The fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year at Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd and Staples, a community and technical college ranked by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 120 in the U.S., begins Monday.
The first five days constitute Welcome Week for the more than 3,200 full- and part-time students enrolled at this point. Hundreds more are expected to be added to the count when College in Schools program classes start at about two dozen partnering districts across the region.
Welcome Week offers informative workshops and social events for students to attend as schedules allow, said Suzanne Karsnia, spokesperson for CLC counselors coordinating the orientation. The idea is to support student success.
“It is important to meet and connect with others,” she said, “so there are many fun events to encourage this.”
Here are scheduled events, which all students may attend at either campus:
Monday, Aug. 27 – CLC Resource Fair 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., outside cafeteria; Strategies for Success workshop, 11-11:50, E203; kickoff address by President Larry Lundblad, noon, cafeteria, with free root beer floats; Using Technology workshop, 12:30-1, C221; Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, 2:30-3:20, E 203; First clues for Scavenger Hunt (all week).
Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Using Technology workshop, 10-10:50 a.m., C221; Strategies for Success workshop, noon-12:50, E 203; CLC Trivia, noon- 1 p.m., cafeteria; Maximizing Your Money workshop, 1-1:50, E 203; social hour for veterans, PSEO, non-traditional students, 2:30, cafeteria.
Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Brainerd Community Resource Fair, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside cafeteria; Maximizing Your Money workshop, 11-11:50, E 203; BBQ with Back to the Eighties tribute band and dress-up contest, noon- 1p.m., south lawn; Disc golf tournament, noon-1 p.m.; Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, 1-1:50, E203; Using Technology workshop, 2:30-3:20, C221; Free outdoor movie, “The Hunger Games,” 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30 – Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, noon-12:50, E 203; Finding Your Future workshop, 1-1:50, E 203; Maximizing Your Money workshop, 2:30-3:20, E 203; Sand Volleyball tournament, 4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31 – CLC clubs, organizations, arts and athletics fair, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside cafeteria; Strategies for Success workshop, 10-10:50, E203; Finding Your Future workshop, 11:11:5-, E 203; Scavenger Hunt ends, noon; Using technology workshop, 1-1:50, C221; Free Welcome Week bowling at Jack’s House, 9 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt begins, all week.
Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Financial Aid/Higher one workshop, 11-11:50 a.m., Assembly Room; Staples Community Resource Fair, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Strategies for College Success workshop, noon-12:50, Assembly Room; Free root beer floats at Student Senate meeting, noon-12:50 p.m.; Social Hour for AA degree students, 4-4:30, Commons.
Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Using Technology workshop, noon-12:50, B148; CLC Resources, clubs, and organizations fair, noon-1 p.m.; CLC Hide and Go Seek, noon- 1 p.m.; Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, 1-1:50, Assembly Room.
Thursday, Aug. 30 – Comedian in Commons, noon-1 p.m.; Using Technology workshop, 2-2:50, B148; Free Welcome Week bowling at Wadena Lanes, 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31 – Scavenger Hunt ends at 2:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff at CLC will attend in-service days Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 on the Brainerd campus for administrative updates and events focused on the forthcoming Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit and assessment. College in Schools collaborators from school districts throughout the region will be on campus Aug. 23 for workshops with CLC faculty, and a staff picnic at 4:30 p.m. on the south lawn wraps up the in-service.