2019 TakeOff Schedule of Events

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST WEEK
OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Monday, August 12

Independence Day

This college thing is really happening. Move into your room, meet new friends, and send your family off with love and best wishes.

 TimeEventLocation 
Move In 18:00 a.m.-
Wildcat Commons
Buildings 1,2,4 and 6

10:00 a.m.-
Wildcat Commons
Buildings 3, 5, and 7
Move-in- Wildcat CommonsFind your room, unload the car, organize your stuff, meet your roommates and make last minute store runs while your parents are there to pay for it. You might even spot some key faculty, staff and students there to help you lift some boxes.
FVSU Family Parting(Option A)
11:00 a.m.-
11:50 p.m.
Wildcat Parent 101CTM AuditoriumLearn more about how to love your child while empowering them to adjust to adulthood as a Wildcat.
lunch112:00 p.m.-
2:00 p.m.
Lunch
- Buffet and Bistro at Lyons Center
- Georgia Room
- Area restaurants
On your own with families.
FVSU Family Parting(Option B)
1:00 p.m.-
1:50 p.m.
Wildcat Parent 101CTM AuditoriumLearn more about how to love your child while empowering them to adjust to adulthood as a Wildcat.
Jones speaking3:00 p.m.-
4:30 p.m.
Parting Ceremony
(Families and Students)
HPE ComplexYour transformation into a college student has officially begun. Thank your family for their best wishes as you take a giant step forward into independence.
dinner15:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
DinnerBuffet and Bistro at Lyons Student Center
Orientation Leaders7:30 p.m.-
8:30 p.m.
Residential Life Town HallResidence HallsLearn how to navigate your life in your new campus home.
dj spinning9:00 p.m.Block PartyWildcat Commons CourtyardSocializing time! Your parents are gone, your new friends are here, and the music demands dancing.

Tuesday, August 13

Academic Focus Day

You are in college to grow, network, and have fun, but most important, to graduate. On your first full day as a Wildcat, make sure you are thinking about your last day when you walk across the Commencement stage. Academic Focus Day unfolds with motivation, self-discovery, success tips, and important information. Begin with the end in mind.

 TimeEventLocation 
breakfast17:00 a.m.-
8:30 a.m.
BreakfastBuffet and Bistro at Lyons Student Center
mcloud8:30 a.m.-
9:30 a.m.
Kick-off
Keynote Speaker: Patricia Russell McCloud
Pettigrew Center AuditoriumGet ready to be ready! Internationally-known speaker Patrica Russell McCloud will show you just how special you are and how much power you have to change the world.
Commencement19:35 a.m.-
10:25 a.m.
Degree ExplorationPettigrew Center AuditoriumDeans and Faculty
Academics110:30 a.m.-
11:10 a.m.
Blue Group
(Concurrent Session) Understanding the Academic Resources

University College

CTM Building
Students clapping10:30 a.m.-
11:10 a.m.
Gold Group
(Concurrent Session) Keeping It 100: Students' Perspective

Student Government Association

Pettigrew Center
Students clapping11:15 a.m.-
11:55 a.m.
Blue Group
(Concurrent Session) Keeping It 100: Students' Perspective

Student Government Association

Pettigrew Center
Academics111:15 a.m.-
11:55 a.m.
Gold Group
(Concurrent Session) Understanding the Academic Resources

University College

CTM Building
lunch112:00 p.m.-
2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Campus Dining Venues
gordon1:30 p.m.-
2:30 p.m.

Gordon Students Welcome Orientation

(Gordon Students Only)
CTM Building
FVSU Police Chief Anita Allen
Patrice Terrell, FVSU
2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.Safety and Student Conduct
Speaker:
Anita F. Allen
Chief of Police
Patrice R. Terrell
Director of Contracts and Compliance
Chewan Evans
Coordinator of Student Conduct
Pettigrew CenterYou must be safe in order to be successful. Learn how to protect yourself, your rights under Title IX, how to get help if you need it, and how you are expected to engage with people and property as a Wildcat.
haywood3:30 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.
Academic Mindset
Speaker:Dr. Jerry Haywood
Pettigrew CenterBegin to Win! Start with the right attitude and outlook and achieve academic success right from the start.
5:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Orientation Leaders7:30 p.m.-
8:30 p.m.
SOUL Session

Students with leaders

Various AreasStudent Orientation and University Leaders (SOUL) Session.

Get to know your orientation leaders and connect with and campus student movers and shakers.
9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.TRAPxerciseWoodward GymnasiumBAMStrong Fitness

Wednesday, August 14

Engagement Day

From whom much is given, much is required. FVSU fully expects you to become leaders, and that means being engaged in service and activities on your campus and in your community. Learn more about how to engage with clubs and organizations, how to carry yourself as a young professional, and how to take advantage of services at the school.

 TimeEventLocation 
breakfast17:00 a.m.-
8:45 a.m.
BreakfastDining Services Cafeteria
9:00 a.m.-
9:15 a.m.
Starter Kit Pettigrew CenterGet up and get motivated as you find out everything you need to know about the day ahead.
money29:15 a.m.-
10:00 a.m.
Blue Group
(Concurrent Session)
Know More Borrow Less
Session Leader:
Lychorida Nolley
Pettigrew CenterFinancial Aid Workshop
LuWanna Williams FVSUcarsone9:15 a.m.-
10:00 a.m.
Gold Group
(Concurrent Session)
Student Engagement Training

Session Leader:
LuWanna L. Williams
Director of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Professional Development
Emily J. Carson
Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator,
Center for Student Engagement
CTM BuildingLearn why service and student engagement are important, not only because doing the right thing is always right, but also because it helps you grow as a leader. And at FVSU, it's a requirement.
LuWanna Williams FVSU
carsone
10:05 a.m.-
10:50 a.m.
Blue Group
(Concurrent Session)
Student Engagement Training

Session Leader:
LuWanna L. Williams
Director of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Professional Development
Emily J. Carson
Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator,
Center for Student Engagement
CTM BuildingLearn why service and student engagement are important, not only because doing the right thing is always right, but also because it helps you grow as a leader. And at FVSU, it's a requirement.
money210:05 a.m.-
10:50 a.m.
Gold Group
(Concurrent Session)
Know More Borrow Less

Session Leader:
Lychorida Nolley
Pettigrew CenterFinancial Aid Workshop
lunch111:00 p.m.-
2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Dining Locations
byrd2
2:00 p.m.-
2:45 p.m.
Online Keys to Success
Session Leaders:
Brian Byrd
Director of Student Life
Octavious Edwards
Student Life Coordinator
Pettigrew CenterLearn more about the communication tools used to keep you informed like OrgSync and MyFVSU Degree, that keep information at your fingertips to keep you on track to graduation.
3:00 p.m.-
4:45 p.m.
Understanding Work Study and College Employment
Session Leader: TBA
Pettigrew CenterLearn more about how you can pay for college and gain professional expertise while working. Sponsored by the Office of Financial Aid Workshop
dinner15:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
DinnerCampus Dining Locations
rives27:00 p.m.-
8:30 p.m.
Ladies
When Women GLOW Up

Session Leader:
Dr. Lecia Rives
Student Amenities Center
Second Floor
Bond Peggins7:00 p.m.-
8:30 p.m.
Gentlemen
When Men Open Up

Session Leaders:
Dominique Bond and Dexter Peggins Jr.
Wildcat Commons ClubhouseWhile there are numerous women empowerment organizations, such organizations are few and far between for men. Everyone needs guidance and support, and men are no different. Recognizing the need for outlets in which men could receive support led Dominique Bond and Dexter Peggins Jr. to create When Men Open Up. Through this platform they are on a mission to challenge toxic societal views of masculinity and bring clarity to issues that men often suffer with in silence.
whiteparty9:30 p.m.-
Midnight
White Party with Entertainment
All white attire suggested
Student Amenities Center Lawn

Thursday, August 15

Wildcat Pride Day

I love my FVSU! Demonstrate your energy and enthusiasm for your new school by participating in a day of spirit and expression.

 TimeEventLocation 
breakfast17:00 a.m.-
8:45 a.m.
BreakfastBuffet and Bistro at Lyons Student Center
9:00 a.m.-
9:15 a.m.
Starter Kit for the DayPettigrew CenterGet the "run down" for the day.
Vote9:15 a.m.-
10:00 a.m.
Voter Registration/Class Officer Meeting/Campus Mail BoxPettigrew CenterVoter Registration and Class Officer Meeting
Alvin Lindsey10:00 a.m.-
10:45 a.m.
Mental Health Workshop
Session Leaders:
Dr. T. Simmons
Alvin Lindsey
Pettigrew Center
lunch111:00 p.m.-
2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Campus Dining Locations
Student is painting2:00 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.
Vision and Paint PartyStudent Amenities CenterWhat is your creative vision? Express yourself on canvas or paper as you create images that express whatever you are feeling.
dinner15:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Group Shot8:30 p.m.-
11:00 p.m.
Pep Rally Pettigrew CenterHow much do you love FVSU already? Show your spirit in the group picture and spirit competition.

Friday, August 16

Loyalty and Thoroughness Day

Your journey toward becoming the ultimate Wildcat is complete on this day when you take the New Wildcat Oath.

 TimeEventLocation 
breakfast17:00 a.m.-
9:00 a.m.
BreakfastBuffet and Bistro at Lyons Center
freshman convocation10:00 a.m.New Student Induction CeremonyPettigrew CenterPresident Paul Jones will share with you the expectations of a true FVSU student as you officially join Wildcat Nation.
Noon
Lunch
Campus Dining Locations
1:00 p.m.- 1:40 p.m.
Transfer Student Sessions
Pettigrew Center
2:00Service ProjectBegin a lifetime habit of giving back by participating in your first Wildcat Service Project.
5:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
DinnerCampus Dining Locations
7:30 p.m.-
8:15 p.m.
Class SpeechesPettigrew CenterWho will be the leader to lead the leaders? Hear from your classmates who want to represent you as officers.
8:30 p.m.Game NightPettigrew CenterCompete against your new friends in a variety of games.

Saturday, August 17

FVSU Family Day

Your class joins the FVSU family during a day when you fully step into the Wildcat culture.

 TimeEventLocation 
10:00 a.m.-
2:00 p.m.

Brunch
Dining Service Cafeteria
Vote10:00 a.m.-
4:00 p.m.
Voting for Freshman Class OfficersStudent CenterExercise your democratic power by choosing your class officers.
10:00 a.m.-
Noon
Sexual Assault Awareness
Presented by Student Counseling and Outreach
Ladies- CTM Building
Gentlemen- Student Center
Field Day12:00 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.
Cookout and YardfestStudent CenterField Day activities, cookout, and music
5:00 p.m.-
7:00 p.m.
Dinner
7:00 p.m.-Scavenger HuntStudent Center

Sunday, August 18

Faithful and True Day

Fill your heart with faith as you celebrate the joy of being a Wildcat prepared to serve humanity.

 TimeEventLocation 
9:00 a.m.-
11:00 a.m.
Ecumenical Service
Student Center
Brunch11:00 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.

Brunch
Buffet and Bistro at Lyons Student Center
1:00 p.m.
Soul Session

1st Day of Class Prep- Please bring schedule
Student Center
dinner15:00 p.m.
Dinner
Campus Dining Locations
7:00p.m.-
9:00p.m.
Golden Lounge Student Center