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Thunder Academy 2015

Below is the schedule for Thunder Academy 2015 to be held from August 20th to August 22nd. Please check our website periodically for updated information. Keep in mind that it is REQUIRED for all students to attend Thunder Academy.

Starting college is a storm of various emotions – anxiety, excitement, confusion, and happiness. Thunder Academy is designed to ease you into the transition from living at home with your family to making SUU your new home. We build on what has already been shared at your summer orientation and ensure you are ready to succeed when classes start. Thunder Academy will help minimize your nerves and calm your anxiety. It will also make certain you are aware of important elements needed for success like expectations, community standards and understanding online class technology. While much of Thunder Academy is serious, we also offer many fun activities to help you meet people, get to know the area and settle in at SUU.

Thunder Academy is the second half of your orientation experience at SUU.  Please make plans now to be move in and be ready to go by Thursday, August 20.  If you have questions about Thunder Academy, you should direct them to the Orientation Office at (435) 586-1932 or orientation@suu.edu.

* Indicates a required event for the UNIV2010: University Passport course.  Attendance will be taken at these events to ensure that students receive credit for attending Orientation and Thunder Academy.  If you are not currently enrolled in this course and would like to be, please contact orientation@suu.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions about Thunder Academy

Schedule

Thursday, August 20, 2015

11-12:30p.m. SUU At A Glance

Location: Sharwan Smith Student Center Ballroom

This event kicks off our Thunder Academy. Students will have a chance to meet our on-campus offices, clubs, and organizations! Students will get their questions answered here regarding campus housing, dining, mail, research, volunteer opportunities, student government, and other student services. If your student as ordered a parking pass, they will be available for pick up at this event. Students could also be entered to win $50 T-Bucks!  Eat before you arrive! We will have snacks available!


*12:30-1:30p.m. New Student Induction 

Location: Centrum Arena

Students, family members, and guest are invited to join President Wyatt and SUU faculty members to commemorate the start of a school year. All new students are expected to attend this annual university celebration where they will be officially inducted as Thunderbirds and SUU family. 

*1:30-2:00 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Thunder

Location: Centrum Arena

Grab some snacks from our Orientation Team and meet those students around you during this fun and interactive activity.

*2:00-3:00 p.m. "Diversity University"- Monti Washington & Julia Garcia

Location: Centrum Arena

Beginning at very young ages, Monti and Julia had every excuse in the world to give up and be unsuccessful. From broken homes, poverty, abuse and foster care, to family tragedies, bullying, rehab, and even rape, they could have easily fallen under the radar. Using slam poetry and role-playing, these two dynamic speakers will connect with and inspire you individually. During this session we will cover important topics related to all types of diversity at SUU.

*3:00-3:30 p.m. The Price is Right

Location: Centrum Arena

Find out if you can name the price for the resources you will need while you are a college student. Also, learn  about other vital resources here at SUU. 

*3:30-3:45 p.m. Talk Nerdy to Me

Location: Centrum Arena

Get a the complete idea of what it is like to be in a college classroom. Students will be receive helpful advice from a current SUU Faculty member and critical things you need to know to be successful in your University classes. 

3:45-4:30 p.m. College Face Off

Face off against each college, and show that your college has more SUU pride!

3:45-4:30 p.m. TNT Social

Location:  Cedar Breaks- Sharwan Smith Student Center

This is a chance to come enjoy ice cream, mingle with other transfer and adult learner students, and be introduced to the resources that are available to help you succeed as a transfer or non-traditional student at SUU.  This session is only for those students who transferred from another university to SUU, or those students over age 25, married, or with children.

4:30-5:30 p.m. College Receptions

Location: Various Locations

This is an opportunity for all students to connect with faculty, staff, and advisors in their respective colleges. Determine your major’s location from the itinerary below:
            University College- Living Room
            School of Business- Business Building North Lawn
            College of Science and Engineering-  Bradshaw Grove (Rain Location: Student Center Ballroom)
            College of Humanities & Social Sciences- Starlight Room
            College of Performing & Visual Arts- Thorley Recital Hall (MU 202)
            College of Education- Education Building 104

5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner

Location: Thunderbird Circle

ON YOUR OWN 

If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat dinner in the dining hall with your new friends for $9.25.

*6:50-9:00 p.m. “Success by Choice” - Marlon Smith

Location: Centrum Arena

Marlon Smith believes, “A vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision is merely passing time. But vision with action can change the world.” Come hear his words and see how you can change the world. Marlon is known as one of our students' favorite speakers that comes to campus each year. You won't want to miss this.

9:00-11:00 p.m. Campus Tie-Dye

Location: Multipurpose Quad

Bring us your white shirts, your bed sheets, your pajamas and more! And don’t forget your dancing shoes because a DJ will be playing music for those who want to dye and dance and meet new people! This event is sponsored by Orientation, University Housing and the Residence Hall Association (RHA). (Weather permitting)

Friday, August 21st, 2015

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Location: Thunderbird Circle

ON YOUR OWN

 If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat breakfast in the dining hall with your new friends for $7.25. Please note that breakfast concludes promptly at 8:30 a.m.


*8:45-10:15 a.m. Can I Kiss You? -Mike Domitrz

Location: Centrum Arena

Mike Domitrz is a one-person show that uses a powerful tool: humor, to open people’s minds. Mike, the Founder of The Date Safe Project, Inc., has created an interactive program that inspires changes in the lives of each audience member.

*10:15-11:00 a.m. Captain Canvas

Location: Centrum Arena

Canvas is an online classroom tool that is used in most courses taught at SUU. Even if your class is not an online class, professors will utilize Canvas for assignment posting and submission, grading, and attendance. Your success will be determined by your ability to navigate this online platform. This session will give you an overview of how to access Canvas, how to turn in assignments, where to check for due dates, and how to view your grades.

*11:00-12:30 p.m. Feel the Thunder 

Location: Centrum Arena

What do Thor, rappelling, ROTC, and your Student Association have in common? They will all be a part of “Feel the Thunder,” your official Thunderbird Welcome! Then, with a procession across campus, a first will be your last until the day you graduate. Not sure what that means? We will fill you in!

12:30-2:00 p.m. President's Picnic 

Location: Upper Quad

Join the President’s Council and SUU faculty and staff members as they welcome you to the Thunderbird family.  The bell tower tradition is one thing you won't want to miss, and it's followed by a free lunch!


*2:00-5:00 p.m. Thunderbard - Taming of the Shrew

Location: Randall L. Jones Theater

Required for the Passport Class

SUU is proud to host the Utah Shakespeare Festival on our campus. The Provost is proud to sponsor all new students to view Taming of the Shrew this year as a part of the Thunderbard performance. We provide free tickets for the entire incoming class to view this performance.

5:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner

Location: Thunderbird Circle

ON YOUR OWN

If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat dinner in the dining hall with your new friends for $9.25.

7:45-8:30 p.m. But First Let Me Take A  Selfie

Location: Eccles Coliseum

Students will participate in capturing a class of 2019 photo!

8:30- 10:00 p.m. Play Fair

Location: Eccles Coliseum

In any new group situation, most people are concerned with making friends, feeling accepted and feeling listened to. The ultimate icebreaker will help you quickly overcome these normal barriers to creating community. You will be able to start your experience at SUU by experiencing unforgettable fun.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Breakfast

Location: Thunderbird Circle

ON YOUR OWN

If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat brunch in the dining hall with your new friends for $8.25.

10:00a.m. -12:00 noon Beyond the Callboard: Needed Information for Theatre or Dance Majors.

Location: Thorley Recital Hall

Performing and Visual Arts Orientation: 

Required for Performing and Visual Arts majors ONLY! 

Students that are involved with Performing and Visual Arts majors, are required to attend an orientation for the department. 

1:00-3:00 p.m. Party with the President

Location: President's House

Join President Wyatt for an ice cream party!  Hope for good weather so we can all gather in the back yard! 

3:00 -5:00 p.m. T-Bird U

Location: Centrum Arena

Join the T-Bird Nation with a march to Centrum Arena! You'll hear from SUU coaches, and current Athletes at SUU!  

5:00-7:30 p.m. Thunder Tailgate

Location: Eccles Coliseum Park Lots (P3 & P4)

Students will get a taste of tailgating right out side Eccles Coliseum! Enjoy Food, Games and even more fun! Students will also have the opportunity to meet the football team!

9:00 p.m.- midnight Red and White Dance Party

Location: The Tunnel

Show off your SUU Pride by wearing red and white for the dance! Find your way over to the tunnel just below the bookstore and be prepared to show off your moves. Come dance the night away!


Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Brunch

Location: Thunderbird Circle

ON YOUR OWN

If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat brunch in the dining hall with your new friends for $8.25.


Dinner

ON YOUR OWN

Location: Thunderbird Circle

If you have purchased a meal plan or deposited T-Bird Bucks in your student account, just bring your T-Card to gain entrance to the Thunderbird Circle. If you do not have a meal plan or T-Bird Bucks, you can still eat dinner in the dining hall with your new friends for $9.25.


8:00-9:00 p.m. Floor Meetings

Location: Residence Halls

*Required for students living on-campus

All SUU Housing residents are required to attend their first floor meeting of the semester. Check with your Resident Assistant (RA) to find out the location of your meeting.



* Indicates a required event for the UNIV2010: University Passport course.  Attendance will be taken at these events to ensure that students receive credit for attending Orientation and Thunder Academy.  If you are not currently enrolled in this course and would like to be, please contact orientation@suu.edu.  Requests for accommodations during Thunder Academy can be sent to orientation@suu.edu.