Welcome to SUUSI 2019!!

Welcome to the SUUSI.org home page for the week. Optimized for mobile phones, this site will be updated daily throughout SUUSI 2019. Feedback welcomed at Communications@suusi.org!

Arrival NUUS

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Alerts & Deadlines
  • SUUSI 2019 PackingWCU does NOT provide linens – so make sure to pack Linens, Towels, and Pillows – sheets need to be Twin XL. If internet is important, bring an Ethernet Cable as WiFi is not reliable. WCU offers FREE washers and dryers, so bring your own detergent! See full packing list here.
  • Check-in for SUUSI 2019 begins at 10am on Sunday, July 14 in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University!
  • Check-in closes at 5pm sharp! If you arrive later than 5pm, you will not be able to check in until Monday 8am, and you will not have a room/eat in the dining hall. If you discover on Sunday that you are going to be delayed arriving at SUUSI, please contact Registrar (Connie Moore): 540-226-5736.
  • SUUSI confirmations have been sent out. Please log into SOLIS to review your confirmation packet and identify any outstanding fees or forms. Read the Confirmation NUUS for important updates and reminders.
  • SUUSI Onsite registration will be available for those who did not register in advance! Come any time between 10am and 5pm on Sunday to join us at SUUSI 2019!
Contact Information
Sunday Schedule at a Glance

SUUSI Sunday Schedule (July 14th)

Items marked with MANDATORY: {name of group} means the meeting is mandatory for those groups.

Week at a Glance

Event Time Location
Check-in is open 10am-5pm Bardo Arts Center
Newcomer Tours  2-3pm & 3-4pm Nature 
Youth Program open house (NOTE: MANDATORY YOUTH PARENT MEETING Monday 9:00-9:30am, Killian) 3:30-4:30pm Killian Building
MANDATORY: Workshop Leaders Check-in 4pm-6pm Hillside Grind
MANDATORY: Middler parents & 13-year-olds 5pm Illusions Lounge, University Center
First SUUSI meal 5-7:30pm Courtyard Dining Hall
Banner Parade: Gather for the banner parade, step off at 6:40 6:30pm Central Plaza
Ingathering 7-8:30pm Bardo Arts Center
MANDATORY: Teen & Teen Parent Meeting 8:30pm Bardo Arts Center
Cabaret 9pm-midnight Coulter Recital Hall
MANDATORY: Childcare Co-op meeting 10-10:30pm Blue Ridge Crossover Lounge

Grand Opening, Artisans’ Bazaar

10pm – midnight 2nd floor, University Center
Serendipity (21+ dance) 10:00-1am Grand Ballroom, U.C.
CACHE (14+ dance) 11pm-1am Illusions Lounge, U.C.
BBQUUSI 1am-3:30am Hillside Grind
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Sunday Check In Steps

Check-in will be open from 10am-5pm on Sunday, July 14, in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center.

Plan for Check-in to take about an hour. This means you should try to arrive by 4pm so that you can be finished by 5!

  1. When you arrive on campus, follow the posted “SUUSI” signs.
  2. Park where you’re directed, or let the person directing traffic know you need disabled parking.
  3. Know the name of your family’s primary registrant.
  4. Pick up your registration packet. It’s full of essential information, including schedules and a specialized SUUSI map, so make sure you read it!
  5. Proceed along the lobby visiting the stations listed on your registration packet. This may include the cashier (for payments and required forms) and age-group tables (if you have youth, teens, etc.). Note: there are a few mandatory meetings listed on the schedule for parents/guardians of under 18 year olds.
  6. WCU will provide you with a nylon badge holder with a neck strap with a WCU-printed label, but this is not your SUUSI name tag. You will trade your WCU tag for an official SUUSI name tag, which are color-coded by age and are required for admission into SUUSI spaces. Please wear your name tag throughout the week.
  7. Get your room key and swipe card (for the cafeteria) from WCU staff. Do not punch a hole or label it with a marker and do not remove the round paper tag from the room key, or you will get charged a fee.
  8. Children 6 and under do not get swipe cards or name tags; they get wristbands at the youth table.
  9. Have your photo taken for the Mugbook, our participant directory.
Sunday Move In Steps
  1. When you finish Check-in, bring your car around to the Move In-Move Out zone closest to your dorm. Check the SUUSI map (there is also one in your packet) – Move In lots are marked with a star.
  2. Unload your car, leaving your belongings in a pile to be guarded by our Move-In staff.
  3. Move your car to the long-term parking lot (lots 9, 10, 12).
  4. Return to the dorm on foot and relay your belongings up to your room.
  5. After moving in, meet your neighbors, take a tour of campus, grab dinner at the dining hall and plan on joining us for the Banner Parade and Ingathering! At 6:30pm Sunday, we’ll gather in the Central Plaza by the Dining Hall for our opening Banner Parade, which will take us all to Bardo Arts center for our Ingathering Ceremony.
Tips and Tricks for Check In/Move In

Check-in/move in can be crowded and hectic, especially if you arrive late in the day and if you’re stressed out from a long trip.

A few reminders for making check-in/Move in easier on everyone:

  • Plan your travel so that you will arrive in time to check in before 5. Make sure to allow extra time for traffic delays.*
  • Move your hugs and conversations out of the flow of traffic.
  • Be ready to offer a hand to people who look new, lost, or confused. Help them find the Newcomers table.
  • Be patient with your all-volunteer SUUSI staff as they do their best to meet everyone’s needs.
  • Wheeled carts and wagons are useful for Move-In! If you bring a cart and are willing to share it with others, ask the move-in staff to help you label it with your name and room number.
  • The move-in staff cannot leave their areas to carry your belongings to the dorms, but all able-bodied participants are encouraged to keep an eye out for those who may need help with their belongings.

* If you arrive later than 5pm, you cannot be checked in until 8am Monday morning. You will have to arrange your own dinner and housing for Sunday night. If circumstances beyond your control prevent you from arriving before 5pm, contact the registrar, Connie Moore, at 540-226-5736.

NEW/Reminders for SUUSI 2019
  • NO ALCOHOL IN DORM FRIDGES
  • No smoking or vaping inside or within 50 feet from any building at WCU. There is smoking area with picnic tables and smoker receptacles behind Blue Ridge/Balsam. 
  • For Accessibility issues and questions, please contact our new Access Liaison, Parker Appel, via the SUUSI Office or via access@suusi.org. We welcome feedback on how to make SUUSI accessible for all. 
  • Your SUUSI nametag is not in your packet. After you get your key, at the next station you’ll trade your WCU tag for an official SUUSI nametag.
  • Starting this year, all adults in the co-op dorm must complete a criminal background check. You should have received an email from Annsley Van Buskirk (director-emeritus@suusi.org) with instructions for how to submit your information. This must be done as far in advance as possible. If you do not submit your background check in time for it to clear before SUUSI, your family will be re-assigned to the non-co-op dorm. There will be no exceptions.
  • Hillside Grind is a large, comfortable coffeehouse space located right next door to Noble dorm and up the hill from Blue Ridge and the Community Time quad. It will host BBQUUSI, the Late Night Song Circle, and a variety of social and food- or alcohol-oriented workshops. 
  • Do not punch a hole in your swipe card or label it with marker. Do not remove the round paper tag from your metal room key. 
  • WIFI does not need passwords; however, the Wifi is spotty. It is recommended to bring Ethernet cables if internet access is important
  • All workshop leaders must check in with the Workshops Coordinator between 4 and 6pm Sunday at Hillside Grind. 
  • Parking directly behind the dorms is only for cars with staff parking permits or state-issued disabled parking permits.
  • Rather than having our traditional outdoor Opening Circle, we will welcome one another, new friends and old, in a way that is compatible with the unpredictable weather in these mountains of North Carolina, is accessible for all, and allows the teens and their families to move directly into their mandatory meeting following the service.
  • There will be a special tour of the dining hall at 3pm on Sunday and 9:30am on Monday for those with food allergies.
  • Serendipity will no longer accept cash on site; instead, buy drink tickets at the SUUSI store or Artisans Bazaar.
  • SUUSI Promises: Gather at the Nurture Tent during Community Time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a conversation about the sacred promises we need to make with one another to live fully into SUUSI’s mission. How can we invoke the best in ourselves and share personal freedom in a way that is safe and supportive for everyone in our community?
  • Every evening, you’ll receive an email from SOLIS notifying you of everything you’re signed up for the following day. Locations will be current as of that night.