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 a.m.
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 p.m.
Leave from 227 Blanchard Hall
Learn more about where things happen at Mount Holyoke. Sign up for a tour in Blanchard 227.

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

Programming in Residence Halls
8–9:30 p.m.
Torrey, Mead, and Abbey-Buckland
Join other newly arrived students and your senior/community advisors for a fun and relaxing evening within the residence halls.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

International Pre-Orientation for Students

Breakfast in Dining Commons
7 – 9 a.m. 

Shopping Trip to Bed Bath & Beyond
10 a.m. – noon
Mary Woolley Circle
Take this opportunity to purchase bed linens, 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 9:30 a.m. at Mary Woolley Circle.

Lunch in Dining Commons
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

International Student Immigration Session (mandatory)
2 – 2:30 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 – 5:30 p.m.
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 p.m.

Programming in the Community Center
9:30 p.m.
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
2 – 3 p.m.
Great Room, Community Center
Join Mount Holyoke’s President-elect Sonya Stephens for words of welcome, and to meet additional MHC faculty and staff.

Campus Tours for International Parents and Guests
3 – 4 p.m.
Leave from the Great Room, Community Center

Friday, August 31, 2018

All New Students

Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair
8 a.m. – noon
Woolley Circle
Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast, and a resource fair for new students and families.

TB Testing
8 a.m. – 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.

Counseling Services Open House
8 a.m. – noon
Health Center
The Counseling Service aims to help students achieve their educational and personal goals and be their healthiest selves. "Counseling" though, may not be familiar to all students, as it is not common practice in some countries and cultures. Stop by the Pattie Groves Health center building and join the Counseling Service staff for an open house. Meet the counselors to learn about their interests, and what languages they speak. This is a great opportunity to learn how the Counseling Service can provide support and guidance to help you succeed at MHC. Tea and tasty treats will be provided.

Welcome Session for Parents of First Year and New Varsity Student Athletes
10 – 11 a.m. 
Hooker Auditorium
Join the director of athletics and other members of MHC’s athletics program to discuss your student’s experience as a varsity student athlete. Information regarding academic and athletic eligibility, athletic training services, NCAA rules, and sports information will be shared. Expectations, including regarding parent and coach interactions, will be reviewed.

Check-In and Welcome for Frances Perkins Scholars and Transfer Students
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Jenkins Room, Admission Center
Gather as a group before the President's welcome to learn about Orientation programming. Upperclass students 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 a.m. – noon
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Words of welcome from President-elect Sonya Stephens.

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

Talcott Greenhouse Open House
1 – 4 p.m.
Talcott Greenhouse
The firstie plant give-away is a beloved tradition nearly 50 years in the making! Please visit the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse at these times to collect your first-year plant. While there, plan to join Botanic Garden staff for an introduction to the Botanic Garden - why it exists and how it serves as a multi-faceted resource for the entire MHC community beyond simply being a beautiful place. (Please note, tours are limited 25).

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House
1 – 5 p.m. 
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 p.m.
Faculty Offices
Students meet with their academic advisors.

Parent and Family Orientation

1:30 – 5 p.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall and various locations throughout campus

Student Life and Services Panel
1:30 – 3 p.m.
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 p.m. and 4 – 4:50 p.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
At Mount Holyoke College, students have many opportunities to connect academic work with professional development through focused experiential learning. This process often starts during the first year on campus, as students learn more about possible paths for building experience and explore options that interest them. This session will provide examples of classroom innovations, internships, research, student employment and other ways that students can learn by doing at Mount Holyoke.

Supporting Your #FearlessFirst Student
3 – 4 p.m.
Great Room, Blanchard Hall
Join the FirstGen Network to learn about resources and tips on how to support your first generation student during their time at MHC.

Dollars, Sense and Student Well-Being (for families and guests)
3:30 - 5 p.m.
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 p.m.
President’s Garden
President-elect Sonya Stephens welcomes new students and families.
Rain location: Willits Conference Center

Dinner in Dining Commons
5 – 7 p.m.

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

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

First Orientation Group Meeting
7 – 8 p.m.
Meet on Skinner Green
Check the back of your orientation name badge to see your orientation group and first meeting location. This is an opportunity to meet your Orientation Leader and the rest of your small group.

Meet Your Res Life Staff (mandatory)
8 – 9 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 a.m.

Welcome to MoHome (mandatory)
10 – 11:30 a.m.
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 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Skinner Hall

Lunch in Dining Commons and Orientation Small Groups
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Open Hours in Auxiliary Services
Noon – 2 p.m.
109 Central Services
Pick up your All-Campus ID card and learn about cable, fleet, mail, and telephone services. Learn more about Auxiliary Services.

Gender 101 (mandatory)
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Chapin 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 p.m.
Gamble 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 p.m.

Open Hours in Auxiliary Services
5 – 8 p.m.
109 Central Services
Pick up your All-Campus ID card and learn about cable, fleet, mail, and telephone services. Learn more about Auxiliary Services.

Dessert at the Cultural Centers, Unity Center & Eliot House
6 – 8 p.m.
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 p.m.
Great Room, Community Center
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 – 10:30 p.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
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.

Transfer Student VIP Lounge
8 – 10:30 p.m.
Abbey Common Room
Calling all new transfer students for an evening of fun just for your transfer student cohort! Connect to other entering transfer students and hang out in your own VIP Lounge. First Saturday is just next door, so you’re welcome to go back and forth.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Open Hours in Auxiliary Services
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
109 Central Services
Pick up your All-Campus ID card and learn about cable, fleet, mail, and telephone services. Learn more about Auxiliary Services.

Shopping Trip to Bed Bath & Beyond
9:30 a.m. – noon
Meet at Mary Woolley Circle
Sign-up required.

Self-Advocacy Boot Camp
11 a.m. – noon
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 – 2:30 p.m.
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 p.m.
Chapin 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 p.m.
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 p.m.

Transfer Student Panel
7 – 8 p.m.
Great Room, Community Center
Hear from upper-class transfer students about their MHC experience as they answer incoming transfer student questions and share their journeys.  

Honor Code Ceremony (mandatory)
8 – 9 p.m.
Abbey Chapel

Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs (mandatory)
9 – 11 p.m.
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 a.m.
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 a.m.
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.

Open Hours in Auxiliary Services
10 am – 2 p.m.
109 Central Services
Pick up your All-Campus ID card and learn about cable, fleet, mail, and telephone services. Learn more about Auxiliary Services.

Introduction to Pathways (mandatory)
11:30 a.m. – 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 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kickin It with Campus Police  (mandatory)
1:30 – 3 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 Abbey-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 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.
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 p.m.

Orientation 101 (mandatory)
8 – 9 p.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall; live streaming in Blanchard 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 a.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

Class of 2022 Picture
11:15 a.m.
Gettell Amphitheater

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

Convocation Picnic
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Skinner Green
Rain location: Dining Commons

TB Testing
1 – 4 p.m. 
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.

Talcott Greenhouse Open House
1 – 4 p.m.
Talcott Greenhouse
The firstie plant give-away is a beloved tradition nearly 50 years in the making! Please visit the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse at these times to collect your first-year plant. While there, plan to join Botanic Garden staff for an introduction to the Botanic Garden - why it exists and how it serves as a multi-faceted resource for the entire MHC community beyond simply being a beautiful place. (Please note, tours are limited 25).

Museum Mania at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
2 - 3 p.m.
Try our new Scavenger Hunt Selfie Challenge! Explore the Museum's galleries and be the first on campus to see our new exhibitions. Everyone who attends gets a free poster! Bring your phone to take the Selfie Challenge (or borrow one from Museum staff!)—our favorite selfie will win a very special prize! The scavenger hunt and selfie challenge start at 2 p.m. Prizes, refreshments, and info about the Museum’s programs and opportunities for students begin at 2:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium. Those unable to attend this event may stop by the museum between 9–5 p.m. until Friday, September 7 to pick up a poster and museum information.

Accessing Accommodations
3 – 4 p.m.
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 p.m.
Rooke Theatre
Gathering in Rooke lobby at 4 p.m.; 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 speaker: Cristina Henriquez
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Hear from this year’s Common Read author Cristina Henríquez as she discusses her work “The Book of Unknown Americans.”

S'mores with the Seniors
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Fire Pit next to Pratt
Hang out with the Seniors for S'mores. Finish out orientation right and join the class of 2019 as we fire up our brand new fire pit! Gluten free and vegan options will be available.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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

Talcott Greenhouse Open House
1 – 4 p.m.
Talcott Greenhouse
The firstie plant give-away is a beloved tradition nearly 50 years in the making! Please visit the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse at these times to collect your first-year plant. While there, plan to join Botanic Garden staff for an introduction to the Botanic Garden - why it exists and how it serves as a multi-faceted resource for the entire MHC community beyond simply being a beautiful place. (Please note, tours are limited 25).

Dance Department Information Meeting
6:30 p.m. 
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.