Orientation Schedule Fall 2015

Please check in for locations, peer planned social events and an ever expanding comprehensive schedule to welcome YOU to MHC!

Jump-to dates:

 

Monday, August 31st

10:00 AM - until the last student arrives!
International Student Welcome Lounge
Blanchard 227

The International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport. All other new international students should check in at the Welcome Lounge (Blanchard 227)  for Orientation schedules and room keys in Blanchard 226! 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS)
Williston Atrium

Experience our beautiful buildings, receive an introduction to resources and services, and compete in our Riddle Raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Join us to make a button, visit the photo booth, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Campus Tours
Blanchard 227

ISOC members will take groups of new international students on tours of campus. Learn more about where things happen at MHC.  Please sign up for a tour in the Welcome Lounge.

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
AccessAbility Services (AAS) Pre-Orientation: Welcome
Blanchard Great Room

Speakers welcome AAS students and their guests. Meet the staff of AAS, your peer mentor, and staff

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner in Ham Hall or MacGregor Hall
Dining Rooms

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Dinner for Students
Blanchard 108

AccessAbility Services Peer Mentors host dinner and break the ice with new students. This is a great opportunity to get to know your mentor and make friends with other new students.

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Dinner for Guests
Blanchard Great Room

Students’ guests join AccessAbility Services staff and Laurie Mackie, from Counseling Service,for dinner and conversation; will discuss strategies for promoting student self-advocacy

6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation Campfire Fun!
 Blanchard Lantern Green

Socializing and s’mores for AAS students and their guests

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dessert Buffet and Social
Blanchard Great Room

Stop by for great desserts, music, and conversation with Dean of International Students Donna Van Handle, ISOC and other student leaders.  Also, meet President Lynn Pasquerella and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall! 

Tuesday, September 1st

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast
Dining Halls

Eat breakfast in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or the Rockies Dining Rooms.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Breakfast Panel on Wellness and Self-Care
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Morrison Room

Panelists discuss dining options and food accommodations, accessing health and counseling services on campus, programs geared toward wellness, and issues of campus safety.

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
International Student Mandatory PPD Test
Health Center

All new international students are required to have a PPD skin test done before beginning their studies at MHC. Students will be in their assigned groups for the PPD test —meet your group at 8:45 am in front of Blanchard Campus Center.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Information Session for International Parents
Gamble Auditorium

Join Lynn Pasquerella (President of Mount Holyoke College), Donna Van Handle (Dean of International Students), Jenny Medina (Immigration Specialist), Marcella Runell Hall (Dean of Students), Rachel Alldis (Director of Residential Life) and Karen Engell (Director of Health Services) for this information session to introduce parents of new international students to life at Mount Holyoke. 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Accessing Accommodations and Services
Dwight 101

Understanding accommodations and services available at Mount Holyoke and explaining policies and procedures, rights and responsibilities students must adhere to to receive accommodations.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)
Williston Atrium

Experience our beautiful buildings, receive an introduction to resources and services, and compete in our Riddle Raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Join us to make a button, visit the photo booth, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Students Transitions Abroad
Gamble Auditorium

Join Donna Van Handle (Dean of International Students), Marcella Runell Hall (Dean of Students) and members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) for answers to pressing questions and a discussion of life at MHC and in the U.S.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
Dining Halls

Eat lunch in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or the Rockies Dining Rooms.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Lunch
Dining Halls

Lunch for AAS students and their peer mentors.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Self-advocacy boot camp for students
Shattuck 102

Focus on learning and practicing tools for improving communication with professors, roommate, parents, friends, and others. (Students only)

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Immigration Regulations and International Student Work Clearance
Gamble Auditorium

Review of immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens studying in the U.S. Students will also complete required forms during this session (I-9 and federal/state tax forms). Bring your passport and original I-20 form (F-1 students) or DS2019 (J-1 students). 

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Dollars and Sense
Blanchard Great Room

Information about tuition, course credits, academic and non-academic leaves, refund policy, financial aid

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
AAS Pre-Orientation: Managing Stress and Building Resiliency
Blanchard Great Room

Activity and informal discussion is a sneak peek into the fun anti-stress groups peer mentors regularly host throughout the academic year. Snacks too!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner
Dining Halls

All international students who have arrived on campus should eat dinner in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or the Rockies Dining Rooms.

5:45 PM - 10:00 PM
International Student Shopping Trip to Hampshire Mall
Blanchard Circle

Take this opportunity to purchase odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase.  Students will be in assigned groups for the shopping trip.

Wednesday, September 2nd

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast
Dining Halls

Eat breakfast in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or the Rockies Dining Rooms.

8:00 AM-11:00 AM
Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair
Blanchard Lantern Green

Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast, and a resource fair for new students and families

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
International Student Financial Services Session
Gamble Auditorium

Representatives from Student Financial Services will explain financial aid and the regulations concerning Global Loans. Students will fill out required paperwork. If you are not on work study and don’t have a Global Loan, you have some free time for fun activities with ISOC.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Welcome Session for Parents of Varsity Student-Athletes
TBD 

Join the director of athletics and other members of MHC's athletics program to hear about the varsity intercollegiate athletics experience. Information regarding academic and athletic eligibility, athletic training services, NCAA rules, and sports information will be shared. Expectations, particularly regarding parent/guardian and coach interactions, will be reviewed. Parents/guardians of students recruited to compete on a varsity team or parents/guardians of students who may tryout for a varsity team are strongly encouraged to attend. Go Lyons!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AccessAbility Services Open House
Wilder Ground Level

Visit our office to ask questions about accommodations, supportive services, and campus access. See demonstrations of Kurzweil and Dragon in the Assistive Technology Lab. Refreshments.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)
Williston Atrium

Experience our beautiful buildings, receive an introduction to resources and services, and compete in our Riddle Raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Join us to make a button, visit the photo booth, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Family Welcoming Reception
Stimson room, Williston Library

We invite you to enjoy refreshments and learn about LITS resources that are key to student success at Mount Holyoke

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Frances Perkins Check-In
Living Room, Admission Office, Newhall Center

Pick up your Orientation Schedule and meet other FPs. Attend the President's Welcome as a group at 11:30 am.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
President’s Welcome
Gettell Amphitheater

Words of welcome from President Lynn Pasquerella. Rain location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Opening Day BBQ
Skinner Green

For all new students and families. Residence halls should plan on dining in these rain plan locations:

Res Hall                                                                                                                           Rain Location

Abbey, Buckland, Mead, Dickinson                                                                                   Abbey
Rockefeller North/South, Wilder, Brigham, Creighton                                                       Rockefeller
Prospect, Porter, 1837, Mandelles, Safford                                                                       Prospect
Ham, MacGregor, Torrey, Pearsons                                                                                   Ham    

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM                    
Parent and Family Orientation
Chapin Auditorium

Student life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   
Frances Perkins Mentoring Session
Living Room, Dickinson Hall

Learn What-To-Do-First (and where you need to go to do it). We will help you make plans that suit your interests and needs for the rest of Orientation. Upperclass FPs will be on hand to answer questions and connect new and returning students

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Foreign National Information System (FNIS)
Kendade Computer Lab and 619 Williston Library

Debra Chamberland, Sue O’Neill, both from Financial Services, Donna Van Handle and Jenny Medina will guide you through a computer program so that each of you can enter the various visa statuses you have had when in the U.S. All new international students must attend.  Bring your current and previous passports, and original travel documents (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 United States while in each status.  Meet your assigned group at 1:30 pm in front of the library.

3:30 PM - 4:30 P
President’s Reception for New Students and Families
President’s Garden

President Lynn Pasquerella welcomes new student and families in the garden of her home. (Cancelled in event of rain)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner
Dining Halls

Eat dinner in Ham-MacGregor, Rockefeller, Wilder, or Prospect dining hall

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Transfer Student Dinner Session
Jenkins Room, Admission Office, Newhall Center

Bring your Orientation Schedule Learn What-To-Do-First (and where to go to do it). Review upcoming events to decide what you really want to include in your Orientation plans. Meet other new transfer students and connect with returning transfer students who will answer questions.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Dirty Dancing (Student led social)
Gettell Amphitheatre

What better way to celebrate your first night, at Mount Holyoke, than by watching Dirty Dancing and enjoying some delicious snacks?! Join your Orientation group to find out why no one puts Baby in a corner. Make sure to layer up and bring a blanket!

Thursday, September 3rd

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
MHC 101 (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Join the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Studies/Class Advisor to New Students to learn about social and academic life at MHC! A fun filled session of community building, facts, and insider tips on how to navigate your new college world!

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)
Williston Atrium

Experience our beautiful buildings, receive an introduction to resources and services, and compete in our Riddle Raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Join us to make a button, visit the photo booth, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Frances Perkins Scholars Lunch and Photo Session
Gettell Amphitheatre

Gather for a photo shoot and a brown bag lunch provided by upper-class FP students. Rain location - Dickinson Hall Living Room.

12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mandatory Reading of International Student PPD Tests
Health Center

All new international students are required to have their PPD skin tests read at some point during this time period.Please go to the Health Center at your convenience.

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Academic Advising Sessions (MANDATORY)
Faculty Offices

All new students meet with faculty advisors in faculty offices

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Orientation 101 (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Each year, your Orientation Leaders put on their comedy hats and perform a full-length sketch comedy show about the new student experience at MHC. Come laugh with (at?) your OLs as they convey important info, tricks, and tips about your first year. Warning: this show is very funny and might require you to dance.

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Res Life 101 (MANDATORY)
Residence Halls

Learn the ins and outs of living in a Residence Hall and being a part of a growing community! Learn about what your Senior Community Advisors and Community Advisors do in the Residence Halls, who your professional staff are, and how to be a productive member of your community!

Friday, September 4th

7:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Make Your Lunch at Breakfast
Dining Halls

Make your lunch before or after breakfast in Ham-MacGregor/Rockefeller/Wilder/Prospect. (No other lunch is provided today).

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Student Employment Work Clearance Meeting
Hooker Auditorium

This meeting is required for all students who intend to work on campus. Conducted by the Payroll Office and Student Employment Office, this brief workshop provides general information about student employment and assists students in being certified to work on campus. Required for all students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or who have work authorization through Deferred Action including DACA who intend to work on campus.

Complete the following required forms and bring to this meeting:

  • Federal Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) Form
  • Federal (W-4) tax form
  • State (M-4) tax form
  • Original valid forms of identification
  • A photocopy of your original forms of identification
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) 

Choose identification from the list on the back of the I-9 form. You will need one document if you choose from List A or two documents if you choose from List B and C (i.e., a passport or driver’s license and Social Security card). All identification must be current. We cannot accept expired identifications. Access forms at www.mtholyoke.edu/hr.

The Payroll Office encourages you to sign up for direct deposit. To sign up, please bring a voided check or a copy of a bank statement showing the bank routing number and your account number. Hooker seating will be sectioned by residence hall. Please sit in your assigned area. Signs will be posted.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Frances Perkins Scholars Welcoming Reception
Stimson room, Williston Library

Enjoy refreshments with LITS staff and learn how we can help you succeed at Mount Holyoke.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS)
Williston Atrium

Experience our beautiful buildings, receive an introduction to resources and services, and compete in our Riddle Raffle for a chance to win great prizes. Join us to make a button, visit the photo booth, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meeting for International Exchange and International Guest Students
Dwight 101

Meet with Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, to learn about the Certificate for International Students. This meeting is only for those students who will be studying at Mount Holyoke for the entire academic year.

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Student Worker Permanent Scheduling Meeting, Part 1
Hooker Auditorium

This is a mandatory meeting for 1st year students on work study and who want to work. Seating will be sectioned off according to your assigned residence hall. Please refer to the September 8th student worker meeting information for seating assignment details. Please bring your class schedules.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Frances Perkins Introduction to Health, Counseling Services and the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program
Conference Room, Health Center

Meet staff, tour facilities, and ask about health insurance referrals, on campus services, and counseling.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Introduction to the CDC, Student Employment and JobX (MANDATORY)
Gamble Auditorium

Career Development Center (CDC) staff will introduce these services and resources for students. The CDC will also discuss student employment and using JobX (the student employment database). Please stop by to learn about career services for first year students

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Consentual Sensual (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

This powerful Five College student performance presents a series of vignettes designed to educate and start dialogue about sexual violence prevention on our campus.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WELLcome (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Join us to talk about ways to take care of yourself, ways to relax & play, and ways to build a healthy MHC community.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs!
Williston Atrium

Learn the history of MHC’s most delicious tradition—Milk and Crackers (Cookies). View amazing artifacts and photographs from Archives and Special Collections, socialize with classmates and staff, enjoy some cookies, and get LITS swag!

Saturday, September 5th

10:30AM - 12:00 PM
Common Read Experience (MANDATORY)

1:00PM - 4:00PM
Get on the Green
Skinner Green

Come enjoy a favorite Mount Holyoke past time: basking in the sunshine on Skinner green. Bring a blanket to lay on and eat some refreshments. Draw with chalk, hula hoop, throw around a Frisbee, help paint a mural, blow some bubbles, play some games, or just sit back and relax. Come in a bathing suit or clothes you don't mind getting wet if you'd like to cool off in the sprinkler, slip and slide, or water gun fights! This event will be cancelled if it rains but the extreme sports will go on rain or shine (except if there's thunder). 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FirstYear@Mount Holyoke Mentor Meeting
New York Room

FY@MH students pizza night with mentors, Amy Martin, and any other available FY@MH faculty

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Kickin’ it With Campus Police (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Members of the Campus Police host this information session on the resources and supports available. This interactive session will include information on safety resources including an interactive demonstration in RAD (Rape Aggression Defense).

9:00PM
Fun Block
Blanchard Great Room 

Come out to Blanchard Great Room and relax with your peers and your Orientation Leaders at Fun Block! There will be music, mini board games, karaoke, arts and crafts, and improvisation games hosted by two members of Mount Holyoke’s only improv team, the Unusual Suspects! Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

Sunday, September 6th

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Multifaith Welcome Service
Abbey Memorial Chapel

This is a welcome service for all new and returning students in celebration of the new beginnings. Followed by a reception at Eliot House in the Eliot House Lounge on Gateway Road, 2nd floor.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Welcome Reception
Eliot House Lounge

A welcome reception for new, transfer, and returning students and the MHC community.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Honor Ceremony (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Membership in a community of honor is a noble and complex task all MHC students share. This session will review the benefits and challenges of living and learning in a community of honor. Join members of the Honor Code Council in this interactive session where you will have the opportunity to think through scenarios and ask key questions.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Real Choices: Real Life Stories (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

This is where we get real with alcohol and other drugs and the choices we make. Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project resources and FREE goodie bags!

9:00PM
The Amazing Race - Orientation Style
Blanchard Great Room

Come out and show your orientation group spirit while competing in a series of tasks around campus in hopes to win The Amazing Race: Orientation Style! Events will commence in Blanchard Great Room at 9 p.m.

Monday, September 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Diversity Skill Building Workshop with Dr. Barbara Love (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
First Year Mural with MHN
Blanchard 324 (MHN Room); Blanchard 318; Library 619; Library 618

Inspiring collaboration and commemoration through a creative project - this session will introduce new students to MHC's community and academic resources by documenting their first few days on campus using photography, art, graphic design and/or narrative nonfiction. The creative aspect of the session will be supplemented by guidance from Mount Holyoke News staff and guest speakers from MHC's English Department. The final product will be an interactive presentation board located in Blanchard, where the students display their creative projects for their peers as we enter the first week of classes.

**Those unable to attend our session will also have the opportunity to add to the boards in Blanchard.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

College Songs Workshop
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Join members of the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles as we teach you traditional Mount Holyoke songs - the Alma Mater and the Goodnight Song! There will also be time to chat with current MHC students involved in music and specifically choral singing at Mount Holyoke. ALL ARE WELCOME, regardless of previous singing experience!

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Bringing Your 'A' Game (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

Learn about time management and study skills that will help you ace your way through college!

7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
State of Diversity in Our World - Dr. Barbara Love
Chapin Auditorium

Coffeehouse Open Mic Night
Blanchard Great Room

SGA and Doing It Live! are excited to partner with Orientation to bring you an open mic night! If you’re a singer, poet, musician, comedian, storyteller, dancer, listeners, or laugher, come to the Blanchard Great Room on September 7th at 9:00 pm for a lively night of dazzling performances by your fellow Mount Holyoke students. Have a talent that you want to share? Sign up for a 5 minute time slot and show us what you’ve got! And for those who just want to come for the entertainment and good conversation, there will be coffee service, snacks, and board games to complete our Monday night coffeehouse. Hope to see you and your friends there!

Tuesday, September 8th

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Academic Fair
Chapin Auditorium

Come meet professors from all departments! This is a great place to get answers to any questions still lingering after your advising appointment. Other campus offices will also be present including (but not limited to): the Career Development Center, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and much more! You can drop in anytime and stay as long as you need.

11:15 AM
First Year Rally for Convocation
Gettell Amphitheater

Meet with your classmates in your class color - yellow! - for your first all class photo! Photo is taken at 11:20 AM sharp so don’t be late!  First-year seating is in the far right section when facing the stage

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Convocation (MANDATORY)
Gettell Amphitheater

Join President Pasquerella for a ceremony marking the official opening of the academic year. (In event of dangerous weather, event will be postponed until 3:00 PM)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Convocation Picnic
Skinner Green

Rain plan: Dining Halls will be open for regular meal service

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Conversations
Chapin Auditorium

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Museum Mania
Art Building, Gamble

Try our renowned treasure hunt! Explore the museum's collection and be the first on campus to see our newly installed special exhibitions, including colorful multimedia sculptures by Judy Pfaff. Everyone gets a free poster. The first three students to complete the hunt win other great prizes! Treasure hunt at 1:30 pm. Prizes, refreshments, and info about the museum's collection and programs at 2:00 pm sharp in Gamble Auditorium. Students unable to attend this event may stop by the museum between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm until Friday, September 11 to pick up a poster and museum information.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Dickinson Hall Reception for New and Returning FPs
Dickinson Hall Lawn or Living Room

FP scholars will gather with campus leaders in new FP community space

4:00 PM
Rooke Theatre Backstage Tour
Rooke Theatre

Meet the faculty, staff, and student reps for information about what's happening '15-16, auditions, performances, classes, possible workshops and enjoy some refreshments!

8:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Dining Services Student Worker Meeting, Part 2
All Dining Centers

This is a required meeting. Students living in the following residence halls are to report to the assigned dining center. Any student residing in a dining center is to report to that center.

Residence Hall                                                                        Dining Center

Creighton, North + South Mandelle                                         Abbey-Buckland
Torrey                                                                                     North/South Rockefeller
Pearsons, Safford                                                                    Wilder
1837                                                                                       Prospect
Ham-MacGregor   

9:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Convocation Party hosted by 2016
Blanchard Great Room

Let the Senior class welcome you to Moho with music, dancing, and fun at the first Blanch party of the year. First 400 are welcome. Watch for more details.

Wednesday, September 9th

CLASSES BEGIN

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dance Department Informational Meeting
Kendall Hall Studio Theater

Meet the faculty and guest artists, learn about the dance department activities, performing opportunities, audition dates for choreographic projects and more.

Thursday, September 10th

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow
Skinner Green

Quick facts that save a life—what’s in a drink, what’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content), tips to help someone under the influence. Drive a golf cart wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate drunk driving. Free T-Shirt! Rain date: Friday, September 11th

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SHRI, Sisters In Hinduism Reaching Inward Puja and Dinner
Eliot House Lounge & Hindu Prayer Room

Join SHRI, Sisters in Hinduism Reaching Inward for their first Thursday night Puja and dinner

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Intersections (MANDATORY)
Chapin Auditorium

A program of music and theatre 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.

Friday, September 11th

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jumma Lunch & Prayer
Eliot House Lounge

First Jumma Lunch and Prayer of the academic year.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Muslima Conversations
Eliot House Lounge

First Muslima Conversation of the academic semester. Topics of interest to women.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Gathering
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Weekly Gathering

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Community Shabbat
Eliot House Lounge

Join the JSU for their first Monthly Community Shabbat of the the academic year. Curious, please join us for prayer and a meal.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Welcome Back Jam
Chapin Auditorium

The Sophomore Class brings you this perennial favorite featuring Mount Holyoke's very own a capella performance groups in a night of lively song and community. This event is packed every year- don’t miss it!

Saturday, September 12th

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Halaqas/ Learning Session

Blanchard Room 108

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cultural Center Open House
All Cultural Centers

Cultural Center Roaming Party
Tour the Cultural Centers (Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, Eliana Ortega Cultural Center, Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, Asian Center for Empowerment, and the Jeannette Marks House), meet the Cultural Center Staff and Affiliated Student Organization leaders, while enjoying great food, music, games, prizes, and more! Those who visit all five cultural centers will receive a special prize.

So what are Cultural Centers?
Cultural Centers at Mount Holyoke College are constant safe places for the purposes of support, education, networking, and sanctuary. They host programs and provide resources to increase cultural awareness and inter­connectedness, while serving as a home a­way from home for identities that are historically marginalized at Mount Holyoke College and beyond.

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
NightFest! 2015
Blanchard Great Room, Patio, & Greens surrounding

Presented by The Network & Student Programs, NightFest! is MHC's signature annual Welcome Back event with free food, t-shirt giveaways, music, performances & more in a festival atmosphere, outdoors on the Blanchard Patio and Lantern Green. Food trucks and s'mores. Things that glow. Dancing in the streets. Meet-up with friends old and new! If it rains, you'll find NightFest! happening in Blanchard's Great Room. You bring You

Sunday, September 13th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Roman Catholic Mass
Abbey Memorial Chapel 

Weekly Catholic Mass

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Catholic Barbeque
Eliot House Front Porch

Join the Catholic Community on campus for a welcome barbecue on our front porch.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Rosh Hashannah Service
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

Join the Jewish Community for Rosh Hashannah Service in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary followed by dinner in Eliot House Lounge.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Rosh Hashannah Dinner
Eliot House Lounge

Rosh Hashannah Dinner in Eliot House Lounge after services in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

Friday, September 18th

6:30 PM
 
Searching for the Moon: A Heroine's Journey
Chapin Auditorium

In her acclaimed one-woman show, Amber Chand awakens our own claim to the world in her own personal story of Indian arranged marriages, British boarding schools, tyrannical African dictators, encounters with Indian holy men and Rwandan genocide survivors, and the rise and fall of her own multi-million dollar company. 

Thursday, September 24th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Promoting Resiliency and Advocacy on College Campuses -Presented by Maggie Bertram
Hooker Auditorium

Mount Holyoke College and Active Minds at Mount Holyoke welcome mental health advocate and guest speaker, Maggie Bertram, to campus to share her experiences overcoming adversity as a survivor of an eating disorder and an individual living with anxiety and depression. Ms. Bertram is the Senior Program Manager for Student-Led Initiatives at Active Minds, Inc. since 2011 and will focus on the power of peer to peer support and advocacy used to overcome common mental health challenges college aged students face today.

Friday, September 25th

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Social Security Session
Blanchard 318

All new international students who are on work study (and work on campus) AND all new international students who have a Global Loan from Student Financial Services must apply for a Social Security Card. Staff from the Holyoke Social Security Office will process applications. Bring your passport and original travel documents, (I-20 or DS-2019) and a letter from your on-campus employer. More information is available at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/global/ssc.html.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fresh Check Day
Skinner Green

Fresh Check Day is the signature program of The Jordan Matthew Memorial Foundation (JMPMF) and will be hosted on our campus for the first time ever. Fresh Check Day uses peer-to-peer messaging through our campus student groups, such as Active Minds at Mount Holyoke, MoHealth Peer Educators, AcessAbility Student Mentors, and the SGA to deliver mental health and resource information at interactive booths in a fun and engaging way.

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