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Launch into Lander graphicLaunch into Lander 2020 (Aug. 12-16)

COVID-19 Disclaimer and Information

Lander Student Life and the LINK program understand your concerns for this and other events for the fall. Here are some policies for each of these events that we need your help in following to ensure we are all safe and have a great time!

  • Face coverings or masks are now required to be worn inside all state government offices, buildings and facilities, pursuant to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s latest order (Executive Order 2020-50), as a response to control the spread of COVID-19 in our state. As such, this order does apply to all buildings on the campus of Lander University. We also ask you to social distance as much as possible while being on campus and at events.
  • All spaces on campus are currently working under capacity restrictions. Please assist us in abiding by these numbers by following directions from any staff member working an entrance to an event or program. We are trying our best to accommodate everyone and all programs at this time.

 

Events

Wednesday, August 12

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

NOVELTY EVENTS - GRAB AND GO SURVIVAL KITS
Cultural Center Commons - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come by the Cultural Center commons area at your own leisure to decorate your new room.

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION *Optional
TBA - 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Book an appointment to visit our mobile TRACS stations 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. Prefer to DIY? Access instructions and FAQs here: IT Resources for New Bearcats (or https://bit.ly/31itnDz). Book an appointment here: https://bit.ly/31gKYvo. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 17, 2020. Need technology help or advice? Call the ITS Help Desk at (864) 388-8234.

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

TRIVIA
Dining Hall - 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Bring your knowledge and join your new classmates in answering questions from a variety of categories!

OUTDOOR POOL PARTY
Sproles - 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Come cool off in our outdoor pool area with a night swim and DJ to dance to! We will also have individually packaged refreshments for you to enjoy!

 

Thursday, August 13

BREAKFAST IN THE DINING HALL - 7:15-10:00 a.m.

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION *Optional
Lower Level of Jackson Library - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Book an appointment to visit our mobile TRACS stations 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. Prefer to DIY? Access instructions and FAQs here: IT Resources for New Bearcats (or https://bit.ly/31itnDz). Book an appointment here: https://bit.ly/31gKYvo. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 17, 2020. Need technology help or advice? Call the ITS Help Desk at (864) 388-8234.

NOVELTY EVENTS - DIY RES HALL AIR FRESHENER
Cultural Center Commons - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come by the Cultural Center commons area at your own leisure to decorate your new room.

LANDER IDS
Cultural Center Commons - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

If you were unable to get your ID made at orientation, please come by the Cultural Center commons area to get your picture taken and receive your Lander ID!

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

SOCIAL DISTANCE DANCE PARTY
Dining Hall - 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Join the jam session in the Dining Hall and sing your way through supper at LU!

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE AMPHITHEATRE - "The High Note"
Ampitheatre - 8:00 p.m.
Come out under the lights at our amazing, outdoor amphitheatre on campus and enjoy a movie night with popcorn and friends!

 

Friday, August 14

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

Free donuts until they are gone! From the Rolling Dough Co.

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

LINK 101
Multiple Classrooms - 9:00-10:30 a.m. (See Locations) 
***STUDENTS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR LANDER EMAIL AND BLACKBOARD LINK CLASS FOR SPECIFIC LOCATION OF YOUR SESSION 
​***THIS SESSION IS MANDATORY FOR FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN***
 
Learn more about LINK 101 and how the course will help you be successful at Lander in the first year. This mandatory remote session will let you all you need to know about your academic fall semester on campus as well as break-out sessions with your LINK 101 instructors. Meet with your LINK instructor and/or Peer Leader to discuss all things Lander.

GROUP BREAKOUT SESSIONS AND LUNCH WITH FACULTY AND STAFF (See Schedule)
Multiple Classrooms, Outdoor Spaces and Dining Hall - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.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.
    Academic Success Center
    Writing Center
    SSS/TRIO

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

  • Lunch: Provided by Lander Dining – THEME DAY IN THE DINING HALL!

BEARCAT BYTES: ITS CERTIFICATION *Optional
TBA - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Book an appointment to visit our mobile TRACS stations 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. Prefer to DIY? Access instructions and FAQs here: IT Resources for New Bearcats (or https://bit.ly/31itnDz). Book an appointment here: https://bit.ly/31gKYvo. This is optional for students that need assistance and is recommended before classes begin on August 17, 2020. Need technology help or advice? Call the ITS Help Desk at (864) 388-8234.

CAMPUS RESOURCES AND INFORMATION SESSIONS (Three concurrent sessions)
Choose any of the following sessions to attend: 30-minute sessions, starting at 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm
CONFIRMED DEPARTMENTS:

  • LUPD – Barratt Hall 126
  • Financial Aid – LC 200
  • Campus Recreation – Pees 221
  • Veterans Services/ROTC – LC 371
  • Career Services/Student Employment – LC 342
  • Student Activities – CC 250
  • Greek Life – Lois Grier Room
  • Athletics – Horne Arena
  • Jackson Library – LC 274
  • Wellness Center – LC 300
  • Information & Technology Services/TRACS – LC 373

CAMPUS TOURS
Office of Admissions - TOURS WILL START EVERY 45 MINUTES: 2PM, 2:45PM, 3:30PM, 4:15PM​

Meet at the Office of Admissions in the Learning Center to take a campus tour and discover more of what Lander is about! Or, meet up with an Orientation Leader or your LINK Peer Leader to find your classrooms for the semester.

RESOURCE AND ORGANIZATION FAIR
Plaza (rain location Cultural Center Commons) - 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Come out to the plaza and check out all of the wonderful student clubs and organizations we have to offer here at Lander! Find your flavor here at LU!

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

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
New Residence Hall Field - 8:00-10:00 p.m. 

Gather your roommates, hallmates, and Orientation friends to have a blast playing all of your favorite field games out on the New Res Field. Events will challenge your mind, body and perhaps your Lander spirit! Not interested in participating? Come watch the fun and cheer on your classmates!

 

 

Saturday, August 15

THE BEARCAT SHOP - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 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!

BRUNCH/LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

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 - 4:00-7:30 p.m.

SIP AND SPLASH IN UPTOWN GREENWOOD WITH “THE LEFTOVERS”
Pick Up and Drop Off at PEES Circle - 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Join Student Life and Engagement, some of our student clubs and organizations along with businesses from Uptown Greenwood at the Uptown Market and Splash Pad for an evening of fun! “THE LEFTOVERS” will be playing some great music at the market as well! Come be a part of a great night with the community of Lander and Greenwood! ***Food from Millhouse will be available for purchase. Use of the Lander Line is strictly voluntary. Participate at your own risk.​
Uptown Greenwood website

 

Sunday, August 16

Use this day to decompress, relax, and prepare for your first full day of the Fall 2020 semester!

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

BRUNCH/LUNCH IN THE DINING HALL - 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

DINNER IN THE DINING HALL - 4:00-7:30 p.m.

 

 

If time allows during your week, be sure to explore some of Lander’s recreational opportunities:

  • Fitness Center - Chandler PEES Center
    Monday-Friday, 6am-8am
    Monday, Wed, Friday, 12pm-10pm
    Tuesday & Thursday, 12:15pm-10pm
    Friday, 6am-8pm
    Saturday, 10am-6pm
    Sunday, 2pm-8pm
  • Outdoor Pool - Sproles Recreation Area
    Monday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm
  • Bearcat Lounge - Grier Student Center
    Monday-Friday, 10am-11pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-11pm

  • Bearcade - Thomason Residency Complex