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Bulldog Welcome Week 2013 is Here!

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Bulldog Welcome Week 2013 is Here!

Bulldog Welcome Week begins with Move-In on Thursday, August 29 and continues through the first week of classes. New first year students are required to attend the Bulldog Welcome Week events starting on Friday, August 30 and continuing through September 2, 2013.

Bulldog Welcome Week is a great way to dive into your UMD experience! During the long weekend, you will:
– become familiar with UMD’s academic expectations
– make many new friends including other sutdents and current UMD student eladers
– meet faculty ands taff
– learn some tups for keeping on top of your finances during college
– connect with student organizations, campus activities and ways to get involved
– explore the city of Duluth
– get connected to UMD!

More great activities for all students will continue through September 3 – September 9. For more information, please visit the Kirby Student Center website.


Bulldog Welcome Week is a blast! We strongly encourage you rot sign up for a Rock Group and participate in the full week of events and activities from August 29-September 2, 2013. If you can’t commit to the full week, we look forward to meeting you at the mandatory events for all transfer students.

Mandatory Events for Transfer Students
Friday, August 30
1:00 – 3:00 pm    College Welcome
3:30 – 4:30 pm    Chancellor’s Welcome & Convocation

Monday, Septemebr 2
9:45 – 10:45 am    Workshop #1
11:00 am – Noon   Workshop #2
12:30 – 2:30 pm    Transfer Student Connect


Please check-in and register for Bulldog Welcome Week. You may check in at either of the following locations:
– Thursday, August 29: Kirby Ballroom from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm OR
– Friday, August 30: Kirby Rafters from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Do I have to attend Bulldog Welcome Week?
Yes, Bulldog Welcome Week is a mandatory program for ALL incoming first-year student. Move-in for students living on campus will begin on August 29. All students, including commuter & off-campus freshman, must attend the remainder of the Bulldog Welcome Week, August 29 – September 2. On Friday, the first required event of the day is your Rock Group meeting at 11:00 am. (Sometimes students with PSEO credits or College in the Schools credits ask if they are also required to attend. The answer is ‘yes’. Students with PSEO credits and College in the Schools credits are still considered new first year student.) If you are considering skipping out on the mandatory events, we encourage you to carefully consider the consequences of missing Bulldog Welcome Week.

What are Rock Groups? What are Rock Stars?
Each new student will be assigned to a Rock Group. Rock Groups consist of 15-18 new students, led by a returning UMD student leader (Rock Stars). Rock Groups are your foundation or home base for the weekend. In these groups, you will get to know other new students, share meals, explore campus and Duluth, and have a place to ask questions or address concerns.

The name “rock group” and “rock stars” was chosen because, first these groups and relationships are the foundational “rock” of the weekend for new students. Second, the language symbolizes the beautiful rocky shores of Lake Superior and the great starry skies of the North Woods. And last, but certainly not least, it’s awesome!

Are parents allowed to stay for the whole program?
Parents are welcome to help their students get moved in and settled into their living spaces. Programs are running for parents and family on Thursday, August 30. On Thursday, these include a workshop about financial aid and finances in college and a general parent program.

It’s encouraged to say good-bye to your student before their 10:45 Rock Group meeting on Friday, as the students will be heading straight into a full schedule of Bulldog Welcome Week activities starting with the Chancellor’s Welcome.

As a parent, am I required to attend the parent specified programs?
No, these programs for parents and families are offered to meet some of the interest and questions some families have posed. Parents and family members are not required to attend any of these programs.

How do I know which ‘Rock Group’ I am in?
You will be assigned a Rock Group after you register for your workshops. You will be signing up for workshops online by mid-August. (Please watch your UMD email for instructions!). You will receive your Rock Group information when you check-in during move-in or, for commuter students, on August 30 at the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Welcome.

Can I move into on-campus housing sooner or later than Bulldog Welcome Week?
New students living on campus are welcome to move-in on Thursday, August 29 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. We strongly encourage new students to move in during this time so that they have time to settle in before all the activities and events of Bulldog Welcome Week begin.

Do I need a dining plan in order to eat at the Dining Center during Bulldog Welcome Week?
Lunch and dinner will be provided for all new students during Bulldog Welcome Week, including lunch on Monday, September 2. Regular meal plans will begin with dinner on Monday, September 2. Only students with breakfast in their specific dining plan have access to the Dining Center for breakfast. Students living in the apartments on campus are advised to stock their apartments with breakfast food or plan on purchasing breakfast at the Food Court or in the Dining Center. For more information on Dining Center plans and the Food Court, please visit

What are commuter & off-campus students, and am I considered one?
Commuter & off-campus students are students who do not live in on-campus residence halls, apartments or suites. Commuter & off-campus students must travel to and from campus using their own means of transportation. Commuter and off-campus first year students who are renting or leasing an apartment or house are asked to be ready and moved in before Friday, August 30, the beginning of Bulldog Welcome Week.

Where do I park if I am a parent or a commuter & off-campus student?
Parent, commuter & off-campus students may park in Maroon Lots from Thursday, August 29 through Monday, September 2 for Bulldog Welcome Week without having a permit. There is no overnight parking allowed in the Maroon Lots. Gold lots and all parking meters will be enforced during Bulldog Welcome Week and violations will result in parking tickets (please not that these are real parking tickets and must be paid to the City of Duluth).

The Maroon Lots will start permit enforcement on Tuesday, September 3 in the morning. For morning information about parking and a map of parking lots, please visit UMD’s parking site.

What if I am admitted into one college, but plan to enroll in another?
The college that is listed on your confirmation sheet will be the college you attend for the College Welcome during Bulldog Welcome Week. Please attend the college you are enrolled in. Please contact your student affairs office for more information about changing colleges during the fall semester.

What are workshops? Are they required?
You have the opportunity to choose three workshops to attend during Bulldog Welcome Week that engage your interests or concerns. There will be workshops offered in a wide variety of topic that will engage students in learning about UMD, achieving academic success, exploring the surrounding community, and making healthy decisions. Topics include getting involved in civic engagement, tackling test anxiety, doing well in college math courses, becoming a campus leader, getting a job on campus, and figuring out your college finances and financial aid, just to name a few. You must attend two workshops of your choice. Each workshop is one-hour in length.

Students will register for workshops of their choice in early August. Watch your UMD email for instructions!

Are evening activities required?
The evening activities are going to be a lot of fun! Al required activities will be bolded on the schedule. Although all events will not be required, we strongly recommend that you participate in as many activities as possible throughout the program. It is through these activities that you will meet other new students, current UMD students, and you will get a great sense of the many kinds of activities available for students during the year. See the schedule for information on what is required and more evening activities that may interest you.

How do I become a Student Leader and what are the roles of a student leader?
Students have a positive and enjoyable experience while attending Bulldog Welcome Week. If you are a current UMD student and are interested in being a Bulldog Welcome Week student leader (Rock Star) for Bulldog Welcome Week 2014, contact the First Year Experience Office & Students in Transition. They will let you know when they’re accepting applications to their wait list. The role of the Rock Stars is to help assist Bulldog Welcome Week event coordinators, to serve as group facilitators, to answer students’ questions, and to act as peer role models.

Who do I contact if I want to change my classes?
You can add or change classes online at or contact your student affairs office. The numbers are as follows:

CEHSP (120 Boh) – (218) 726 – 7156
CLA (310 Kplz) – (218) 726 – 8180
LSBE (11A LSBE) – (218) 726 – 6594
SCSE (140 Engr) – (218)726 7585
SFA (5-25 MonH) – (218) 726 7261 or (218) 726 – 8436