New Hartwick students with Swoop mascot

Wick Week

August 23-27, 2023

Your journey on the Hill begins with Wick Week – five days of fun, food, new friends, and favorite traditions. This welcome celebration is designed to help you feel at home, right here at Hartwick College.

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Wick Week Highlights

New Friends

After a summer of emails and texts, you’ll finally meet your roommate face-to-face on Move-In Day! Decorate your shared space and say hi to your neighbors. But don’t worry about having to lug a refrigerator or heavy suitcase up the stairs – student volunteers are ready to get you settled in.

Commuting from home this year? We want campus to be your home away from home. Every student activity, every fun event, every special meal and pop-up food event, every Hartwick resource is open to you. You’ll see, starting with Wick Week.

Whether you’re a First-Year or Transfer student, a campus resident or a commuter, Wick Week gives you lots of chances to meet your classmates and make friends. Grab something tasty in the Commons, play games in Stack Lounge, win prizes in activities across campus. This gorgeous campus is all yours. Make yourself comfortable.

Welcome New Hawks!

The Class of 2027 arrives on Oyaron Hill.

Hartwick College students cheer as they welcome new students to campus on the first day of Wick Week
Hartwick College President Darren Reisberg welcomes new students and families during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students with mascot Swoop at check-in during Wick Week
New Hartwick College student with parents at check-in during Wick Week
New Hartwick College student with parents at check-in during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students pose with residence hall assignments during Wick Week
Hartwick College Darren Reisberg works with the football team to help new students move in during Wick Week

Here to Help

Heading off to college is a big change. It may seem overwhelming at first, but don’t worry. There are lots of people here ready to answer your questions or concerns. Your Flight Crew and Resident Assistants remember when they were new at Hartwick, too, and want to help you get comfortable.

Your first days on campus will bring connections, including your Success Coach and Faculty Advisor of your individual Guidance Team. You’ll join workshops on Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Academic Preparedness, and Campus Life. You’ll experience opportunities and interactions with peers and professionals, which will help you launch your personal FlightPath. By the time you and your classmates arrive at the overlook on Founders’ Way, you’ll feel at home on this Hill.

There are so many great and time-honored traditions that come with being part of the Hartwick community. Head to Frisbee Field for Opening Convocation, your first formal ceremony as a Hartwick student. After you join in for your class photo, you'll pick up your class shirt. You might even snag that coveted spot next to our mascot, Swoop!

Traditions

The weekend caps off with opportunities to make your mark in Hartwick’s history. Meet with President Reisberg, sign your name in the College’s cherished Matriculation Book filled with the names of decades of new students, then take an evening candlelit First Walk up Founders’ Way.

Classes begin the next morning, but during Wick Week, your only assignment is to relax, have fun, and begin where you belong!

Hartwick College President Darren with new students before their Matriculation Ceremony
Hartwick College new student signing the Matriculation Book during Wick Week
Hartwick College new student shakes hands with President Reisberg after signing the Matriculation Book during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students sitting on campus wearing new Hartwick sweatshirts during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students having fun on velcro wall at carnival during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students in park during Wick Week
View of Hartwick College campus during Wick Week
New Hartwick College students take photos before 2023 Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation

The time-honored ceremony marks the official start of the academic year.

Hartwick College new students with President Darren Reisberg during Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way

Founders' Way First Walk

Walk in the footsteps of the Founders of Hartwick College. Each class walks the Founders Way, a path through the heart of the Hartwick Campus that was dedicated during True Blue Weekend in 2017.

Class of 2027 - First Walk

Hartwick College students gather for Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College new students with President Darren Reisberg during Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College students gather with President Darren Reisberg after Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College students gather for selfie photos after Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College students gather for selfie photos after Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College students pose for photos after Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way
Hartwick College students gather for selfie photos after Class of 2027 First Walk on Founders' Way

Wick Week Schedule

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Centralized Check In: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Building
Family Fun Fair: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
Parent and Family Check In: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
Welcome Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Commuter Student Check in and Welcome: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Golisano Hall Room 103
Family Farewell: 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
Dinner: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Matriculation (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Anderson Theater, Anderson Center for the Arts
Residential Life Welcome (Saxton): 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saxton Courtyard
Matriculation (Saxton): 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., Anderson Theater, Anderson Center for the Arts
Residential Life Welcome (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wilder/Holmes Courtyard


Thursday, August 24, 2023

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Wick Week Refuel: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
New Student Picture: *Wear your blue shirt., 9:15 a.m., The Wright Family Overlook, Founders’ Way
Opening Convocation: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Frisbee Field Tent
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
FligthPath to Your Degree (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Anderson Theater, Anderson Center for the Arts
How to Soar as a Hawk (Saxton): 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Slade Theater, Yager Hall
FligthPath to Your Degree (Saxton): 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Anderson Theater, Anderson Center for the Arts
How to Soar as a Hawk (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Slade Theater, Yager Hall
Dinner: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Wick @ Nite: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center


Friday, August 25, 2023

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Wick Week Refuel: 8:00 – 5:00 a.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
WICK Wellness (Saxton): 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ,Frisbee Field Tent
Diversity Dialogues (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Slade Theater, Yager Hall
WICK Wellness (Wilder/Holmes/Commuters/Transfers): 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Frisbee Field Tent
Diversity Dialogues (Saxton): 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Slade Theater, Yager Hall
Meet Your Faculty: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Various Location
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Welcome Home, Nurses: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Johnstone Science Center
FLP 102: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Classrooms
Swoop Stories: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Clark Hall
Dinner: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Happy Nest Agreements: 9:00 p.m., Residence Halls
Big Prize Bingo: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union


Saturday, August 26, 2023

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Wick Week Refuel: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
Swoop Stories: Campus Life: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Clark Hall
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Connect and Discover: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Various Locations
Splash & Sizzle Bash / Meet me On Main: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Neahwa Park, Oneonta NY
Oneonta Pizza Party: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Neahwa Park Pavilion, Oneonta, NY


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Wick Week Refuel: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Stack Lounge, Dewar Union
Swoop Stories: Student Success: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Clark Hall
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
Scavenger Hunt with Success Coaches: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Various Locations
Dinner: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., The Commons, Dewar Union
DIBs with the Office of DIB: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Dewar Balcony, Dewar Union
Class Sweatshirt Distribution: 7:15 p.m., Shineman Chapel House
First Walk: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Founder’s Way