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Williams Baptist College requires all students attending college for the first time to participate in orientation. The new student orientation program is named Ascend and is a series of events designed to assist students in adjusting to college life. The program, which combines large and small group sessions, class registration, recreation, and entertainment, is intended to be an enjoyable and informative experience. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students combine their efforts to provide a positive experience for students who are new to the College. Students who have been properly oriented to the College have an advantage for success in the classroom, in the residence halls, and in extracurricular activities.

ASCEND 2015

Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 27
9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.       Check-in (between the hours shown) in the Swaim Administration Building
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:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.       Move in to Residence Halls
11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.      Admissions, Financial Aid, Business Offices open in the Swaim Administration Building, and Felix Goodson Library
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.    Lunch – Boxed Lunches- pick up location not set (WBC students free; guests price pending)
3:00 - 4:00 P.M.                Commuter check-in - Swaim Administration Building
4:00 - 5:00 P.M.                Parents Session in Manley Chapel
                                          Student Sessions in Old Chapel
5:00 - 6:00 P.M.                Group picture following sessions outside Manley Chapel (wear orientation shirt/name tag)
6:00 P.M.                          Parents say Goodbye
6:30 – 7:45 P.M.               Ascend With Academics “Blue Tie” Dinner – Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria (Wear school colors: Williams blue and white.  Girls: tops 
                                         & skirts or dresses; Guys: nice pants, khakis, a nice shirt and Williams blue tie.  No shorts or jeans. WEAR YOUR NAME TAGS!)
8:00  –9:00 P.M.               President’s Dessert Reception– President’s Home
9:00  –10:00 P.M.             LifeGroups Session 1—Getting to Know You
10:30  P.M.                       Meet and Greet in residence halls



Friday, August 28
7:00 - 8:00 A.M.                Breakfast - Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
8:00 -11:00 A.M.               LifeGroups Rotation -  Session 2
                                                1. Life at WBC—Designated Areas
                                                2. Computer Information—Maddox or Sloan Computer Lab    
                                                3. Transition from High School to college—SC101
11:00 A.M. –12:30 P.M.    Lunch—Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
12:30 -1:30 P.M.               LifeGroups -  Session 3
                                                Connections: Professors, Staff, Counselor, Campus Minister, Mentors, Churches - Designated Areas
1:30 –2:30 P.M.                Meet Advisors - Location to be determined
3:00 - 10:00 P.M.              Board buses for Old Davidsonville State Park –Depart from Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria

Saturday, August 29
7:00 - 8:00 A.M.                Breakfast - Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
8:00 - 10:00 A.M.              Higher Learning
                                                1. How to Read a Syllabus 
                                                2. Cornell Notes
10:00 –11:30 A.M.            LifeGroups - Session 4
11:30 A.M. –2:00 P.M.      Lunch—Soccer Game Tailgate
2:00 –3:00 P.M.                LifeGroups - Session 5
                                                Connections; Roommates, Friends, Student Activities, Community, etc.
3:00 –5:00 P.M.                FREE TIME
5:00 –6:30 P.M.                Dinner -Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
7:00 –8:00 P.M.                Mega Relay –Southerland Mabee Center

Sunday, August 30
9:30  – 10:45 A.M.            Brunch with LifeGroup Leaders - Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.   Worship - Manley Chapel
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.              Lunch - Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
1:00 –5:00 P.M.                FREE TIME
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.                Water Fun & Games (Optional)
1:00 P.M.                          Move-in for Returning Students
5:00– 6:00 P.M.                Dinner -Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria
5:00 –7:00 P.M.                Transfer Orientation
8:00 – 9:30 P.M.               Welcome Back Concert for all students  - Eagle Coffeehouse and Grill
10:30 P.M.                        Mandatory Residence Hall Meeting

Monday, August 31
8:00 A.M.                         CLASSES BEGIN
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.            International Student Lunch Meeting—Moody Dining Room
7:00 P.M.                         Campus Ministries Mixer (refreshments) - Eagle Coffeehouse & Grill

Tuesday, September 1
6:00 –7:30 P.M.               Optional Library Orientation Session (Extra Credit-Higher Learning Course)
8:00 P.M.                         Collide - Old Chapel

Wednesday, September 2
11:00 A.M.                       Convocation - Manley Chapel
3:30 P.M.                         New Workstudy Orientation Meeting - Sloan Center 101
9:00 P.M.                         B.Y.O.S. (Build Your Own Sundae) - Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria

Thursday, September 3
6:00 –7:30 P.M.               Optional Library Orientation Session (Extra Credit-Higher Learning Course)
7:30 P.M.                         Luau -Southerland Hall Lobby
8:30 P.M.                         LifeGroups—Designated Areas