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First Year New Student Orientation Fall 2019

Welcome First Year and Running Start Students - students high fiving


September 6 – 9, 2019


New Student Orientation (or NSO) is a time to learn about the resources you will need to be successful during your time at PLU and to make connections with your fellow Lutes. In the three days before classes begin, you will engage with current students, other new students, faculty, and staff as we invite you into your new PLU community. We look forward to meeting you all and being a part of your collegiate experience!

First Year Student Orientation Schedule

The three days of NSO are packed with Lute traditions that will help you transition to the PLU community. Some of these activities are listed below. The Gold Schedule is for those first year students registered for a Writing 101 course numbered 18-34, Running Start students, and those not registered for a Writing 101 course. The Black Schedule is for those first year students registered for a Writing 101 course numbered 1-17.


8:00 amHealth Center Open (Optional)Health Center, 121st St. & Park Ave.5:00pm
8:30 amNSO Headquarters OpenAnderson University Center Lobby6:00 pm
8:30 amResidential Student Check-inResidence Halls1:00 pm
10:30 amCampus Restaurants Open HouseAnderson University Center, The Commons, Chef's Table Room12:00 pm
10:30 amLunch on your own (Optional)Anderson University Center Commons1:00 pm
11:00 amCommuter Student Check-inAnderson University Center CAVE 1:00 pm
1:15 pmNSO WelcomeOlson Auditorium1:45 pm
1:45 pmWhat is Lutheran Higher Education at PLU? Olson Auditorium2:15 pm
2:15 pmBreak2:30 pm
2:30 pmNew Student Group PhotoFoss Field3:00 pm
3:00 pmLute Group MeetingsFoss Field3:30 pm
3:30 pmCampus Resource ToursVaries5:00 pm
5:00 pm Send-Off Picnic (provided by PLU and free to all students and family members)Foss Field (rain back-up: Anderson University Center Commons)7:00 pm
6:00 pmDiversity Center Dessert Reception (optional)Morken Hall Atrium7:00 pm
7:00 pmResidential Wing Meetings Residence Halls 8:00 pm
8:00 pmResidence Hall Committee Social Activities (optional)Residence Halls 10:00 pm

7:30 amBreakfast on your own (Optional)AUC Commons9:30 am
8:00 amNSO Headquarters OpensAUC Gray Area6:00 pm
9:30 amLute Group MeetingsVaries10:00 am
10:00 amWhat is College For? Vocation at PLU (Gold Group) Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium 10:30 am
10:00 amAcademic Integrity (Black Group)Varies10:30 a.m.
10:30 amTransition Time10:45 am
10:45 amWhat is College For? Vocation at PLU (Black Group)Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium 11:15 am
10:45 amAcademic Integrity (Gold Group)Varies (Gold Group)11:15 am
11:15 amLunch on your own (Optional)1:15 pm
12:00 pmMilitary-Affiliated Community LunchAnderson University Center 1331:00 pm
1:00 pmMilitary-Affiliated Student Orientation WorkshopAnderson University Center 1333:00 pm
1:15 pmLute Group MeetingsVaries1:30 pm
1:30 pmSounds of Solidarity (Gold Group) Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium 3:00 pm
1:30 pmStudent Success Workshops (Black Group)Anderson University Center 3:00 pm
3:00 pmLute Group MeetingsVaries3:15 pm
3:15 pmSounds of Solidarity (Black Group) Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium 4:45 pm
3:15 pmStudent Success Workshops (Gold Group)Anderson University Center4:45 pm
4:45 pmLute Group MeetingsVaries5:15 pm
5:15 pmDinner on your own (Optional)7:00 pm
7:00 pmLute Follies Performance (Optional) Karen Hille Phillips Eastvold Auditorium8:00 pm
8:00 pmResidence Hall Association Block Party (Optional)Red Square 10:00 pm

9:30 amCommunity Coffee and Scones in Red SquareRed Square10:00 am
10:00 amLute Group MeetingsVarious Locations10:30 am
10:30 amBystander and Consent TrainingVaries 11:30 am
11:30 amConsent Carnival with Generation ActionRed Square1:00 pm
11:30 amLunch on your own 1:15 pm
1:15 pmLute Group MeetingsVaries1:30 pm
1:30 pmLutes@PlayOlson Fieldhouse 2:45 pm
3:00 pmThe College ExperienceOlson Auditorium4:30 pm
4:30 pmLute Group MeetingsVaries5:00 pm
5:00 pmDinner on your own 6:30 pm
6:30 pmResidential Wing MeetingsResidence Halls 7:00 pm
7:00 pmStudent Activities Board Activities (optional)Anderson University Center #1409:00 pm

8:00 amBreakfast on your own (Optional)8:45 am
8:45 amAcademic Advising MeetingsVaries9:15 am
9:15 amGathering to Ring in the Academic YearRed Square10:00 am
10:00 amUniversity ConvocationOlson Auditorium11:00 am

2:00 pmCommon ReadingKaren Hille Phillips' Eastvold Auditorium3:30 pm
3:30 PMInvolvement Fair (Optional)Foss Field5:00 PM