Fall Semester Launch

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First Year Students at the Pep Rally held during Launch Week

All first-year students (commuter and on-campus residential) are required to attend Fall Semester Launch programs. This is the second part of your orientation to UIS. Recent assessment of the Semester Launch program has found that students that participate in all sessions have greater academic success and are more likely to return to UIS in their second year than students that miss/skip sessions.

In consideration of the latest guidelines, we will be offering our Semester Launch programs for students online via Canvas, live through Zoom, and in-person on campus. Our schedule will be available by August 14. We are working to create programming to help you become a more effective student, get acclimated to campus, meet your classmates, and have fun before classes start on Monday, August 24!

Draft Schedule

*Schedule subject to change. Final details will be available by August 14.

Monday, August 17

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Students living on campus participating in KickStart will move in. See email from Residence Life

9 a.m.   The online sessions in Canvas will be available. Students are strongly encouraged to finish the sessions by Friday, August 21.

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.  Commuter Student Meeting Groups for students participating in KickStart. Orientation Groups 1-5

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Orientation Group Meeting (in person) for Students participating in KickStart. Orientation Groups 1-5.

Tuesday, August 18

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.  Commuter Student Meeting Groups for students participating in KickStart. Orientation Groups 6-10

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 6-10

Wednesday, August 19

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 1-5.

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.  Commuter Student Meeting Groups. Orientation Groups 9-13

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 9-13

Thursday, August 20

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 6-10.

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.  Commuter Student Meeting Groups. Orientation Groups 13-17

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 13-17

Friday, August 21

8:30 – 10 a.m.   Living & Learning in a Community (in person) Groups 1-6

10 – 11:55 a.m.  Live Zoom Sessions

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Live Zoom Sessions

4 – 5 p.m. Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 13-17

6:30 -8 p.m.  Living & Learning in a Community (in person) Groups 7-12

 

Saturday, August 22

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 9-13

10:30 – 11:25 a.m. Live Zoom Session

1 – 3 p.m.  Live Zoom Sessions

4 – 5 p.m. Semester Launch Orientation Group Meeting (in person). Orientation Groups 9-13

6:30 -8 p.m.  Living & Learning in a Community (in person). Orientation Groups 13-17

Sunday, August 23

Olivia's group at habitat site for Stars Serving Springfield during Launch Week 2017
Olivia’s group at habitat site for Stars Serving Springfield during Launch Week 2017

                           Welcome Week Programming (FREE and FUN)

Monday, August 24

                           First Day of Classes

*Schedule subject to change. Final details will be available August 14.

Semester Launch Photo Gallery