2014 New Student Orientation Schedule
Please note that the following schedule is for new students. The parent/family orientation schedule can be found here.
Location information for all events is still being finalized. Please check back often for location updates.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - WELCOME AND REGISTRATION
New students and parents pick up orientation information.
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - MOVE IN
New students may move into their residence hall room. Proctors and Assistant Proctors will be on hand to assist new students.
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 11:00 and 2:00 for a light lunch and a chance to meet other students and families.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- LUNCH also available for purchase at McClurg Dining Hall, The Globe Cafe, and Stirling’s Coffee House.
- Student Post Office (SPO) open for USPS, UPS and Fed-Ex pick-up.
- Telecommunications open for student ID card photographs.
Health Services will be open to discuss health forms and insurance information.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - GETTING TO KNOW YOUR AP GROUP
- New students meet in residence hall common rooms for an introduction to their AP groups.
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OPEN HOUSE
University Archives and Special Collections presents Windows into Heaven, an exhibition containing a selection of 18th and 19th century Russian icons from the Robicsek Family Collection of Religious Art.
More information can be found using the link below:
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Guerry Auditorium - YOUR EDUCATION: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF IDEAS
In this required session, the Dean of the College, University Provost, and student representatives describe some of the intellectual attractions available to you in a Sewanee education.
5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - PICNIC SUPPER
Supper for the new students and their families with University staff.
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - WELCOME CLASS OF 2018
This session for new students features current students and student life staff members who will share their experiences with Sewanee traditions and the role they play in building a welcoming and inclusive community.
9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - FRESHMAN DORM MEETING (students only)
New students will meet with their dorm staff to get to know the staff in the hall and review residential life policies.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Stirling’s Coffee House opens at 8 a.m. and remains open until 5 p.m.
8:00 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 Dean of Students Office.
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY: ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND THE HONOR CODE
In this required meeting for all new students, the associate dean of the college discusses the academic program (rules, regulations, responsibilities) and the chair of the Honor Council explains the meaning and implementation of the Honor Code.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - The University offices listed below are staffed to answer your questions.
- Residential Life Office, Bishops Common, Suite 111
- Financial Aid Office, Second Floor, Fulford Hall
- Health Services, next to Emerald Hodgson Hospital
Student Accounts Office, Carnegie Hall, Room 8
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - THE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL SERVICE
- The Rev. Thomas E. Macfie Jr., University Chaplain and Dean of All Saints' Chapel
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.
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - LUNCHEON
There is no charge for students on the meal plan. Parents are invited to have lunch compliments of the Dean of Students Office.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Student Post Office (SPO) open for USPS, UPS and Fed-Ex pick-up.
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S ADDRESS
Parents and new students are formally greeted by Dr. John McCardell, vice-chancellor.
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
AP GROUPS GATHER in the Quad to walk to designated locations throughout campus to discuss academic success.
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - ADVISING GROUP MEETINGS
New students should meet with their academic advisors; offices listed separately.
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - SUPPER
McClurg Dining Hall will be open for students to eat together before participating in the dean of students’ general information session.
7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. - GENERAL INFORMATION SESSION
Essential information about student services and campus life, athletic and recreational opportunities, and social policies is presented during this period. Also, students are introduced to several members of the University administration with whom they are likely to have contact, including members of the Student Life Cabinet. The session is designed to be of importance to a student’s success at Sewanee.
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - CHOICES 101
Come listen to upper-class students offer insight into maximizing your college opportunities while minimizing possible negative experiences.
9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - REVIEW CHOICES 101 WITH AP GROUP
- Freshmen meet in residence hall common rooms for a review of Choices 101 with dorm staff and peers.
Monday, August 25, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. - BREAKFAST
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH ADVISORS
New students meet with their academic advisors to review their course schedule; offices listed separately. Students will have already scheduled an appointment during their advising group meeting on Sunday.
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE
- Snacks! Door prizes! Library tips! Meet your personal librarian!
- Drop in at your convenience, relax, and have some fun: no rush, no shush!
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - LUNCH
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - STUDENT ID PHOTOS
Photographs for student ID cards may be taken any time during these hours as schedules permit. Students who submitted photos online over the summer do not need to take pictures at this time.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - NEW STUDENT SURVEY
All new students must report for the annual new student survey. Bring a blue or black pen and your student ID card.
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - UNDERSTANDING BANNER AND YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT
This will be a session led by the staff in the Treasurer’s Office to help students understand how to navigate student accounts and online billing throughout the year.
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - MAPPING YOUR FUTURE
In this required session, returning students share their experiences in using the Office of Career and Leadership Development.
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - SHRIMP BOIL AND MUSIC
Dinner and freshman class party. New students will gather with the Proctors and Assistant Proctors for a shrimp boil and music.
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - MEET WITH AP GROUPS
New students will meet with their APs to continue their discussion about the Honor Code and Honor Council process.
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - LIFE ON THE MOUNTAIN
New students will meet with Associate Dean of Students Becky Spurlock to discuss the unique aspects of life on the mountain.
8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - SEWANEE LEGENDS, GHOSTS, AND TRADITIONS
Student Life will host an evening of stories for the Class of 2018 where they will learn all about Sewanee’s many traditions, legends, and even a few ghosts.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - BREAKFAST
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - CLASS OF 2018 PICTURE
A picture of the class of 2018 taken in front of All Saints’ Chapel. Freshmen and other new students will receive a picture as a gift from the Associated Alumni. (In case of rain, the picture will be rescheduled.)
9:45 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.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - STUDENT 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. (In case of rain, the activities fair will be rescheduled.)
12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 1:00 p.m. - LUNCH
1:00 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, birth certificate, or passport (if available).
2:45 to 3:45 p.m. - PRE-PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION SESSIONS
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. The information sessions will include:
4 to 4:45 p.m. - LAUNCHING A NEW YEAR
Vice-Chancellor McCardell and community leaders welcome all students back to the Mountain for the new academic year.
4:45 to 6:30 p.m. - COMMUNITY PICNIC
All new and returning students are invited to gather with faculty and staff for a picnic celebrating the Sewanee community.
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - OPEN HOUSE NIGHT
- All new students are invited to walk through the university theme houses.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
8 a.m. - CLASSES AND LABS BEGIN
8:00 p.m. - ALL DORM MEETING
- All new and returning students are required to go to this meeting to review residential life policies and procedures for the year.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:30 p.m. - LAB SAFETY CLASS
Attendance is mandatory for all new students enrolled in biology and/or chemistry. (Class is offered again on Friday, August 29th.)
9:30 p.m. - YOUR SEWANEE REPUTATION (YSR!)
- In this session, new students will meet in AP groups to discuss how they can best support the values of the Sewanee community. Light refreshments will be served.
Friday, August 29, 2014
1:30 p.m. - LAB SAFETY CLASS
Attendance is mandatory for all new students enrolled in biology and/or chemistry.
Evening at advisors’ homes - DESSERT WITH ACADEMIC ADVISORS (Advisors and advisees will agree on a time together.)
New students enjoy dessert at the home of their academic advisor and reflect on their first week of classes.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - OUTDOOR CONCERT
- All students will gather at the lake to listen to a great band sponsored by The Board. (Rain location for the concert will be Cravens Hall.)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
7:30 p.m. - FREE MOVIE: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
- Free to new students with ID! The Sewanee Union Theater (SUT) is the happiest place on campus!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:00 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL SERVICE
- The Rev. Thomas E. Macfie Jr., University Chaplain and Dean of All Saints’ Chapel
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 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. each Sunday the college is in session.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - NIGHT HIKE
- Organized hike on the Perimeter Trail, sponsored by the Sewanee Outing Program. Preregistration required. Sign-up in the Outing Program Office, located in the Bishop’s Common. All are welcome.
Monday, September 1, 2014
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - CHOICES 101: Sexual Health
- Attendance is required for this session led by the Deans of Students and University Health Services staff.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - POSTER SALE
Friday, September 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - POSTER SALE