Parent Schedule 2014


Monday, August 25

4:00pm – 5:00pm
AccessAbility Services Welcome
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Speakers: Lynn Pasquerella, president; Cerri Banks, dean of the college; Marcella Runell Hall, dean of students; Melanie Lawson, interim director of residential life; Luigi Solla, first-year class advisor; Deborah Cohen, director of AccessAbility Services; and AccessAbility Services peer mentors 

4:00pm – 7:00pm     
International Students: Campus Tours
Room 227, Welcome Lounge, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
ISOC members will take groups of new international students on tours of campus. Learn more about where things happen at MHC. Sign up for tours in the Welcome Lounge.

5:00pm – 6:30pm    
Dinner for Guests
Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
Parents, guardians, and other guests are invited to join the AccessAbility Services staff and Carol Stewart, ombudsperson, for dinner and conversation. We will discuss strategies for supporting your student’s transition and encouraging self-advocacy.

6:45pm – 8:00pm    
Fire Pit Fun
Blanchard Lantern, Blanchard Campus Center ♿
We invite students and guests to mingle around the fire before turning in. There will be s’mores and an informal closing.

Tuesday, August 26

8:00am – 9:30am   
Breakfast: Wellness, Nutrition, and Self-Care Panel
Smith Room, Willits-Hallowell Center ♿
Speakers: Dale Hennessey, director of Dining Services; Barbara Arrighi, deputy chief, Campus Police; Elizabeth Feeney, director of Counseling Services; and Health Services Staff.

9:00am – 10:30am                   
Reception and Information Session for International Parents
Wiese-Merriwether Room, Willits-Hallowell Center ♿
Join Lynn Pasquerella, president; Chuck Ramsay, director of international Advancement; Elizabeth Dumont-McCaffrey, assistant director of Admission; Donna Van Handle, dean of international students; and Jenny Medina, immigration specialist, for an introduction to life at MHC.

Lunch with Peer Mentors
Students will have lunch at a campus meal center with peer mentors. For guests, the Village Commons (across the street) offers a variety of delicious, quick, and affordable options.

2:30pm – 4:00pm    
AAS and You
L2, Cleveland Hall ♿
AccessAbility (AAS) staff will introduce themselves and discuss the ways they support students. Learn the logistics behind accommodations. See our awesome assistive technology. Learn about available academic support services. Speakers: Emily Dean, technology access coordinator; Melissa Ebbeling, senior administrative assistant; Liza Manchester, learning specialist

Wednesday, August 27

8:00am – 11:00am                   
Residence Halls Open/Residential Students Check-in
Room keys and the Orientation Schedule are available under the Welcome Tent, located on Skinner Green. If arriving after 11:00am, pick up your key in Room 226, Blanchard Campus Center, until 8:00 pm. If you are arriving after hours, contact Campus Police at 413-538-2304.

9:00am – 12:00pm           
International Students: Student Financial Services Session
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building ♿
Representatives from Student Financial Services will explain financial aid and the regulations concerning Global Loans. Students will fill out required paperwork. If you are not on financial aid and don’t have a Global Loan, please speak with your ISOC mentor.

11:00am – 11:30am                
LITS Family Welcoming Reception
Stimson Room, Williston Library
Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) invites you to learn about resources that will be key to your daughter’s success at MHC. Refreshments will be served.

11:30am –  12:00pm        
President’s Welcome for New Students and Families
Gettell Amphitheater
Welcome from Lynn Pasquerella, president; Diane Anci, dean of admission and vice president for enrollment; and Cerri Banks, vice president for student affairs and dean of the College. (Rain location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall)

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Opening Day BBQ
Skinner Green
For all new students and families.

Residence halls should plan on dining in these rain plan locations:

Residence Hall  Dining Center
Abbey, Buckland, Mead, Dickinson Abbey
Rockefeller North/South, Wilder, Brigham, Creighton Rockefeller
Prospect, Porter, 1837, Mandelles, Safford Prospect
Ham, MacGregor, Torrey, Pearsons Ham

1:30pm – 3:00pm                   
Parent Orientation
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall ♿
Hear from student life and academic professionals about your student’s transition into MHC. Facilitated by Cerri Banks, vice president of student affairs and dean of the College, and Marcella Runell Hall, dean of students.

5:00pm – 6:00pm   
President’s Reception for New Students and Families
President’s House Garden
Lynn Pasquerella, president of the College, welcomes new students and their parents. (Rain location: Blanchard Campus Center)

This concludes the parent and family portion of Orientation.