KickOff 2023

Have fun while getting ready for fall semester

Inver Hills Community College will host KickOff 2023 Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Activities building gym on the college’s campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Attending KickOff prepares you for a strong start to fall semester.

KickOff begins with workshops, a student panel, and opportunities to connect with fellow students followed by a community barbecue and resource fair. You’ll also get the chance to meet with Inver Hills faculty and staff and explore resources and involvement opportunities offered on campus.

New and returning students are encouraged to attend KickOff. Friends and family, including children, are welcome as well.

WHAT: KickOff 2023

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 2023
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Activities Building Gym

Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

More about KickOff 2023


  • Get to know other students
  • Meet with faculty
  • Discover clubs and other involvement opportunities


  • Learn about resources and support services
  • Attend workshops that will prepare you for the start of the semester
  • Find your classrooms

And don’t forget FREE food, community, and music!

  • Free food truck and music
  • Prizes
  • Resource Fair


The first portion of the day is dedicated to preparing you for classes to begin. You will hear from current students, attend sessions, and connect with other students. The second portion of the program is our Resource Fair and Free Food Truck designed for you to network with faculty and learn about campus resources, support services, and involvement opportunities, while enjoying food from a local food truck. The Resource Fair is a great time to stop by the Campus Bookstore to pick up your books or some Inver Hills gear. We can’t wait to see you there!

8:30 – 9 a.m.  Check-In and Light Breakfast and Coffee

9 – 9:45 a.m.  Campus Welcome and Student Panel

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Community Group Sessions

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Student Supporter Session (Friends and Families)

10:30 – noon Information Sessions

Noon  Resource Fair and Free Food Truck

Student Perspective

Debbie Wallen

Student Senate President Debbie Wallen Q&A

What are you most looking forward to at KickOff?

What I’m looking to forward at KickOff is seeing all the returning and incoming new students, coming back to campus, to experience either again or for the first time, the fun things that happen during the beginning of a new fall semester.

Why do you think it is important for students to attend KickOff (new or returning)?

I think it’s important for new and returning students to attend KickOff, because not all only will you be able to see your friends (or make new ones),  you’ll also be able to see what the campus has to offer, during the semester. From meeting with the faculty, workshops, attending the Resource Fair, and the best thing all, FREE FOOD!!!!

What is one thing you wish you would have known before you started at Inver Hills?

What I wish I known before starting Inver, is how important it is, to be involved with Student Life on campus. Not only you make amazing friends, you’ll have opportunities to have amazing experiences due to being active in the Inver Community, you could one day have an opportunity to throw a first pitch at Saint’s game on College Night, or have the opportunity to gain your leadership skills by becoming an officer in a Club or a Small Community, to build up your resume. The more active you are, the more you learn, and some day, the faculty/staff you worked with, could be your future references on job applications!

What advice would you give new students coming to KickOff?

My advice to new students coming to KickOff is to take advantage of all the resources that are being offered during it. By going to the workshops, that will help prepare you for the semester, find your classrooms, discover about clubs and other involvement opportunities, and learning about the resources and support services Inver has to offer. Inver has so many to make getting your education, easier for you!

Learn more about KickOff 2023 at Inver Hills by contacting:

Student Life
Inver Hills Community College
College Center Room 116

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