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Dear students and families,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Hamilton College!  January Orientation 2015 will take place from Friday, January 16 - Monday, January 19.  A full schedule of Orientation activities is currently being planned to introduce you to the Hamilton community and prepare you for the spring semester.  A tentative schedule is below for your reference; please note that activities listed are subject to change.  I hope that you enjoy your fall, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Hamilton campus in January!

Best wishes,

Tessa Chefalo
Coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs


Schedule for 2015 January New Student Orientation

Friday, January 16 – Monday, January 19, 2015

All events in BLUE are considered mandatory for new students.

Friday, January 16

8:30 a.m. – noon    
Orientation Check-In and Residence Hall Move-In

9 a.m. – noon          
One Stop Shop:  Introduction to the Hill Card, Clinton Banks and Other Services

Noon  1 p.m.           
Welcome Remarks and Luncheon

1:15  2:15 p.m.      
Navigating the Road Ahead: Orientation program for parents and family members

1:15 – 2 p.m.           
Student Group Meetings with Orientation Leaders

 3:30 p.m.           

*Before/after completing matriculation process, students should meet up with their families to say goodbye before the 3:30 p.m. program*

3:30  4:30 p.m.    
Curriculum and Advising Discussion

4:30  6 p.m.          
Individual Meetings with Advisors

 7:30 p.m.          
Dinner with Faculty and Orientation Staff

8 p.m.                       
Evening Activity with Orientation Leaders


Saturday, January 17

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.     

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Hamilton Serves!

1 – 2 p.m.                

4 – 5:30 p.m.           
It's Your Call: Promoting Healthy Choices

6 – 7 p.m.                
Dinner with Orientation Staff and Resident Advisors

 9 p.m.                
Residence Hall Meetings

9 p.m.                       
Big Prize Bingo!


Sunday, January 18

7:30 – 9 a.m.          

11a.m. – noon       
What is the First-Year Experience?

Noon  1 p.m.        

 2 p.m.                
Catholic Mass

 5 p.m.                
Living in Community

5:30 – 7 p.m.          
Dinner with your First-Year Experience Leader and FYE Group

8 p.m.                       
Popcorn and a Show!


Monday, January 19

7:30 – 9 a.m.          

10  11 a.m.            
Physical Education Testing

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   
Meet your First-Year Experience Librarian

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.         
Lunch in Commons

1 – 3 p.m.          
Final Schedule Changes

1 p.m.                      
Campus Tour

1 p.m.                     
MLK Day Dinner and Lecture (reservations required; please see your Hamilton email account for invitation)
6:30 - 8 p.m.                      
Dessert reception with Returning Jans


Tuesday, January 20

Classes begin!


Friday, January 23

1-3 p.m.
Campus Activities Fair
6 - 10 p.m.
FYE Spring Social: Dinner and a Show