Orientation Schedule Fall 2015

***Orientaiton Fall 2015 Schedule will be posted in April 2015***

Wednesday, January 14

10:00 am - midnight
International Students: Arrival and Check-in
Room 227, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
The International Student Organizing 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.

10:00 am - midnight
International Students: Meet and Greet
Room 227, Welcome Lounge, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
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.

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

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

Thursday, January 15

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Residential Students: Check-in
Room 227, Welcome Lounge, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Room keys, Orientation schedules and breakfast treats are available in our Welcome Lounge.  Come meet students and Student Affairs staff! 

Mandatory
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

Mandatory
10:00 am - 11:00 am

International Students:  Foreign National Information System (FNIS) Session
Computer Lab in Library 619
Representatives from Financial Services will guide students through a computer program to enter the various visa statuses they have had when in the U.S.  Students should bring their current and previous passports, and original travel documents (I-20 or DS-2019).  Please 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.  This will expedite the process.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
International Students:  Transitions Abroad
Room 101, Dwight Hall
Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will talk about adjusting to your new life in the U.S. and at Mount Holyoke.  Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, will also be available to answer questions.

Mandatory
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Welcome Luncheon for New Students and Families
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Gathering and words of welcome.

1:30 - 3:00 pm
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.

Mandatory
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Parent and Family Orientation
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Laboratory ♿
Please join Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall as she hosts an information session 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 pm - 5:00 pm
International Students:  Immigration Regulations and On-Campus Employment
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.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Van trips to Chicopee Shopping Plaza (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 Marshall’s). Meet at Blanchard bus stop. Vans will be departing campus at 6:30 pm.

Mandatory
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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.

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs!
Courtyard, Williston Library
Learn the history of MHC’s most delicious tradition—Milk and Crackers (Hot Chocolate and Cookies!). Socialize with classmates and library staff, enjoy some cookies, and pick up your LITS bag with goodies in it!

10:00 pm
Late Night Musical Sing-Along:  RENT
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Join your classmates for a movie sing-along that's sure to leave you singing all week long!  Popcorn, trivia, and laughs included.

Friday, January 16

Mandatory
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.  First year class advisor, Sara London, will discuss ways to make the most of your advisor/advisee relationship.  Hear from Liza Manchester of Accessability Services on how to tackle the college reading load.

Mandatory
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cultivating Community with Dean Hall
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Join Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall 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.

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

Mandatory
2:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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 2:30 pm. Your advisor will schedule your appointment for a time between 2:45 and 5:00 pm. Not all locations are accessible; refer to campus map for accessible entrances.

3:00 pm
Tours of the Campus
Atrium, Williston Library

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Welcome Open House
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum ♿
Visit the College's acclaimed Art Museum and pick up a free poster! Light refreshments will be available.

Mandatory
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Dinner with Admission
Jenkins Room, Newhall (Admission Building) ♿
Dinner for all new Spring students with Admissions staff.  Here is your chance to ask about the admissions process for Spring admits and how to prepare yourself to start life at Mount Holyoke.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Well-Come….You are Not Alone!
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Learn the ins and outs about alcohol and other drugs and ways to keep yourself and your friends safe. You’ll have the opportunity to hear your Orientation leaders share honest stories about the realities of substance use on campus. Learn ways to relax & play, and ways to build a healthy MHC community. Surprise ending and free goodie bags.

9:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Karaoke
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 17

Mandatory
9:00 pm - 1:00 pm
International Students:  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.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Common Read Colloquium!
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Students, faculty and staff will share ideas, questions and concerns inspired by Orange is the New Black.  Consider this discussion your first step in your intellectual development at Mount Holyoke.

Mandatory
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Film Screening & Panel: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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.”

5:30 pm
International Students:  Welcome Dinner with ISOC
Ham Hall Dining Room
Come and get to know ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee) board members.  Bring your questions!

Mandatory
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Game of Res Life
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Residence hall living can be a challenge. Suddenly you have a roommate, classes, communal bathrooms, late nights in the common rooms, dining halls, laundry to do . . . the list goes on and on. It can feel like a lot, but those of us who work in Residential Life know a few tricks and tips to make the transition easier. Come for give-aways and learn how to play The Game of Res Life!   

Sunday, January 18

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welcome to Eliot House!
Eliot House Lounge
Join the staff of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.  Lean about our faith groups, programs, Multifaith initiatives, Wednesday Interfaith Lunches and our Chaplaincy appointments.  Open to anyone who has a faith or spiritual tradition, is looking for either, is curious, or wants to learn about other's faith and spiritual traditions and people of various religious traditions.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cultural Centers Open House
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
The Cultural Centers are safe places for the purposes of support, education, networking, and sanctuary. They host programming and provide resources to increase cultural awareness and interconnectedness while serving as a home away from home for identities historically marginalized. During this event, you will have the opportunity to learn about the various MHC Cultural Centers (Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, Eliana Ortega Cultural Center, Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, Asian Center for Empowerment, and Jeanette Marks House); meet the Cultural Center Student Staff and Affiliated Student Organization leaders; learn about the various services and programmatic initiatives sponsored by the Cultural Centers, while learning how you can get involved. Most importantly, enjoy great food, activities, prizes, and more!

Mandatory
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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.

Mandatory
7:00 pm
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.

9:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Fireside Bonding with Fall Admits
Willits-Hallowell Center Living Room
The 2018 Class Board invites you to cozy up to the fireplace as you join Fall admits from the Class of 2018 for hot cocoa and cookies! Wear red to show off your Pegasus pride, get to know other first-years, and sign up to have a Fall Admit ‘Twin’ who will show you the ropes of all things MHC!

Monday, January 19

Mandatory
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Food Insecurity Social Action Project
Meet at Blanchard Bus Stop
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Debrief
New York Room, Mary Woolley 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.    

Tuesday, January 20

Classes Begin

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
For Frances Perkins Scholars: Reception
Living Room, Dickinson Hall
Get to know other FP students and celebrate our new community space.

Mandatory
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Social Justice Scholar, Kevin Powell
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. He is the author of 11 books, including "Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays.” Among his upcoming books will be a memoir of his very difficult childhood and youth, to be released in 2015 by Simon & Schuster; and in 2016 he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. Kevin's writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com, and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing public figures as different as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell.  Powell will be speaking to the Mount Holyoke community about the current social justice climate in our country and around the world.

Thursday, January 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Career Center Showcase
Career Development Center ♿
The Career Development Center is here to support you throughout your MHC experience. Join staff from the CDC for an introduction to the many services, resources, workshops, web capabilities, and internships available to all students. Learn about Job X, our student employment database, as well as the ways the student employment office can help you meet your work needs. We look forward to welcoming you to the Career Development Center!

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Student Org Fair
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Members of most of our 130+ registered Student Organizations will be hosting information tables in an expo style fair. Browse through the many different opportunities for involvement at MHC. Come and explore your options for co-curricular activities! Check them out, ask questions, sign up - there is an MHC Organization for practically every interest!

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining Services Student Worker Meeting
Hooker Auditorium
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 Chapin Auditorium 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.  NOTE: Advanced Blanchard work scheduling can be made prior to January 23 by contacting Jackie Guevara (gueva22j@mtholyoke.edu).

Residence Hall  Dining Center
Creighton, North and South Mandelle Abbey-Buckland
Torrey North and South Rockefeller
Pearsons, Safford Wilder
1837 Prospect, Ham-MacGregor
Brigham, Porter, Mead Blanchard

Friday, January 23

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jumma Lunch and Prayer
Eliot House Lounge, 2nd floor

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Conversation
Eliot House Lounge
Learn about the Muslim Community at Mount Holyoke.

5:15 pm
Jumma Lunch and Prayer
Eliot House Lounge, 2nd floor

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JSU First Community Shabbat
Eliot House Lounge
5:15 pm service; 6:30 pm dinner

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Taste of the Five Colleges
Meet at the 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 pm - 10:00 pm
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.

Saturday, January 24

Mandatory
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Snow Ball!
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
The Snow Ball: A winter social!  Come mingle with your fellow Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 admits to meet your class with class in your most sparkly winter attire for desserts, conversation and dancing. Brought to you by the Orientation Board, WILD, The Network, and Class of 2018.

Sunday, January 25

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welcome Bagel Brunch
Eliot House Lounge, 2nd floor

Monday, January 26

Mandatory
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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 28

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Interfaith Lunch
Eliot House Lounge, 2nd floor
Join our community for soup, salad, bread, cheese, peanut butter and crackers while we discuss how our faith and/or spiritual traditions can guide us through the college years and beyond.

Friday, February 21

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
International Students:  Social Security Session
Room 318, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
All new international students who have a Global Loan and all students who 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 document (I-20 or DS-2019) and a letter from your on-campus employer.  The Social Security page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives web site has further information.