Illinois Tech Welcome Week

August 17-23, 2020

Welcome to Illinois Tech! In order to safely connect all of our students on campus and around the world, Welcome Week is going virtual. We have several events and performances planned for you throughout the week. Here’s what’s in store for you...

Video: Convocation 2020 

Join Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Katherine Stetz, Provost Peter Kilpatrick, and President Alan W. Cramb as they welcome students to campus at the 2020 Illinois Tech Convocation.


August 20, 2020

Individual Academic Welcomes
10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Lewis College of Sciences and Letters

Join the Lewis College of Science and Letters for an opportunity to learn more about your incoming classmates, meet professors and current students. Biology, Chemistry, Humanities, Physics, Psychology, and Social Science Department majors welcome!

Information Technology and Management

ITM Department Associate Chair and Industry Professor Ray Trygstad will provide an overview of the ITM Department including details about Staff, Faculty and the ITM Student Handbook.  

Stuart School of Business

Greetings, and Welcome to the Stuart School of Business! You are about to embark on an exciting time of your academic career. Come and meet the Undergraduate Business Program Director, John Twombly, Ph.D., for a virtual and informal meeting. Come with your questions and learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.   

Elevate your Experience @ Illinois Tech
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Elevate is the umbrella organization at Illinois Tech that connects students with experiential opportunities that allow them to learn the valuable skills that will enable their upward trajectory. These opportunities include on- and off-campus research, internships and co-ops, study abroad, and additional opportunities such as short courses to further round out your education.

First-Year Mentor Meetup
*This session is mandatory for first-year students
2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Be on the lookout for an email from your mentor for the meet-up link. Transitioning to college is an exciting and challenging time for first-year students. The First-Year Mentors are here to help you navigate those challenges and find your path to a successful first-year experience. Please join the First-Year Experience team for an opportunity to meet your mentor for the first time and hear more about ways they are here to support you throughout the year! 

Patrick Holbert-Punch Line Drunk (Comedian)
3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Meeting ID: 146 145 5519
Password: IIT2020

Patrick Holbert is a former TV producer-turned-standup comedian who performs in New York City’s hottest bars and clubs every night. He has appeared on Sirius XM, TruTV, The Travel Channel, and was the host of the internationally syndicated TV show “The Movie Loft” for two years. The New York Times called him the "charming M.C." of the children's variety show he performed in from 2015-2017. Currently, ten years sober, Patrick hilariously uses his past struggles with alcohol as fodder for his brutally honest comedy. With jokes and autobiographical stories, his main goal is to destigmatize challenging topics such as mental health, addiction, and family dysfunction. When he’s not on stage, he also works as a substance abuse counselor and recovery coach. An active member in his sober community, Patrick is married and lives in Brooklyn.

Model Trains for an Engineering Career
4 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Illinois Tech Railroad Club will be giving a brief presentation about the railroad career and recreational opportunities it offers students, including field trips, conferences, internship connections and model railroading.

Society of Automotive Engineers
6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Meeting ID: 126 207 3806
Password: eSPpcAGi336

We will be doing an alumni internship panel, where students will be able to talk to graduate students about how they went about finding jobs and internships, as well as how professional organizations helped them in this process.

Steven Brundage (Magician)
7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Meeting ID: 146 168 2619
Password: IIT2020

Steven Brundage is a professional magician and entertainer, who garnered international fame in 2014 when his YouTube video, Magician gets out of Speeding Ticket with Magic, became a viral sensation. In the video, Steven stuns two police officers by expertly solving a Rubik’s Cube in 20 seconds, then again in one second, and then – as if that’s not enough – he does it behind his back!


August 21, 2020

Dogs and Dogs
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Join Hawk Ambassadors and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for a meet and greet (including some of our dogs) and learn about the Junior Hawk Program and how to become a Hawk Ambassador. If you would like to join in with introductions come with a picture of your dog or favorite furry friend.

Welcome to Vedic Vision Society
3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Meeting Link:

Join VVS and learn about their organization!

Welcome Back Bash (Student Orgs)
3 p.m.-7 p.m.

With over 165+ student organizations at Illinois Tech, join us on our brand-new involvement platform to virtually meet, greet, and join all of the organizations that you find interesting!

Sung Beats (Musician)
7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Meeting ID: 812 5590 6030

SungBeats is an award-winning beatboxer and live loop extraordinaire from NY who has been developing his craft for over 13 years. Equipped with nothing but a microphone and a loop pedal, he uses only his mouth to create organic, engaging, high-energy music through an intricate process of sampling vocal sounds live in real time. From hip hop to reggae to electronic dance music, Sung does it all – literally with his voice. Learn how to beatbox with beatbox champion SungBeats! He will provide an interactive workshop/lesson where your students will learn the basics of beatboxing. Your students and staff will have a blast learning basic drum sounds, vocal scratching, and sound effects in a way that is relatable and fun. SungBeats will also showcase a custom-tailored beatbox song just for your school.

WIIT Welcome Back Concert
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Send us your music recommendations. Please submit here.


August 22, 2020

Greek Recruitment
3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Ready to go Greek? Meet Illinois Tech’s fraternities and sororities and learn more about their recruiting process.


August 23, 2020

Escape Rooms
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Can you make it out? Virtual Escape Rooms from the Escape Room Chicago are available! RSVP via the link below since spots are limited.

Chris Jones (Hypnotist)
7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Meeting ID: 987 4038 7754
Passcode: IIT2020

Bass/Schuler Entertainment presents a LIVE AND VIRTUAL Hypnosis Experience featuring one of our world-renowned hypnotists! At a time where live shows have become potentially life-threatening, virtual hypnosis is the ideal alternative to traditional college entertainment. Hypnosis through the internet may sound like an impossible feat, but clinical hypnosis has been successfully operational via phone and video-chatting for years; long before the pandemic hit. Live virtual hypnosis shows are no exception. With the experience of our hypnotists presenting the Hypnosis Experience, there is no sacrifice in entertainment or value by going virtual. In fact, by going virtual, even more is possible than ever before! The virtual Hypnosis Experience isn’t just a show to watch on your screen. It blends hilarious live entertainment with social media interaction, cyber-psychology and even includes a post-show program on how students can use hypnosis to enhance their lives.

Tech Spirit T-Shirt Contest

The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Illinois Tech Bookstore are looking for fun and creative designs that convey a unique aspect of Illinois Tech. Is it the Exelon Tube, S. R. Crown Hall, the “Man on a Bench,” our close proximity to the downtown Chicago loop, innovative research initiatives, the Bog, or something else?

The selected shirt will be featured in the campus bookstore and given to new incoming students when they join us at Illinois Tech next fall. How cool would it be to see your t-shirt design being worn by the entire student body at Illinois Tech all year long as the official annual Tech Spirit Shirt? The winner will also receive $150 in Illinois Tech Bookstore credit!