ACE Orientations

August 21-22

ACE Orientations

Hi guys!

ACE Orientations are coming up. All ACEs are asked to come for two days this year. As I've already mentioned, Day 1 will be about getting to know each other, and Day 2 will be more about understanding the ACE job, along with catching up on some changes for this year. I promise not to bore the socks off the older ACEs, but still get the Freshmen on track. See below for details of both days, including directions, information about parking, agendas, etc.

Thursday: Big Oak Shelter, Fairfax Recreation Area Near Lake Monroe

Directions, Carpooling

We will meet at the Big Oak Shelter in the Fairfax Recreation Area. (Directions below.)


We will need to carpool, so if you can drive, try to let folks know, either in a mass email (you can reply all to the email sent here) or on the ACE Facebook page. If you need a ride and can't find one, let me know at Try not to wait until the day of the event to arrange your ride, as it might take a bit to find a car.

If you want to pull up directions on your phone, Google "Fairfax Recreation Area" or "Fourwinds Resort and Marina" both in Bloomington, IN.

Directions from the Sample Gates at the corner of Kirkwood and Indiana (about 25 min.):

  • Take Kirkwood west toward downtown
  • Turn LEFT on College Ave.
  • Merge with S. Walnut (slight left and then right) near Dodd's St.
  • Continue on S. Walnut for 3.5 mi. (will pass Winslow Rd. and the Animal Shelter)
  • Turn LEFT on Fairfax Rd (at stoplight)
  • Continue on Fairfax for 7.2 mi. (this is a long, winding road. Be careful!!)
  • You should eventually arrive at a gate, which, by looking at the map is actually just past the Fairfax Recreational Area and closer to Fourwinds. Our shelter is just past that gate on the right.
  • See the map attached to the email this invitation was linked to for a map that shows where the shelter is.
  • If you get to the Fourwinds Hotel, you have gone too far and should turn around. The Big Oak Shelter is between the gate and the Fourwinds Hotel.
  • LOST? Call Una: 812-272-7495

Agenda Day 1

9:45 AM Meet at Big Oak Shelter (Fairfax-Lake Monroe)

10:15 AM Welcome and Opening

10:30 AM Activity 1 (Hike, Paddle, or Field Games)

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Activity 2 (Hike, Paddle, or Field Games)

3:30 PM Closing activity and remarks

4:00 PM Depart Fairfax SRA

What to bring to the Lake (Thursday)

Lunch and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks, too.

  • Dress for being outside (ready both hiking, field games, and water sports, etc.)
  • Water bottles
  • Bring a wet change of clothes (swimsuits, etc.) (there will be a place to change)
  • Bring a dry change of clothes (for after swimming)
  • sunscreen/sun protection

Friday: Bloomington City Hall

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 8:45am-4pm

401 North Morton Street

Bloomington, IN

See the note about parking at the very bottom of this invitation.

Friday Agenda

8:45 Arrival, Breakfast, Welcome

9:30 ACE Work (changes for the new year, discussion of ACE Work)

10:45 How to Get the Work Done (table discussions)

12:00 Lunch with Faculty and Administrators

1:15 ACE Toolbox (Technology can help!)

2:20 20 min. check-in for Freshmen and ACE Mentors

2:40 Questions, Wrap Up

3pm Walk-About-Town in Cluster Groups

What to bring day 2: Bloomington City Hall

Dress code: Business Casual (I would wear comfortable shoes, especially if you plan on walking from the dorms. There will be a walk at the end.)

Older ACEs, you can bring your binders (empty again--I swear this is the last time we'll be completely replacing your materials!)

Otherwise, you might want to bring water bottles or any special caffeinated beverages you love and can't live without. We'll provide coffee, tea, breakfast, and lunch.

Preparation (for Friday)

Older ACEs be ready to discuss:
  • Getting to know your agency
  • Maintaining Service-Learning at your agency
  • What to do if there is no service-learning
  • Think about any tools you use to do your jobs, tech or otherwise
  • Ready for Table Discussion, if I asked you for this.

Freshman ACEs:

  • Watch the videos on being an ACE and Service-Learning.
  • Read the article on Service-Learning
  • Review the list of Service-Learning classes


The easiest way to spend the day at City Hall is to come without a car (bike, bus, or feet.)

However, it is a bit of a hike from the dorms, just fyi.

You don't want to park on the street, or you will have to feed the meter all day, so if you drive, the only real option is to park in one of the garages below.

Parking Garages

(these are a bit of a bummer, because you have to pay for parking.)

Morton Street Garage - 220 N Morton St - Entrance on Morton Street between 6th Street and 7th Street

  • Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • $0.50 per hour

Walnut Street Garage - 302 N. Walnut Street - Entrance on Walnut Street between 7th Street and 8th Street

  • Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with the following exclusion:
    • First three hours are free - Monday - Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday - Sunday 6am - 12pm
  • Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • $0.50 per hour

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