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Tentative August Orientation Schedule


August 18-26, 2020

The tentative schedule below outlines key activities and dates for new students arriving for the fall 2020 semester. Events shaded in blue are mandatory for all new students. Events shaded in yellow are parent and family sessions.

Orientation check-in and key pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. on August 18. Parents and family members are invited to join their student at all orientation sessions between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on that date.

Student-only required programs begin at 3 p.m., and students and their families are encouraged to say their goodbyes before 3 p.m. After goodbyes, parents and families are invited to attend two family sessions: panel discussion “Navigating the Road Ahead” at 3 p.m. and a 4 p.m Send-Off Reception. We hope you will join us for these events!

Orientation adventure trips comprise the first half of orientation, from August 18-23.  Activities and schedules vary by trip, but all new students will be fully engaged in programming during these dates. For more information about our orientation adventure trips, including past trip offerings, please visit our orientation adventure trip page.

Questions? Contact Tessa Chefalo, Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs at tchefalo@hamilton.edu or by phone at 315-859-4846.

Tuesday, August 18
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Orientation Check-In and Residence Hall Move-In
Residence Hall Lobbies/Lounges
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LITS Computer Assistance
Help Desk, Burke Library First Floor
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
One-Stop Shop
Atrium, Taylor Science Center
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversation for January Admission Students and Families
Fillius Events Barn
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Picnic Lunch for New Students and Families
Tent on the Dunham Green
12:30 p.m.
Meeting for student-athletes and their families
Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
1 p.m.
President and Deans’ Welcome
Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Margaret Bundy Scott Field House

*Students and families should say their goodbyes prior to the 3 p.m. events*

3 – 4 p.m.
Parent & Family Session: Navigating the Road Ahead: Challenges and Resources
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

4 - 5 p.m.
Parent & Family Send-Off Reception
Atrium, Kirner-Johnson

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies
Steuben Football Field
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Adventure Trip Preparation
Russell Sage Hockey Rink
5 – 7 p.m.
First Night Dinner
Tent on the Dunham Green
7 p.m.
Welcome
Kennedy Center Amphitheater
8 p.m.
Adventure Trip Group Time
Various Locations – See your Orientation Adventure Trip Leader for details.
Wednesday, August 19 – Saturday, August 22
All Day
Adventure Trip Activities
Various Locations
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Swim Test and overview of Physical Education Requirements
Specific trip groups only
Meet at the Bristol Pool Stands
Sunday, August 23
Morning – Afternoon
Adventure Trip Activities
Various Locations
Afternoon
Adventure Trips return to campus
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons Dining Hall
1 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Chapel
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Swim Test and overview of Physical Education Requirements
Specific trip groups only
Meet at the Bristol Pool Stands
5:30 p.m.
Dinner under the Tent
Tent on the Dunham Green
7 p.m.
Floor Meetings
Residence Halls – various locations
8 p.m.
Res Hall Mixers
Residence Halls – various locations (see your RA for more info)
Monday, August 24
7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Tent on Dunham Green
8:45 – 10 a.m.
Orientation Lecture
Dr. Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, presents this year's orientation lecture. 
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
10 – 11 a.m.
Brunch for January Admission Students and Families
Jans and their families are invited to a continental brunch before you depart campus, and a chance to mingle with Jan mentors.  Please bring along your temporary room key and meal card.
Fillius Events Barn
10 – 11 a.m.
Group Advising Sessions
Meet with your Faculty Advisors
Various Locations

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Advising and Curriculum Info Session for January Admission Students
Jans who are interested in information about Hamilton's curriculum, advising, and spring course registration are invited to chat with representatives from the Registrar's Office, Associate Dean of Students for Academics, and Pre-Health Professions Advising.
Fillius Events Barn

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Individual Advising Meetings
Various Locations
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LITS Computer Assistance
Burke Library
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch with your Orientation Group
Commons Dining Hall
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Lawn Games
Taylor Science Center Quad

12 – 1 p.m.
Informal Social Sciences Advising
Mingle with faculty and ask questions about majors and courses in the social sciences.  Faculty members from Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Education Studies, German Studies, Government, History, Russian Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies will be present.  In addition, the Economics Department will be offering a 20-minute introduction to the major and question-and-answer session at 12:00, 12:20, and 12:40 p.m. in KJ 101.
First-Floor Commons, Kirner-Johnson

12 – 1 p.m.
Informal Sciences Advising
Mingle with faculty and ask questions about majors and courses in the sciences.  Members from each science department will be present.
Taylor Science Center Atrium

1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Academic Info. Sessions
Each session is offered twice at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Health Professions Advising Sessions
Taylor Science Center G041

Pre-Law Advising Sessions
Taylor Science Center 3021

Pre-Engineering Advising Sessions
Taylor Science Center G047
 
Off-Campus Study Advising Sessions
Taylor Science Center G027

Finance Interest Sessions
Taylor Science Center G042

2:30 – 5 p.m.
Drop-In Games, Snacks, and Relax
Sadove Living Room
3 – 5 p.m.
Honor Code
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson
5 – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner
Commons Dining Hall
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Building a Strong Community
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
8:45 – 10:30 p.m.
MP2 (Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project) Welcome Reception
Required only for MP2 members.
Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
8:45 – 10:15 p.m.
Transfer Student Mixer
The Little Pub
10 p.m. – Midnight
Open Mic Night
Fillius Events Barn
10 p.m. – Midnight
Late Night Breakfast and DIY Dorm Decs
Tolles Pavillion (Annex)
Tuesday, August 25
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons Dining Hall
9 - 10 a.m.
Yoga and Meditation
Dance Studio, Blood Fitness Center
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Follow-up
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Registrar’s Office, Elihu Root House
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Glen Walk
Meet at the Gazebo at the entrance to the Root Glen
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Matriculation
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Kirkland Cottage
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Individual Advising Meetings
Various Locations
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Know Thy Library
Burke Library, First floor
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons Dining Hall
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Drop-In Games, Snacks, and Relax
Sadove Living Room
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wellin Museum of Art Poster Giveaway
Wellin Museum of Art
12 - 4 p.m.
Hamilton’s Cram and Scram Sale
Sage Rink
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Cart and Photo Booth!
Patio in front of Sadove Student Center
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration Follow-up
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Registrar’s Office, Elihu Root House

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wellness at Hamilton
College is a holistic experience, and you will have a lot to balance over the next four years.  Come learn about how you can take care of yourselves while at Hamilton, how we take care of each other in our community, and what services are offered at the Counseling Center.
*Sessions begin at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 p.m. Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.*
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hamilton's Sexual Misconduct Policy
This presentation will provide an introduction to the Hamilton Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Presentation by Catherine Berryman, Director of Community Standards, and Dayna Campbell, Assistant Director of Community Standards. 
*Sessions begin at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 p.m. Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.*
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Hamilton 101
Being a new member of the Hamilton community is an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, and develop deep and meaningful relationships.  With that privilege comes responsibility to our community.  This session, hosted by the Dean of Students Office, will focus on your rights and responsibilities as a student, and will introduce members of the Dean's staff who will be resources to you as you navigate your campus experience.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Safety and Health at Hamilton
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
9 p.m.
Mentalist Al Snyder
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
9:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Fire and Ice...Cream
Chapel Steps
10 p.m.
Trivia Night
Filius Events Barn
Wednesday, August 26
7 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
8:30 a.m.
Yoga and Meditation
Dance Studio, Blood Fitness Center
10 a.m. – Noon
Orientation Closing Ceremonies
Kennedy Center Amphitheater
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hamilton's Cram and Scram Sale
Sage Rink
12 – 2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons Dining Hall
12 - 2 p.m.
Matriculation
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Kirkland Cottage
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Finding Community in Diversity at Hamilton: Hosted by the ALANA Caucus and the Student Diversity Council
Fillius Events Barn
2 – 4 p.m.
Registration Follow-up
Registrar’s Office, Elihu Root House
4:15 p.m.
Convocation
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
5:30 – 7 p.m.
All-Campus Barbecue
Tent on the Dunham Green

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Music Department Open House
List Art Center Lounge (List 2nd floor)

8 – 9:30 p.m.
A Cappella Concert
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

Contact Information


Tessa Chefalo

Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs
315-859-4894 tchefalo@hamilton.edu
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