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Thunder Academy 2015

Below is the tentative schedule for Thunder Academy 2015 to be held from August 20 to August 23. Please check our website periodically for updated information. Keep in mind that all students are expected 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 begins with the opening Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 20. Other highlights include attending a Utah Shakespeare production of The Taming of the Shrew (everyone gets a FREE ticket), nationally known speakers, walking under the Carter Carillon Tower, a day of service in our community, and social activities. Thunder Academy ends with a visit to the President’s home on Sunday evening.

Thunder Academy is the second half of your orientation experience at SUU and all new students are expected to be in attendance.  Please make plans now to be move in and be ready to go by Thursday, August 20 by noon.  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 features our on-campus offices that are designed to support student success at SUU. Set up as an organization fair, during this event students can visit with representatives from across campus. Students will get their questions answered here regarding campus housing, dining, mail, research, volunteer opportunities, student government, and other student services.


*12:30-1:30p.m. Academic Convocation

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

Academic Convocation features a formal address by SUU faculty members and a student speaker. This presentation will introduce you to SUU’s unique Experiential Education (EDGE) program designed to offer students exciting opportunities to integrate learning and real-world experience not found at any other University. Students will also learn about the Thunderbard project, a Shakespeare study-based program only found at SUU.

*1:30-2:00 p.m. Icebreaker/App 101

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

Learn about our Thunder Academy schedule app, which is free to download and will give you all the information you need to navigate this four day program.  In addition, 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

Required for the Passport Class

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.

*3:00-3:45 p.m. Intro to Campus Resources

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class
The increased number of violent incidents on campuses across the country makes this brief program and important one. Learn how to keep yourself and others safe and everything you need to know about campus systems designed to protect you. Also, learn how to connect to the campus-wide WI-FI and navigate your online SUU Portal.

*3:45-4:30 p.m. Success in the Classroom

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

Get a first-hand look of what it is like to be in a college classroom. Students will be able to receive helpful advice about a college syllabus, Canvas-SUU’s online learning and grading system, academic integrity and everything you need to know to be successful in your University classes. 

3:45-4:30 p.m. Transfer and Adult Learner Student Social

Location: Ballroom OR Cedar Breaks

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- 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

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.

*7:00-9:00 p.m. “Success by Choice” - Marlon Smith

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

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 21nd, 2015

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

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 breakfast in the dining hall with your new friends for $7.25. Please note that breakfast concludes promptly at 8:30 a.m.


*9:00-10:15 a.m. Can I Kiss You? -Mike Domitrz

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

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.

*10:15-10:30 a.m. Red Book Overview

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

The Red Book is SUU's one-stop, online resource for new students. This online flip-book includes everything from on-campus housing, SUU athletic teams, meal plans, public transportation, and student support services to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUU student policies, and campus safety. If you have a question about your first-year at SUU, this is the place to go. Attending this session will introduce you to the Red Book, how to access it, and what it provides for you.

*10:30-11:00 a.m. Canvas: SUU's Online Learning Platform

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

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.

*11:00-12:15 p.m. Feel the Thunder - Carter Carillon Tradition

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class

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. Carter Carillon Luncheon

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

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.

7:30-8:30 p.m. SUU Class Photo

Location: Eccles Colliseum

Students will participate in capturing a class of 2019 photo!

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

Location: Eccles Coliseum

Required for the Passport Class

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.

8:00-10:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Location: Across Campus

Come enjoy a little competition and learn about SUU in the Scavenger Hunt! Bring your camera or camera phone, as this is a photo-based hunt. Great prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s).

 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

*8:00-12:00 noon Service Saturday

Location: Centrum Arena

Required for the Passport Class
This SUU service tradition is how T-Birds help make Cedar City great! Service Saturday is your chance to meet the community as you help out with projects such as assembling literacy packets for new moms, constructing blankets for senior citizens, making surgery dolls for Primary Children's Hospital, playing soccer with Special Olympians, hosting benefit car-washes and more!


12:00-1:00 p.m. Brunch

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 brunch in the dining hall with your new friends for $8.25.
 

12:00-1:00 p.m. Watermelon Bust

Location: Eccles Coliseum

Meet SUU student athletes while you play games involving watermelons! There will be prizes awarded to winners of these fun activities. Sponsored by SUU Athletics.


Dinner

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 just $9.25.

9:00 p.m.-12:00 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 23, 2015

Brunch

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 brunch in the dining hall with your new friends for $8.25.


Dinner

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.


6:00-7:30 p.m. Appetizers with SUU's President Wyatt

Location: President's Residence (302 S 1100 W)

Yes, you are invited to the President’s home for appetizers. Hope for good weather so we can all gather in the back yard! Please wear daytime semi-formal attire for this occasion.


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.