Preview GU begins Friday, August 16, 2019 and is the official start to your Gannon experience! This 5-day welcome week is designed to help you settle into campus, connect with your community, and find programs you want to engage in. Preview GU is designed to be common, yet customizable. You will have your choice of programs and events throughout the week. This also includes Find Your FYT, a 2-day immersive experience where students choose an interest topic and spend time learning about Gannon through that theme. Each FYT group will have a Transition Guide and faculty or staff facilitator to guide you through life as a student through the lens of your theme. FYT themes and descriptions are below. Register for FYT now! Preview GU is required for all incoming students. All new students are expected to be fully present starting Friday, August 16 at 3pm. FYT Themes FYT stands for "First-Year Team" and is a program designed to introduce first-year students to Student Development and Engagement's small-group engagement model. The program recognizes students' desire to build connection and find a sense of belonging among their peers. Theme Description 1. Active Lifestyle Working out, eating healthy, and exploring new ways to stay fit 2. Animal Lovers Volunteering at local shelters, visiting the zoo, organizing therapy animal events 3. Arts & Crafts Painting, sketching, scrapbooking, and pottery 4. Beauty Gurus Exploring makeup tutorials, fashion, and spa techniques 5. Bookworms Exploring a variety of fiction and non-fiction short-stories and novels through discussion and reflection 6. Born in the Wrong Decade Exploring U.S. popular culture from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s 7. Coffee Lovers Exploring different coffee houses, learning about coffee production from start to finish 8. Comedy Club Refining your comedy skills through coaching, practicing and networking with other comedians 9. Competitive Fitness Body building, CrossFit, and more 10. Creative Writing Exploring your personal story through writing and storytelling 11. Culinary Club Learning to cook using a variety of foods and techniques 12. Exploring Erie Sightseeing, learning about the city, and realizing everything Erie has to offer 13. Faith & Spirituality Getting in touch with your higher calling/belief system and exploring the Interfaith cooperation 14. Fine Arts Art, dance, and theater 15. Fishing Traveling to local lakes and rivers for small-group fishing experience 16. Foodies Sampling all the delicious foods local Erie has to offer 17. Gaming (digital) Engaging in a variety of e-sports 18. Gaming (board) Challenging your peers' strategies as you engage in traditional board games 19. History Buffs Learning about U.S. and World History through a variety of field excursions and local speakers 20. Meditation & Mindfulness Focusing on being present in the moment and bringing ordinary moments to life 21. Movie Junkies Watching the newest blockbusters and cult classics 22. Music (for musicians) Jamming together, sharing music, studio time 23. Music (for listening & appreciation) Sharing your appreciation for the music that's carried you through your journey 24. Nature Finding peace and inspiration in nature through a variety of hikes, hands-on learning experiences, and fellowship 25. Nutrition & Healthy Eating Learning about food's impact on your on your overall well-being through shopping, cooking and creating original recipes 26. Outdoor Adventure Hiking, kayaking, and ropes course 27. Photojournalists Refining your ability to use still and live photos to communicate a memorable message 28. Poetry Reflecting on a variety of poems and composing original works based on personal inspiration 29. Politics Analyzing and discussing current U.S. and global events 30. Rock-climbing Learning to belay, boulder, and top-rope 31. Sailing Collaborating with your peers to sail around Lake Erie and explore Erie from a different viewpoint 32. Skaters Longboarding, skateboarding and rollerblading - all are welcome! 33. Sports Fanatics Playing and watching a variety of popular sports, including: baseball, football, soccer, basketball 34. Techies (drones, robots, 3-D printing) Maximizing your skills to build drones, robots and other machines 35. Thrift Shopping Owning your personal style while finding the best deals 36. Thrill Seekers Amusement parks, sky-diving 37. Traveler not a Tourist Learning how to navigate new places while understanding the culture 38. Serving Our Neighbors Serving in Our West Bayfront community Full Schedule Friday, August 16 Move-In | 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Set up your room | 1-2:30 p.m. Call to Community | 3-3:30 p.m. First-Year Class Photo & Farewell For Now | 3:45-4:30 p.m. Why Gannon: Small Group Debrief | 4:45-5:45 p.m. Picnic Dinner | 6-7:15 p.m. Residence Life & Commuter Life Meetings | 8-9:15 p.m. Low-Key Small Group Programming | 9:30-11:15 p.m. First-Year Hours | 11:30-11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 17 Wellness Programming | 8-9 a.m. Breakfast | 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Know Your Neighbor - Interfaith Dialogue | 10:30-11:45 a.m. Student Success Workshops | 10:30-11:45 a.m. Lunch | 12-1:15 p.m. Know Your Neighbor - Interfaith Dialogue | 1:30-2:45 p.m. Student Success Workshops | 1:30-2:45 p.m. Get to Know Your Community | 4-5 p.m. Dinner | 5:30-6:45 p.m. Step Up! Training | 7:30-8:30 p.m. Late Knight Programming | 9:30-11:15 p.m. First-Year Hours | 11:30-11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 18 Find Your FYT | 8 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Monday, August 19 Find Your FYT | 8 a.m. -5:45 p.m. Dinner and lgKnight Activities Fair | 6-8:45 p.m. A Knight of Culture Programming | 9:30-11:15 p.m. First-Year Hours | 11:30-11:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 20 Wellness Programming | 8-9 a.m. Breakfast | 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Convocation | 10-10:45 a.m. Meeting with Your Advisor | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch | 12:30-1:45 p.m. Passive Programming| 2-3:45 p.m. Gannon Bucket List | 4-5:15 p.m. Dinner | 5:30-6:45 p.m. Ice Cream Social on the Green | 7-9:15 p.m.