Orientation Schedule

Fall Orientation 2016 starts on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 for international students and Friday, September 2, 2016 for all new students! 

Spring Orientation 2016 Schedule

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

Jump-to dates:

Wednesday, January 13

10:00 am–8:00 pm
Check-in and Welcome for International Students
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 227 Blanchard Campus Center when they arrive on campus. Members of ISOC will also be available to answer questions and assist you. Refreshments will be served.

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Library, Information, and Technology Services Tours
Atrium, Williston Library

Meet in the Williston Library atrium, just inside the front door. Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services include an introduction to resources and services, plus highlights of our beautiful building. Where will your favorite study nook be? Where do you go when you need technology or research help, if you want to learn how to use Photoshop, or if you just want a good book to read? Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the atrium, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s.

1:00–3:00 pm
International Student Campus Tours (weather permitting)
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.

7:00–8:30 pm
DIY Body Scrub
Blanchard Great Room

Come unwind after a long day of class, travel, and orientation sessions and make your very own body scrub! Join us for a relaxing night of learning a unique craft and bring a jar of your very own body scrub home with you.

Thursday, January 14

9:00–10:00 am
Mandatory PPD Test for International Students
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 8:30 am.

9:00 am–1:00 pm
Welcome Center and Family Resource Fair
Blanchard 2nd Floor & Room 227

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

10:00–11:00 am
Mandatory Foreign National Information System (FNIS) Session for International Students
Kendade Computer Lab (Kendade 06)

Representatives from Financial Services will guide students through a computer program to enter the various visa statuses they have had when in the US. 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 US while in each status.

11:00 am–noon
Transitions Abroad for International Students
Dwight 101

Members of ISOC will speak about adjusting to your new life in the US and at Mount Holyoke. Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, will also be available to answer questions.

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Library, Information, and Technology Services Tours
Atrium, Williston Library

Meet in the Williston Library atrium, just inside the front door. Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services include an introduction to resources and services, plus highlights of our beautiful building. Where will your favorite study nook be? Where do you go when you need technology or research help, if you want to learn how to use Photoshop, or if you just want a good book to read? Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the atrium, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s.

12:00–1:00 pm
Welcome Lunch for New Students and Families
Blanchard Great Room

1:30–3:00 pm
Parent and Family Orientation
Blanchard Great Room

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

1:30–3:00 pm
Informational Meeting for New Frances Perkins and Transfer Students (Mandatory)
Admission Office, Newhall Center

An orientation and registration overview for new FP and transfer students facilitated by Carolyn Dietel, Director of the Frances Perkins Program and Transfer Admission.

2:00–3:00 pm
Immigration Regulations and On-Campus Employment for International Students
Dwight 101

Jenny Medina, Immigration Specialist, and Donna Van Handle, Dean of International Students, will familiarize you with immigration and naturalization regulations that apply to foreign citizens who are studying and working in the US. All students who plan to work on campus must complete I-9 and W-4 forms. Please bring your passport and I-20 form.

4:00–5:30 pm
College 101 (Mandatory)
Blanchard Great Room

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

6:30–8:30 pm
Shopping Trip (weather permitting)
Blanchard Bus Stop

Need decorations or other sundry items to spruce up your room? Catch a shuttle to Walmart and Marshalls. Meet at Blanchard bus stop. Vans will be departing campus at 6:30 pm.

8:00–10:00 pm
Paint n’ Sip
Blanchard Great Room

Join us for a fun evening of learning to paint a beautiful picture and sipping on mocktails!

9:00–11:00 pm
Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs! (Mandatory)
Atrium, 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!

Friday, January 15

10:00–11:30 am
Bringing Your "A" Game! (Mandatory)
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Hear how the academic side of campus works and learn valuable tips for succeeding! Learn a bit about you as a student before classes even start to help you get ahead of the game.

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Library, Information, and Technology Services Tours
Atrium, Williston Library

Meet in the Williston Library atrium, just inside the front door. Tours of Library, Information, and Technology Services include an introduction to resources and services, plus highlights of our beautiful building. Where will your favorite study nook be? Where do you go when you need technology or research help, if you want to learn how to use Photoshop, or if you just want a good book to read? Before or after a tour, save some time to make a button at the greeter station in the atrium, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s.

1:00–2:00 pm
Student Financial Services Session for International Students
Dwight 101

A representative from Student Financial Services will explain—and have students fill out—required paperwork for Global Loans.

1:30–4:00 pm
Academic Advising Sessions (Mandatory)
Faculty Offices

All new students meet with faculty advisors in faculty offices.

4:30–6:00 pm
Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow (Mandatory)
Blanchard Great Room

Students have an opportunity to participate in a series of stations that provide education on how to determine their personal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); how to determine and intervene in an alcohol emergency; and how much alcohol is in a standard drink. Students will also get a chance to participate in field sobriety tests and receive information on how to party safely.

6:15–7:00 pm
Dinner with the Office of Admission (Mandatory)
Admission Office, Newhall Center

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.

8:00–9:00 pm
ResLife 101 (Mandatory)
Cleveland 01

Come meet the Residential Life Professional Staff to learn what you'll love about your MoHome! Hear tips and tricks for navigating new experiences, such as having a roommate for the first time, doing laundry, policies and rules, and connecting with others on your floor. Make your first step toward engaging in residential life at Mount Holyoke College.

9:00–11:00pm
Pub Trivia Night!
Blanchard Great Room

Kick off your weekend with a fun night of Pub Trivia! Create your team, come up with a creative name, and bring your obscure pop culture knowledge—we'll see who are the trivia masters of MHC!

Saturday, January 16

9:00–1:00 pm
Mandatory 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.

10:30 am–noon
Common Read Experience (Mandatory)
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Your first MHC intellectual discourse on a shared text with faculty, staff and students!

2:00–4:00 pm
Story Telling in Social Justice (Mandatory)
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

5:30–7:00 pm
Welcome Dinner for New International Students with ISOC
MacGregor Dining Room

Come and get to know ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee) board members. Bring your questions! Meet inside, in front of the stairs to the dining room.

7:15–9:00 pm
Wellness Program (Mandatory)
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

9:00–11:00 pm
Blockbuster Movie Night: Inside Out
Blanchard Great Room

Get in touch with your emotions by joining us for a screening of Disney's Inside Out in the Great Room! Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, January 17

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Brunch with Orientation Groups

Dining Halls

12:00 pm

Welcoming and Discovering Pathways to Peace

Abbey Memorial Chapel. Reception to follow

1:00 pm
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Reception 
Eliot House Lounge. Please join us from light refreshments and conversation.

2:30–4:00 pm
National Day of Service Project: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley Documentary Screening (Mandatory)
Hooker Auditorium

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 US, 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.”

9:00 pm
2019 Class Board Event: Fireside Bonding with the Class of 2019
Willits-Hallowell Center

Monday, January 18

9:00 am–1:00 pm
National Day of Service Project: Bag the Community (Mandatory)
Blanchard Bus Stop

7:00 pm
Orientation 101 (Mandatory)
Chapin Auditorium

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, January 19

7:30 pm
Positive Confrontation with Rachel Simmons (Mandatory)
Chapin Auditorium

Wednesday, January 20

4:30–5:30 pm
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life Open House
Eliot House, Eliot House Lounge

Join members of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and some students for a conversation about our programs and how we can help to make MOHO your home away from home.

5:30–6:30 pm
Multifaith Council
South Rockefeller Small Dining Room

Join Multifaith Council for weekly dinner and dialogue on interfaith and cultural topics. Our dialogues span a universe of concerns—from how we see our place in the cosmos to our different spiritual and religious connections to food. We also plan multifaith field trips, projects, and programs. All are welcome! Contact Multifaith Chaplain and Advisor Leslie Fraser for more information.

7:00 pm
Student Org Fair
Chapin Auditorium 

Thursday, January 21

8:30–10:00 pm
Dining Services Student Worker Meeting
Location will be sent by email

This meeting is required for all first-year spring admit students who have a work study package and want to work. You will receive an email from your student manager about the Work Study Meeting Information Session on January 17, telling you where you are to report for this meeting. Please bring your class schedule, your MHC ID, and a pen to this meeting.

4:00–5:00 pm
Career Development Center Welcome for Spring Admits 
CDC Library & Classroom

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. Please come and learn about funding for summer internships for sophomore and juniors through Lynk-UAF (juniors, this will be your last year to apply!). Learn about JobX, 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!

5:30–6:30 pm
SHRI (Students in Hinduism Reaching Inward) Pooja and Dinner
Eliot House Lounge

SHRI's mission is to educate our community about Hinduism, encourage an inside view, promote appreciation of the Hindu culture, and provide a community for Hindu students to embrace their faith. We facilitate this through weekly prayers, meetings, dinner-discussion, community service, and celebration of a few important Hindu festivals on the MHC campus. Our weekly Pooja is followed by a vegetarian dinner. All are welcome.

Friday, January 22

noon–1:00 pm
Jumma Lunch
Eliot House Lounge

Join Muslims of MHC for a Halal lunch and a community conversation facilitated by Elizaveta (Liza) Lozovaya, the Muslim Chaplain. Prayer space is available. All are welcome.

1:00–2:00 pm
Muslima Conversation
Eliot House lounge

Welcome to the safe and engaging space to discuss women's issues in Islam with Muslims of MHC. All are welcome.

4:00–5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Spring Welcome Gathering
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

The Unitarian Universalist community welcomes you to explore our spiritually alive, social-justice focused, and community-oriented gatherings. Are you building your own theology or looking for a community that embraces difference and interfaith collaboration? Check us out! We meet on Fridays at 4:00 pm in Abbey. All are welcome! Contact Multifaith Chaplain and UU Advisor Leslie Fraser for more information.

5:15–8:30 pm
Welcome Back Community Shabbat
Eliot House Lounge

Come celebrate Shabbat and meet the Jewish Community! All are welcome. Services will begin at 5:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

5:30–8:00 pm
Taste of the Five Colleges (Mandatory)
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.

8:00–10:00 pm
Ice Cappella Jam!
Chapin Auditorium

This annual songfest, hosted by Student Programs, presents MHC’s wildly popular and talented a cappella groups.

Saturday, January 23

9:00 pm–midnight
Snow Ball (Mandatory)
Chapin Auditorium

The Snow Ball: A winter social! Come mingle with your fellow Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 admits to meet your class with class in your most sparkly winter attire for desserts, conversation, and dancing. Brought to you by Orientation, the dean of the College, and the 2019 Class Board.

Sunday, January 24

1:00–3:00 pm
Welcome Back Bagel Brunch
Eliot House Lounge

Welcome especially to new and transfer students. Learn about the Jewish Student Union, and meet the JSU board and the community. All are invited—make new friends and greet old ones!

7:00–8:30 pm
Honor Code Ceremony (Mandatory)
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Monday, January 25

7:00 pm
Intersections (Mandatory)
Chapin Auditorium

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 27

noon–1:00 pm
Interfaith Lunch
Eliot House, Eliot House Lounge

Join Religious and Spiritual Life for a weekly lunch. Enjoy vegetarian soup, salad, homemade bread, non-gluten crackers, cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and dessert (“Chef Jeff Cookies”). Good food and conversation about how your faith/spirituality can guide you through everyday life.

5:00–6:00 pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Wa Shin An Tea House, Eliot House

Mindfulness Meditation is being offered by our two Buddhist Advisors, Peggy Gillespie and Adi Bemak, weekly from 5:00–6:00 pm in the Wa Shin An Tea House on the first floor of Eliot House. In the lobby, enter through the door on the left-hand side. No experience necessary. Come center and renew yourself for the rest of the day and week.

Sunday, January 31

6:30–7:30 pm
Catholic Mass
Abbey Memorial Chapel

Join the Catholic Community for Mass each Sunday during the semester.

Monday, February 22

12:30–2:00 pm
Social Security Session
Blanchard 318

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.

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