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If your student is an early arrival, please check the student schedule for possible events for families.

Wednesday, August 22

Wednesday programming is offered for families of early arrivals.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info Central: Stop by this one-stop shop to get answers, directions, and important check-in materials.
   Welcome Week Family Check-In
   Business Office Help Desk (tuition payment questions)
   Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office: Bring your financial aid questions here.
Clauson Center (CC) 432
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
Available in Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Family Session: The Bethel Difference: There is something at the core of Bethel that makes us different, that changes outcomes, that shapes students and helps define who they become. Find out what that is!
Olson Boardroom - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4

3:30-4:30 p.m. Family Social: Enjoy snacks and mingle with other parents and families while your student attends employee orientation. Also, please take this opportunity to meet Bethel's Parent Council.
Legacy Patio - just outside the Brushaber Commons Level 2 east doors
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner
Available in Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3


Thursday, August 23

This is the main arrival day. Thursday and Friday programming is for families of all new students.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info Central: Visit this one-stop shop to get answers, directions, and important check-in materials.
   Welcome Week Family Check-In (open until 8 p.m.)
   Business Office Help Desk (tuition payment questions)
   Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office: Bring your financial aid questions here.
Clauson Center (CC) 432
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
Available in Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3
2-2:45 p.m.

Family Session 1: While your student gets settled, attend a session just for families.

The Bethel Difference | Olson Boardroom - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4
There is something at the core of Bethel that makes us different, that changes outcomes, that shapes students and helps define who they become. Find out what that is!

Campus Ministries 101 | Clauson Center (CC) 313
Get to know student leaders and campus pastors as you learn about student ministry opportunities. Also learn about the faith formation process and how you can support your student's spiritual growth.

Study Abroad Overview | Clauson Center (CC) 312
Find out about the opportunities your student has to study abroad while they're at Bethel.

What Is GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing? | Clauson Center (CC) 311
Curious about what your student will learn in this class? Here is one student's evaluation: "This is the first class in 12 years of education that has taught me how to be human." Discover for yourself why this course content is crucial to know and implement at the start of adult life.

3-3:45 p.m.
Family Session 2: While your student gets settled, attend a session just for families.
Same options and locations as the 2 p.m. session.
3-3:45 p.m.
Family Tour: Get better acquainted with campus on this walking tour.
Meet in the Lundquist Community Life Center (CLC) Lobby
4:45-7:15 p.m. Lakeside Picnic and Kickoff Celebration 

Lakeside Picnic: Enjoy a complimentary outdoor picnic! Family members eat free, and new students are covered under their meal plan. Come anytime during your designated picnic window (see below). Start by getting a plate outside the CLC south doors, then visit the food stations in any order. Relax on the lawn or bring your food indoors.

Kickoff Celebration: Consider this your official welcome to Bethel! Join us for a big welcome from the Welcome Week staff, President Barnes, student leaders, and more. This is a great way to begin your time at Bethel! Arrive 15 minutes early to get a good seat.

To give you the best possible welcome experience, we've divided the incoming class into two groups for the picnic and kickoff:

Blue Group: Students living in Nelson, Edgren, and Lissner
4:45-6 p.m. | Picnic | West Lawn
6:15-7:15 p.m. | Kickoff | Benson Great Hall  - CLC Level 1

Gold Group: Commuters and students living in Arden Village, Bodien, Getsch, Heritage, North Waters, and North Woods
4:45-5:45 p.m. | Kickoff | Benson Great Hall - CLC Level 1
6-7:15 p.m. | Picnic | West Lawn
7:30 p.m. Dessert Reception with President Jay and Barb Barnes: While your student meets with his or her residence hallmates or fellow commuters, you're invited to this informal reception that includes a short message from Jay and his wife Barb. Relax after a busy day, connect with other parents and families, and enjoy delicious desserts.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3


Friday, August 24

7-9 a.m. Breakfast
Available in Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3
8-8:45 a.m. Study Abroad Overview: Find out about the opportunities your student has to study abroad while they're at Bethel.
The Underground - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
8-8:45 a.m. Family Tour: Get better acquainted with campus on this walking tour.
Meet in the Lundquist Community Life Center (CLC) Lobby
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info Central: Visit this one-stop shop to get answers, directions, and important check-in materials.
   Welcome Week Family Check-In
   Business Office Help Desk (tuition payment questions)
   Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office: Bring your financial aid questions here.
Clauson Center (CC) 432
9-10:30 a.m. Overview of the First Year: Learn how various campus offices equip students for success during their first year at Bethel. Also get an overview of campus life from August through May.
The Underground - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Commissioning Service: Led by the Campus Ministries team, this is a highlight for families and students. Be a part of this wonderful tradition that provides a meaningful sendoff and gives students and their families an opportunity to commit the year to the Lord. 
Benson Great Hall - CLC Level 1
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Family Goodbye: This concludes the family track of Welcome Week. We invite you to say goodbye to your student during lunch.
Available in Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3