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Welcome Week
Welcome Week

Welcome Week Schedule

The schedule has been updated as of August 10, 2019. Additional updates are forthcoming. 

Saturday, August 24

Breakfast

6:30–9:00 AM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Breakfast is available for purchase by cash and credit card (Visa and Mastercard accepted)

Starbucks Open

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Atherton Union 

Move-In Day

8:00 AM–5:30 PM

Various Residence Halls on campus

Students will be assigned a particular move-in time based on their residence hall unit and building. Housing assignments and particular move-in times will be emailed to students in early August.

  • Health and Recreation Complex, 530 W. 49th Street
    • (Check-in for Residents of Ross, Residential College [ResCo], and Fairview House)
  • South Campus, 4338 Haughey Avenue
    • (Check-in for Residents of Irvington House)

Office of Parking Services Open

8:00 AM–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Butler Campus Store Open

8:30 AM–6:00 PM

Atherton Union 

Health and Recration Complex (HRC) Open

11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Lunch

11:00 AM–2:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Lunch is available for purchase by cash and credit card (Visa and Mastercard accepted)

Help Desk Open For Technology Assistance

1:00–5:00 PM

Holcomb Building, Room 315

Information Technology (IT) staff will be availble to assist with computer and technology related issues. For self-help and to submit a request online, go to ask.butler.edu. Regular hours are 7:30 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Friday.

Irwin Library Open House

2:00–5:00 PM

Irwin Library

Drop by Irwin Library to try your hand at the famous Irwin Fountain Duck Drop competition. Meet library staff and faculty, learn about library services, and enjoy refreshments and a rest from the heat. The Duck Drop competition is a rite of passage you won't want to miss!

Student Accounts Office Open

2:00–5:00 PM

Jordan Hall, Room 102

Resource Fair

2:00–5:00 PM

Atherton Mall (Inclement weather location: Atherton Union, Reilly Room)

Meet with representatives from campus offices as well as banks, and other community entities that serve and support our students. Early arrival can pick up their Welcome Week packet at the Resource Fair. Commuter students can pick up their Welcome Week packet at the Resource Fair or Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Commuter Meeting.

Register for Dawg Alert, Bikes, & Electronics

2:00–6:00 PM

Butler University Police Department, 525 W. Hampton Drive

DAWG Alert Plus gives Butler administrators the ability to reach students, faculty, and staff on and off campus via text messages, voice, and email alerts in the event of a campus emergency, weather-related delay, or closing. Students can also register their bikes and electronics during this time.

Special Dietary Needs?

4:30–5:15 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Maximize your meal plan! Meet with dining hall managers and learn about campus resources for those who have food allergies, intolerances, and special dietary needs. (Also offered on Tuesday at 3:00 PM)

Dinner

5:00–7:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Dinner is available for purchase by cash and credit card (Visa and Mastercard accepted)

Family Dinners On Your Own

5:00–8:00 PM

Off-campus

Butler Men's Soccer Game Vs. Ohio State

7:00–9:00 PM

Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl, Hinkle Fieldhouse

Free admission for students; parents and families can pay for a ticket at the Butler Bowl gate! Concessions stands open for purchase.

Family Dessert Reception

8:00–9:30 PM

Business Building

While your student is in their REQUIRED RESIDENCE HALL MEETING, please come relax and network with University administrators and other Butler families. Dress is casual.

Residence Hall Meetings for New Students (REQUIRED)

8:30–10:30 PM

Ross, Residential College (ResCo), and Irvington House

First Night Frenzy

9:00 PM–1:00 AM

Atherton Union, Irvington House, and Atherton Union Mall

Join us for free food, music, interactive games, and much more! Co-programmed with Residence Life

Sunday, August 25

Starbucks Open

8:00 AM–12:00 AM

Atherton Union

Breakfast

7:00–10:00 AM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Students, please bring your Butler University ID to every meal. Families are welcome to attend. Breakfast is hosted and provided by Welcome Week Programs.

Lunch is also available for purchase by cash and credit card (Visa and Mastercard accepted) between 11:00 AM–2:00 PM in Atherton Union Dining Hall.

Office of Parking Services Open

8:00 AM–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500) 

Butler Campus Store Open

8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Atherton Union

Multifaith Service

9:00–9:30 AM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

The Center for Faith and Vocation invites all incoming students, their families, and Butler community members, inclusive of all faiths and philosophical commitments, to gather and begin the year in a sacred space. There will be blessings, prayers, and reflections accompanied by centering music. All are welcome. Hosted and organized by the Center for Faith and Vocation.

Student-Athlete Welcome For Athletes and Parents (REQUIRED)

9:30–10:30 AM

Schrott Center for the Performing Arts

For ALL new student athletes; families are encouraged to attend.

Catholic Mass

10:00–11:00 AM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Commuter Meeting (REQUIRED for Commuter Students Only)

10:00–11:30 AM

Fairview Community Room, 4550 Sunset Avenue

New commuter students will pick up their Welcome Week packet, receive their Welcome Week t-shirt, and meet with campus representatives as well as returning commuter students. Brunch will be served.

Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) Open

11:00 AM–11:00 PM

(Normal hours of operation begin.)

Lunch

11:00 AM–2:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Lunch available for purchase with cash or credit card (Visa and Mastercard are accepted.)

Butler University Convocation
(REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS; Families Are Welcome To Attend)

11:30 AM–12:30 PM 

Clowes Memorial Hall

As a Bulldog, there are two events that mark your time at Butler: your induction as a scholar at Convocation and your commencement as a graduate. Join Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathryn Morris, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Frank E. Ross III, and other University leaders as we celebrate your formal admission to Butler University as a student. Overflow family seating avail­able in the Schrott Center for the Performing Arts.

New Student Photo

Lawn in Front of Clowes Memorial Hall Rain date: Monday, August 26, 6:00PM

Convocation Reception

Atherton Union Mall, Inclement weather location: Business Building

Commuter Student Meeting (REQUIRED for off-campus students)

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Fairview Community Room, 4550 Sunset Avenue

Lunch will be provided.

Families Are Encouraged To Say Goodbye To Their Students

2:00–2:30 PM

Optional Family Session

2:30–3:00 PM

Efryomson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, lower level, Room 004

Meet with Student Affairs administrators to discuss supporting your student’s transition, campus life, programs, and services.

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Family Reception

2:30–3:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts, Lobby

Meet the JCA Dean and other JCA families. Light refreshments will be served.

First Student Orientation Group Meeting (REQUIRED)

2:30–5:00 PM

The location of your orientation group can be found on the sticker on your Welcome Week check-in packet. It has also been emailed to your @butler.edu account and is on your Butler App.

Register for Dawg Alert, Bikes, and Electronics (For Returning Students Only)

4:00–7:00 PM

Butler University Police Department, 525 W. Hampton Drive

DAWG Alert Plus gives Butler administrators the ability to reach students, faculty, and staff on and off campus via text messages, voice, and email alerts in the event of a campus emergency, weather-related delay, or closing. Students can also register their bikes and electronics during this time.

Dinner with Orientation Group

5:00–7:00 PM

Official start of the Dining Meal Plans. Dawg Bucks are now available for use. Please bring your Butler University ID.

Dinner (Returning Students)

5:00–7:00 PM

Atheton Union, Dining Hall

Commuter Student Gathering Space

6:00–8:00 PM

Fairview Community Room

Commuter students can hang out in this gathering space before the next required program.

Butler Women's Soccer Game Vs. IUPUI

7:00–9:00 PM

Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl, Hinkle Fieldhouse

Free admission for students; parents and families can pay for a ticket at the Butler Bowl gate! Concessions stands open for purchase.

Butler Student Experience (REQUIRED)

8:00–10:30 PM

Clowes Memorial Hall

Learn about various aspects of campus life including co-curricular involvement, Student Government Association (SGA), and campus and personal safety. Keynote speakers include Dr. Frank E. Ross III, Vice President for Student Affairs; Josh Downing, Director of Student Wellness and HRC Operations; and Dr. Gina Forrest, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Please bring your Butler University ID for check in.

Target Takeover Social

10:30 PM–12:30 AM

We are taking over the Glendale Target! Join us for shopping, activities, and fun! Continuous transportation to and from Clowes Hall will be provided throughout the event between Clowes and Target.

Monday, August 26

Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) Open

6:00 AM–11:00 PM

Breakfast (For ALL students)

7:00–10:00 AM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Starbucks Open

7:00 AM - 12:00 AM 

Atherton Union 

Business Building Coffee Cafe

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business Building 

Office of Parking Services Open

8:00 AM–noon

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Butler Campus Store Open

8:30 AM–7:00 PM

Atherton Union

Wake Up with Wellness

9:00 - 9:45 AM 

Atherton Union Mall (Inclement Weather Location: Fairview Community Room)

Use this time for your best self-care: sleep-in, attend the 45-minute morning yoga* session on the mall, or do something you love to recharge – walk, run, meditate, read, write, or grab a coffee with a new friend. *Note if you wish to attend yoga on the mall, please bring a mat, towel or blanket and wear comfortable clothing.

Academic Day

9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Lunch (For Returning Students)

11:00 AM–2:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Office of Parking Services Open

1:00 PM–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Orientation Group time

3:30–4:15 PM

Honors Student Meeting

5:00–6:00 PM

Jordan Hall, Room 141

Official welcome and orientation for the newest members of the University Honors Program. Incoming Honors Program students will learn about mentors, program requirements, and other matters related to Honors at Butler.

Dinner will be provided.

Dinner (For ALL Students)

4:30 PM–8:00 PM 

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Music Ensemble Auditions

4:00–10:00 PM

Various Locations, details online

View audition schedule and details. Please note: Students should warm up and arrive to audition check-ins AFTER the conclusion of the Keynote presentation in Clowes which is required for all new students.

Playfair

7:00–8:45 PM

North Atherton Mall (Inclement weather location: Health and Recreation Complex [HRC] main gym)

Meet hundreds of new students while playing icebreakers and games!

Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) Ice Cream Social and Open House

8:30 (Immediately following Playfair)–9:45 PM

Center for Faith and Vocation (Blue House), 4615 Sunset Avenue

Ice Cream generously provided by BRICS (Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station)

AU After Dark

10:00 PM–1:00 AM

Atherton Union

Join new and returning students for food, a highlighter party, and other exciting activities.

Tuesday, August 27

Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) Open

6:00 AM–11:00 PM

Breakfast (For ALL students)

7:00–10:00 AM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Business Building Coffee Cafe

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business Building 

Starbucks Open

7:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Atherton Union 

Office of Parking Services

8:00 AM–noon

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Butler Campus Store Open

8:30 AM–7:00 PM

Atherton Union

Wake Up with Wellness

9:00 - 9:45 AM 

Atherton Union Mall (Inclement Weather Location: Fairview Community Room)

Use this time for your best self-care: sleep-in, attend the 45-minute morning yoga* session on the mall, or do something you love to recharge – walk, run, meditate, read, write, or grab a coffee with a new friend. *Note if you wish to attend yoga on the mall, please bring a mat, towel or blanket and wear comfortable clothing.

Wellness Workshops- REQUIRED for All First Year Students

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Orientation groups will be assigned to either Schrott Center for the Arts, Shelton Auditorium, or the Atherton Union Reilly Room for a portion of the program. Groups will have designated times and locations for the components of this session. You will participate in your Orientation groups where you will explore ways everyone can contribute to building a safe and healthy campus.

Alcohol + You @ BU

Learn how to BUBeWell while navigating social situations during your college experience. This interactive session will debunk common myths around drugs and alcohol, and empower you to make healthy, informed decisions to keep you and your friends safe.

What I Wish I would Have Known: Skills, Tips, and Taking Care of Yourself

Students, Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS), and the Center for Academic Success and Exploration (CASE) staff are joining together to share strategies and resources to help you thrive. Have questions? There will be an anonymous Q&A session for you to ask our knowledgeable panel.

Lunch (For ALL students) 

11:30 AM–2:00 PM

Residential College (ResCo), Dining Hall

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Lunch (For ALL students)

11:30 AM–2:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Student Disability Services Orientation (REQUIRED for students registered with Disability Services ONLY)

Noon–1:30 PM

Jordan Hall, Room 141

Lunch will be provided.

Commuter Gathering Space

1:00–4:00 PM

Irwin Library, Collaborative Space

Commuter students can hang out throughout the day

Office of Parking Services

1:00–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Indiana State Grant Recipients' Session
(Frank O'Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholars)

1:30–2:30 PM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All students who have been awarded an Indiana State Grant through the Frank O’Bannon Grant program OR the Indiana 21st Century Scholars pro­gram are REQUIRED to attend this session. (This session will also fulfill the Federal Direct Loan Information Session.) Your financial aid may be delayed in posting to your account if you do not attend. This session will explain the Indiana State requirements to ensure that you continue to receive your Indiana State Grants. If you are unsure if you are required to attend, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@butler.edu.

New Athlete Orientation (REQUIRED)
For new student-athletes

1:30–4:00 PM

Gallahue Hall, Room 108

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Ballet Placement Class

New dance majors only

2:00–4:00 PM

Lilly Hall, Studio 310

Special Dietary Needs?

2:30–3:15 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Maximize your meal plan! Meet with dining hall managers and learn about campus resources for those who have food allergies, intolerances, and special dietary needs.

Become Your Best Bulldog

2:30–4:15 PM

(Sessions are from 2:30–3:15 PM and then repeated at 3:30–4:15 PM)

Attend one of the following sessions: Bulldogs Abroad; BUBeWell; Top Dawgs: What the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement can do for you!; or CaPS—Life Design Reflection

2:30–3:15 PM and 3:30–4:15 PM

Bulldogs Abroad

Jordan Hall, Rooms 236 and 238

Consider spending part of your time at Butler overseas! In this session you will learn about how you can spend time traveling the world while earning academic credit. You will also have time to research programs that are of interest to you and hear stories from Butler students who have already been abroad. Hosted by the Center for Global Education (CGE).

BUBeWell

Jordan Hall, Room 242

Butler provides students many robust opportunities to develop, both inside and outside the classroom, through each of the eight dimensions of the BUBeWell model. In this session, you will learn how to utilize the resources to be the best version of yourself. Hosted by Recreation and Wellness.

Top Dawgs: What the Engaged Learning Center Can Do For You!

Jordan Hall, Room 276

Join students from all majors to learn about how they have benefited by being an Honors program member, conducting undergraduate research, applying for and receiving prestigious scholarships, joining the Pre-Law Society and Mock Mediation team, and participating in our semester-long Washington, D.C. and New York City Learning Semesters. Faculty and staff from these programs will also be available to answer your questions in an informal setting. Hosted by the Engaged Learning Center.

CaPS—Life Design Reflection

Jordan Hall, Room 220

The Cffice of Career and Professional Success (CaPS) invites you to join us for a moment of mindfulness and reflection during the busyness of Welcome Week. This session offers a brief introduction to design thinking and how it can be used in making big life decisions. There will be an individual reflective activity followed by a quick debrief in pairs and small groups.

Federal Direct Loan Information Session 

3:30–4:15 PM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All students who have accepted a Federal Direct Loan are REQUIRED to attend one of the sessions offered. Seating is limited. If the session is full, you will be asked to attend another session. Your student loan funds may be delayed in posting to your student account if you do not attend a session. (This session is also offered on Wednesday at 4:00 PM)

Morton Finney Leadership/Gates Millenium Scholars/Center For Leadership Development/Chicago Partnership Award Scholars Meetings

3:45–4:45 PM 

Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, lower level, Room 004

REQUIRED for all students who received Morton-Finney Leadership Programs Scholarships, Gates Millennium Scholarships, CLD Scholarships, or Chicago Partnership Award Scholarships.

Dinner (For Returning Students)

4:30–8:00 PM

Atherton Union, Dining Hall

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Student Orientation Group Meeting (REQUIRED)

4:15–5:00 PM

The location of your orientation group can be found on the sticker on your Welcome Week check-in packet. It has also been emailed to your @butler.edu account and is on your Butler App.

New Student Presentation with President Danko (REQUIRED)

5:00–5:30 PM

Clowes Memorial Hall

Dinner (For New Students)

5:30–8:00 PM

Atherton Mall, Welcome Week Tent

Please bring your Butler University ID.

Student Involvement Fair: Block Party

5:30–8:00 PM

Business Building

Meet representatives from Butler’s 130+ student organizations. Sponsored by the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership and Student Government Association (Butler SGA). View a list of all recognized student organizations.

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Music Ensemble Auditions

5:30–10:00 PM

Various Locations, details online

View audition schedule and details. If your audition check-in conflicts with a Welcome Week session, please contact music@butler.edu to reschedule.

Wednesday, August 28

First Day of Classes

Business Building Coffee Cafe

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business Building 

Starbucks Open

7:00 AM - 12:00 AM 

Atherton Union 

Office of Parking Services Open 

8:00 AM–noon

1:00–4:30 PM 

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Federal Direct Loan Information Session

4:00–5:15 PM

Jordan Hall, Room 141

All students who have accepted a Federal Direct Loan are REQUIRED to attend one of the sessions offered. Seating is limited. If the session is full, you will be asked to attend another session. Your student loan funds may be delayed in posting to your student account if you do not attend a session.

Sexy, can I?

REQUIRED for ALL new students

7:00 and 8:30 PM

Various locations, Groups will have designated times and locations for the components of this session. Students will participate in their residence hall units.

The Sexy, Can I? Workshop examines the topic of consent from a variety of lenses (romantic or platonic) and engages students in conversation about the role that consent plays in their own relationships.  Students practice new techniques to communicate their wants and needs and understand the wants and needs of others, examine how society affects our individual lives, and practically apply new tools to a variety of situations.

Thursday, August 29

Business Building Coffee Cafe

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business Building 

Starbucks Open

7:00 AM - 12:00 AM 

Atherton Union 

Office of Parking Services Open

8:00 AM–noon

1:00–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Cone-sent Ice Cream Bar

11:00 AM–1:00 PM

Starbucks Patio

Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP) Office

Join the SARP Office for free ice cream! All you have to do is ask!

Get Hired Fair

3:00–4:30 PM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Come learn about both on-campus and off-campus part-time job opportunities. If you need information regarding Federal Work Study or how to find an on-campus job, representatives from Career and Professional Success will be present.

Sexy, can I?

REQUIRED for ALL new students

7:00 and 8:30 PM

Various locations, Groups will have designated times and locations for the components of this session. Students will participate in their residence hall units.

The Sexy, Can I? Workshop examines the topic of consent from a variety of lenses (romantic or platonic) and engages students in conversation about the role that consent plays in their own relationships.  Students practice new techniques to communicate their wants and needs and understand the wants and needs of others, examine how society affects our individual lives, and practically apply new tools to a variety of situations.

Friday, August 30

Business Building Coffee Cafe

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business Building 

Starbucks Open

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Atherton Union 

Office of Parking Services Open

8:00 AM–noon

1:00–4:30 PM

4702 Sunset Avenue (Parking Garage, Suite 500)

Chillin' & Grillin' Welcome Week Barbeque

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Atherton Union Steps and Patio (Inclement Weather Location: Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Garden Level, 004)

Celebrate the end of the first week of classes with great food, music and fun! 

Co-programmed by the Efroymson Diversity Center, UNITY Council, DC Squad, Black Student Union and the Student Government Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board (DEIB). 

 

Butler Men's Soccer Game Vs. Michigan

7:00–9:00 PM

Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl, Hinkle Fieldhouse

Free admission for students; parents and families can pay for a ticket at the Butler Bowl gate! Concessions stands open for purchase.

Late Night Program

10:00 PM–1:00 AM

Saturday, August 31

Starbucks Open

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM 

Atherton Union 

Late Night Program

10:00 PM–1:00 AM

Sunday, September 1

Starbucks Open

8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Atherton Union 

Late Night Program

10:00 PM–1:00 AM

Monday, September 2

Labor Day

No Classes

Programming on campus will be offered.

Saturday, September 7

Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS)

8:45 AM–1:30 PM

Clowes Memorial Hall

New students will join returning students, faculty, staff, and alumni to serve the Indianapolis community in one day. Lunch, t-shirt, and transportation will be provided.

Learn more and register for BITS.