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First 10 Days

Campus Life Student Life

Date

August 20, 2021 - September 18, 2021

Time

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

Dakota State University

Details

Welcome to orientation, your official introduction to life as a Trojan. Orientation programs are different depending on which term you're entering and whether you're a first-year or transfer student.

Friday, August 20

  • First Year and Transfer Move In (8:00am, Residence Halls)
  • All Offices Open (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Tablet Distribution (8:00am-4:00pm, Mundt Library)
  • Information Station (8:00am-3:00pm, Outside Trojan Center)
  • Transfer Orientation Sessions (10:00am & 1:30pm, TC Student Services Conference Room and/or Zoom)
  • Campus Grill-Out (10:30am-2:00pm, West TC Lawn)
    • Music and Lawn Games
    • Madison Resources Fair
  • All Campus Ice Cream Social (3:00pm, East Hall South Lawn, Sponsored by Madison Regional Health)
  • Trojan Trek (3:30pm, Walk to the DSU Fieldhouse on Washington Avenue)
  • New Student Welcome: Trojans Start Here (4:00pm, DSU Fieldhouse)
  • GO! Time (4:45pm, East Hall South Lawn)
  • Spaghetti Supper (5:30pm, TC Marketplace)
  • Game Night with Gaming Club (7:00pm, Trojan Center)

Saturday, August 21

  • Move-In for Returning Students (8:00am)
  • Info Sessions for New Students Group Blue: Last Name A-L (9:30am, DPP Theatre) **Bring ID
  • Info Sessions for New Students Group Silver: Last Name M-Z (10:00am, DPP Conference Center) **Bring ID
  • Tours of Community Center (Immediately following the Info Sessions)
  • Marketplace Open (11:30am-1:30pm)
  • Information Station (12:00pm-4:00pm, Outside Trojan Center) **Campus tours available
  • Offices Open: 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Mundt Library: ITS (tablet distribution, student ID, Trojan Silver)
    • Trojan Center: Student Services Center and Trojan Zone
  • Hall Meetings for First Year Students (4:00pm-5:15pm, Check Hall for Details)
  • Supper with RA (5:00pm-6:30pm, TC Marketplace)
  • Bingo (8:00pm, Trojan Center)

Sunday, August 22

  • Morning Options:
    • Yoga with Tarah from Strive 605 (10:00am, West TC Lawn)
    • List of Church Services posted in hall lobbies
    • Suggested running/walking routes in hall lobbies
  • Marketplace Open (11:30am-1:30pm)
  • Information Station (12:00pm-4:00pm, Outside Trojan Center) **Campus tours available
  • Offices Open: 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Mundt Library: ITS (tablet distribution, student ID, Trojan Silver)
    • Trojan Center: Student Services Center and Trojan Zone
  • Trojan Olympics for New Students (2:30pm, East Hall South Lawn)
  • Block Party for Returning Students (1:00pm-3:30pm, Residence Village Parking Lot)
  • Residence Hall Meetings for Returning Students (4:00pm, Check Hall for Details)
  • Marketplace Open (5:00pm-7:00pm)
  • Blue Bash featuring musician Angie K, inflatables, games, and more (6:00pm-8:00pm, West TC Lawn)
  • C-Store Open (6:30pm-11:00pm)

Monday, August 23

  • Information Station (7:30am-2:00pm, Outside of Trojan Center)
  • Transfer Orientation Session (12:00pm, TC Student Services Conference Room and/or Zoom)
  • Night at the Community Center (6:00pm-9:00pm, Community Center)
  • Jackbox Games with Cru (8:00pm, TC Underground)

Tuesday, August 24

  • Information Station (7:30am-2:00pm, Outside of Trojan Center)
  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (5:00pm-6:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • DownTown in Madtown featuring BonJourney (6:00pm-9:00pm, Egan Ave, Meet at the Mundt Library at 5:45pm)

Wednesday, August 25

  • Information Station (10:00am-2:00pm, Outside of Trojan Center)
  • What’s Up Wednesdays (11:00am-1:00pm, Outside Student Services)
  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (11:30am-1:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Trojans Take It to the Lake (6:00pm-9:00pm, Lake Herman State Park, Transportation Available)
  • Ultimate Cantaloupe with Cru (7:00pm, West TC Lawn)

Thursday, August 26

  • Information Station (10:00am-2:00pm, Outside of Trojan Center)
  • Movie Night with Theater Club (8:00pm, Tunheim Classroom Building 203)

Friday, August 27

  • Information Station (10:00am-2:00pm, Outside of Trojan Center)
  • Spirit Fridays: Trojan Pride Prize Patrol
  • Bean Bag Tournament (7:00pm, West TC Lawn)

Saturday, August 28

  • Football vs DWU (7:00pm, Mitchell, SD; Watch Party on Campus)
  • Movie Night with Cru (7:00pm, TC Underground)

Sunday, August 29

  • Community Center’s Color Run (2:00pm, Location: TBD)
  • Grocery Bag Bingo (7:00pm, TC Marketplace)

Monday, August 30

  • $1 Movie Night (8:00pm, Dakota Cinema)

Tuesday, August 31

  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (5:00pm-6:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Home Volleyball (6:00pm/7:30pm, DSU Fieldhouse) Swap Ur Swag

Wednesday, September 1

  • Trojan Fest: Club Fair and Part-Time Job Fair (11:00am-2:00pm, East Hall South Lawn)
    • Day of Service Sign Up
  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (11:30am-1:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Pickleball with Intramurals (6:00pm-Close, Community Center)
  • Say What?! (7:30pm, Tunheim Classroom Building 203)

Friday, September 3

  • 1st Fridays with Trojan Pride
  • Spirit Fridays: Trojan Pride Prize Patrol
  • Frisbee Golf and Bonfire with Cru (5:00pm, Lake Herman State Park)

Saturday, September 4

  • Home Football Game (4:00pm, Trojan Field)

Monday, September 6

  • Labor Day—No Classes & Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 7

  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (5:00pm-6:30pm, West TC Lawn)

Wednesday, September 8

  • What’s Up Wednesdays (11:00am-1:00pm, Outside Student Services)
  • Learning Engagement Center Open House (11:00am-3:00pm)
  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (11:30am-1:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Welcome Back Picnic with International Programs (5:30pm, Madison Library Park)
  • Pickleball with Intramurals (6:00pm-Close, Community Center)

Friday, September 10

  • Spirit Fridays: Trojan Pride Prize Patrol
  • World Suicide Awareness Day Activities (10:00am-2:00pm, Trojan Center)

Saturday, September 11

  • Home Cross Country—Herb Blakley Invitational (10:30am, Madison Country Club)
  • Madison’s Bacon Bash (11:00am-8:00pm, Around Town)

Monday, September 13

  • Flag Football with Intramurals Begins (5:30pm-8:00pm, Baughman/Belatti Park)

Tuesday, September 14

  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (5:00pm-6:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Co-Ed Volleyball with Intramurals Begins (7:00pm-10:00pm, Community Center/City Armory)

Wednesday, September 15

  • What’s Up Wednesdays (11:00am-1:00pm, Outside Student Services)
  • Outdoor Games with Intramurals (11:30am-1:30pm, West TC Lawn)
  • Soccer with Intramurals Begins (5:30pm-8:00pm, Baughman/Belatti Park)
  • Pickleball with Intramurals (6:00pm-Close, Community Center)

Friday, September 17

  • Spirit Fridays: Trojan Pride Prize Patrol

Saturday, September 18

  • Home Trojan Football Game—Ag Bowl (4:00pm, Trojan Field)