Friday–Saturday, September 5–6

International student arrival and informal programming at International House

Sunday, September 7

2–5:30 p.m.

Bus trip to Fox River Mall to purchase necessary items

Departing from International House

7 p.m.

Welcome dinner

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • Enjoy dinner with Nancy Truesdell, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Leah McSorley, director of international student services; Cecile Despres-Berry, TSA Waseda program director; Nicole Buenzli, director of international admissions, and other admissions and international student services staff
  • Following dinner, dessert will be served, hosted by Dean Truesdell

Monday, September 8

7:30 a.m.

Informal breakfast with upperclass students

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

8:15 a.m.

Immigration presentation for F-1 and J-1 students

Briggs Hall Room 223

  • International student immigration forms
  • Regulations and procedures
  • Legal rights, responsibilities and requirements in the United States with Office of International Student Services staff

Cultural adjustment and life in the United States

Briggs Hall Room 224

  • An overview of the cultural adjustment process
  • Discussion about U.S. culture and customs

Global nomad panel and discussion

Briggs Hall Room 225
A group discussion and networking opportunity for students with U.S. passports and global identities. Global nomads include dual citizens, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad and Third Culture Kids (TCKs)

10:30 a.m.

Student employment

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • Student employment, student payroll and taxes with human resources and financial aid staff
  • Collection of immigration paperwork and documents (passports, forms I-20 or DS-2019) by Office of International Student Services

Noon-1 p.m.


Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

Student ID photos for students who have not already had them taken

ID office (next to Information Desk, Warch Campus Center)

1 p.m.

Health and wellness

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)
Information about medical insurance, student health and health services, counseling services, and wellness and intramural programs.


  • Erin Buenzli, director of wellness and recreation
  • Susie Muenster, director of health services
  • Scott Radtke, associate dean of students for health and wellness

2 p.m.

Life at Lawrence

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • An introduction to life at Lawrence including natural environment and social relationships
  • Strategies for adjusting to your home on campus, problem solving and fun Wisconsin culture!

3 p.m.

Bridging borders

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)
Session led by upperclass students discussing adjustment to life in the United States and at Lawrence

5 p.m.

Dinner on your own

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

Tuesday, September 9

Breakfast on your own. Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center) opens at 7:30 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

Questions, review and return!

Cinema (Warch Campus Center)

  • Opportunity for questions
  • Review of some materials from the previous day
  • Return of immigration paperwork

9 a.m.

Discussion of banking and personal finances

Cinema (Warch Campus Center)

10 a.m.

Learning at Lawrence

Cinema (Warch Campus Center)


  • Cecile Despres-Berry, TSA Waseda director program and lecturer
  • Geoff Gajewski, associate dean of faculty for student academic services
  • Julie Haurykiewicz, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Jere Wickens, assistant dean of faculty for student academic services
  • Kate Frost, student success coordinator
  • Khrystal Condon, learning specialist

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

12:30 p.m.

Trip to U.S. Social Security Administration

Meet at Wriston Turnaround
Travel to U.S. Social Security Administration offices to begin application process for Social Security number
Remember to bring immigration documents.

Refer to your Welcome Week 2014 booklet for campus-wide activities following International Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.


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