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Orientation & Winter WOW Schedule of Events

Winter WOW


Orientation at Geneseo helps transition first year and transfer students to the next steps of their academic and life  journeys. The purpose of orientation is to facilitate opportunities for students to acclimate to campus, create positive and inclusive connections, foster a sense of pride in Geneseo and establish a foundation for academic success. The aim of Orientation, including Weeks of Welcome, is to lay the groundwork for the rest of your college experience.

Winter Week of Welcome (WOW) is the official start of a new semester. It's a transitional time when students get to know the campus community and prepare for their academic endeavors. The Department of Student Life organizes an exciting Winter Week of Welcome (W.O.W.), a week-long slate of events for students. Winter W.O.W is a great way for students to get more involved with student organizations, celebrate school spirit by cheering on our athletic teams, and reconnect to the campus community as they start their spring semester.

The activities and events offered in the first weeks of the semester help incoming students build personal connections with other students, faculty and staff, and promote a sense of belonging. Participation in Weeks of Welcome is a great way for new students to dive into the Geneseo experience. While it may look different this year, it will be just as meaningful! 

Due to additional planning requirements related to COVID-19, the Orientation & Winter Week of Welcome schedule is a living schedule, and will be updated daily. Please check back often for updates. Thank you for your patience!

All in-person events on the schedule below will adhere to the GENESEO RESTART, NYS and CDC guidelines.

  • Please watch your distance, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, when possible. 
  • Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Please wear a face mask in public spaces and common areas.

Below is the schedule of events from Winter WOW 2020. Updates for Orientation & Winter WOW 2021 are coming soon.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Welcome Back! Hot Chocolate Bar

11am | MCU Lobby

Welcome back! Come warm up in the lobby with us and enjoy a hot chocolate bar with some tasty toppings.

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

11am | MCU Lobby

Find a spot in the lobby to enjoy this tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary eleven-year-old boy serving as a sort of prisoner for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3:30pm | MCU Lobby

Stop by and catch Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened and that the "heir of Slytherin" would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1pm |  MCU Lobby

Join us as we continue to follow Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry investigates Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban they believe is one of Lord Voldermort's old allies.

GLK Presents: Be True to the Blue!

6pm | MCU Lobby

Join GLK and UAA (Undergraduate Alumni Association) for a night of Geneseo spirit! Come design class pride icons and create a Geneseo traditions scrapbook. Free spirit treats and so much more!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Noontime in the Union: Sign Decorating

12pm | MCU Lobby

Come and create some signs to cheer on the Ice Knights for tonight's hockey game! All supplies will be provided by the Department of Student Life

FANtastic Friday Knight Tailgate

5:45pm | Merritt Circle

Join us Outside of the Merritt Athletic Center before the Ice Knights take on Potsdam to enjoy free hot chocolate, giveaways, some food truck options and much more! Sponsored by the Department of Student Life, Department of Residence Life, and CAS.

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Potsdam

7pm | Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena

Following the tailgate, come cheer on our Ice Knihts! Celebrate a special night and be sure to not miss the fun surprises throughout the game and in between periods.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Brockport

2pm & 4pm | Schrader Gym

Catch the Knights take on the Brockport Golden Eagles on the court. Make sure to bring your signs to cheer them on!

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Plattsburgh

7pm | Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena

Double the games, double the fun! For the second night in a row, cheer on our very own Ice Knights as they take on Plattsburgh! Let's Go Geneseo! G-E-N-E-S-E-O!

GLK Presents: The Drop Game Show

9pm | MCU Ballroom

GLK presents THE DROP game show, a combination of Plinko and Trivia. Play to win CASH prize giveaways of up to $1250!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Brunch with Braverman

12pm | Letchworth Dining Hall

Join Dr. Braverman, Interim Vice President of Student & Campus Life for brunch at Letchworth Dining Hall to connect and share your Geneseo stories with him.

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2pm | MCU Lobby

We are back in the Lobby to follow Harry Potter, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the mystery surrounding the entry of Harry's name into the Triwizard Tournament, in which he is forced to compete.

Monday, January 27, 2020

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

10am | MCU Lobby

Pop! Pop! Pop! Come pop away with us to celebrate #nationalbubblewrapday

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

10am | MCU Lobby

Watch Harry Potter's struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldermort, O.W.L. exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

10am | MCU Lobby

Hang with us during Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts and explore the past of Haryy's nemesis, Lord Voldermort, and Harry's preparations for the final battle against Voldemort alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore.

Residence Life: SNACK BREAK

12pm | MCU Lobby

All this Harry Potter got you hungry? Stop by for a snack break, hosted y Residence Life, for some Harry Potter themed snacks.

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 

1pm | MCU Lobby

Harry, Ron and Herione set out on the perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes - the keys to Voldemort's immortality.

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 

4pm | MCU Lobby

Catch the final film with us as Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Student Organization Expo

2pm-4pm | MacVittie College Union

Don't miss the bi-annual Student Organization Expo hosted by the Department of Student Life. Come and explore the diverse offerings of student organizations at Geneseo, there is something for everyone!