Student Orientation Schedule

Please note that this is a schedule for New Student Orientation 2017. We are still hard at work preparing the 2018 New Student Orientation schedule, but the events listed below give a nice overview of the general content and timing to expect. A final schedule of events for New Student Orientation 2018 will be available in May.

  

Saturday, August 26, 2017
TimeEventDescription
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-In New students and their families pick up orientation information.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Move In New students may move into their residence hall room. Proctors will be on hand to assist new students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Move-In Lunch Break Come as you are and join Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and his wife, Bonnie, for a casual lunch at their home, Chen Hall. Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a light lunch and a chance to meet other students and families.
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Orientation Kick-Off The Office of the Dean of Students and Orientation Leader staff welcome new students to orientation and Sewanee.
4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meet in Orientation Groups  New students will meet on the Main Quadrangle for an introduction to their orientation groups and an overview of the resources and opportunities available to them throughout the year.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Picnic Supper  Supper for the new students and their families with University staff.
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Freshman Residence Hall Meeting  New students will meet with their residence hall staff to get to know their proctors and review residential life policies.
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Evening Activity Proctors will host an evening activity for new students in each residence hall.

 

 Sunday, August 27, 2017
TimeEventDescription
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Welcome Reception and Breakfast University Deans and members of the Sewanee Parents’ Council welcome all new students and parents with a full breakfast compliments of the university.
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The University Chapel Service All Saints’ Chapel is the University Church and as such its ministry is ecumenical and its services are open to everyone. The services of worship in All Saints’ follow the usage of the Episcopal Church. Services are held at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. each Sunday the College is in session.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch Students and their families are invited to have lunch compliments of the university.
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Vice-Chancellor's Address Parents and new students are formally greeted by Dr. John McCardell, Vice-Chancellor.
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Goodbyes and Families Depart New students and family members say their farewells.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Living with Integrity: Academics, Honor, and Community Standards University administrators and the Chair of the Honor Council will discuss the essential expectations for academics, honor, and personal behavior within the Sewanee community.
4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Student Afternoon Sessions: Academic Life and Social Life

Students will meet with their orientation groups and participate in two informational sessions.

Academic Life: Members of the Honor Council will meet with orientation groups to discuss academic expectations and introduce the Honor Code.

Social Life: New students will meet with their OL to discuss the non-academic aspects of the Honor Code and the importance of abiding by the Student Code of Conduct.

5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner with Advising Groups Students will meet their academic advisor and enjoy dinner together.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Student Evening Sessions:

EQB

OR

Bringing in the Bystander

EQB: New students will explore what it means to participate in a diverse and inclusive campus.

Bringing in the Bystander: Students will meet in small groups to discuss how to promote pro-social behavior on campus, look out for others’ well-being, and recognize and prevent risky situations.

10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sewanee Ghost Stories, Legends, and Traditions        Student Life will host an evening of stories for the Class of 2021 where they will learn all about Sewanee’s many traditions, legends, and even a few ghosts.

 

 Monday, August 28, 2017
TimeEventDescription
8 a.m. to noon Individual Meetings with Advisors New students should meet with their academic advisors.
8 a.m. to noon Music Auditions Auditions for lessons scholarships and for all musicians planning to join a campus choir, band, or orchestra. Sign up at music.sewanee.edu/auditions no later than Sunday, August 27 at 5 p.m.
9 a.m. to noon Library Open House

Students get to know duPont Library and technology staff. Learn more about the resources available from the library and how to use them. Snacks! T-shirt giveaways! Meet your librarians! Learn how to print! Drop in at your convenience, relax, and have some fun: no rush, no shush!

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Common Reading Panel A panel discussion of the first-year common reading selection, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which faculty and staff members will reflect on the book.
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Common Reading Discussion A small group discussion of the first-year common reading selection.
3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Focus on Mental Health and Wellness Staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services will outline their services and inform students on how to access and utilize services.  This session will also include information about Student Accessibility Services and inform students on how to inquire about and pursue support for documented disabilities.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Introduction to the Domain The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability will share strategies for safely and positively enjoying the opportunities for learning and recreation on the Domain.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Student Evening Sessions:

EQB

OR

Bringing in the Bystander

EQB: New students will explore what it means to participate in a diverse and inclusive campus.

Bringing in the Bystander: Students will meet in small groups to discuss how to promote pro-social behavior on campus, look out for others’ well-being, and recognize and prevent risky situations.

9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bookstore VIP Night Join the rest of the freshman class for free food, fun, and games at the bookstore!

 

 Tuesday, August 29, 2017
TimeEventDescription
9:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Class of 2021 Photo A picture of the Class of 2021 will be taken in front of All Saints' Chapel. Freshmen and other new students will receive a picture as a gift from the Associated Alumni.
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Induction and Signing of the Sewanee Honor Code Induction of new students to the University and signing of the Honor Code.
11 a.m. to noon Activities Fair Representatives of campus organizations and services are available to provide information and to answer questions about their group activities. Organized and sponsored by the Dean of Students Office.  New students may sign up to take part in these organizations at this time. Refreshments provided.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.      Financial Aid Meeting Mandatory meeting for all new students receiving any type of work or loan aid. Bring driver’s license with picture, original social security card, or passport (if available).
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.      

Pre-Professional Program Information Sessions:        

Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Pre-Business, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Education

This is an opportunity for new students considering Sewanee's pre-professional curriculum to get detailed advice from faculty and students with regard to academic courses and co-curricular experiences.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Launching a New Year Vice-Chancellor McCardell and community leaders welcome all students back to the Mountain for the new academic year.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Community Picnic               All new and returning students are invited to gather with faculty and staff for a picnic celebrating the Sewanee community.