Orientation Schedule 2014


Wednesday, January 15

10:00am – midnight
For International Students: Arrival and Check-in
The International Student Orientation Committee (ISOC) will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport. All other new international students should check in at 227 Blanchard Campus Center when they arrive on campus.

10:00am – midnight
Welcome Lounge
Blanchard Campus Center Room 227
Meet other new international students. Members of ISOC will also be available to answer questions and assist you with your needs. Refreshments will be served.

11:30am – 1:15pm
Prospect or Rockefeller Dining Hall

1:00 – 3:00pm
Campus Tours (weather permitting)
ISOC members will take groups of new international student on tours of the campus to learn more about Mount Holyoke’s beautiful campus.
(Tours leave from Blanchard 227 every 30 minutes)

5:00 – 7:00pm
Prospect or Rockefeller Dining Hall

Thursday, January 16

9:00am – 1:00pm 
Residential Students Check-in
1 Safford Hall
Room keys and Orientation schedules are available at the Residential Life office beginning at 9:00am.

9:00 – 10:0am
Mandatory PPD Test
Health Center
All new international students are required to have a PPD skin test done before beginning their studies at MHC. Meet ISOC members in front of Blanchard Campus Center at 8:30am.

9:00am – 12:00pm
LITS Library Tours!
Meet in the Williston Library courtyard; in front of the Chihuly glass sculpture.
Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) include an introduction to resources and services and highlights of our beautiful building. Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the courtyard, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Plus all new spring students can pick up a LITS tote bag and learn what #jorgeknows!

11:00am – 12:00pm
Transitions Abroad
Room 101, Dwight Hall
Members of the International Student Orientation Committee (ISOC) will talk about adjusting to your new life in the U.S. and at Mount Holyoke. Jenny Medina, Immigration Specialist and Acting Dean of International Students, will also be available to answer questions.

11:00 – 11:30am
LITS Family Welcoming Reception
Stimson Room, 6th floor of Williston Library
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) invites you to learn about resources that will be key to your daughter’s success at Mount Holyoke. Held in the beautiful Stimson Room in Williston Library with refreshments!

12:00 – 1:00pm
Welcome Luncheon for New Students and Families
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center *
Gathering and words of welcome from the College. 

1:00 – 2:30pm 
For Frances Perkins Scholars and Transfer Students:  Informational Meeting
Jenkins Room, Newhall Center
An Orientation and registration overview for new and returning FPs and transfer students facilitated by Carolyn Dietel, Director of the Frances Perkins Program and Coordinator of transfer affairs. 

1:00 – 3:00pm
Setting the Pace
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center *
Come and meet your Orientation small group! Orientation leaders will lead you in getting to know your fellow spring entrants. This is the first of many MHC traditions in which you will take part. You will also have an academic preparedness session with First-Year Class Advisor Luigi Solla and Pre-Health Advisor Dr. Pam Matheson. Finally, you will have a chance to voice your questions and thoughts to a panel of past spring admits!

1:00 – 3:00pm
Parent and Family Orientation
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Laboratory
Please join Dean of Students Rene Davis as she hosts a series of panels and information sessions to orient families to life at Mount Holyoke. Staff from College Health Services, Residential Life, Career Development Center, Campus Police, LITS, and the Office of Academic Deans will speak about support services for your student.

4:00 – 5:00pm
Immigration Regulations and On-Campus Employment for International Students
Room 101, Dwight Hall *
Jenny Medina, Immigration Specialist and Acting Dean of International Students, will familiarize you with immigration and naturalization regulations that apply to foreign citizens who are studying and working in the U.S. All students who plan to work on campus must complete I-9 and W-4 forms. Please bring your passports, I-20 forms, and I-94 cards (normally in your passport, but make sure!).

6:00 – 7:00pm
Dinner with Small Groups
Location will be determined with your small group leaders during the Setting the Pace event.

6:30 – 8:30pm
Van Trips to Chicopee Mall
Vans depart campus at 6:30pm (weather permitting).
Meet at Blanchard bus stop *
Need decorations or other sundry items to spruce up your room? Catch a shuttle to the Chicopee Mall (Walmart and Marshalls).

8:00 – 9:00pm
Joining a Residential Community
Your residence hall living room *
Meet the Residential Life staff of your residence hall for this informative session on the inner workings of your hall community. Get to know your fellow new students as well as information about policies and procedures within the residence halls. New students will also sign up for their peer academic advising appointment at this session.

9:30 – 11:00pm
Cookie Decorating!
Blanchard Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center *
Come join Orientation leaders for some board games and cookie decorating. Drop in anytime, help us decorate cookies, and make new friends!

Friday, January 17

10:00 – 11:00am
Academic Resources Orientation
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Elizabeth Pyle from the Office of the Registrar will answer questions about transfer credits, ISIS, and the registration process, and offer tips on how to make the most of your advising appointment.

11:00am – noon

Truth Talk with Dean Davis
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Join Dean of Students Rene Davis and the Orientation leaders in a fun, informative, and interactive session on joining a diverse community. Team building and a review of key policies and community standards will be included.

12:00pm – 5:00pm
LITS Library Tours!
Meet in the Williston Library courtyard; in front of the Chihuly glass sculpture.
Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) include an introduction to resources and services and highlights of our beautiful building. Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the courtyard, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Plus all new spring students can pick up a LITS tote bag and learn what #jorgeknows!

1:00 – 2:00pm
For International Students: Student Financial Services Session
Room 101, Dwight Hall *
Representatives from Student Financial Services will explain and have students fill out required paperwork for Global Loans.

Tours of the Campus
Atrium, Williston Library *

2:30 – 5:15pm
Academic Advising Sessions
Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your goals for the semester,
review your course selections, and get approved to make changes to your schedule on ISIS. Please arrive at your advisor’s office promptly at 2:30pm. Your advisor will schedule your appointment for a time between 2:45 and 5:00pm. Not all locations are accessible; refer to campus map for accessible entrances.

2:30 – 5:00pm
Welcome Reception at Your Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Art Museum
Make the first of many memorable visits to your Art Museum and learn what it can offer you. Chat with student volunteers and museum staff about ways to get involved. Refreshments will be served and everyone receives a free poster.

5:30 – 7:00pm
Dinner with small groups
Location to be determined during morning events


Stories of Substance: The Effect of Alcohol and Other Drugs on All of Our Lives, Whether or Not We Choose to Use
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center *
Learn the ins and outs of alcohol and other drugs at Mount Holyoke and tips for keeping yourself and your friends safe. You'll have the opportunity to hear your Orientation leaders share honest stories about the realities of substances. Helpful information will be presented by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project. Free goodie bags. Don’t miss it!

9:00 – 11:00pm
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center
Ready to take your singing out of the shower and into the limelight? Put an MHC spin on top hits and old favorites with fellow new students and Orientation leaders.

Saturday, January 18

9:00am – 1:00pm
PPD Test Reading
Health Center
Mandatory follow-up reading of the PPD test for international students. Please go to the Health Center at your convenience.

10:00 – 11:30am

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Exploration Session
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
We will discuss this intriguing book in small groups. This is an opportunity to engage in a vibrant discussion that will mirror dialogue like the kind you will experience in the Mount Holyoke classroom does not matter how far along in the book you are; there is room for everyone’s voice as we explore the themes and nuances of Oscar Wao and how they can relate to your new life at Mount Holyoke.

Lunch with Small Groups
Location will be determined with your small group leaders during The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Club.

2:00 – 4:30pm

Film Screening & Panel: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Before participating in the National Day of Service on Monday, see the new documentary "A Place at the Table" which chronicles the lives of Americans living in food insecure households and addresses what we can do to end hunger in the U.S., which is now more prevalent than ever. Then, a panel of community members, local non-profits, and MHC students/staff involved in addressing hunger issues in South Hadley will discuss the film and take your questions, embracing the Mount Holyoke mission to prepare students for “. . . thoughtful, effective, and purposeful engagement in the world.”

Welcome Dinner for New International Students with ISOC
Blanchard Campus Center (meet inside front door) *
Come and get to know ISOC (International Student Orientation Committee) board members. Bring your questions!

7:30 – 10:00pm
M&C’s Story Slam with 2017 Class Board!
Cassani Lounge, Shattuck Hall
Your 2017 Class Board invites you to come enjoy MHC’s classic tradition of Milk and Cookies with your fellow classmates. You will get the chance to mingle with your peers and take part in an MHC Story Slam, where you will be given a word or prompt and be able to share and hear relevant stories. Bring your awesome energy and a big appetite for cookies!

Sunday, January 19

1:30 – 2:30pm
Food for Thought
Eliot House
Food and new friends await you in Eliot House lounge! Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life chaplains and advisors in an interactive introduction to one another and our offerings for questioners, seekers, and people of various religious traditions.

3:00 – 4:00pm

Honor Code Ceremony
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall *
The honor code ceremony is one of the College’s oldest traditions and the capstone to your transition to the MHC community. Hear remarks from your fellow students to highlight the richness of living and learning in a community of honor. New students will sign the honor code pledge in the presence of the Honor Code Council to symbolically mark their entry into the MHC community.


Orientation 101
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Join in a tradition that helps you get acquainted with the ins and outs of life at MHC. The only prerequisite is a sense of humor! This is a spirited (and loud!) event with a great deal of cheering as the returning students welcome you into the community.

Monday, January 20

9:30am – 1:30pm 

Food Insecurity Social Action Project
Blanchard Bus Stop

1:30 – 2:30pm
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service for the United States. Join hundreds of thousands of people across the nation as we work together to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Our project is working with South Hadley High School and others to work towards food security for all of our community members. You will be working alongside your Orientation leaders, Mount Holyoke staff and students, and South Hadley community members; what an amazing opportunity to make friends! This is a service learning experience you do not want to miss! Also included is a reflection session to debrief the project so as to take away the spirit of the National Day of Service. 

2:30 – 4:00pm
For International Students: Mandatory Foreign National Information System (FNIS) Session
Computer Lab, Kendade Hall *
Lorraine Lacasse from Financial Services and Donna Van Handle, dean of international students, will guide you through a computer program to enter the various visa statuses you have had when in the U.S. Bring your current and previous passports, and original travel documents (I-94, I-20, or DS-2019). The process will go much faster if you bring a listing of all of your visa statuses and all of the dates that you entered and exited the U.S. while in each status.

4:00 – 5:30pm 
For Frances Perkins Scholars and Transfer Students:  Reception
Jenkins Room, Newhall Center
Get to know other FP students and transfers.

7:00 – 8:30pm
Student Organizations Sampler
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Members of most of our 100+ registered student organizations represent themselves in an expo-style fair. Check them out, ask questions, sign up—there is an MHC org for practically every interest!

Tuesday, January 21

Classes Start

7:00 – 9:00pm

Intersections: Identity and Community
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall *
A program of music, theatre, and film designed to inspire insights and questions about identity and multiculturalism. Intersections is a wonderful kaleidoscope of real stories of Mount Holyoke students. Contemplate aspects of life you never fully appreciated. Following the performance, your small group will explore the rewards and challenges of membership in a multicultural community.

Wednesday, January 22

Hot Chocolate Walk: Rediscovering Mary Lyon’s Seminary
Meet at the Chihuly sculpture in Williston Library
Welcome to campus, spring admits! Did you know that in addition to heavy book learning, Mary Lyon really wanted you to be physically fit, even in the DEAD OF WINTER. Mary Lyon’s character building education demanded that you walk 1 mile each day except in the winter when you could walk for 30 minutes as far as you could. Join Professor Martha Ackmann and LITS staff in a recreated walk around campus to discover new facts about the original Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, build your winter endurance and reward yourself with hot chocolate, cookies, and casual conversations by the Chihuly!

Thursday, January 23

4:00 – 5:00pm
Career Center Showcase
Career Development Center
Staff from the Career Development Center will introduce the many services, resources, workshops, web capabilities, fellowships, and internships available to all students. Also, Job X, our student employment database, will be explained as will the various ways the employment office can help you meet your work needs.

8:30 – 10:00pm
Dining Services Student Worker Meeting
Hooker Auditorium or Blanchard 107
This meeting is required for all spring admit students who have a work study package and want to work. All interested students will need to report to either Hooker Auditorium or Blanchard Campus Center by 8:30pm that evening.  Please refer to the information below for your reporting location and the dining hall to which you will be assigned.  All students who reside in the Residence Halls listed on the left will be expected to work in the respective Dining Center directly to the right.  All students who reside in a dining center will be assigned to work in that dining center. Please bring your class schedule, MHC ID, and pen.

Hooker Auditorium
Note: Seating in Hooker will be divided accordingly, so please report to the section/dining center to which you have been assigned. 

Residence Hall  Dining Center
Creighton Hall, North & South Mandelle Abbey-Buckland
Torrey North & South Rockefeller
Pearson’s, Safford Wilder
1837 Prospect

Blanchard Campus Center:
Room 107 (located in the Great Room)
Note: Advanced Blanchard work scheduling can be made prior to January 23rd by contacting Jackie Guevara (gueva22j@mtholyoke.edu).

Residence Hall Dining Center
Brigham, Porter, Mead Blanchard Room 107

Friday, January 24

5:30 – 8:00pm
Taste of the Five Colleges
Blanchard Bus Stop *
Take advantage of the Five College Consortium. Mix and mingle with spring admits from Amherst, Smith, and Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dinner and entertainment will be featured. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out and get to know your Five College peers! Free of charge and transportation is provided.

8:00 – 10:00pm
Ice Cappella Jam!
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall *
This annual songfest hosted by the volunteers of CAUSE presents MHC’s wildly popular and talented a cappella groups.

Friday, February 21

12:30 – 2:00pm
For International Students: Social Security Session
Room 318, Blanchard Campus Center *
All new international students who have a Global Loan or work on campus must apply for a Social Security card. Staff from the Holyoke Social Security Office will be on campus to process applications. Bring your passport, original travel documents (I-94, I-20, or DS-2019), and a letter from your on-campus employer. The Social Security page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives website has details.