Early Connections Schedule

Going virtual in 2020

To access the 2020 virtual Early Connections orientation, you will need a phone or computer. A week before this event, you will receive an email with the zoom links that you’ll need for each day.

Questions? Please feel free to email us at mep@spu.edu.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

2–3 p.m.

Session 1: Opening welcome for students and their families

Session 1 is all about honoring Early Connections students and their families! We invite you and your family to join us as we introduce program staff and student leaders, participate in a student and family blessing, and engage with an interactive percussion and rhythm activity.

3–3:10 p.m.


3:10–3:30 p.m.

Session 2: Leader introductions and icebreakers

In this session, you and your fellow students will have the opportunity to learn more about your Early Connections leaders and get to know your fellow first-year students (and new EC fam!) through interactive icebreaker games.

3:30–4:15 p.m.

Social media challenge and scavenger hunt

Come ready to get creative with an epic interactive scavenger hunt, where you’ll get a chance to bond with your Early Connections small group and get to know each other better.

6–7:30 p.m.

Session 4: Open Mic Night

At Open Mic Night you’ll have the chance to express yourself (and hear from others) through spoken word, dance, song, music, juggling, joke telling etc, as well as perform something with your EC small group ... no talent is too big or too small!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12–1 p.m.

Session 5: Game time

Come prepared to get silly as you and your EC team participate in minute-it-to-win-it challenges!

1–1:45 p.m.

Session 6: Health and wellness Session

This session is all about helping you prepare for the year ahead by establishing healthy college habits early-on, and this will include a time of yoga, mindfulness, and self care.

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Session 7: Hopes and Fears Activity

This session will be a time for you, other students, and leaders to share in a space of trust and vulnerability by normalizing our collective hopes and fears about college — and discovering the connections between us.

2:45–3 p.m.


3–3:30 p.m.

Session 8: Transitioning to life at SPU

In this session, you will hear more about your EC leader’s first-year experiences (and what they’ve learned), highlight the transition into New Student Orientation and how to make the most of it, and share helpful tips and tricks for first-year success at SPU.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Session 9: Closing activities and announcements

In the closing session, you and your fellow students will participate in an incredible interactive drum activity. We will end our time with information about ongoing Early Connections events and how you can stay connected to your new EC family after Orientation.

“I found not only a community, but also a family during my time at SPU.”
Early Connections student leader