Welcome Days 2022

Welcome Days is a required comprehensive educational and social program designed to prepare incoming first-year students to succeed at St. Thomas and we are very excited to welcome our newest Tommies to St Thomas this fall. Students will connect with other students, faculty and staff and participate in a variety of sessions, events and traditions. Welcome Days provides students an important opportunity to meet other students, explore campus and prepare to start the year.  

Welcome Days 2022 will take place August 31 - September 6, 2022. A student’s start to Welcome Days is based on their scheduled first overnight stay and engagement in LLC or TBLC activities on campus. Students who are commuting will begin their Welcome Days on Friday, September 2, 2022. 

By August 30th, students will see a personalized schedule in Tommie Link but can now begin to see some of the larger activities planned in Tommie Link

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

8:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.                       Living Learning Communities (LLC) Move-In
8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Final Orientation and Registration Session
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

LLC Dinner for Opus Business, Aquinas Honors Scholars, and Economics Tools LLCs

(LLC student requirementPlease see Tommie Link for group schedule 

8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Evening Activities: Outdoor Movie, Bonfires and Smores 

John P. Monahan Plaza, Anderson Student Center (ASC), and Lower Quad 

Thursday, September 1, 2022 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.                 

Living Learning Communities (LLC) Move-In 
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Transfer Student Orientation
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LLC Activities for Opus Business, Aquinas Honors Scholars, and Economics Tools LLCs

(LLC student requirement) Please see Tommie Link schedule for your LLC information

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Campus Ministry Hospitality 

Upper Quad 

12:1p.m. Welcome Day Mass 
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

LLC Dinner for all LLCs moving in on September 1st 

(LLC student requirement) Please see Tommie Link for group schedule 

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Evening Activities: Glow in the Dark Games 

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, 3rd Floor, ASC 

Friday, September 2, 2022 

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Theme Based Learning Community (TBLC) move-In
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                   

LLC Activities for all LLCs moving in on September 1st  

(LLC student requirement) Please see Tommie Link schedule for your LLC information

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Campus Ministry Hospitality 

Upper Quad 

12:10 p.m.  

Welcome Day Mass 

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas 

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

SDIS & DAB Ice Cream Social  

Student Diversity & Inclusion Services (SDISand Diversity Activities Board (DAB) 

Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, ASC 224 

 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

TBLC Kick-Off Event (TBLC student requirement) 

  • FYEX 150-01 = Sustainability (ICF 116) 
  • FYEX 150-02 = Well-Being (OWS 150) 
  • FYEX 150-05 = Changemaking (ASC 378N) 
  • FYEX 150-06 = Social Justice & Cultural Transformation (OEC 101) 
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Community Meetings #1 & Dinner 

See group schedule in Tommie Link

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Tommie Athletics Pep Rally,  

Palmer Athletic Football Field, O’Shaughnessy Stadium 

8:30 p.m. - Midnight

Evening Activities: Late Night in the ASC and Outdoor Movie 

Visit Tommie Link for more information on events 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

9:00 10:00 a.m. Eye Opener-Yoga on the Upper Quad 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.                           

Community Engagement at St Thomas

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC

11:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Create your own experience!

Explore some of the many ways you can engage on campus. You can also use some of this time to relax and get more settled into your room. Check out Tommie Link for more event details – look for the orange sticker!

4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Welcome Days Scavenger Hunt

See Group Schedule in Tommie Link 

9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Nickelodeon Universe St Thomas Takeover

Sign-up and bus information on Tommie Link

First group of busses will depart at 8:50 p.m.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

11:00 a.m.                                   

Mass 

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

We Care about our Tommies with Public Safety & Dean of Students 

Schoenecker ArenaAnderson Athletic and Recreation Center (AARC) 

4:30 – 7:00 p.m. 

Community Meetings #2 & Dinner  

See Group schedules in Tommie Link

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

The Great Tommie Get-Together  

Palmer Athletic Field, O’Shaughnessy Stadium - Students please enter the stadium at the Student Entrance at Northeast corner of field (corner closest to Brady Hall) 

8:30 p.m.      

Evening Activities: Headphone Disco 

Please see Tommie Link for event details

Monday, September 5, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                                       

Welcome Days Education Sessions 

Please follow your group schedule as listed below. Groups are determined by your First-Year Experience (FYEX) Class Code 

 

 

MONDAY 9/5                                   

Group A 

FYEX 100.01 – 100.40 / DFC 

Group B 

FYEX 100.41 – FYEX 100.80 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      

 Dr. Yohuru Williams

 “Intelligence is not enough,” the importance and value of community in the First Year Experience. 

 

AARC Arena 

 Dr. Yohuru Williams

“Intelligence is not enough,” the importance and value of community in the First Year Experience. 

 

AARC Arena 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

FYE Session 1 

(See TL for your classroom) 

Lunch  

(See TL for location) 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch 

 (See TL for location) 

FYE Session 1 

 (See TL for your classroom) 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

FYE Session 2 

 (See TL for your classroom) 

Countdown to Classes 

 James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. 

Countdown to Classes 

 James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 

FYE Session 2 

(See TL for your classroom) 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

New Student Engagement Fair 

 John P. Monahan Plaza, ASC 

New Student Engagement Fair 

John P. Monahan Plaza, ASC 

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Screw-Up Night 

John P. Monahan Plaza, ASC 

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Evening Activities: BINGO with Gus 

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.                                          

First-Year Advising Meetings – GROUP 1

Your advisor’s name and meeting location are in your personalized schedule in Tommie Link – please check there for your meeting information (will be available the week of August 29th).  

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.                                                      

First-Year Advising Meetings – GROUP 2 

Your advisor’s name and meeting location are in your personalized schedule in Tommie Link – please check there for your meeting information (will be available the week of August 29th).  

11:00 a.m.   

March Through the Arches 

Meet outside the arches no later than 10:55 a.m. 

11:30 a.m. 

Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing 

Schoenecker Arena, AARC 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Campus Ministry Ice Cream Treats Give-Away 

Outside ASC and Tommie North 

5:00 p.m. 

Qmmunity Qnnections 

Check Tommie Link for event details 

7:00 p.m. 

Proud to Be First Reception 

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC 

8:30 p.m.

Evening Activity: Outdoor Movie on the Quad

Check Tommie Link for event details 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

All Day    First Day of Classes 
11:30 a.m 1:00 p.m.

Center for Well-Being Lemonade Stand 

John P. Monahan Plaza, ASC 

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Capture the Moment: Back to School Photo Booth 

Career Development Office, MHC 123 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Out of State/Out-State Student Reception Event

Iversen Hearth Room, ASC 340

Please check Tommie Link for more event details

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pancakes with Jesus 

John P. Monahan Plaza, ASC  

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Noon

Mass of the Holy Spirit 

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Campus Ministry Open House 

Campus Ministry, IverseCenter for Faith (ICF) 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Music on the Quad with STAR 

See Tommie Link for event details 

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Campus Ministry Block Party 

See Tommie Link for event details 

Friday, September 9, 2022 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pack the Quad

Check out Tommie Link for event details 

 

Important Tommie Link Information for Students 

To see your personalized schedule in Tommie Link, please download the Tommie Link app CORQ. You will find your schedule, including small group schedules and faculty advisor meeting, under the “My” tab in Events. 

Make sure you have your event pass ready to check-into events and have your attendance recorded!