Welcome Week

Welcome Week: September 19 - 23, 2016

OSU-Cascades welcomes all new students in grand fashion! Welcome Week is a week of activities designed to connect our newest students with other students and to our amazing faculty. There will be opportunities to have fun, figure out how to navigate campus and find your classes as well as ring in the new academic year with gusto. 

Monday, September 19

Welcome First-Year Students!

We will start the day with outdoor activities then head to River Bend park for lunch and paddleboarding, bouldering, hiking, kayaking and more. Then join us for a community dinner at Juniper Hall.

  • 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Tykeson Hall Lobby: All first-year students who are not living in Juniper Hall will check in starting at 9:15 a.m. Bagels will be provided. Get your ID Card and meet new friends.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Tykeson Hall Front Lawn: Join all 60 first-year students on the front lawn of Tykeson Hall for field games and activities designed to help everyone meet each other and have some fun.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - River Bend Park: Lunch and fun down by the river! We'll have paddleboarding, canoeing, hiking and more. Lunch provided.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Juniper Hall:  Juniper Hall's community welcome BBQ with neighbors.

Tuesday, September 20

Today is the day to find out where your classes will be through a guided COCC walking tour & OSU-Cascades campus open house. Join faculty & staff as they welcome you to campus in a formal convocation ceremony. The day wraps up with an all campus Bend Beavs Block Party featuring carnival activities and prizes. ​

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Meet outside Juniper Hall: Join us for a walking tour of COCC campus. Many of our students will have classes at COCC, so we'll walk you around campus and show you where those classes will be held. We'll be meeting at Juniper Hall.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Tykeson Hall Lobby: Tykeson Hall open house and lunch. Explore Tykeson Hall, find out where your classes will be, meet the folks who are here to support you and learn about all of the new fun things that our new home has for you.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tykeson Hall 111: Convocation! Convocation is your formal welcome to OSU-Cascades. Commencement formalizes your degree and convocation is the other bookend that formally starts you off on this crazy journey.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tykeson Hall Front Lawn: Bend Beavs Block Party & Resource Fair. Think carnival games, live music, free OSU-Cascades gear, and an opportunity to meet campus resources and get involved with student organizations.
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Juniper Hall: The residence hall staff will be setting up fun programs for those living in Juniper Hall.

Wednesday, September 21

First day of classes at OSU-Cascades. 

  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Tykeson Hall Lobby: Let us formally welcome you to your new home on your first day of class. Starbucks will be joining the student life staff in the front lobby to give out free coffee while we give you campus maps and help you find your classes.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Tykeson Hall 111: Resource Fair. If you didn't get a chance to visit with a group on Tuesday, we'll be set up in Tykeson Hall 111 on Wednesday to answer your questions and get you involved.

Thursday, September 22

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Tykeson Hall 111: Resource Fair. Our transportation team is sponsoring lunch so come by and learn more about how to get to campus and around Bend including information on bike share, Zipcars, parking and more. There will also be student organizations and campus resources available.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tykeson Hall 104: Massages. Yes, massages. The first week of school can be stressful so come by the lobby and sign up for a 10-minute massage to help get through it all. Sign up starting Wednesday in the Student Life Office (Tykeson Hall 110).
  • 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Tykeson Hall Lobby: Throw Back Thursday Game Night hosted by ASCC (your student government). Play some old school games and grab some snacks. What a great way to end your day.

Headwaters Wilderness Orientation Program

Headwaters outdoor trips are the week before Welcome Week. Begin your OSU-Cascades experience with a wilderness adventure alongside new and returning students. Select from one of the trips and enjoy a positive and growing experience. Meet other students and share in this adventure before you embark upon your journey at Cascades.

Choose from a five-day canoe trip on the Deschutes or a three-day backpacking trip in the Three Sisters Wilderness.

Learn more and register.