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First 51 Days

At Westminster College, we strive to build connections with each and every student who walks through the Columns. We also know that these connections occur in different ways for different students. For some, the personal connections they make with our talented faculty and staff are the most meaningful. For others, it may be the connections developed as student-athletes as they take the field or storm the court, representing Blue Jay Nation. Regardless of what your connection will be, we want to make sure you have a variety of opportunities to explore all our campus has to offer! 

New this fall, Westminster’s “First 51 Days” program showcases the diverse opportunities awaiting you. The first few weeks of a student’s college experience are most formative in helping one identify their connection or find their niche. By targeting campus events during the first 51 days of the semester, our goal is to help each student explore the vast menu of opportunity on campus. The “First 51 Days” is also a respectful acknowledgement of the year Westminster was founded, 1851. The number 51 has been important in our history, and it’s going to be important to your future! 

While at Westminster, you will be able to hone your expertise in a particular field or major, but we also hope you learn to grow in unique ways as a person. The College believes in the development of the whole person and targets its programs to focus development in five primary areas we call “domains” — intellectual, ethical, professional, social, and wellness.

Each program within the First 51 Days will be designated by one or more of the domains, indicating that the content will challenge students in that particular area of development. Be mindful of these designations as you select the programs you wish to attend, and try to participate in an array of activities from each of the five domains. After each calendar item listing, you will see what domain each is designated as. Scroll to the bottom of the page for descriptions of each domain.


 

AUGUST

8.19

Move-in

8:00 am–2:00 pm

Campus/Sloss Hall Head Freshman Lounge

Roll up your sleeves to do some heavy! Westminster opens its campus doors to welcome our newest Blue Jays to the family. New students should plan to arrive on campus and visit the Sloss Hall Head Freshman Lounge (in the Freshman Quadrangle) to complete a formal check- in and receive their room key. Upperclass students will be around to greet you, and if you’re lucky … carry the really heavy stuff!

Social

 

Skulls of Seven Meeting

2:30–3:00 pm                            

Church

Special private meeting for all new students, hosted by the Skulls of Seven. New students will receive instructions in preparation of the Columns Ceremony. Business casual attire is required.

Ethical  Social

 

Columns Ceremony and Convocation

3:00–4:30 pm

Columns/Champ Auditorium

Your official welcome to Westminster College, including participation in our traditional Columns Ceremony and a formal introduction to live at Westminster College. You will be greeted by Westminster’s finest, including the special Convocation keynote speaker, Mr. Derick Dailey, J.D. ’11.

All five domains

 

Farewell Reception

4:30–5:30 pm                      

Latshaw Plaza

Following the Columns Ceremony & Convocation, take a minute to say your goodbyes to your loved ones! Send them off with hugs and high-fives because you’re in good hands at Westminster.

Social Wellness

 

Dinner with Mentors

5:30–7:00 pm                  

Backer Dining Hall

All new students will report to Backer Dining Hall to meet with their seminar mentors. Tables will be labeled by your seminar section letter. Your mentors will walk you through the New Student Week experience, show you your seminar/LST classroom, and help you create a seminar team cheer for the Seminar Olympics!

Social Wellness

 

First Floor Meetings

7:00–8:30 pm                     

Residence Halls

Return to your residence halls to meet your RA team and get to know your neighbors! You will participate in a brief meet-n-greet activity, and then learn about our expectations of Westminster students, and important campus policies.

All five domains

 

Outdoor Movie Night

8:30 pm                               

Latshaw Plaza

Join 250 new friends at a special showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 projected on the back of the Breakthrough sculpture.

Social

 

8.20

Seminar Olympics

9:00–11:00 am                           

Quad

Show your seminar spirit as you compete against your fellow classmates. Who will win ultimate bragging rights as the 2017 Seminar Olympics champion?

Social Wellness

 

LST 101: The Leader Within

1:00–2:00 pm                    

WSM Classrooms

Your first official class at Westminster starts TODAY!

All five domains

 

ECLIPSE 2017

2:00–3:30 pm                            

Church

Special lecture by Tim Riley, Director and Curator of the National Churchill Museum. Learn about Sir Christopher Wren’s life as an astronomer, prior to his historic architectural career. Churchill’s recently discovered essay, “Are We Alone in the Universe,” will also be explored. The program will conclude with a special concert on the Church’s Mander organ, “Music of the Spheres.”

Intellectual

 

Greek Info Sessions

6:00–7:00 pm                

Hermann Lounge/CSC

Whether you know all there is to know about fraternities and sororities, or you know nothing at all … join the leaders of our Greek community as they share their membership experiences. Women interested in learning more will meet in Hermann Lounge; men will gather in Coulter Lecture Hall.

Ethical  Social

 

Seminar Quiz Bowl

7:00–8:00 pm                            

Champ

Ultimate bragging rights for the brainiest Seminar section are on the line with Westminster’s Annual Quiz Bowl, sponsored by the Alpha Chi honorary.

Intellectual

 

Class of 2021 WestMo Glow Party, featuring GlowRage!

8:00–11:00 pm                         

Latshaw

Celebrate your first full day at Westminster with a Paint Party. (Think of a super fun color run with a live DJ, and without the exercise!) *Please make sure you wear clothing that can be ‘painted!’

Social

 

8.21 

Special Lecture

9:00–10:00 am                          

Champ

“Every Two Minutes,” a program designed to educate college students on the dangers of sexual assault and violence on college campuses.

Intellectual  Wellness  Ethical

 

Sexual Assault Education Panel

10:00–10:45 am                        

Champ

Learn about Westminster’s Sexual Conduct Policy, educational programs, and campus/ community resources for all students.

Intellectual  Ethical

 

ECLIPSE 2017

11:00–11:30 am                        

Champ

Special lecture “Moon Shadow at Westminster,” featuring Dr. Kent Palmer (Emeritus Professor of Physics) and Dr. Leah Criswell (Assistant Professor of Physics) as they share the science behind solar eclipses, and the significance of this once-in-a-lifetime event. *Safe viewing glasses will be provided by Westminster College.

Intellectual

 

ECLIPSE 2017 Viewing

11:30–2:00 pm                         

Various

After the “Moon Shadow” lecture, receive a special picnic lunch (served in both Backer Dining Hall or at Priest Football Field) and watch the solar eclipse. A partial eclipse will begin at 11:44 am, with totality viewing scheduled at approximately 1:13 pm.

Intellectual  Social

 

Illusionist and Magician Elliot Zimet

8:30 pm                                     

Champ

A semi-finalist from “America’s Got Talent,” Elliot is a master  illusionist  who will be sure to entertain you with his mind-blowing magic, heart-pumping illusions, personal charm, and a high level of audience interaction.

Social

 

8.22

WSM 101: The first official meeting of your WSM course!

9:00 – 10:00 am                    

Classrooms

Don’t forget to bring your notebook and a pen … this is the REAL thing!

Intellectual

 

Community Service Partner Panel

10:00–11:00 am                        

Church

 Service is an important part of the Westminster experience, and during this panel you will meet many of our community service partners. Learn what role they play in the greater Fulton area and how you can be part of their mission!

Ethical  Intellectual

 

LST 101: Let’s talk SERVICE!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Classrooms

Ethical Intellectual Social

 

Board Games and Blankets

2:00 – 4:00 pm                        

JCI

By now you are probably in desperate need of some downtime … so come to JCI for casual game play and social time with fellow students. If you want to dive into a service project, there will be supplies available to make fleece tie blankets, which will be donated within Fulton.

Ethical  Social

 

Rock the Block, featuring music from The Icarus Account

5:00–7:00 pm 

Corner 7th and Westminster

A Westminster tradition  since  2007,  you  won’t  want to miss this mini outdoor festival complete with live  music, giveaways and great food. The campus meal is served at this event, and it is open to all members of the WC community.

Social

 

Activity Night

8:30 pm                                

Various

Consider this “Field Day for College Students!” Check out the variety of activities planned by Westminster’s campus organizations. Watch your email for specific details!

Social  Wellness

 

8.23

WSM 101

9:00–10:00 am                  

Classrooms

Your second day of the Westminster Seminar … you know what to expect, you’re a veteran now.

Intellectual

 

Campus Safety & Security OR Museum Tour

10:00–10:45 am                

Church/CLS

Check with your mentor to confirm your schedule. Learn about Westminster’s safety and security policies, and meet the folks who work to keep you safe on campus. OR — visit the National Churchill Museum and learn why Winston Churchill is so important to our history and why his leadership is still significant today!

Social  Intellectual  Wellness

 

Campus Safety & Security OR Museum Tour

10:45–11:30 am                

Church/CLS

Check with your mentor to confirm your schedule. Learn about Westminster’s safety and security policies, and meet the folks who work to keep you safe on campus. OR — visit the National Churchill Museum and learn why Winston Churchill is so important to our history, and why his leadership is still significant today!

Ethical   Intellectual   Wellness

 

Stinson Trail Clean-up

2:00–4:00 pm                      

Outside

 Lace up your sneakers and meet    in HAC gym if you want to be part of this important clean- up effort. Stinson Trail is a beautiful trail that runs through Fulton, and in the middle of Westminster’s campus. We need to do our part to keep it clean!

Ethical Wellness

 

New Student Dinner

5:00–7:00 pm                 

Backer Dining

As the conclusion to your New Student Week experience, Westminster offers a formal dinner program to send you off into your first official day as a college student. You will be invited to sit with your seminar class, and class photos will be taken.

Social

 

Recruitment meetings and facility tours

7:00–9:00 pm                       

Various

A last chance opportunity to sign up for formal recruitment and tour our Greek living facilities.

Social

 

8.24

Center for Faith & Service

11:00 am                      

Hermann Lounge

Welcome Back Lunch – Grab a slice of Brooklyn Pizza and learn how you can get involved with the Center for Faith & Service. Meet student leaders and learn about diversity, service, and faith-related student organizations on campus.

Ethical  Social

 

Men’s Formal Recruitment Begins

8:00 pm                                 

Quad

First Round

Social

 

8.25

 

Women’s Formal Recruitment Begins

6:00 pm                           

Sloss Lounge

First Round

Social

 

Men’s Formal Recruitment

7:00 pm                                 

Quad

Second Round

Social

 

8.26

Women’s Formal Recruitment

10:00 am                         

Sloss Lounge

Second Round

Social

 

Men’s Formal Recruitment

1:00 pm                                 

Quad

Final Round

 Social

 

Campus Karaoke, hosted by the RA Staff

8:00 pm                                   

JCI

Break out of your shell and share your talents with campus!

Social

 

Men’s Bid Day

8:00 pm                          

Latshaw Plaza

Men receiving bids from Westminster fraternities will meet to run to their chapter facility.

Social

 

8.27

Women’s Formal Recruitment

10:00 am                         

Sloss Lounge

Final Round

Social

 

Women’s Bid Day

5:00 pm                              

HAC Gym

Women receiving bids from Westminster sororities will meet to “Run the Hill” and be welcomed by their new sisters.

Social

 

8.30

Student Government Association Information Session

6:00 pm                        

Hermann Lounge

Learn about Westminster Student Government process and how you can run to represent your class as a class officer or senator.

Ethical Intellectual Professional

 

Coffeehouse concert featuring Hunt for Hunter

8:00 pm                                   

JCI

Enjoy some light snacks and relaxing tunes with your new friends! Sponsored by CAB.

Social

 

8.31

Welcome Back Worship

11:00 am                              

Church

Start your semester off right with a brief, casual, and laidback worship service! All are invited and welcome.

Ethical Wellness

 

“Free Agents: Stroke Play Croquet”

7:00 pm                                 

Quad

Participate in Westminster’s first intramural event of the year and compete in a casual croquet competition! Scoring will be done similar to that of golf; players with the lowest stroke total win!

Social  Wellness

 

September

9.1

Men’s Soccer vs. North Central

5:00 pm          

Westminster Field

Cheer the Blue Jays to victory at they face North Central College.

Social Wellness

 

9.2

Men’s Soccer vs. Knox

6:00 pm                       

Westminster Field

More soccer action today as our men face Knox College at Westminster Field.

Social Wellness

 

9.4

Student Organization Leadership Summit  (CAB)

1:00–5:00 pm                       

Coulter

Calling all current and aspiring student leaders. Plan to attend Westminster’s own Leadership Summit, a new and unique training opportunity for campus leaders. Learn how clubs function, how to plan events, request SGA funds, and develop partnerships with one another.

Ethical  Intellectual  Professional

 

9.5

QPR Training

12:00 pm                         

Marsh/Jones

Learn to “Question,  Persuade  and  Refer”  as a method of suicide prevention training. Presented and sponsored by the Wellness Center.

Ethical Wellness

 

Westminster Volleyball vs. Fontbonne

7:00 pm                           

Historic Gym

Show some support for our Lady Blue Jays as they face conference foe Fontbonne in our Historic Gym.

Social  Wellness

 

9.6

Leadership Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 pm           

Hermann Lounge

Fresh Ideas presents “Food & Service: The Double Meaning.” Learn about the food service industry and how food access can mean different things to different people. Hear how Westminster and Fresh Ideas are piloting a program to enrich the student experience and build awareness about food security. (CAB)

Ethical   Intellectual  Professional  Wellness

 

“Power of Choice” by Brian Banks (CAB)

8:00 pm                                

Champ

A promising young athlete wrongly convicted of a crime which he didn’t commit, Brian Banks brings to us his personal perspective of how everyone has the ability to decide how to let hardship and adversity affect their circumstance.

Ethical  Intellectual

 

9.7

Meditation

11:00 am              

Fitness Room/Historic Gym

Join Dr. Brandon Kreig for an introduction to Buddhist meditation. If you’ve never mediated before, this is a great way to start!

Ethical Wellness

 

Student Involvement Fair

7:00 pm                                 

Quad

Dive in to the varied opportunities that Westminster has to offer by participating in our annual Student Involvement Fair. Campus clubs and organizations will be in full recruitment mode, inviting everyone to learn about their purpose and signature events.

Professional  Social

 

9.9

Campus Tailgate

11 am                              

Football Field

Come early to Priest Field for FREE air brush trucker hats (with artwork YOU choose) and food truck treats. Get free stuff, and stick around for the game!

Social

 

Football vs. Minnesota-Morris

12:00 pm                           

Priest Field

Cheer the Blue Jays to victory over the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Social  Wellness

 

Campus Bonfire

7:00 pm

Wetterau Sports Center Parking Lot

S’more conversation … with the members of our Black Student Union! Grab a friend and head to the Wetterau Sports Center for good company and sweet treats. n Social

 

9.11

SGA Meeting

6:00 pm                           

Marsh/Jones

Attend Student Government Association meetings to see leadership in action on your campus.

Ethical  Professional

 

“Courageous Decisions”

7:30 pm                      

Coulter Lecture Hall

By Jordan Fischette, from Andrew Reid Consultancy (sponsored by Student Life, Kappa Alpha Order).

All five domains

 

9.13

Lecture with Corporal Mansoor Shams, “Thoughts of a Muslim Marine.”

7:00 pm                                

Champ

Learn about the unique experience of a Muslim male fighting in the United States Marine Corps.

All five domains

 

9.14

Diversity Dialogue

11 am                           

Hermann Lounge

Join us for the first Diversity Dialogue of the year. A signature Westminster program that strives to unify people from different backgrounds with differing life experiences, Diversity Dialogues aim to both educate and celebrate diversity.

Social  Ethical  Intellectual

 

9.15

Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Simpson:

4:00 pm/6:00 pm   

Westminster Field

An exciting soccer doubleheader as Westminster takes on the Simpson College Storm! (Men play 4:00 pm, women at 6:00 pm.)

Social  Wellness

 

Late Night Archery Tag (CAB)

8:00 pm                    

Football Practice Field

Back by popular demand … CAB Late Night brings you Archer Tag! Grab your friends and join us for a fun night of target practice, and your friends are the targets. *Don’t worry, the arrows are soft tipped.

Social  Wellness

 

9.16

Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Central

4:00 pm/6:00 pm   

Westminster Field

Another great opportunity to cheer our soccer teams to victory as they host the Central College Dutch! (Men play 4:00 pm, women at 6:00 pm.)

Social  Wellness

 

9.17

“Free Agents: Dodgeball”

1:00 pm

Historic Gym

Another Westminster favorite. Bring your friends to compete in an intense afternoon dodgeball tournament. “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball …”

Social Wellness

 

9.20

Hancock Symposium: “Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are.”

9:00 am                                

Champ

Opening and Plenary Session 1: “Climate Change & Scientific Literacy,” by Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist/political science professor and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

All five domains

 

9.21

Hancock Symposium: “Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are.”

9:00 am                                

Champ

Plenary Session 2: “RAPtivism: Artistic Engagement in Social Movements,” by Aisha Fukushima, founder of RAPtivism, New York.

All five domains

 

Green Foundation Lecture

11:00 am                                 

TBD

A special event in conjunction with the Hancock Symposium.

All five domains

 

9.22

A Night at the Movies: Lessons in Leadership

8:00 pm                       

Backer Dining Hall

Enjoy a Friday night watching The Lorax, a Dr. Seuss story that illustrates the importance of respecting nature and the impact of industrial greed on our planet. Co-sponsored by CAB & Fresh Ideas.

Ethical  Intellectual  Social

 

9.24

Unity March

1:00 pm                                  

HAC

Help us kick off Westminster’s Homecoming Week as we come together to march in solidarity throughout the Fulton community. (A special Homecoming event co-sponsored by CAB and BSU.)

Ethical  Intellectual  Social  Wellness

 

9.25

Chalk the Hill

8:00 am–4:00 pm        

The Hill sidewalk

Register your campus club or organization to participate in an exciting Homecoming competition: demonstrating your school spirit and support for our Blue Jays! Judging occurs at 5:00 pm.

Social

 

SGA Meeting

6:00 pm                           

Marsh/Jones

Attend Student Government Association meetings to see leadership in action on your campus.

Ethical  Professional

 

9.26

Westminster College Career Fair

10:30 am–1:30 pm

Mueller Student Center

Meet with representatives offering full and part-time jobs and internships. Also check out the graduate programs and study abroad opportunities.

Professional

 

Meet the Court

7:00 pm                                 

JCI

Get to know your Homecoming Court nominees as they compete against one another in fun games and activities!

Social

 

9.27

Wellness Wednesday: Green Dot Overview

12:00 pm                      

Hermann Lounge

Imagine a campus free from interpersonal violence; a place where everyone is both supported and safe. Come to this program to learn how to live your Green Dot and create a campus culture where violence of any kind is not tolerated!

Ethical  Social  Wellness

 

Westminster  Volleyball  vs.  Blackburn

7:00 pm                           

Historic Gym

Pack  the  gym for a Westminster “Blue Out” as the women battle Blackburn College.

Social  Wellness

 

9.28

Open Mic Night

7:00 pm                                   

JCI

Take a quick study break to take center stage. Showcase your talents at our Open Mic Night! Talent of all kinds is welcome and encouraged.

Professional  Social

 

9.29

Pep Rally

6:00 pm                                

The Hill

Show your Westminster spirit and send our teams into weekend competition with Blue Jay pride!

Social  Wellness

 

Live Band Karaoke

6:30–9:30 pm                       

The Hill

If you’ve ever longed to be a rock star, this event is for you. Join us to sing your favorite karaoke jam while a real, live band plays backline. Strut your stuff and unleash your rockin’ alter ego!

Social

 

9.30

Homecoming Parade

10 am                                   

TBD

Join the greater Westminster community for a lively trip through Fulton. The parade route will conclude at Priest Field, where you can join fellow Blue Jay fans in anticipation of a Westminster victory.

Social

 

Homecoming Tailgate

11 am                      

Priest Field Parking Lot

Come tailgate with all of your friends, and enjoy our free pre-game activities! Campus meal provided at the field (free on a meal plan or block!), along with inflatables, prizes, and spirited giveaways!

Social

 

King and Queen Coronation

12:30 pm                           

Priest Field

Meet your 2017 Homecoming Court candidates and your newly crowned Homecoming King and Queen!

Social

 

Westminster vs. Martin Luther

1:00 pm                             

Priest Field

Our Westminster men challenge Martin Luther College in a gridiron duel.

Social  Wellness 

 


5 Domains of Student Development

Intellectual. Leader development is the long-standing mission of Westminster College as well as the classic aim of a liberal arts education. Leaders have a broad base of understanding and possess the intellectual skills needed to engage in critical thinking, creativity, and effective communications. With knowledge expanding exponentially, leaders should be independent, self-directed, life-long learners if they are to maintain the competence to lead effectively in a global community.

Ethical. The undergraduate years are a time of exploration and experimentation as students seek their own answers to the fundamental questions of life. This quest for personal meaning is central to a liberal arts education. Westminster College explicitly nurtures in students the values of integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility--essential characteristics of leaders. Development in this domain involves cultivating perspective, moral sensitivity, and judgment as well as fostering courage and confidence to act wisely in morally challenging situations.

Professional. Leaders also need the fundamental skills necessary for success in the professional world. Westminster students learn to take responsibility and manage their time and multiple tasks effectively. They learn to collaborate with others and solve problems independently and as a team member. At graduation, they have a sense of vocational direction, possess the confidence to assert themselves, and are able to pursue professional employment. As leaders, they possess effective strategies for helping individuals, groups, and organizations transform for the betterment of each person and the whole.

Social. Leaders are able to interact effectively with others; they must be able to determine appropriate behavior across a wide variety of diverse situations. Westminster graduates are expected to be globally aware and culturally sensitive. They are able to conduct themselves with compassion, dignity, courtesy, and tact. Proper bearing, mature deportment, civility, and effective interpersonal communication skills mark the social interactions of Westminster graduates.

Wellness. Leaders maintain physical, spiritual, and mental health to support effective actions. Westminster students appreciate the inherent risks of alcohol and drug use, understand the importance of a healthy diet and personal exercise, and respect the health and well-being of others. Westminster graduates evince a lifetime commitment to wellness and appropriate ways for dealing with stress and personal relationships. They also encourage others to maintain healthy lifestyles.

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