Before Class Begins
Welcome Students and Begin Building Community
Guiding Question: What does it mean to be a part of the Baylor community of scholars and of faith?
Scripture theme at Academic Convocation: I want you to get out there and walk-better yet, run!-on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline-not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love… - Ephesians 4:1-2 (The Message)
In Preparation for Friday, August 22
Dr. Kevin Dougherty, an Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, will give the faculty address at Convocation on August 22. Following Convocation, students will be asked to post a picture that demonstrates how they belong at Baylor to #ibelongatBaylor.
To prepare for Friday night, gather some name tags and a pen. Print out your class roster.
Greet students as they come in. Have them check off their names on the roster and make a nametag. (Please note: Contact any students who did not attend after the evening is over, saying that you missed them and that you look forward to seeing them at the next class).
After a prayer and dinner as you mingle, try beginning with an icebreaker of some sort. Here is an example:
Icebreaker: I'm a Bear, you're a Bear:
- Gather all participants (students, instructor and even family members).
- Gather enough chairs or seats for the amount of players minus one. For example, if you have ten players you will have nine seats.
- Make a circle or an enclosure with the chairs. Leave enough room for some shuffling or some running around inside the circle.
- Select one person to go first. That person stands in the middle of the circle while the other players sit in their seats.
- The person in the middle will now say "I'm a Bear, you're a Bear if you have never..." they list something they have never done; but are looking forward to doing during their time at Baylor. Examples might include "attended a Baylor home football game", or "been on a mission trip" etc. NB: It might be helpful to distribute the list of top 100 things to do at BU.
- Everyone sitting down who has never done what the person in middle has said must get up and find a new seat. The person in the middle will also take a seat. One person will be left without a seat, and they will take a turn in the middle.
Introduce yourself and what your role is in helping the students in your group by getting them connected and thriving in their first semester.
During the Friday night dinner,
Give students sometime to answer these questions.
Download Questions for Welcome Week Groups.