Schedule of Activities

OSU-Cascades’ Welcome Week is full of exciting and fun activities designed to give you a strong foundation for success.

Sunday, September 17

Move-In Day (Residence Hall Students)
Starting  9 a.m.
Residence Hall Lobby
Faculty and staff volunteers will assist with unloading. After you unload, move your vehicle to the off-site parking lot.

Headwaters Culmination Dinner
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Beaver Dam
Join new students, staff and faculty, and celebrate the intrepid new students return from the Headwaters outdoor orientation program.  

All Hall Meeting (Residence Hall Students)
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Community Lounge, Residence Hall First Floor
Welcome to the Beaver Lodge! Learn valuable information about residential community expectations, helpful resources, and what it means to live on-campus. This meeting is required for residential students.

Monday, September 18

Check-in
8  – 9 a.m.
Tykeson Hall Lawn
Sign up for activities, get breakfast and lunch vouchers, and get where you need to go.

Hospitality Station
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tykeson Hall Lobby
Stop by between sessions to refuel, meet Student Life staff and sign up for activities.

Welcome Breakfast
9 -  9:45 a.m.
Beaver Dam
Start Welcome Week with a hearty breakfast and meet Student Life staff and others who are here to support you.
Free breakfast with voucher

Class Photo
9:45 -10 a.m.
Beaver Dam
Welcome incoming class of 2017! Commemorate your official start at OSU-Cascades in a class photo.

Convocation
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tykeson Hall Lawn
Convocation is a university tradition that marks the start of the academic year, welcomes you into the academic community, and recognizes our responsibilities as members of that community. Join Vice President Becky Johnson, Dean of Academic Affairs Julie Gess-Newsome, our academic faculty, parents and fellow incoming classmates to commemorate the start of the year ahead.

Transfer Student Panel
11 - 11:30 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 204 and 206
Learn about the experience of current transfer students at OSU-Cascades. Discover the support available, strategies and tips to being successful, and how becoming involved can impact your experience.

First-Year Student Panel
11 - 11:30 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Learn about the experience of previous first-year students at OSU-Cascades. Discover organizations they joined, helpful academic strategies and resources, and what they know now that they wish they knew then.

Games: Round 1
Play games between sessions. Teams earn points toward the ultimate awesome prize! Winners to be announced at Benny’s Big Bash.

  • Paper Airplane Toss
    11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    Tykeson Hall - second floor hallway
    Whose airplane is designed best? Can yours fly down the hall and through a hula-hoop?
  • Minutes of Mayhem
    11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    Tykeson Hall Lobby
    Compete in 5-minute challenges. Who can shake it best, is most skilled at doing nothing, or can handle the pressure of the unknown.

Increase Your Career Success
11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
College is the first step to your dream job. The Career Services Office has ties to local and regional business and organization networks, and great resources. Learn how it can help you get an internship, write the perfect resume and land that dream job.

Living Healthy at College
11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 204
Learn tips that support healthy living, from access to resources to Fitness Center activities.

Dollars and Sense
11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Learn from a financial advisor how to manage your money well, manage debt—including student loans -- and avoid additional debt.

Nourishing Greatness
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Beaver Dam
Hungry? Experience the Beaver Dam’s delicious and fresh menu selection. Bring your lunch to a table discussion topic that interests you.
Free lunch with voucher

Chalk the Block
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Tykeson Hall (outside, front walkway)
Join fellow new students and add to the chalk mural on the sidewalk. Make it camera-ready! We’ll take a photograph of it in honor of the 2017 incoming students.

Bend 101
1:15 - 1:55 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
New to the area or want to learn more? In this trivia session you’ll learn popular places to go, and about the geography and natural history Central Oregon.

How to Find a Part-Time Job
1:15 - 1:55 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
Want to work while taking classes? Let us help you become an ideal candidate for the job you want on- or off-campus.

Game Round 2: So You Think You Can Hoop?
2 - 2:15 p.m.
Tykeson Hall Second Floor Hallway
Hula-Hoop your socks off! Who will be the OSU-Cascades 2017 hula-hoop champion?

Food for Thought
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 204
Tell the Beaver Dam’s talented chefs your favorite home cooked meals (and dietary restrictions) and they’ll work to try to incorporate suggestions into the menu.

Financial FUNdamentals
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
TYKH 206
Debts and loans may be necessary, but can add stress to your college career. Our financial aid staff will guide you through important processes to get you through college and answer questions.

Safety On Campus and About Town
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 205
Meet members of the campus Public Safety team: a former Navy Seal commander and a former police sergeant. Learn how they work to keep you safe, and how to consider your own safety when you go off campus.

Majors Fair
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Meet faculty from a variety of fields, both in your major or a major you might consider exploring. You never know, you might find a major that you had never considered!

Afternoon Outings
Sign up at Check-In or Hospitality Station.  First-come first-served.

  • Rafting Trip
    3:30  - 6 p.m.
    Tykeson Hall Lobby
    Raft Big Eddie with Seventh Mountain Resort. Limited to 50 students.
  • A Walk in the Park
    3:30  - 6 p.m.
    Meet on the Tykeson Hall Lawn
    Stroll the Deschutes River. It’s an afternoon in the park.
  • Shops at the Old Mill
    3:30  - 6 p.m.
    Meet on the Tykeson Hall Lawn
    Window shop or shop for real in one of Bend’s iconic shopping centers.  

Southern Style BBQ Dinner and Games
6  - 7:30 p.m.
Tykeson Hall Lawn/Tykeson Hall 111
An evening of connection and relaxation as we celebrate our newest Bend Beavs … you! Challenge new friends to corn hole, a giant Uno game, or oversized Connect Four.

Floor Meetings (Residence Hall Students)
7:30  - 8:30 p.m.
Meet on your Residence floor
Meet your Resident Assistants, review residential community expectations and learn more about your hallmates. This meeting is required.

Tuesday, September 19

Hospitality Station
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tykeson Hall Lobby
Stop by between sessions to refuel, meet the Student Life staff and sign up for activities.

Wake Up & Workout

  • Fitness Class
    8  - 8:50 a.m.
    Fitness Center (1st floor of the Residence Hall)
    Discover the Fitness Center by taking your first group fitness class there.
  • Bike Ride
    8  - 8:50 a.m.
    Meet in the parking lot by bike rack
    Bring your bike – or we’ll hook you up with a Zagster bike (download the app first) – for an easy cycling tour of the area.
  • Morning Walk
    8  - 8:50 a.m.
    Meet outside Residence Hall
    See some of the best places within walking distance to campus.

Bike Safety and Maintenance
9  - 9:40 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Interested in commuting to campus via bike? Learn how to be safe on the roads, to take care of your wheels, and how to rent a Zagster bike for free!

Veterans Services
9  - 9:40 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
Thank you veterans for serving our country! Come find out about the services at OSU-Cascades designed for veterans and how we can help you succeed.

Parenting and Pursuing College
9:45  - 10:25 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
You want to be a great student and great parent... it’s possible to do both! Learn tips and strategies for balancing school and family without letting either slip.

I’ll Do That Later... Combatting Procrastination
9:45  - 10:25 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Fight procrastination TODAY. Learn the importance of time management in college. Discover strategies to balance school, extracurricular activities, work, family and the rest of life.

More Than Books!
10:30  - 11 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
The Learning Commons is small and mighty! Discover how you can borrow textbooks, technology, as well as book. Learn how we can help you access materials from almost anywhere through the library network.

Healthy Relationships
10:30  - 11 a.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
It is important to keep relationships with loved ones (and even people you simply like) strong as you go through life’s changes. Learn tools to stay connected with friends and family.

Meet, Greet and Eat
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Various Locations (see below)

Meet faculty and other new students in your major. Learn about course requirements, internship and research opportunities, and even career options, as well as ways to make the most of your field of interest.

American Studies, Tykeson Hall 209
Art, Dining 206
Biology, Tykeson Hall  204
Business, Tykeson Hall 111
Computer Science, Dining 205
Energy Systems Engineering, Dining 204
Exploratory, Select a major of interest to you
Hospitality Management, Tykeson Hall 109
Human Development and Family Services, Community Lounge (1st Floor of Residence Hall)
Kinesiology, Tykeson Hall 206
Liberal Studies, Tykeson Hall 209
Natural Resources, Tykeson Hall 205
Psychology, Dining 207
Social Science, Tykeson Hall 207
Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership, Tykeson Hall 211

Don’t Stress the Test
12  - 12:45 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Exams, new social situations, and other circumstances in your college years can be stressful. Learn coping skills and where to go when you – like all of us -- need support.

Online Academic Tools
12  - 12:45 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
Many of the tools, class resources and schedules you need over the next few years are online. Learn how to access and use the most common tools.

Mini-Game Round 3:

  • Can You Handle What College Throws at You?
    12:45  - 1 p.m.
    Tykeson Hall Lawn
    Practice catching and juglling what college has to throw at you!

Story Time
1 - 2 p.m.
Community Lounge (1st Floor of the Residence Hall)

OSU-Cascades’ Read program presents "All These Wonders." Experience “Moth” style stories presented by our faculty about a memorable time in their own college careers.

Honors College Book Review*
1  - 2 p.m.
Dining 210

*For Honors College Students Only
Instructor Pat Ball and Associate Professor Beth Marino lead a lively discussion with Honors College students on the Summer Read, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

Speed Mixer
2  - 3 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Ready to step out of your comfort zone? The Speed Mixer is designed to introduce you to fellow students in a fun environment.

Bend Beaver Brain Buster
3  - 4 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 206
Test your newfound knowledge! Earn points for your team by answering questions about what you learned in Welcome Week sessions, and about OSU-Cascades and the local area.

DAS (Disability Access Services) Drop-In
4  - 5 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 210E
Stop by to meet our DAS coordinator and ask questions.

Scavenger Hunt
4  - 6 p.m.|
Tykeson Hall Lawn
You’ll start on campus and use our  transportation options to go farther afield to places our students frequent, and earn points for your team as you “find” clues.  

Social Hour
6  - 7 p.m.
Various Locations
Stop by one or more of these informal sessions to meet other new students with similar interests.

  • Transfer Students
    Tykeson Hall 206
    Coming to a new school mid-degree is an adventure, but you’re not alone! There are lots of students like you looking to meet new people.
  • LGBTQ+ & Allies Social
    Tykeson Hall 204
    Learn about organizations and resources available to LGBTQ+ students and connect with community members.
  • Out-of-State Social
    TYKH 205
    Want to meet other people from out of state? Meet others who have moved from outside of Oregon to come to college at OSU-Cascades.
  • First-Year Student Social
    Tykeson Hall 111
    Starting your first year of college is challenging, and leaving friends behind can be hard … but you’re not alone!  There are lots of new students just like you looking to meet new people.

Evening Activities (Residence Hall Students)
8  - 10 p.m.
Community Lounge
Hang out in the main lounge, play pool, watch movies, and play board games with your new community.

Wednesday, September 20

Hospitality Station
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 110 (Student Life Office)
Stop by between sessions to refuel, meet the Student Life staff and sign up for activities.

Coffee and Donuts
8  - 11 a.m.
Tykeson Hall Lobby
Start your classes like a champion with free coffee and treats from Delish Donuts.

In Case You Missed It
Here’s a second chance to catch up. Stop by between classes.

  • Online Academic Tools
    10  - 10:45 a.m.
    Tykeson Hall 204
    Many of the tools, class resources and schedules you need over the next few years are online. Learn how to access and use the most common tools.
  • How to Find a Part-Time Job During School (On-Campus or Off-Campus)
    11  - 11:30 a.m.
    Tykeson Hall 204
    Need a part-time job while taking classes? Let us help you find the right job on- or off-campus, and equip you with the tools you need to be the best candidate.
  • Financial FUNdamentals
    11:30  - 12 p.m.
    Tykeson Hall 204
    Debts and loans may be necessary, but can add stress to your college career. Our financial aid staff will guide you through important processes to get you through college and answer questions.

Campus Involvement & Resources Fair
12:15  - 1:30 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 111
Campus clubs and organizations are where you make lasting connections and learn new skills. Come find out which will be a perfect fit for you!

Board Games and Pool
1:30  - 2:30 p.m.
Community Lounge (1st floor of the Residence. Hall)
Relax and play games in between classes.The Community Lounge is open to all students.

Open House
3  - 5 p.m.
Various Offices
Miss a session or want to learn more? Drop by and meet an expert.

Academic Advising, Tykeson Hall 106 J, K, L, M & 210E
Associated Students of Cascades Campus, Tykeson Hall 107
Career Development Center, Tykeson Hall 106 N & S
Cascade Adventures, Tykeson Hall 110
Disability Access Services, Tykeson Hall E
Fitness Center, Residence Hall, Ground Floor
Library, Tykeson Hall 202
Student Life Office, Tykeson Hall 110
Student Wellness, Tykeson Hall 210 E
Study Abroad, Tykeson Hall 106 L
University Housing & Dining Services, Residence Hall, Ground Floor

DAS (Disability Access Services) Drop-In hours
3  - 5 p.m.
Tykeson Hall 210E
Stop by to meet our DAS coordinator and ask questions.

Benny's Big Bash
5:30  - 8 p.m.
Tykeson Hall Lawn and 111
Congratulations – you made it through your first day of classes! Reward yourself with carnival games, a movie, a great meal, and celebrating the winners of the Welcome Week games. Family members welcome.

Evening Activities (Res Hall Students)
8  -10 p.m.
Community Lounge
Hang out in the main lounge, play pool, watch movies, and play board games with your new community.

Post-Welcome Week

Thursday, September 21

Community Life and Bystander Intervention
7  - 8 p.m.
Community Lounge, Residence Hall
Learn about the Bystander Effect and why we each have a shared responsibility to respond to concerning situations at OSU-Cascades, or anywhere.

Friday, September 22

Salsa & Syllabi Party
3  - 4:30 p.m.
Community Lounge, Residence Hall
Spend send time with peers and classmates, chart out your quarter, and enjoy tasty snacks.