main Level All Students
3:45 - 5:30 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions

Individualize your WSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions and skill building workshops. Students should attend at least one afternoon session; sign-ups will be available during breakfast and lunch on Monday. 

Various All Students
3:45 - 4:20 & 4:30 - 5:10 pm

Nuts & Bolts of Advising & the Curriculum

An overview of academic advising and the curriculum at Colorado College. We will review all-college requirements, registering for classes, the points system, grade track options, working with a faculty advisor and the Advising Hub, as well as how to declare majors and change advisors. Presented by the Student Opportunities & Advising Hub. 

Tutt Library Event Space (Room 201)
3:45 - 4:25 pm

What Does Community Engagement Mean Anyway?

At CC, we use the language of community “engagement” rather than “service” – come find out why.  Learn about diverse forms of engagement, determine what types of engagement best align to your passions, and discover examples of opportunities to engage in those areas at CC.  Presented by the Collaborative for Community Engagement. 

Collaborative for Community Engagement, 1008 N Weber St/ Autrey Field
4 - 4:30 pm

Student Employment

Review of student employment opportunities, requirements and processes. Session topics include where to search for employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs off or on campus. who can apply for off-campus employment, work-study hiring preference, resume and interview assistance through the Career Center and what paperwork is required, review paperwork requirements and documents, international student ISSS office, overall SE process, and how to complete time sheets. Presented by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. 

Worner 213, Worner Campus Center
4:30 - 5:10 pm 

Mapping Your Resources for Self-care and Wellbeing

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, Worner 226  
5 - 5:30 pm

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.   

AFP Fitness Center (meet in north lobby by fields) 
5 - 6:30 pm Dinner on your own Benji's (UPDATED), Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
7 - 8:30 pm

Priddy Experience Meeting

Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees!

Various Locations; your leaders will contact you.

All Students
8:30 - 10 pm 

Art Night at Bemis

Let your creative juices flow – paint a canvas, play with clay, or take a wheel throwing class.

Bemis School of Art (818 Pelham Pl.) Optional

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time Event & Description Location Who Attends?
8 - 8:45 am

Pre-Departure Breakfast

Bring your gear and arrive ready to depart for your Priddy Trip later this morning. 

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
9 - 9:45 am

The Round House Discussion

A discussion of “The Round House” by
Louise Erdrich. Remember to bring your Gold Card for attendance.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level All Students
10 - 11:15 am 

FYE Class Meetings

Meet your FYE faculty and mentors to discuss the common read.

Location on name-tag First-year Students
10 - 11:15 am 

Transfer Student Q&A

Meet with staff advisors and transfer student mentors to have your questions answered.

Worner 213, Upper Level Transfer Students
10 - 11:15 am 

Fall Start Away Re-Entry Workshop

Meet with Allen Bertsche, director of global education and field studies, to discuss your experiences with FSA and prepare for the transition to campus.

Tutt Event Space, Tutt Library, 2nd Floor FSA Students
11:30 am 

Priddy Experience Departure

Join your trip leaders in Gaylord for a quick meeting before getting lunch and heading out on your trip.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, Main Level All Students

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Time Event & Description Location Who Attends?
~2 - 5 pm  Priddy Experiences return to campus!

All Students

6 - 7 pm 

Welcome Back Dinner & Cohort Picture

Reconnect with WSO students in other Priddy groups and take a photo.

Hybl Community Center (1107 N. Nevada) All Students
8 - 10 pm 

Worner Center Live

Come through the Worner Center to play laser tag, watch a movie, do arts and crafts, and play video and board games.

Worner Campus Center, All Levels Optional

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Time Event & Description  Location Who Attends?

9 am-7 pm

CC Swimming and Diving Home Meet

Cheer on the Tigers in their final home meet of the season! Today’s meet includes swimming (prelims) at 9 a.m., diving at approximately 1 p.m., and the swimming finals at 4 p.m.    

El Pomar Sports Center, Schlessman Pool

10:30 am - 1 pm Brunch on your own Rastall Cafe, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
12 noon - 3 pm 

CC Safe Ride Shuttles

Shuttle service will be available to local shopping centers. Call (719) 389-6340 for pick-up; wait time may vary depending upon usage.

Various Optional
5 - 7:45 pm Dinner on your own Rastall Cafe, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional

Monday, January 20, 2020 - First Day of Classes & MLK Day Celebrations

Time Event & Description Location Who Attends?
8 - 8:45 am

All People's Breakfast

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A limited number of free tickets for students are available at the Worner Center Desk; tickets are first-come, first-served.

El Pomar Sports Center, Reid Arena Optional
9 am  Classes Begin!
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

First Monday Speaker Series

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.

Armstrong Hall, Mohrman Theatre All Students

12:15-1:15 pm

Students in Dialogue

Enjoy lunch and conversation with your peers in honor of Dr. King. Hosted by the Butler Center.

Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, Main Level

2 - 5 pm 

Student Opportunities and Advising Hub Drop-in Hours

Stop in to ask questions about advising, requirements, academic programs, etc. Remember to meet with your Student Success Specialist by the end of Block 5.

1014 N. Weber

7 - 9 pm 

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble - "Rising to the Mountaintop"

The arts have always been a powerful catalyst for positive social transformation. This performance brings together a diversity of dancers, in both culture and genre, creating a work reflective of these powerful times in our community and the world.

Armstrong Hall, Mohrman Theatre Optional

Tuesday, January 21

Time Event & Description Location Who Attends?
12:15 - 1:30 pm

Community Engagement Luncheon

Learn about the work of the Collaborative for Community Engagement and how you can get involved in the local community.

Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, Main Level

All Students