Orientation Schedule

Image of Posse 2018 at Convocation.

Fall Orientation 2018 starts on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 for students attending international pre-orientation and starts on Friday, August 31, 2018 for all new students.

We encourage international students who will be arriving to Mount Holyoke with their parents, families and or guests to let us know by filling out this form.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Arrival and Check-in for International Students (mandatory)
All day; opens at 10 am
Blanchard Hall
New international students arriving at Bradley International Airport will be met by upper-class international students and Orientation Leaders! All other new international students should check in at Blanchard 205 and 227 where they will pick up keys, receive orientation materials and much more. Students can eat lunch and their guests are welcome to purchase lunch at the Community Center Dining Commons.

Campus Tours
2– 5 pm 
Leave from Blanchard 227 
Learn more about where things happen at Mount Holyoke. Sign up for a tour in Blanchard 227.

Welcome Dinner and Social
5 – 7 pm 
Dining Commons 
Join new and returning students along with staff and faculty for your first dinner at Mount Holyoke! Meet the Acting President and President-elect, Sonya Stephens, and other College Officers. Parents and guests are welcome to purchase dinner and join the festivities.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

International Pre-Orientation for Students

Breakfast in Dining Commons
7 – 9 am  

Shopping Trip to Hampshire Mall
10 am – noon
Mary Woolley Circle
Take this opportunity to purchase bed linen, pillows, and those odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase.  Students will be in their assigned groups for the shopping trip. Meet your group at 9:45am at Mary Woolley Circle.

Lunch in Dining Commons
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

International Student Immigration Session (mandatory)
2 – 2:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium
Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, and Jenny Medina, Immigration Advisor for International Students, will review  immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens studying in the U.S. 

International Student Work Clearance (mandatory)
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium
New students who plan to work on campus must complete required forms during this session (I-9 and federal/state tax forms). Bring your passport and I-20 form (F-1 students) or DS2019 (J-1 students).

Transitions Abroad with ISOC: International Student Organizing Committee (mandatory)
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium
Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) and Orientation Leaders will answer your most pressing questions and facilitate a discussion of life at MHC and in the U.S.

Dinner in Dining Commons
5 – 7 pm 

Programming in the Community Center
9:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Join other newly arrived students for a fun and relaxing evening!

International Pre-Orientation For Families and Guests

Reception for International Parents and Guests
1 – 2 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Join Mount Holyoke’s Acting President Sonya Stephens for words of welcome, and to meet additional MHC faculty and staff.

Campus Tours for International Parents and Guests
2 – 3 pm
Leave from the Great Room

Friday, August 31, 2018

All New Students

Move-In Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair
8 am – noon
Woolley Circle
Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast, and a resource fair for new students and families. This is the earliest day all other students can move into the residence halls. If you have concerns or questions please contact us!

TB Testing
8 am – noon
Health Center
All students who have been identified as needing a Tuberculosis screening are required to do so at the Health Center. Students will have been notified over the summer or upon check-in at orientation. Students needing the screening should sign up for an appointment through MyHealth Connection.

Check-In and Welcome for Frances Perkins Scholars
10:30 – 11:30 am
Jenkins Room, Admission Center
Gather as a group before the President's welcome to learn about Orientation programming. Upperclass FPs will be on hand to answer questions, connect new and returning students, and help you make plans that pique your interest and needs for the rest of Orientation.

President’s Welcome
11:30 am – noon
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Words of welcome from Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens.

Opening Day BBQ for New Students and Families
Noon – 1:30 pm
Skinner Green
Rain location: Dining Commons

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House
1 – 5 pm
Atrium, WIlliston Library
Stop by for an introduction to the many resources LITS has to offer! While here, you can take a tour of our beautiful buildings, meet our fabulous staff, make a button, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Families, come see where your student will be living during finals!

Academic Advising (mandatory)
1:30 – 5 pm
Faculty Offices
Students meet with their academic advisors.

Parent and Family Orientation

1:30 – 5 pm
Chapin Auditorium and various locations throughout campus

Student Life and Services Panel
1:30 – 3 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Student life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC. Offices represented will include Residential Life, Student Success & Advising, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, Counseling Service, Campus Police, Religious & Spiritual Life, Health Services and Dean of Students. Those attending will have the opportunity to have questions answered.

Experiential Learning Session
3 – 3:50 pm and 4 – 4:50 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Join the Career Development Center, faculty and campus partners.

First Generation Parent Mixer
3 – 4 pm
Location TBD

Dollars, Sense and Student Well-Being (for families and guests)
3:30 - 5 pm
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
A panel moderated by AccessAbility Services (the College's disability services office) for those families and guests interested in hearing more from the Registrar's Office, Financial Services, and Counseling Service, and Health Services. More information will be provided about academic, financial resources, and well-being for your students. Participants will have the opportunity to have questions answered.

President’s Reception for New Students and Families
5 – 6 pm
President’s Garden
Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens welcomes new students and families.
Rain location: Willits Conference Center

Dinner in Dining Commons
5 – 7 pm

Dinner with AccessAbility Fellows
5 - 7 pm
Dining Commons
Casual dinner with the Fellows, upperclass students registered with AccessAbility Services.

Dinner for Transfer Students
6 - 7 pm
Dining Commons
Meet your fellow transfer students as well as members of the administration.

Meet Your Res Life Staff (mandatory)
8 – 9 pm
Your Residence Hall
Students will meet in the common areas of their residence halls to get to know their staff and fellow new students. Then they will walk over together to enjoy the movie Dirty Dancing under the stars!

Movie Under the Stars: Dirty Dancing
9 pm
Gettell Amphitheatre; quiet location in the Great Room, Community Center
Come join your fellow new students and cheer when “nobody puts Baby in the corner” because “Baby’s starting Mount Holyoke in the fall”!
Rain location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Breakfast in Dining Commons
7 – 9 am

Welcome to MoHome (mandatory)
10 – 11:30 am
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Join the Division of Student Life and student leaders to learn about social and academic life at MHC. A fun-filled session of community building, MHC facts, and insider tips on how to navigate your new college world.

Open Hours in Student Financial Services
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Skinner Hall

Lunch in Dining Commons and Orientation Small Groups
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Gender 101 (mandatory)
1:30 – 3 pm
Gamble Auditorium
Students will learn about basic concepts of gender identity, and will develop the skills of gender etiquette that will be important during and after their time at Mount Holyoke College. Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Gender 101 and Storytelling in Social Justice.

Storytelling in Social Justice (mandatory)
3:30 – 5 pm
Hooker Auditorium and various classrooms
In this session, students will delve further into definitions and topics of social justice, with the opportunity to learn more about each other’s stories. Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Gender 101 and Storytelling in Social Justice.

Dinner in Dining Commons
5 – 7 pm

Dessert at the Cultural Centers, Unity Center & Eliot House
6 – 8 pm
Cultural Centers and Eliot House
Students will have an opportunity to enjoy great food, games, and activities while visiting each Cultural Center, the Unity Center and Eliot House in order to learn more about the resources, programs, and affiliated student organizations in each space.

Pub Trivia Night for Frances Perkins Scholars
7 - 9 pm
Great Room
Welcome MoHome new and returning FPs! This year we have a pub-inspired trivia night just for you—there will be snacks, drinks, prizes, and of course, trivia! 

First Saturday!
8 – 10 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Come meet your fellow new students as you enjoy a summer night with music, food—and so much more! A more low-key option will also be available.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Self-Advocacy Boot Camp
11 am – 12 pm
Great Room, Community Center
This event is specifically for first-years who have completed the AccessAbility Services application process. AccessAbility Services Fellows will talk through and then role play having a conversation with faculty about their accommodation letters. First-years will have the opportunity to practice having these conversations with the guidance and feedback of the Fellows.

Be Well at Mount Holyoke (mandatory)
1 – 2 pm
Various locations throughout campus
Come learn about all the well-being resources and services available to you as a member of the Mount Holyoke community, set your well-being intentions for the year, and enjoy an afternoon of breakout workshops. All new students will register for workshops over the summer, so be on the lookout for more information.

Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Be Well and Say Something.

Say Something: Violence Prevention Workshop (mandatory)
3 – 4:30 pm
Hooker Auditorium
Join Safe Passage in this experiential session to learn, act, be and prevent violence on your campus. Develop skills around assertive communication, bystander intervention, how to support your peers, and ways to create a safer community. Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Be Well and Say Something.

College Songs Workshops
4:30 – 5:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall
Join members of the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles as we teach you traditional Mount Holyoke songs: the Alma Mater, the Goodnight Song, and even the Drinking Song! It's also a fantastic opportunity to chat with current MHC students involved in music and specifically choral singing at Mount Holyoke.

Dinner in Dining Commons
5 – 7 pm

Honor Code Ceremony (mandatory)
8 – 9 pm
Abbey Chapel

Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs (mandatory)
9 – 11 pm
Reading Room & Atrium, Williston Library
Come join in one of the most delicious MHC traditions, Milk and Cookies! (In Mary Lyon's day, it was crackers.) Socialize with classmates and staff from Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) in the Main Reading Room, enjoy some cookies, and collect a special gift.

Monday, September 3, 2018

[Not so Secret] Secrets of Academic Success (mandatory for first year students)
10 – 11:30 am
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
This session will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC academics, general academic success tips, and a reflection on the kind of learner you are. It will also include more information about first year seminars, and what to expect.

Academic Success for Transfer students and Frances-Perkins Scholars (mandatory)
10 – 11:30 am
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
This session will focus specifically on the transfer and Frances-Perkins experience, with resources provided by staff and students. It will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC, general success tips, and more.

Introduction to Pathways (mandatory)
11:30 am – noon
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Join the staff of the Office of Student Success and Advising to learn more about Pathways, Mount Holyoke’s integrated advising system.

Lunch in Dining Commons
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Kickin It with Campus Police  (mandatory)
1:30 – 3 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Members of Campus Police host this information session on the resources and supports available in this fun and interactive session.

Aware Today (mandatory)
3 – 5 pm
Abbey-Buck Green; Rain location: Abbey-Buck multipurpose room
As a part of our Be Well MHC (Healthy Body/Healthy Minds components) come test your knowledge about ways to reduce your risks; build on skills to assess & help yourself and others to become Aware Today! This event will feature interactive stations about how to determine personal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); ways to intervene in an alcohol emergency; and learn about our Medical Amnesty policy along with driving a golf cart on Abby-Buck Green wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate driving under the influence. Free ice-cream, T-shirts and other giveaways!

Introduction to the Career Development Center (mandatory)
3 – 4 pm and 4 – 5 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
We will introduce career development services and resources for students, and discuss student employment and JobX (the student employment database). Join us to learn more about opportunities that await you as a Mount Holyoke student, including Nexus, internships, and the many avenues to pursuing your goals through The Lynk.

Dinner in the Dining Commons
5 – 7 pm

Orientation 101 (mandatory)
8 – 9 pm
Chapin Auditorium; live streaming in the Great Room
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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Academic Fair
9 - 10:30 am
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

Class of 2022 Picture
11:15 am
Gettell Amphitheater

Convocation
11:30 am – noon
Gettell Amphitheater
Join Acting President Sonya Stephens for a ceremony marking the official opening of the academic year.

Convocation Picnic
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Skinner Green
Rain location: Dining Commons

TB Testing
1 – 4 pm
Health Center
All students who have been identified as needing a Tuberculosis screening are required to do so at the Health Center by X date. Students will have been notified over the summer or upon check-in at orientation. Students needing the screening should sign up for an appointment through MyHealth Connection.

Accessing Accommodations
3 – 4 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Review Accommodation Letters, learn the differences between accommodations in high school and college, specific accommodations and services available at Mount Holyoke, and policies and procedures students must follow in order to receive disability supports.

Rooke Theatre Backstage Tour
4 – 5 pm
Rooke Theatre
Gathering in Rooke lobby at 4 pm; this is a chance to meet faculty, staff, student reps, and liaisons, and learn how to get involved and/or volunteer. Light refreshments will be served.

Common Read Keynote
7 – 8:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Hear from this year’s common read author!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Class Begin for all students! Make sure to check out all of the opportunities, events and programs available as part of MHC’s Welcome MoHome.

Dance Department Information Meeting
6:30 pm
Studio Theater, Kendall
Meet Dance faculty and guest artists, and learn about the dance department's curriculum, activities, performing opportunities, audition dates for choreographic projects and more.

Welcome MoHome!

Check out MHC's weeks of welcome and explore the amazing activities that happen on campus. Programs are still being confirmed. Make sure to track Welcome Mohome and tag your experiences using @MHCStuProg on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat with #WelcomeMoHome and #MyMountHolyoke.