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Multicultural Student Orientation—September 8-10

Multicultural Student Orientation

Welcome to the Knox community! Multicultural Student Orientation (MSO) is a supplement to New Student Orientation that provides opportunities to learn about the diverse Knox community and the various resources available to multicultural students.

MSO is student-initiated -- current multicultural students organize and run the activities, so you get first-hand experiences from what other students believe to be important to help you make the transition to college life.

Please use your student portal to make reservations for MSO! Contact Tianna Cervantez at 309-341-7231 or with any questions you may have about traveling to campus and area accomodations for your family. Shuttle service is available from the local airports. We look forward to seeing you in September.

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

Monday, September 8

Time Event Location
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. New Student Check-In
Get your residence hall keys and orientation packets! Attend the Table Fair in the lobby of CFA. College centers and staff will be on hand with information about special programs and services.
Lobby, Center for the Fine Arts (CFA)
9:00 am.-12:00 p.m. Move Into Residence Halls
Current Knox students will be available to assist and provide directions to your room. You may park near your residence hall for unloading. Please move your vehicle to one of the parking lots once you're finished.
12:00-1:00p.m. Welcome Lunch
Friends and family are invited! Take time after a busy day to relax and meet your new classmates and other Knox parents.
Gizmo Patio (Rain location: Oak Room, Seymour Union)
1:00-4:00 p.m. Take Care of Any Unfinished Business
Visit the financial aid and business office staff to turn in any financial aid forms or make payment arrangements.
Financial Aid Office (second floor, CFA)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Computer Connections and Info Session
Students will attend a session on connecting their computers, tablets, and/or smart phones to the campus system.
Stellyes Lab (Basement, Science & Math Building)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Parent Information Session
Parents have the opportunity to ask questions regarding what to expect of their student's first year at Knox. 
2:30 p.m. Time for Good-Byes Gizmo Patio (Rain Location, CFA Lobby)
3:00 Meet your Multicultural Student Orientation Leader (MSOL)
Meet your group members and learn what to expect over the next week of orientation activities
CFA Lobby
3:30-4:15 p.m. Meet the Deans: Informational Session
Students have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of three of our deans at Knox. You will hear from Deb Southern, dean of students; Lori Schroeder, associate dean of the college; and Laura Schnack, associate dean of students regarding their specific roles on campus and how they may assist you through your first year and beyond.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Optional Shopping Trip or Settling into Your Hal
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner with MSOLs Hard Knox Cafe
7:30-8:30 p.m. Student Panel: Being a Knox Community Member
MSOLs host a student Q&A session about all topics related to academics and student life. 
Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union
8:30-10:30 p.m. Campus Activities, Coffee, and Desserts
Join other students on campus for after-dinner refreshments and games!
Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union

Tuesday, September 9

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m. Breakfast with MSOLs
Your orientation leader will check in with you at breakfast.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union
9:00-10:15 a.m. Student Insider Campus Tour
Orientation leaders will give you a campus tour to become more familiar with your new community, the people you need to know, and the nicknames to the buildings, rooms, etc.
Meet at Gizmo Patio
10:30-11:30 a.m. Faculty Panel: Being a Successful Knox Student
Faculty members offer their insights.
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch with Orientation Leader
Hard Knox Café
1:30-3:00 p.m. The Great SMC Race and Ice Cream Social (tentative0
Get to know your science and math faculty.
Wilson House
3:00-4:00 p.m. Study Skills with Stephanie Grimes and Laura Bush
Red Room, Seymour Library
4:00-5:00p.m. Seymour Library Presentation Seymour Library
4:00-5:30 p.m. Shopping Trip (optional)
Forgot to pack something? Is there an item you can't live without? No problem! A shuttle will provide rides to local shopping centers.
Circle Drive, CFA
6:00-8:00 p.m. One Community Dinner Buffet with Student Speakers (tentative)
Get to know other members of the Knox community!
Lincoln Room, Seymour Union
8:30-10:30 p.m. Bowling with the Center for Intercultural Life (CIL)
Join us for an evening of bowling at Northgate Lanes in Galesburg. We provide the shoes and games. 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! Attendance is required for all events with an asterisk (*). Please refer to the New Student Orientation schedule of events, and check back daily for updates.
Time Event Location
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast with MSOLs
Your orientation leader will check in with you at breakfast.
Hard Knox Café
8:45-10:00 a.m. Explore Galesburg Tours TBA
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Hard Knox Cafe
12:30-1:45 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