First-year retreat Application Aug 19-21, 2018
Thank you for your interest in the First Year Retreat. Below is some general information on what to expect as well as a packing list. Please submit your $75.00 payment as soon as possible to our Ministry Office cash or check in the Student Center across from the bookstore (credit cards are accepted only at the Student Accounting/Cashier Office on the Ground Floor of the Fisher Building). Checks can be made out to "University of Detroit Mercy." Payments can be sent to:

University Ministry
4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
Memo: First-Year Retreat - Name of Student

Contact: email:
phone: 313-993-1560

The University Ministry Team
University of Detroit Mercy

Applications and payments are due by August 12, 2018

General Information:
What is First-Year Retreat?
A two-night overnight experience for incoming students to build community with their first-year and current students, hear and share about the challenges and joys of college life, reflect on where God is in the transition process, and be a part of a Companions Group that will meet throughout their first semester at Detroit Mercy. Students of all faith traditions are welcome! The retreat includes student talks, small group reflection, team-building experiences, interfaith prayer experiences, and free time.

Where is First-year Retreat going to be and how are we getting there?
It will be held at the DeSales Center in Brooklyn, MI. Students will be sharing rooms with other students (camp style). Transportation is provided (1 1/2 hours from campus).

Early move-in for residential students will begin on Sunday, August 19th (time TBD). Please check-in at Shiple Residence Hall located on the south end of campus. Student leaders will be available to help check in, get your room keys, and move-in your belongings. Lunch will be available at noon on the ground floor of Shiple Residence Hall for students only (parents are asked to leave by noon). There will be signs and student leaders to direct you.

If you are not living on campus, please arrive at Shiple Hall by 11:45 AM on Sunday, August 19 and join us for lunch on the ground floor of the hall (lunch is for students only). There will be signs and student leaders to direct you.

RETURN from Retreat: By 1:00 p.m. on August 21st in time to begin PTV/Orientation activities.*

*Please note there WILL BE MASS on Sunday at the retreat. The Move-In Day Mass is held on Tuesday at 4:00 PM in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building for all in-coming students and their families (before the picnic). If you would like to serve as a reader, gift-bearer or Eucharistic Minister for this Mass, please let your student leader know during the retreat.

If you are participating in a fall sport, please check with your coach that you do not have any conflicts.

What to bring:
First-Year Retreat Packing List

Clothes for both warm and cool weather (shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts for night-time, jeans, pajamas, underwear/socks, swimsuit)
Photo ID and insurance card in case of emergency (first aid supplies)
Comfortable shoes, shower shoes
Jacket in case of rain
Towel and toiletries (toothbrush/paste, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, eye care, etc.)
Sunscreen and Bug spray
Reusable water bottle
Pillow, sleeping bag or sheets/blankets
Journal/notebook, pen

Football, Frisbee, kickball, soccer ball, volleyball
Board /Card Games
What NOT TO bring:
laptops, jewelry, weapons of any kind (including Swiss army knives), drugs or alcohol

For students living on campus:
We highly recommend that you pack a bag and set that aside rather than trying to find these things amidst your many boxes and bags on move in day. Pack this bag, a sleeping bag or blankets and a pillow at home and then set those aside. We can show you where to drop it off, as soon as you arrive.

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Meeting all sorts of new people, as well as the activities we get to do. I don't know many people on campus going in so I'm eager to. Plus seeing the differences in people I've never met and how they grew up and do things. *
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