Orientation Schedule

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

10:00 am - last flight arrives at Bradley International Airport
Blanchard 205
Check–in and Welcome for International Students
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 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.

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

5–7 pm
Dinner in Dining Commons

7:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Dessert Social
Join ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee) and members of the orientation team for this fun welcome and introduction to the Mount Holyoke community!

Later Evening
Various Residence Halls
Join the members of ISOC in various residence hall common rooms to talk, ask questions, and relax.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

7:15–9 am
Breakfast in Dining Commons

9:00 am–noon
Great Room, Community Center
Welcome Center and Resource Fair
Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast, and a resource fair for new students and families.

10:30 am–noon
Unity Center, Community Center
Transitions Abroad for International Students
Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will answer your most pressing questions and facilitate a discussion of life at MHC and in the U.S.

Noon–1:30 pm
Dining Commons, Community Center
Welcome Lunch for New Students and Families

1:30–3 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Parent and Family Orientation
Student life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC. Those attending will have the opportunity to have questions answered.

1:30–3 pm
Blanchard 205, Community Center
Informational and Academic Success Meeting for New Frances Perkins and Transfer Students (Mandatory)
Gather as a group to talk about all things academics, the orientation program, and much more! Connect with staff as well as new and returning students.

1:30–2:30 pm
Dwight 101
Immigration Regulations and On–Campus Employment for International Students (Mandatory)
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. 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).

4–5:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Welcome to MoHome (Mandatory)
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.

5:30–7:00 pm
Dinner in Orientation Groups

7:30–9:30 pm
Blanchard Bus Stop; meet at 7:15pm
Trip to Holyoke Mall
Take this opportunity to purchase bed linen, pillows, and those odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase. Holyoke Mall has a Target and many other stores! Meet at 7:15pm between Blanchard Hall and Safford Hall.

10 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Welcome Programming
Join other newly arrived students for a fun and relaxing evening!

Friday, January 18, 2019

7:15–9 am
Breakfast in Dining Commons

10–11:30 am
Great Room, Community Center
[Not so Secret] Secrets of Academic Success (mandatory for first year students)
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.

11–3 pm
Atrium, Williston Library
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House
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. Families, come see where your student will be living during finals!

11:30 am–1:30 pm
Lunch with Orientation groups

2–4 pm
Faculty Offices
Academic Advising Sessions (Mandatory)
Students meet with their academic advisors.

2-4 pm
TB Screening and Testing
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.

5–7 pm
Dinner in Dining Commons with the Office of Admission

7–8 pm
Dwight 101
ResLife 101 (Mandatory)
Students will meet to get to know their staff and fellow new students. Then they will walk over together to enjoy First M&Cs!

8–9 pm
Reading Room, Williston Library
Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs! (Mandatory)
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.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

7:15–9 am
Breakfast in Dining Commons

10 am–12:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Common Read Experience (Mandatory)

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Lunch in Dining Commons
ISOC (International Student Organizing Committee) will be present for a welcome lunch for those interested!

2–3:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
followed by various locations in the Community Center
Be Well at Mount Holyoke (mandatory)
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 prior to orientation, so be on the lookout for more information.

4–5:30 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Say Something: Violence Prevention Workshop
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.

5:30 pm–7 pm
Dinner in Dining Commons

8–10 pm
Off-Campus, Location to be announced!
First Saturday

Sunday, January 20, 2019

7:15–9 am
Breakfast in Dining Commons

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

1:30–3:00 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Day of Service Project: Food Insecurity in the Pioneer Valley (Mandatory)
Before participating in the Day of Service on Monday, learn more about the lives of Americans living in food insecure households and what we can do to end hunger in the U.S., which is now more prevalent than ever.

3:30–4:30 pm
Abbey Chapel
Honor Code Ceremony (Mandatory)

4:30–5:30 pm
President’s House
Afternoon Tea with President Stephens

5:30–7:00 pm
Dinner in Dining Commons

8–10 pm
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
Mount Holyoke Traditions: “Dirty Dancing”
Come join your fellow new students and cheer when “nobody puts Baby in the corner” because “Baby’s starting Mount Holyoke in the fall”!

Monday, January 21, 2019

7:15–9 am
Breakfast in Dining Commons

9 am–1 pm
Blanchard Bus Stop
Day of Service Project (Mandatory)
Lunch provided.

3–5 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow (Mandatory)
Come test your knowledge about ways to reduce your risks and build harm reduction skills that benefit you and the community at Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow! This event will feature interactive stations about how to determine personal blood alcohol content (BAC); ways to intervene in an alcohol emergency; and our Medical Amnesty policy. Try out the Fatal Vision goggles and walk the line. Free hot chocolate and cookies, T–shirts and other giveaways!

5–7 pm
Dinner in Dining Commons

8–9 pm
Great Room, Community Center
Orientation 101 (Mandatory)
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.

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