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Launch into Lander graphicLaunch into Lander 2021 

(Aug. 18-22)

 

Events

Wednesday, August 18

FRESHMAN MOVE-IN DAY!

LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

DIY RES HALL AIR FRESHENERS
Cultural Center Commons - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come by the Student Center commons and create your own air freshener for your new room.

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION (Optional)
Lower Level of Jackson Library - 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit TRACS to have your electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phone, etc.) certified and ready for classes. Lander ITS Technicians will ensure that you can connect to Lander’s network, download Microsoft Office, provide assistance with Lander Mobile, and answer your IT-related questions. Each student should plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 23, 2021.

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:45-9:30 p.m.

TEAM TRIVIA DURING DINNER
Dining Hall - 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

While you’re enjoying dinner, grab a group of friends and make a team for all-around trivia night in the Dining Hall with a special prize for our winners.

 

Thursday, August 19

FRESHMAN MOVE-IN DAY!

BREAKFAST IN THE DINING HALL - 7:00-10:00 a.m.

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION (Optional)
Lower Level of Jackson Library - 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Visit TRACS to have your electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phone, etc.) certified and ready for classes. Lander ITS Technicians will ensure that you can connect to Lander’s network, download Microsoft Office, provide assistance with Lander Mobile, and answer your IT-related questions. Each student should plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 23, 2021.

LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

DIY RES HALL CUSTOM ROOM SIGNS
Cultural Center Commons - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come by the Student Center and design a custom sign to hang in your new room for the year.

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:45-9:30 p.m.

SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AND S’MORES AT THE FIRE PIT
Centennial Lawn/Fire Pit - 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Come hang out at our on-campus fire pit and sand volleyball court and enjoy the action by playing or just hanging out eating some s’mores with friends!

 

Friday, August 20

BREAKFAST IN THE DINING HALL - 7:00-10:00 a.m.

GO NUTS FOR DONUTS!
Front Lawn - 7:00 a.m. until

Free donuts until they are gone from Mama’s Sweet Shoppe by the Front Lawn Fountain!

LINK 101
Finis Horne Arena - 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

Hear from our Provost, Dr. Scott Jones, and the Director of the First-Year Program, Brittany Aga, as you learn more about LINK 101 and how the course will help you be successful at Lander. This mandatory remote session will give all you need to know about your academic fall semester on campus as well as break-out sessions with your LINK 101 instructors and Peer Leaders. ***THIS SESSION IS MANDATORY FOR ANY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN LINK 101***

SUCCESS IN BEARCAT COUNTRY
Finis Horne Arena - 10:45-11:30 a.m. 

Success in Bearcat Country: Lander’s many student success resources will be introduced and explained to help you along your journey here in Bearcat Country.

LINK 101 CLUSTER INSTRUCTOR BREAKOUT
Various Classrooms Across Campus - 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Led by LINK instructors and LINK Peer Leaders.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - 12:00-2:00 p.m. 

  • Group 1
    12:00-1:00 p.m. - Peer Groups (Classrooms)
    1:00-2:00 p.m. - Lunch (Horne Arena)
  • Group 2
    12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Dining Hall)
    1:00-2:00 p.m. - Peer Groups (Classrooms)

Peer Group: A time to laugh and bond with your newly found group of friends! Icebreakers and other engaging activities led by your LINK Peer Leader including:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LANDER?

  • Learn all of Lander's apps 
    • Blue Army, LanderMobile, #LURec
  • Building acronyms, where they are and what offices are where
    • Examples of buildings: LC, CC, ASC
    • Examples of offices: Business, Admissions, Career Services
  • The difference between LINK and FALS events 
    • How many of each are needed for class/graduation?
  • How to use the Bearcat Shop website to identify and purchase textbooks

Lunch: Provided by Lander Dining - Peer Groups will be broken into smaller clusters of ~100 and will go to the dining hall area every 20 minutes during their session time.

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION (Optional)
Lower Level of Jackson Library - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit TRACS to have your electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phone, etc.) certified and ready for classes. Lander ITS Technicians will ensure that you can connect to Lander’s network, download Microsoft Office, provide assistance with Lander Mobile, and answer your IT-related questions. Each student should plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 23, 2021.

RESOURCE AND ORGANIZATION FAIR
Plaza  - 2:30-4:00 p.m.
(Rain Location Cultural Center Commons)

Come check out our over 70+ clubs, organizations, and departments around campus here to help you find your place in our Lander community. They all want to meet you!

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:45-7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
New Residence Hall Field - 7:00-10:00 p.m. 

Come out to New Res Field and hang out with some of our Campus Recreation staff while playing some of your field games along with BUBBLEBALL soccer! It will be an unforgettable night under the lights!

 

Saturday, August 21

BRUNCH/LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WATER PARTY
New Residence Hall Field - 12:00-4:00 p.m. 

Come out to New Res Field ready to party! We will have water slide inflatables, slip n’ slide kickball, and all sorts of other water games! Enjoy a fun day with new classmates and build new friendships!

THE BEARCAT SHOP - 12:00-2:00 p.m. 
If you have not picked up your textbooks from the Lander bookstore, do so today! If you reserved your books, expect a swift, quick process!

GREEK LIFE COOKOUT
Front Lawn - 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

In this no pressure setting, spend some free time with our Lander Greek community and learn what makes them so engaging and intriguing for our students.

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:45-7:30 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT - “F9: THE FAST SAGA”
Amphitheatre - 8:00 p.m. 

After all the excitement and activity from the last few days, come relax in our open amphitheater and bring your favorite snacks to watch “F9” under the stars to close out Launch.

 

Sunday, August 22

For those interested in worship, here is a list of some of the opportunities in the Greenwood community. 

BRUNCH/LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:45-9:00 p.m.

USE THIS DAY TO DECOMPRESS, RELAX, AND PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST FULL DAY OF THE FALL 2021 SEMESTER!
If time allows during your week, be sure to explore some of Lander’s recreational opportunities:

  • Fitness Center - Chandler PEES Center
    Wednesday, August 18-Saturday, August 21, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm 
    Sunday, August 22 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Regular hours begin Monday, August 23

    Monday-Friday, 6am-8am, 12pm-10pm
    Saturday, 10am-6pm
    Sunday, 2pm-8pm
  • Bearcat Lounge - Grier Student Center
    Wednesday, August 18-Saturday, August 21, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm 
    Sunday, August 22 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Regular hours begin Monday, August 23

    Monday-Friday, 10am-11pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-11pm

  • Bearcade - Thomason Residency Complex
    Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Regular hours begin Monday, August 23

    Monday-Friday, 10am-11pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-11pm

 

Explore Lander Resources

Take advantage of all the resources that Lander University can offer to you as a student. Use this time to visit ITS to get your laptop certified, purchase your books from the bookstore, visit the Writing Center, and explore campus to find your classrooms. For your convenience, below are various office locations and hours of operation.

Housing & Residence Life

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Grier Student Center, S314

Business Office

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Carnell Learning Center, 105

Financial Aid

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Carnell Learning Center, 122

Registrar’s Office

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Carnell Learning Center, 109

Bookstore/Bearcat Shop

Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm

Grier Student Center

Lander University Police Department

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Genesis Hall

ITS

Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm

Sunday, 1pm-9pm

Lower Level, Jackson Library

Jackson Library

See the current hours at www.lander.edu/library

 

Jackson Library

The Writing Center

Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm

Friday, 9am-1pm

Carnell Learning Center, 347

Academic Success Center

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

Genesis Hall