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International Student Orientation

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Knox College

Office of Student Development

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7222

309-341-7077 (fax)

newstudent@​knox.edu

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Welcome to the Knox community, your new home away from home!

The Office of International Student Services is excited to welcome you to International Student Orientation (ISO) at Knox College! During ISO, you'll take care of important things--like setting up a bank account, learning about your student visa, and more -- and you'll start building a community of peers.

International Student Orientation is provided as a supplement to New Student Orientation, and participation in both orientation programs is required for F-1 visa students. U.S. students from abroad are welcome to participate for an additional fee upon making reservations with the Office of International Student Services.

Events marked with asterisks (*) are mandatory.

Jump to each day's schedule: September 6  l  September 7  l  September 8  l  September 9September 10

Saturday, September 6

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- New Student Check-In
We're excited to meet you! Stop by International House to pick up your room keys and orientation packet.
International House (I-House), 418 South West Street

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Lunch
Meet at I-House at 12:00p.m. to go to lunch with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

2:00 p.m. -- Art in the Park
Walk over to Standish Park with a current Knox student and join the local Galesburg community for the annual Art in the Park event, featuring hand-made art.
Standish Park. Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

3:00 p.m. -- Campus Tour
Take a first look at your new home! A current Knox Student will be your guide.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  -- Dinner
Meet at I-House at 6:00 p.m. to go to dinner with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

5:00 p.m.  -- New Student Check-In
If you arrive to campus after 5:00 p.m., please check in at Campus Safety, located in the Administrative Services Center. Knock on the door or call (309)341-7979 to reach a Campus Safety Officer.
Administrative Services Center, 368 S. Prairie Street

Sunday, September 7

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. -- Breakfast
Meet at I-House at 9:00 a.m. to go to breakfast with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- New Student Check-In
We're excited to meet you! When you arrive to campus, stop by International House to pick up your room keys and orientation packet.
International House (I-House), 418 S. West St.

11:00 a.m. -- Campus Tour
Take your first look at your new home! A current Knox student will be your guide.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. -- Lunch
Meet at I-House at 12:00p.m. to go to lunch with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. -- Free Store
Need something for your dorm room? See if you can find it in the Free Store. Meet at I-House at 1:00p.m. to walk to the Free Store.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

TBA -- Shopping trip to Walmart
Need to purchase some things you couldn't pack? You can find almost anything at Walmart, including a cell phone.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

4:30 p.m. -- Campus Tour
Take your first look at your new home! A current Knox student will be your guide.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

6:00 p.m. -- ISO Kick-Off Dinner *
Head to dinner with your new classmates and current students!
TBA

7:00 p.m. -- ISO Welcome *
Welcome to International Student Orientation! Get ready for two fun days of ISO!
Center for Fine Arts, Round Room

Monday, September 8

8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. -- Parent Breakfast
Parents are invited to attend breakfast with the Office of International Student Services and other staff.
TBA

9:00 a.m. -- Breakfast with ISO Group *
Join your Orientation Leader and your group members for breakfast.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Let's Move! *
Start your day off with some fresh air and outdoor fun!
South Lawn of Old Main. (Rain location: Center for Fine Arts, Round Room)

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Culture & Culture Shock *
What might you experience as you start your education far from home? Hear from current international students and test what you know -- or think you know -- of American culture.
Center for Fine Arts, Round Room

12:00 p.m. -- Welcome Lunch *
Friends and family are invited! Meet new classmates and Knox parents from other orientation programs. After lunch, don't forget to bring your passport and I-20 to the afternoon sessions.
Gizmo Patio (Rain location: Oak Room, Seymour Union)

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -- Health & Wellness *
Staying healthy is essential to your success as a student. Learn about healthcare and insurance in the U.S.
Center for Fine Arts, Round Room

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- New International Student Fair *
This is your one stop shop for opening a bank account, learning how to maintain good F-1 status, registering for health insurance, and more. Refer to your orientation folder for your schedule.
Center for Fine Arts 208, 209, & 211

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  -- Free Store
Need something for your dorm room? See if you can find it in the Free Store.
Free Store, Conger-Neal Basement

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. -- Dinner with ISO Group *
Check in with your orientation leader to see when your group is going to dinner.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Shopping trip to Walmart
Need to purchase some things you couldn't bring? Take the bus out to Walmart, where you can find almost anything, including a cell phone. The bus will depart from I-House at 7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and depart Walmart at 8:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Note: this is the last shopping trip of ISO.
Depart from I-House, 418 S. West St.

8:30 p.m. - 10:30p.m. -- Campus Activities, Coffee, and Dessert
Join other students on campus for after-dinner refreshments and games!
Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union

Tuesday, September 9

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. -- Breakfast
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. -- Academics in the U.S. & Library Tour *
Learn what to expect in the classroom and meet the director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. Meet library staff and learn more about the resources there. You'll have a chance to participate in both sessions. Check your orientation folder to see when you're scheduled for each session.
Seymour Library

11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Scavenger Hunt *
Explore campus and Galesburg with your orientation group, and eat lunch out at a local restaurant! Look for clues and check-in points along the way -- will your group find the most?
Depart from Seymour Library

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. -- Check-in *
Be back from the scavenger hunt in time for check-in and share stories about your adventure! Other programming TBA.
Center for Fine Arts, Round Room

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. -- English Assessment *
Don't sweat it! This assessment will help you and your advisor select classes at the best course level for you. Relax and you'll do fine!
Center for Fine Arts, Round Room

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. -- Unfinished business?
If you have any questions or unfinished business, such as registering for health insurance, talk with OISS staff.
Center for Fine Arts 208

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. -- One Community Dinner Buffet with Student Speakers (tentative) *
Get to know other members of the Knox community!
Lincoln Room, Seymour Union

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. -- Bowling with the Center for Intercultural Life (CIL)
Experience a classic American pastime and join CIL for an evening of bowling at Northgate Lanes in Galesburg. Shoes and games will be provided. Pre-register to attend.
Meet at Seymour Union Loading Dock

10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. -- Campus Activities
The residential cultural centers and themed houses will host a variety of activities.
ABLE Center, Asian Cultural House, Casa Latina, International House

Wednesday, September 10

One Community: New Student Orientation begins today! Please refer to the New Student Orientation schedule of events, and check back daily for updates.

7:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. -- Breakfast
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. -- ISO Closing & Student ID Card *
Check in to receive important updates and get your new meal card. Afterward, get your student ID card at the Dining Services Center, located in Seymour Union.  
Center for Fine Arts 209

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- Billiards, table tennis, and more!
The lounge is open! Have a great time with new friends in the student lounge.
Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- Unfinished business?
If you have any questions or unfinished business, such as opening a bank account or registering for health insurance, talk with OISS staff.
Center for Fine Arts, Office of Admission

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Lunch
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. -- Suite Meeting *
Your Suite

2:00 p.m. -- Welcome *
East Lawn, Old Main

3:15 p.m. -- Orientation Leader Meeting *
Kresge Recital Hall, CFA

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