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International Pre-Orientation Program

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Office of International Student Services

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7163

rreckart@​knox.edu

The Knox Shop
Students display their countries flags at the annual International Fair in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Sample Schedule

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

The Office of International Student Services is excited to welcome you to the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) at Knox College! During IPOP, 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. Your family is also invited to join us for International Family and Friends Orientation.

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.

Things to know:

  • Events marked with asterisks (*) are mandatory.
  • The Knox College Bookstore is open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • The Business Office (Old Main 106) is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jump to each day's schedule: Day 1 l  Day 2  l  Day 3  l  Day 4 

Day 1

12:00-9:00 p.m.—New International Student Check-In
We're excited to meet you! When you arrive to campus, pick up your room keys and check into the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) to receive your welcome packet.

  • Key Pickup: Campus Safety (Administrative Services Center, 368 S. Prairie Street). Knock on the door or call (309)341-7979 to reach a Campus Safety Officer.  
  • Check into IPOP: Alumni Hall Atrium (2nd Floor)

12:00-4:00 p.m.—Get your Knox College Student ID
Dining Services, Seymour Union

1:30 p.m.—Campus Tour
Take a first look at your new home! A current Knox Student will be your guide.
Depart from Alumni Hall

2:30-4:30 p.m.—Share Shop
Need something for your dorm room? See if you can find it in the Share Shop.
Share Shop, basement of Conger-Neal Hall. Depart from Alumni Hall.

3:00-5:00 p.m.—Computer and Device Connections
Get help connecting our laptop and other devices to the wireless network. Founders Lab open until 9:00 p.m. for computer access.
Founders Lab, Seymour Union

4:00 p.m.—Banking & Cell Phone Information 
Learn how to set up a bank account and cell phone in Galesburg.
Room 300, Alumni Hall

5:00 p.m.—Campus Tour
Take a first look at your new home! A current Knox Student will be your guide. 
Depart from Alumni Hall

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.—Dinner
Meet at Alumni Hall at 6:00 p.m. to go to dinner with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

7:00-9:00 p.m.—Shopping Trip
Depart from Alumni Hall to visit local shopping centers

7:30-11:00p.m.—Evening Games
Join other new students for pool, ping pong, and board games!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Day 2

6:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast
Meet at Hard Knox Café at 7:45 a.m. to go to breakfast with a group.   
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

8:30 a.m.—Banking & Cell Phone Information 
Learn how to set up a bank account and cell phone in Galesburg.
Room 300, Alumni Hall

8:30-11:00 a.m.—*Resource Fair
Open a bank account, get a SIM card for your phone, find your I-94 immigration record (F-1 students only), sign up for dinner on Friday evening at a restaurant in downtown Galesburg, and more. Bring your passport and I-20 (F-1 students), as well as your phone, charger, and a credit/debit card or cash if you plan to get a SIM card. Note: if you need to purchase a phone, you can do that at the resource fair or during one of our shopping trips. 

  • In Alumni Hall, Room 115: Meet representatives from PNC bank to open a bank account. Passport required.
  • In Alumni Hall, Room 117: Meet representatives from AT&T to get a SIM card in your phone or purchase a new phone. Cash and credit/debit accepted.
  • In Alumni Hall, Knight Student Lounge (1st Floor): Enjoy refreshments and sign up for a local Galesburg restaurant to have dinner at on Friday evening.
  • In Founders Lab, Seymour Union: Get help connecting your laptop or other devices to the wireless network, and find your I-94 immigration record (F-1 students). 
  • At Dining Services, Seymour Union: Get your Knox College student ID.
  • At the Share Shop: Find items for your dorm room at the Share Shop, the campus donation center. Located in the basement of Conger-Neal Hall. 

11:15 a.m.—*Welcome
Meet the Office of International Student Services and your IPOP group. Bring your passport and I-20 to turn in for a document check. They'll be returned to you on Friday morning.    
Location TBD

11:45 p.m.—*IPOP Group Meeting & Lunch
See your IPOP Leader.     
Hard Knox Cafe, Seymour Union

1:15-3:15 p.m.—*Academic Culture in the U.S.
Purple Group 1:15 p.m., Gold Group 2:15 p.m.   
Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library

1:15-3:15 p.m.—*Culture and Culture Shock
Gold Group 1:15 p.m., Purple Group 2:15 p.m.
104, George Davis Hall

3:45-4:45 p.m.—*Writing Assessment
Don't sweat it! This assessment will help you and your advisor select classes at the best course level for you.
Location TBD

5:00-7:00 p.m.—*Dinner

7:00-9:00 p.m.—Shopping Trip 
Departure location TBD

7:30-11:00 p.m.—Evening Games
Join other new students for pool, ping pong, and board games!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

8:30-10:30 p.m.—Mug Decorating
Personalize your own coffee or tea mug!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

9:00 p.m.—Movie
Enjoy an evening movie!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Day 3

6:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast

8:15-8:45 a.m.—*Meeting with IPOP Group

9:00-11:00 a.m.—*Health & Wellness at Knox
Learn about health and wellness resources at Knox, and what to do if you're sick. Purple Group 9:00 a.m., Gold Group 10:00 a.m.  
104, George Davis Hall

9:00-11:00 a.m.—*Library Orientation
Meet Knox librarians and learn about resources and services available at academic libraries in the U.S. Gold Group 9:00 a.m., Purple Group 10:00 a.m.
Second Floor, Seymour Library

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—*Payroll Paperwork
Complete payroll paperwork so that you'll be ready to start a campus job. Passports and I-20s will be returned to F-1 students during this session. U.S. citizens will need to know their SSN. Not required for students on a visa other than F-1.
Round Room, Center for Fine Arts (CFA)

12:00-1:15 p.m.—Lunch

1:30-3:30 p.m.—*Diversity in the U.S.
Join the Center for Intercultural Life for a conversation about the diverse cultures, histories, and religions of the U.S. and Knox College. Purple group 1:30 p.m., Gold Group 2:30 p.m.
104, George Davis Hall

1:30-3:30 p.m.—*F-1 Visa Regulations
Learn about the benefits of F-1 status and how to comply with F-1 regulations. Not required for U.S. citizens or visa types other than F-1. Gold Group 1:30 p.m., Purple Group 2:30 p.m.
105, George Davis Hall

3:30-4:15 p.m.—International Tea Hour
Join OISS and guests for a refreshments break.      
Plomin Terrace, Alumni Hall (Rain location: Knight Student Lounge, Alumni Hall)

4:30-5:30 p.m.—*Study Abroad Reflection
Write a letter to your future self about your goals and dreams for your study abroad experience.
Various locations, see your OL  

6:00 p.m.—*Dinner and First Friday Downtown Galesburg
Explore your new town! Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in downtown Galesburg and visit First Friday.  
Depart from Alumni Hall Atrium

8:00-10:00 p.m.—Lip Sync Battle
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

8:30-11:00 p.m.—Evening Games
Join other new students for pool, ping pong, and board games!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Day 4

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.

6:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast 
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

8:30-8:50 a.m.—*IPOP Group Meeting  
See your OL

9:00-9:30 a.m.—*Information Fair
Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts (CFA)

9:45-11:45 a.m.—*ITS Orientation
Learn how to access the Knox computing systems. Purple group, 9:45 a.m.; Gold group, 10:45 a.m.
Cat and Stellyes Labs, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center 

9:45-11:45 a.m.-*Culture Topics II
Join OISS for a continued conversation about culture. Gold group, 9:45 a.m.; Gold group, 10:45 a.m.
E117, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center    

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—Lunch
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

2:00 p.m.—*Suite Meeting     
Your Suite

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Printed on Thursday, May 23, 2019