Ignite Your Passion. Ignite Your Purpose. Ignite Your Plan.
Ignite is an overnight retreat held the first weekend of the Fall semester designed to assist 50 new First Year students with their transition to Parkside. During Ignite, you will reconnect with your Orientation Leaders, get to know your classmates, learn more about Parkside, understand your personal strengths, explore the concept of leadership and learn important strategies to be academically successful in your first semester and beyond.
Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9.
Click here to see the Ignite schedule.
St. Iakovas Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI
$75 (charged to your SOLAR account).
Who is eligible to attend Ignite?
Any First Year (freshman) student starting classes in Fall 2018 is eligible to attend.
What if I can’t attend the whole weekend?
Attendance is required for the entire time of the retreat. The sessions at the retreat are designed to build on the previous. Therefore, all sessions are important and critical to your (and the rest of the attendees) overall experience. If you are unable to attend the whole time, you will not be able to participate.
Where will we be staying? Will I have a roommate?
We will be staying about 20 minutes from campus at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI. The retreat center is fully equipped with air-conditioning, showers, beds, etc. While it is in a remote part of Wisconsin, it has very modern amenities.
You will be staying with other students of the same gender identity in a bunk house.
Can I stay at home or on-campus and commute to the retreat?
No. All participants are required to stay at the retreat site.
Will I have to bring my own food?
No way! We will make sure you are well fed! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided on Saturday and breakfast/lunch will be provided on Sunday.
Will there be Wi-Fi? Can I do homework while I am at the retreat?
Wi-Fi is not available and you will not have access to use electronic devices during the retreat. We want everyone to be “all-in” and focused on your experience at the retreat and not what is happening at home, work or on-campus.
What should I bring?
You should plan on bringing a pillow, bedding (or a sleeping bag), a change of clothes and some gym clothes, closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes or sneakers), a Parkside t-shirt/sweatshirt and any toiletries you may need.
How will I get to the retreat site?
We will provide transportation from Parkside to the retreat center on Saturday and back to Parkside on Sunday.
What is the cancellation and no-show policy?
If you do not show-up, you cancel your registration later than 12 pm on August 31, you do not successfully complete the program or are removed from the program for any reason, your SOLAR account will be charged the full registration fee of $175.
If you need to cancel your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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