Workshops / Tuesday
  • There and Back Again: Education Abroad at IWU
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #116
    • You will learn about the many ways to study in other parts of the globe and how you can be a part of this exciting educational opportunity.
  • Self Care and Stress Management
    • Elder Hall / Room #146
    • Practical hands on activities to help students deal with the stress of college and help in ways to care for self--physically, emotionally and spiritually. It will give freshman some understanding of stressors involved in adjusting adjusting to college life and adjusting to college life and managing stress in ways that are healthy and fun.
  • Staying Safe
    • Elder Hall / Room #240
    • Title IX safety information will be presented as well as information on how to recognize safe versus unsafe people in relationships.
  • Spiritual Formation, Personal Devotions: How to do Them and Their Importance
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #122
    • This session will look at the basics of personal devo's through lecture and practical exercises.
  • Got Grit
    • Elder Hall / Room #245
    • We will look at Angela Duckworth's research on what makes successful students: "One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit." Come and explore this topic of grit and resiliency. Discover your own grit score and how to get more of it. Students will learn about grit, resiliency, and self control.
  • Equipped for Success: Studying in College is Different From High School
    • Elder Hall / Room #349
    • This is an interactive session designed to help IWU students be academically successful through the use of strategic study and time management skills.
  • Finding Your Way: Reflections on Disney, Independence, and Discovering Yourself
    • Elder Hall / Room #149
    • As you step into your college experience, you may feel like you're losing many trusted voices in your life such as family and friends. This session wrestles with the joys and challenges of searching for your own voice and path as you form new relationships and hold on to current ones. If college is a crossroads, which path will you choose?
  • Change the World, One Garden at a Time
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #138
    • This workshop will introduce ways students can be involved in stewardship of God's creation through the Creation Care Alliance student organization; the Alliance Student Gardens, and the Alliance Living Learning Community house. In Genesis 2:15 God asks Adam to take care of the garden. We want to live out that mandate as world changers. Wise management of our resources is a part of our witness to the world.
  • A Money Story: Benefits of FREE Financial Coaching
    • Elder Hall / Room #242
    • Have you ever tried creating a new habit or setting an audacious goal such as working out, eating healthier, creating and following a budget, etc.? How did it go? With accountability, these habit changes and new goals are HARD! But you don't have to be alone in your financial goals! The NEXUS Financial Discipleship Center is here on campus to help you with your financial changes and goals at no cost. Learn more at our session!
  • Cupcakes and Conduct
    • Elder Hall / Room #240
    • Sometimes, students who never thought they would engage with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards find themselves having broken a policy, witnessing a policy violation, or reporting a policy violation. Want to know what to do, and how to respond to one of these situations? Come to this workshop to learn about the Student Conduct process. Bring your questions!
  • Memorize Your Way to Retention
    • Elder Hall / Room #143
    • Learn key memory techniques and how they can be used to study for tests. One field example: last semester I taught two students one simple memory technique and they applied it to a history course. They went from receiving low grades (C/D) on their first tests to near-perfect scores on their tests after applying this one technique.
  • Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
    • Elder Hall / Room #353
    • Every believer has received divine gifts - spiritual gifts - to be used for the benefit of others. Start your collegiate career by discovering or re-discovering the who, what, when, why, and how of your spiritual gifts so that you can serve God and others with passion.
  • Pizza, Burgers, and Fries, Oh My! How to Avoid Nutritional Pitfalls College Students Face
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #118
    • What is the Freshman 15 anyway? Does it really exist? Am I at risk? How do I fit exercise into my already crammed schedule? Is it possible to eat well as a college student . Come and learn how!
  • Thirsty for Knowledge?...and Root Beer
    • Jackson Library
    • Go on an Amazing Race-like quest at the Library to discover important resources and services to make your freshman year a breeze. Come fine out what upperclassmen say you need to know about the Library and enjoy a luxurious ice cream float bar.
  • Cultivating Healthy College Relationships
    • Elder Hall / Room #238
    • Practical strategies for establishing and cultivating healthy collegiate relationships with roommates, friends, family and significant others.
  • Get Ready to (W)Rite
    • Elder Hall / Room #244
    • This session will calm students' anxiety about college writing assignments by providing tools and techniques for writing academic papers.
  • Don't Stress, It's Just College (Student Panel)
    • Globe Theater / Student Center
    • The first few weeks on campus can be overwhelming but don't stress, it's just college! Come join current IWU students as they offer their "insider" tips on how to maximize your college experience! They will share some of their best advice from personal experience, talk about different things available to students on and around campus, as well as answer any questions you may have about college life.
  • 5 Things You Should Do Before You Graduate
    • Elder Hall / Room #150
    • This workshop is designed to help you think about the awesome opportunity you have to do unique things during your four years at IWU: things you may never get to do again after college, or things that will be much harder to try and do after college.
  • Climbing Your Career: First Year Strategies
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #128
    • Thinking about your career may feel as daunting as climbing a mountain But over the next four years, there are paths to explore, equipment to master, and amazing sights to see. We'll show you how to begin your career development climb at IWU- plus there will be giveaways and more!
  • The Suitcase: A Picture of Discipleship
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #135
    • Your life is like a suitcase. Inside of it, you carry the contents of your life: your baggage, your influences, and your identity. Discipleship is the journey of giving your suitcase fully to Jesus and allowing him to change your life. This interactive workshop will identify and teach the necessary steps of surrendering your suitcase to God as you enter college. This workshop will be led by the Awaken staff and will challenge you to go deeper as a disciple.
  • Eat, Drink, Sleep, Repeat
    • Noggle Christian Ministries Center / Room #113
    • How to survive your first year of college by navigating and balancing healthy eating, exercise, sleep, and relaxation in the midst of your busy schedule.
  • SPECIAL: You Matter (Gathering for students of color)
    • Barnes Student Center / Piazza Terrace