Spring Week of Welcome 2021

Welcome to Georgia Tech! Whether you are a new or returning student, we are so excited to welcome you to campus this Spring! Spring Week of Welcome is meant to support students through their transition to Tech by providing a variety of opportunities to engage with offices, departments, student organizations, and peers through the first week of the spring semester. 
Below you will find a schedule of events that include virtual, hybrid, and distanced in-person engagement opportunities. Some events require registration prior to the event, so please make sure you are reading the descriptions carefully. We hope that you find events to fit your interests and that you enjoy Spring Welcome! 

On-Going Opportunities 

Campus Tour with a FASET Leader 
January 14th-20th

Join a FASET Leader with a small group of your peers for a 1-hour tour of campus. Masks are required and there will be limited space on the sign-up to keep groups small and maintain social distance. See campus, learn about some Tech Traditions, and get your questions answered by a student leader! 
Click here to sign up! 

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Commemorative Event Series 
January 11th-26th

The commemoration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Georgia Institute of Technology encompasses an ambitious slate of events organized by faculty, staff, and students. Our 2021 MLK celebrations will include various virtual and in-person educational programs and service opportunities to encourage active participation from the campus and nearby community.
Click here to view the event calendar!

Help Create a Site-specific Sculpture with World-renowned Artist Patrick Dougherty
January 13th-22nd

Patrick Dougherty creates unique, large-scale art installations using locally-sourced natural materials.As part of Georgia Tech’s commitment to sustainability, the Institute has established the Eco-Commons,80-acres of green space that will preserve the natural topography and link smart infrastructure across campus. The first section to open will be the home for his sculptures. Find out what Patrick has envisioned for Tech’s campus and help him create it!
For more information and to register as a volunteer, click here! 

Self-Guided Campus Traditions Tour
Take a walk around campus on your own time for a self-guided tour utilizing posted QR Codes at each of your stops. Each QR code will provide you with a video of a student leader explaining each location and tradition. Check out all the stops in one day or spread it out throughout the week! 
Click here for the official map! 

Q Chats
January 18th-20th
Hosted by the LGBTQIA Resource Center, Q Chats is a student discussion group series that provides spaces for undergraduate and graduate students who share similar identities to come together in a welcoming space and build community, share experiences, and support each other. There will be Q Chats for Queer Women, Queer Men, Closed Circuit: Closeted and Questioning, T+Q, and QPoC. 
For more information, click here!

Wednesday, January 13th

The Whistle Webinar Series 
10:00am - 4:00pm

With a variety of topics offered, join campus partners for 30-minute to 1-hour long virtual sessions about important and helpful topics supporting your transition to Tech. 
Todays Topics Include: How to be a Successful GT Student, GT Lorraine Info Session, Creating Sustainable Communities, Undergraduate Academics Faculty Panel, Career Center, Campus Safety and Resources, Connect with Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Goin' Global with GT, & Mental Health and Well-Being 
Click here for full details and links to join!

Thursday, January 14th 

The Whistle Webinar Series 
10:00am - 4:00pm

With a variety of topics offered, join campus partners for 30-minute to 1-hour long virtual sessions about important and helpful topics supporting your transition to Tech. 
Today's Topics Include: Expanding your Professional Network, Bridging the Gap, Navigating Academic Resources, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Campus Services, Philanthropy at Tech, Veteran's Services, Self-Care at GT, Financial Aid, and Transfer Student Panel 
Click here for full details and links to join!

iGniTe 2020 - Welcome (back) to Campus!
This event will serve as a virtual welcome and community-building event for iGniTe students arriving to campus for the first time this spring, or returning to campus! All students who were part of iGniTe 2020 are welcome. 
Click here to join!

Friday, January 15th

FASET Bag and RAT Cap Pickup
11:00am - 4:00pm
Smithgall Student Services Building, Room 117

All students who attended FASET Spring 2021, Fall 2020, and Summer 2020 can come to pick up their FASET Resource Bag and Incoming Student T-Shirt. There will additionally be RAT Caps available for pick-up, which is a part of a long-standing Georgia Tech Tradition!

The Whistle Webinar Series 
10:00am - 4:00pm

With a variety of topics offered, join campus partners for 30-minute to 1-hour long virtual sessions about important and helpful topics supporting your transition to Tech. 
Today's Topics Include: Exploring Grad School Options, Diversity and Inclusion at Tech, Undergraduate Research, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Summer Semester 101, Intuitive Eating, VOICE, Industrial Engineering Advising, and Leaning on your Strengths.
Click here for full details and links to join!

Saturday, January 16th

Engage Symposium 
10:30am - 4:30pm
Join Center for Student Engagement for a symposium highlighting leadership lessons from notable local, regional, and state leaders in a moderated interview format. These guest leaders will be interviewed by a current Georgia Tech student live on stage! The Ferst Center, which at full capacity holds an audience nearly 1000, will be limited to a live audience of 100 student participants to allow for social distancing. Georgia Tech students will also be able to view and participate in the program virtually. 
10:30 AM - Frank Brown interviewed by Taylor Gray, editor-in-chief of The Technique
12:30 PM - Chenée Joseph interviewed by Cade Lawson, past president of the Ramblin' Reck Club
2:00 PM - Doug Hooker interviewed by Mykala Sinclair, VP of Student Life of Undergraduate SGA. 
3:30 PM - VP of Student Life & Dean of Students John Stein 

Click here for additional information and to learn about the speakers! 

Click here to register through Campus Tickets 

Sunday, January 17th

Winter Organization Fair 
2:00 - 4:00pm

Each Spring semester, the Center for Student Engagement and SGA host the Organizations Fair which provides students opportunities to connect with our 550+ Registered Student Organizations. In Spring 2021, we will be hosting a virtual tabling fair on Gatherly! In addition to hosting a number of our student organizations, the Winter Organizations Fair will include Departments and Offices from across campus. Got a question? There's an office for that. Check out the Winter Organization Fair to also learn more about campus resources and engagement opportunities!
For full details and to RSVP, click here!

Center for Civil & Human Rights
The Center for Student Engagement will be providing ticketed entrance to 200 Georgia Tech students for the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Registration to claim tour timed tickets will be available via Campus Tickets. Bus transportation has been coordinated with pick-up beginning at 10:40am and will stop running at 3pm. Entry times into the museum are at 11am, 11:30am, noon, 12:30pm, & 1pm
Register through Campus Tickets by clicking here

Monday, January 18th

MLK Day of Service 
MLK Day of Service is an immersive, community service program that connects GT community members to hands-on service projects and social issue education in the Atlanta area.  Each year, on the observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we offer the chance to make it a “day on, not a day off” partnering with Atlanta community organizations to connect, serve, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community’. Our 2021 event has been adjusted to a hybrid format to account for needs of our community partners and GT community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can choose how you’d like to serve this year! We will offer the following options:  

  • MLK Small Group Service Projects | Organized with local community partners, these will be in-person service projects hosted on-campus during our formal Day of Service hours.  Space will be limited.   

  • MLK Virtual Projects | Organized with local community partners, these projects will allow for engagement during MLK Day of Service without an in-person component.   

  • MLK Engage Where you Are | Commit to strengthening your connection to community wherever you are, through service or another community engagement option that you choose!  

For more information and to register, click here! 

Tuesday, January 19th

Spring New Student Welcome Ceremony 

Join New Student and Transition Programs for your official virtual welcome ceremony. During this event, you will hear from a variety of staff and student leaders welcoming you to the Institute. You'll also have an opportunity to hear from the GT Marching Band, where they will explain how to fill out your official Georgia Tech RAT Cap. Rat Caps can be picked up on January 15th or 21st from 11-4pm in Smithgall 117. 
Click here to watch the recorded event!

International Opportunities Open House
This year the Office of International Education: Education Abroad Team will be hosting short updates and overviews of the programs we work with. This is a great chance to meet advisors, learn about programs, and ask questions. These sessions will be recorded and posted to the Recordings page of the website.
10:00am: Non-GT & Travel Registry - click here to join!
10:30am: The International Plan - click here to join!
11:00am: Exchanges - click here to join!
1:00pm: Summer Study Abroad Updates - click here to join!
2:00pm: ISyE Summer Program in Europe - click here to join!
2:30pm: Oxford Summer Program - click here to join! 
3:00pm: Pacific Program - click here to join!
3:30pm: Global Research and Internship Program - click here to join!
4:30pm: Scholarships - click here to join!

Wednesday, January 20th

Navigating Georgia Tech as a First-Generation Student: Q&A Session with FirstGen Student Organization 
5:00 - 6:00pm 

Join the FirstGen student organization for a Q&A driven discussion about navigating Georgia Tech as the first person in your family to attend college. Current Georgia Tech students will be leading the Q&A, so bring any questions that you have.
Click here to join!

Thursday, January 21st

FASET Bag and RAT Cap Pickup
11:00am - 4:00pm
Smithgall Student Services Building, Room 117

All students who attended FASET Spring 2021, Fall 2020, and Summer 2020 can come to pick up their FASET Resource Bag and Incoming Student T-Shirt. There will additionally be RAT Caps available for pick-up, which is a part of a long-standing Georgia Tech Tradition!

Flicks at Ferst

Student Center Programs will be showing the movie Freaky starring Vince Vaughn and Katherine Newton.  The event is free for students, but will require students to RSVP. Due to limited capacities, only Georgia Tech students will be able to participate.  Tiff’s Treats will be handing out cookies outside before the movie in their Tiff’s Truck for participants!
Reserve your ticket here!

"Hi" from Health Initiatives: Well-Being Trivia

Join Health Initiatives for a virtual Winter Welcome. We will be playing some fun well-being trivia & prizes will be mailed to the top winners! Come learn about Health Infinitives resources available to you and learn a few fun facts about well-being at Georgia Tech!
Click here to join!

Coffee Hour with LGBTQIA Resource Center

Get to know the professional staff in the LGBTQIA Resource Center as well as other LGBTQIA students at Tech as we begin Spring 2021!
Click here to join!

The New Normal: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19 Viewing and Panel Discussion
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us for a viewing of The New Normal documentary followed by a panel discussion. The New Normal is a 20 minute documentary about observations made by students, staff, faculty, and building professionals regarding the COVID-19 shutdown, the built environment, and how lessons learned from The Kendeda Building can inform what “the new normal” looks like once we emerge from this pandemic. Panelist speakers will include four of the stars of the documentary and will be moderated by Shan Arora, Kendeda Building Director exploring how the lessons learned from the Building can inform how buildings are designed, built, and operated in the post-COVID world.
Click here to join! 

(wo)Manifesting Your Vision with the WRC
11:00am - 12:00pm
Where your focus goes, your energy flows. Welcome back to a new a semester! This virtual program will guide students through the process of manifesting goals and creating their very own digital vision board for the new academic year! Participants will also have an opportunity to build community with the Women's Resource Center and learn more about our resources and services.
Click here to RSVP! 

MLK Student Celebration: The Beloved Community 2021: Bridging Communities During Social Divide 
7:00 - 8:00pm

This virtual celebration will feature student speeches, video performances, and short films. As part of this new virtual format, we will feature a creative ceremony to represent the different organizations on campus that have been impacted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream. The event can be viewed via YouTube at: https://youtu.be/Fwdpgz3E56A.

Friday, January 22nd 

SCPC Presents: Karaoke

SCPC will host small breakout karaoke rooms for you and your friends to sing your favorite songs while socially distant and wearing your face covering. Invite some friends and get ready to sing your hearts out in private rooms upstairs at the Student Center Expo Hall. Students will be able to reserve their private karaoke space for their group through Campus Tickets. Participants must remain masked up while singing and while listening. (It's just Karaoke with friends; we aren't performing at the Super Bowl here :D)
Reserve your space here!