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August Orientation Schedule


August 20-28, 2019

The schedule below outlines key activities and dates for new students arriving for the fall 2019 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 8:30am on August 20.  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 21-25.  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 20
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 21 – Saturday, August 24
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 25
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 26
7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Tent on Dunham Green
8:45 – 10 a.m.
Orientation Lecture
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
10 – 11 a.m.
Brunch for January Admission Students and Families
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
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
(Students wishing to attend the Hillel Bagel Brunch may do so).
Commons Dining Hall
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hillel Bagel Brunch
Azel Backus House
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Hamilton Olympics
Steuben Football Field and Taylor Science Center Quad
12 – 1 p.m.
Informal Sciences Advising
Taylor Science Center Atrium

1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Academic Info. Sessions

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

3 – 5 p.m.
Honor Code
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson
3 – 5 p.m.
Financial Literacy
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Taylor Science Center G027
5 – 6:45 p.m.
Family Dinner
Commons Dining Hall
7 – 9 p.m.
Building a Strong Community
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
8:45 – 10:30 p.m.
MP2 (Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project) Welcome Reception
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 New Student Block Party
Tolles Pavillion
Tuesday, August 27
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons Dining Hall
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Follow-up
Please see orientation booklet for your group’s assigned time.
Registrar’s Office, Elihu Root House
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
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
12:30 – 3 p.m.
Hamilton’s Cram and Scram Sale
Sage Rink
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wellness at Hamilton
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hamilton's Sexual Misconduct Policy
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson

 

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Hamilton 101
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

 

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

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Fire Safety Presentation
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
9 p.m.
Mentalist Al Snyder
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
10 p.m.
Trivia Night
Filius Events Barn
Wednesday, August 28
7 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
10 a.m. – Noon
Orientation Closing Ceremonies
Kennedy Center Amphitheater
12 – 2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons Dining Hall
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.
Hamilton’s Cram and Scram Sale
Sage Rink
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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