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2021 Orientation Schedule


Sessions highlighted in blue are required for all new students studying on-campus this fall, including new transfer students. 
Thursday, August 19
7– 8 a.m.
Breakfast
For trip groups still on campus
Commons Dining Hall
All day
Adventure Trip Activities
Various locations
Friday, August 20 - Saturday, August 21
All day
Adventure Trip Activities
Various locations
sunday, August 22
Morning-Afternoon
Adventure Trip Activities
Various locations
Afternoon
Adventure Trips return to campus
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons Dining Hall
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Swim Test and overview of Physical Education Requirements
Specific trip groups only. See your orientation trip leaders for details and timing.
Meet at the Bristol Pool Stands

5:30 p.m.
Dinner under the Tent
Tent on the Dunham Green

7 p.m.
Residence Hall Mixers
Meet your RA and fellow hall-mates, and learn more about living on campus at Hamilton.
Residence Halls – various locations. Please wait for instructions at the end of dinner regarding where to meet your RA
7 p.m.
Jan Mixer
Spend some time getting to know your fellow January Admission students before you embark on your fall experiences!
Babbitt Pavilion
monday, August 23
7:30–8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Tent on the Dunham Green
8:45–10 a.m.
Orientation Lecture
Dean of Engaged Education Kathy Wolfe delivers this year's Orientation Lecture.
Wellin Hall
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. Please bring along your temporary room key and meal card!
Fillius Events Barn
10–11 a.m.
Group Advising Sessions
Meet with your faculty advisor
See your orientation booklet sticker for your advisor's name and office location
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.
Filius Events Barn
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Individual Advising Meetings
Faculty Advisor Offices
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Student Assembly Election Information Session
Join members of Hamilton's student government, the Student Assembly, including President Saphire Ruiz '22 (they/them) and Vice President Eric Stenzel '24 (he/him), to learn about the roles, expectations, and responsibilities of a member of the Student Assembly. For first years and transfer students who are interested in running for office on the Assembly, this is also another chance to attend a required elections rules meeting.
Bradford Conference Room, Sadove Student Center
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Lunch with your Orientation Group
Commons Dining Hall
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hamilton Hillel Meet & Greet
Come grab a bite and meet our new Campus Rabbi Ethan Bair and the student leadership of the on-campus Jewish community.
Azel Backus House
12:30–2:30 p.m.
Lawn Games
Science Center Quad
12 –1 p.m.
Informal Sciences Advising
Taylor Science Center Atrium
12– 1 p.m.
Informal Social Sciences Advising
First-Floor Commons, Kirner-Johnson
1-3 p.m.
Academic Info Sessions
Each session is offered twice, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Health Professions Advising Sessions
Law Interest Sessions
Finance Interest Sessions
Pre-Engineering Advising Sessions
Off-Campus Study Advising Sessions
See your orientation booklet for locations.
1–2 p.m.
Student Assembly Election Information Session
Join members of Hamilton's student government, the Student Assembly, including President Saphire Ruiz '22 (they/them) and Vice President Eric Stenzel '24 (he/him), to learn about the roles, expectations, and responsibilities of a member of the Student Assembly. For first years and transfer students who are interested in running for office on the Assembly, this is also another chance to attend a required elections rules meeting.
Bradford Conference Room, Sadove Student Center
3–5 p.m.
The Hamilton Honor Code
Introduction to the Hamilton Honor Code. This 30-minute session is offered 4 times. Please see your orientation booklet for your group's assigned time.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson
3–5 p.m.
Community Standards: Student Conduct Rights and Responsibilities
Introduction to Community Standards at Hamilton. This 30-minute session is offered 4 times. Please see your orientation booklet for your group's assigned time.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center
5–6:45 p.m.
Dinner
Commons Dining Hall
7 –8 p.m.
Community and Allyship
Wellin Hall, Schabach 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
Beinecke Events Barn
10 p.m.–Midnight
New Student Block Party
Sadove Terrace
Tuesday, August 24
7:30-9 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons Dining Hall
9:30 a.m.
Unconventional Campus Tour
Want tips on the best study spots on campus?  Looking for the perfect spot to meet friends for lunch or to hang out?  Join this student-led tour for a peek at some campus hidden gems!
Meet on the steps of the Taylor Science Center
10 a.m.
Guided Glen Walk
Take a deep breath and explore some of Hamilton’s best trails on this guided walk through the Kirkland and Root Glens. Meet at the Gazebo, located near the entrance to the Root Glen – right next to the Anderson-Connell Alumni Center.
Gazebo at the entrance to the Root Glen
9 a.m.–Noon
Registration Follow-up
Check-in at the Registrar’s office if you need to make changes to your course schedule. See your Orientation Booklet for your group's assigned time.
Registrar's Office, Elihu Root House
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Know Thy Library
Come and see all that Library & IT Services has to offer and scope out all the best study spaces! We will be running walking tours of the library every half hour and we will be featuring the following programming:
  • 10am - 12pm: Special Collections & Rare Books petting zoo - collection highlights featuring materials from Ancient Egypt & beyond.
  • 11am: Cookies & Conversation with LITS leadership- Enjoy cookies & lemonade and meet Joe Shelley, VP for Library & IT, as well as other LITS team leaders. Burke Library, First floor
  • 12-3pm: Technology exploration & drone flying (weather permitting)- See our 3D printing, learn about available technology services, and (weather permitting) try your hand at drone flying.
Burke Library
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Matriculation
Visit the Kirkland Cottage to sign the historic College Register. President David Wippman, Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen, Vice President for Enrollment Management Monica Inzer, and Dean of Students Terry Martinez will greet new students during this annual and historic Hamilton tradition. (Please see your orientation booklet for your group's assigned time).
Kirkland Cottage
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Individual Advising Meetings
By appointment.
Faculty Advisor Offices
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
1 –3 p.m.
Drop-in Snacks & Relax
Stop by Sadove for games, snacks, crafts, and a chance to unwind. Orientation leaders will be around to chat and answer any lingering questions!
Courtyard between Keehn and Major (Rain location: Babbitt Pavilion)
12:30–3 p.m.
Registration Follow-up
Check-in at the Registrar’s office if you need to make changes to your course schedule. See your 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 yourself while at Hamilton, how we take care of each other in our community, and what services are offered in the Counseling Center and Dean of Students Office. This 30-minute session is offered 4 times. Please see your 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. This 30-minute session is offered 4 times. Please see your orientation booklet for your group's assigned time.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson
4:45–5:45 p.m.
Hamilton 101
Being a 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
6–7:30 p.m.
Dinner
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
7:30–9 p.m.
Safety and Health at Hamilton
This presentation will highlight health and safety resources at Hamilton, and provide a detailed overview of fire safety on a residential campus.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
9 p.m.
Mentalist Al Snyder
Dr. Al Snyder blends traditional stage hypnosis and creative new material to keep audience members on the edge of their seats. One of the highlights of the week!
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
9 - 10 p.m.
Fire & Ice...Cream
A rabbi, an imam, and a minister gathered by a fire to roast halal marshmallows... Come meet our chaplaincy staff and student leaders in our spiritual life groups: Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, InterVarsity, Meditation & Mindfulness communities plus Indigenous spirituality and awareness group.
Azel Backus House (look for the fire pit!)
10 p.m.
Trivia Night
Come test out your knowledge of Hamilton (and minutiae) at trivia night, hosted by the First-Year Experience (FYE) Leaders! Bring along your own group, or just show up and we’ll match you with a group. Snacks for all, and prizes for the winners!
Fillius Events Barn
Wednesday, August 25
7 - 10 a.m.
Breakfast
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
10 - 11 a.m.
QuestBridge Scholars Orientation Meeting
Welcome and orientation meeting for all incoming QuestBridge scholars.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center
11 a.m. 
Student Assembly Welcome
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
12 - 2 p.m.
Lunch
Commons and McEwen Dining Halls
12 - 2 p.m.
Matriculation
Visit the Kirkland Cottage to sign the historic College Register. President David Wippman, Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen, Vice President for Enrollment Management Monica Inzer, and Dean of Students Terry Martinez will greet new students during this annual and historic Hamilton tradition. (Please see your orientation booklet for your group's assigned time).
Kirkland Cottage
2:30 - 4 p.m.
QuestBridge Scholars Welcome Reception
Opportunity for new and current scholars to connect with one another as well as meet campus community partners.
Atrium, Kennedy Center for Theater and Studio Arts
2 - 4 p.m.
Registration Follow-Up
Visit the Registrar's Office if you'd like to make changes to your fall course schedule.
Registrar's Office, Elihu Root House
4:15 p.m.
Convocation
President David Wippman will preside over the ceremony that officially opens the 208th year of Hamilton College.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center
5:30 - 7p.m. 
All Campus Picnic
Tent on the Dunham Green
7:30 - 9 p.m.
A Cappella Concert
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

Contact Information


Tessa Chefalo

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement
315-859-4894 tchefalo@hamilton.edu
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