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Freshman 15

At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Campus Life releases a list of 15 Don't Miss programs for the semester. These events were selected specifically for their relevance to first year students and acclimation to life on campus. From campus-wide traditions, to cultural gatherings, to Bog events - there’s something for everyone! Students who attend these events will be rewarded based on how many programs they attend per semester.

If you have any questions about the Freshman 15 please email Katie Stango.

Wednesday, August 19

1 p.m.

Peer Mentor Meet and Greet

(Herman Hall Ballroom)

You’ve already heard from your Peer Mentor electronically, but now it’s time to meet as a group. Join your Peer Mentors for some get to know you activities while learning more about our First-Year Experience program.


Friday, August 28

7 p.m.

Speed Debating

(The Bog)

There are a lot of questions we face that don't have definite answers, but that doesn't stop us from using logic and reason to deduce the most ethical decisions when they stop us in our tracks. Speed Debating, which is in a style similar to the concept of its namesake, will test your ability to work with those around you to find the ethical peaks in a valley of uncertainty. You will be judged by members of our Ethical Debaters team themselves, and there will even be prizes available for the ones best able to do ask yourself this unsolvable question, are you up for the challenge?


Wednesday, September 2

12:50 p.m.

Level Up Your Life: Identify Resources for Success at IIT

(Blue Room, MTCC)

In any adventure, you want to fill your inventory with the resources you need to be successful. In this workshop, we will help you identify resources on campus and learn how to use them to best aid you in your college journey. Look out for other workshops in this series on October 7, November 4, and December 2!


Wednesday, September 9

1 p.m.

Top Ten Hubble Images with Chris White

(MTCC Ballroom)

National Geographic has published an article listing the top ten Hubble Space Telescope images as determined by Zoltan Levay, the imaging team leader at the Space Telescope Science Institute. At the beginning of the lecture, students will chose their favorites. Professor White will then lead a discussion about each.


Saturday, September 12

10 a.m.

Tale of two Migrations: Bronzeville and the Monarch Butterfly

(4444 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 2015)

Come celebrate with BSU two important components of our community: Bronzeville itself and Monarch butterflies. Learn some great history while planting, watching and discussing how two migrations linked together to form the community that we live in now.


Friday, September 18

3-4:30 p.m. Ceremony
4:30-6 p.m. Reception

Presidential Inauguration of Alan W. Cramb

(Herman Hall)

Please join us on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Hermann Hall for the Inauguration of the ninth president of Illinois Institute of Technology, Alan W. Cramb.


Saturday, September 19

3:30-7:30 p.m.

Homecoming Carnival

(Wabash Drive)

Join IIT alumni, faculty, staff and other students to celebrate Illinois Tech at this year's Homecoming Carnival. Enjoy rides, food, and fun at this family-friendly event, the highlight of Homecoming Week!


Thursday, October 8

5 p.m.

Debunking Psychology Myths

(Location: TBD)

Hosted by Psi Chi& the Psychology Department
"Truth or Myth? Do we only use 10% of our brain? Is it better to express your anger rather than hold it in? Is it memory working like a videotape? Are mentally ill people violent? Do you want to learn how to interact with mentally ill peers? "


Saturday, October 17

1 p.m.

11th Annual Pumpkin Launch

(Ed Glancy Field)

Enjoy watching pumpkins catapulted from launchers over the span of long distances and then watch them smash into pieces? Join BMES for Family Weekend and the 10th Annual Pumpkin Launch.


Thursday, October 29

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Algorithms: Human Influence on the World of Data

(MTCC Auditorium)

Join IIT’s Lewis College of Human Sciences for its inaugural Lewis College Roundtable, a 90-minute, moderated discussion on the theme, "Algorithms: Human Influence on the World of Data." Our featured speakers will discuss how algorithms shape the information we receive, and how transparent the social and political implications of these equations should or shouldn’t be. More information can be found at


Friday, October 30

10 a.m.

Leadership Summit


Explore your leadership potential! Attend the annual Leadership Summit and learn about diverse leadership topics from IIT faculty, staff, and community members.


Friday, November 13

8 p.m.

Avenue Q

(Hermal Hall Auditorium)

Avenue Q is like the dirty-minded version of Sesame Street - these fuzzy puppets may look innocent, but their thoughts are far from pure. Featuring music and lyrics from the composers of Frozen and The Book of Mormon, this hilarious musical is sure to have you rolling in the aisles. Don't miss 33rd Street Productions' annual musical production!


Wednesday, November 18

7 p.m.

Conversations at the Crossroads: Trans*Global

(MTCC Ballroom)

Conversations at the Crossroads is an ongoing series examining issues from diverse standpoints. At this interactive event, we will explore the challenges faced by members of the transgender community, particularly those with intersecting identities such as race, religion and country of origin.


Saturday, November 21

8 a.m.

Service Saturday


Join Campus Life for our monthly day of service! Service Saturday is a way for you to make a different and give back to the Chicago community. All you have to do is register, pick your site that morning, and serve! Transportation will be provided.


Friday, December 4

7 p.m.

Spa Night at the Bog

(The BOG)

Join Union Board for free chair massages, manicures, pedicures and other fun stress-relieving spa activities!