Orientation Weekend Schedule 2017

Orientation Weekend Schedule 2017 - Print Version

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                         Orientation Welcome Center                              

Light Lounge, Seegers Union Building

You may pick up your materials for Orientation Weekend and tickets for the Family Lunch-on-the-Go at this location. Your orientation group (O-Group) number can be found on your nametag. If you did not have a photo taken for your student identification card, staff will assist you in completing this task. Your Muhlenberg ID will serve as your official meal and library card as well as providing access to your residence hall.

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.                     Family Lunch-on-the-Go                 

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

Tickets for the Lunch-on-the-Go are available at the Welcome Center in the Seegers Union Light Lounge. You can redeem the ticket for a box lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then choose to dine at nearby tables, out-of-doors (weather permitting) or back in a residence hall room. Kosher and vegetarian options will be available.

Immediately after lunch, students and families will be attending separate programs; parents will not be able to access residence halls in the afternoon.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                         FAMILIES - Welcome                       

Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

Join President John Williams, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Allison Gulati, Provost Kathy Harring, and Co-Chairs of the Parents Council Christopher P'18 and Jennifer Gavigan P'18 for a warm welcome and some important information. Learn about being a Muhlenberg parent, discover good ways to support your student, and hear about opportunities to help the College by mentoring or networking with students. With so much practical advice, you may need to take notes. But, we promise: no pop quiz.

1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.                        STUDENTS - Meet your Orientation Group          

College Green

You should consult your nametag to determine which O-Group you have been assigned and then proceed to the College Green. On the College Green, locate your Orientation Leader, who will be holding up your O-Group number. You’ll spend this time getting to know the rest of your O-Group, attending a safety tips meeting, and going over the weekend schedule. In the case of rain, you will locate your O-Group inside Seegers Union and then proceed as a group to your O-Group classroom.

O-Group Safety Tips Meeting – Located in Moyer Hall Miller Forum

1:45 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.                 O-Groups 1 to 16

2:15 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.                O-Groups 17 to 32

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.                 O-Groups 33 to 48 

1:40 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.                         FAMILIES - Topics of Interest       

Various Locations, details below

Now that your student is here on campus, we know you may have questions about what they will be doing on campus. We are hosting two rounds of conference style sessions geared to give you an overview of several areas and programs on campus. 

Session title and location:

 1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 

  • Academic Advice from Faculty, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts
  • Career Planning: Internships, Shadowing, and more!, Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts
  • Campus Safety and Title IX: What You Need to Know, Event Space, Seegers Union
  • Student Engagement: Opportunities for Getting Involved on Campus, Room 111-113, Seegers Union
  • Informed Parent-Independent Student: Advice for helping your student thrive in the first year, GQ Annex, Seegers Union

2:35 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

  • Academic Advice from Faculty, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts
  • Career Planning: Internships, Shadowing, and more!, Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts
  • Campus Safety and Title IX: What You Need to Know, Event Space, Seegers Union
  • Student Engagement: Opportunities for Getting Involved on Campus, Room 111-113, Seegers Union
  • Informed Parent-Independent Student: Advice for helping your student thrive in the first year, GQ Annex, Seegers Union

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                      Campus Reception and Farewell for Families     

Parents Plaza (rain location: Seegers Union Building, main floor)

Join us for an opportunity to enjoy some refreshments and mingle with other members of the class of 2021, their families, and members of the campus community. You can take some time to say goodbye before going to your first residence hall floor meeting. 

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                         Residence Hall Floor Meeting                                

Prosser Hall, Walz Hall, Brown Hall

Meet your Resident Advisor (RA) and get to know other members of your residence hall floor. Learn about the building and how your RA can help you this year.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                         Dinner with your Residence Hall                           

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

You will be eating dinner with students from your residence hall. All residence hall floors have been provided with a specific meal time so that everyone can enjoy the Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons. Your RA will inform you of the time that your group is scheduled for dinner.

7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.                          STUDENTS - Welcome!                               

Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

Here is your first opportunity to be officially welcomed as the Class of 2021! You’ll meet the rest of the Orientation Leader Team and important members of the College administration, including President John Williams. You will also be taught the College’s alma mater.

9:00 p.m.                                                  Candle light Ceremony

Processional begins at the Baker Center for the Arts

An important Muhlenberg College tradition is to mark the beginning and end of your years as a student on campus with a candle lighting ceremony. You will hear reflections from alumni, light candles and sing the alma mater with your classmates. This reflective tradition will begin to connect you to the thousands of students and alumni who have preceded you at Muhlenberg.

After Candle lighting                         Bonfire, Trivia Challenge & Haunted Tours

Library Lawn (rain location: Life Sports Center, Field House)

Join Muhlenberg Alumni for a bonfire, snacks and music on the Library Lawn. You can participate in a trivia challenge, play some lawn games and take a guided haunted tour of campus.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.                          Breakfast [Campus Conversations]                      

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

Grab an early breakfast or join other first-year students and Orientation Leaders from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and informal discussion around one of several Student Life topics such as community engagement, student clubs, music opportunities and fraternity/sorority life. Come and go to discussion tables as you please.

8:30 a.m.  - 9:45 a.m.                         Language Exemption Testing        

If you received prior notification from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, you may attempt advanced placement through exemption testing.

Exemption Testing                                 Locations

Spanish                                                      Ettinger 108

French                                                        Ettinger 202

German & Russian                                 Ettinger 203

Italian                                                        Ettinger 204

Hebrew                                                    Ettinger 205 

10:00 a.m.  - 10:45 a.m.                     Faculty Welcome and “First Lecture”                   

Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

After opening comments from Dr. Bruce Anderson, Dean of Academic Life, prepare for your first college lecture delivered by Dr. Mohsin Hashim, Director of Dana Scholars Program, Professor of Political Science titled, “The Urgency of Democratic Citizenship in an Age of Unreason”.

11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.                    Intro Advising Meeting with First-Year Seminar (FYS)   

Consult the “O-Group and FYS Times and Locations” chart

This session introduces you to the Faculty Advisor and your fellow learners in the First-Year Seminar. You may sign up for a weekend individual advising session with your Faculty Advisor and will receive some preliminary information about college academics. Student Advisors can assist you in finding the location for this meeting.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                       Lunch with your FYS Group                      

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

Enjoy lunch with your FYS classmates to talk about the year ahead. All FYS groups have been provided with a specific meal time so that everyone can enjoy the Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons. Consult the "O-Group and FYS Times and Locations" chart fo your FYS group assigned meal time.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                         Individual Advising Appointments/Academic Panels/Free Time

This afternoon you will meet with your academic advisor in their office. Please be prepared to discuss your goals, your schedule, and any changes that are needed. You will also have the opportunity to attend some panels designed to answer questions you may have about academic support, resources available, and our curriculum.  See the descriptions below for specifics.

 Academic Panels                  2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Survivor – Muhlenberg Edition Shankweiler 440S

At this panel, learn about resources available to help you thrive including: The Academic Resource Center, Office of Disability Services, study skills sessions, and how to be prepared for class.

  • Getting by with a little help from your friends Moyer 109

In this session, learn how other Muhlenberg students can help you succeed.  Find out what Writing Assistants, Learning Assistants, Digital Learning Assistants and tutors can do for you.

  •  TED Talk – The Value of a Liberal Arts Education Trumbower 130

Come see a TED talk on the value of a liberal arts education.  Sure to be inspirational and stimulate questions about the Muhlenberg Curriculum. 

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                         FYS Advising Group Discussion of Between the World and Me

Consult the “O-Group and FYS Times and Locations” chart

You and your FYS group will discuss this year’s common read of Between the World and Me.  Don’t forget to bring your notes or questions and your book to this session.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                         Dinner                                                                       

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

You are invited to attend dinner with either your Orientation Leader or your Resident Advisor. Please check with them to see at what time they will be going to dinner. Your Orientation Leader will inform you of the time that your group is scheduled for dinner, or if you prefer, you may participate in the Shabbat Dinner (see below).

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                         Shabbat Dinner                                                        

Room 113, Seegers Union Building

Interested students may choose to join together with members of the Muhlenberg Jewish community for a meet-up Shabbat dinner instead of dining with their residence hall floor. Students will go through the Wood Dining Commons and then take their meal to Seegers Room 113 for a festive Shabbat dinner with Muhlenberg College Hillel, Muhlenberg’s Center for Jewish Life.

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.                       Late Night Activities                                                

Various locations

Your Student Government Association (SGA), Muhlenberg Activities Council (MAC), and other clubs and organizations are planning a 90s themed night of fun!

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.                          Breakfast on your Own                   

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

If you are an early riser, head over to the Dining Commons to eat some breakfast before joining in an optional activity, continuing to set up your room, or exploring the campus on your own.

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.                        Optional Opportunities                   

Various locations

Your Orientation Leaders have developed some walking activities to help you explore the campus and surrounding area.  They can also help with questions you may still have such as “What is a WEPA and how do I use it?”

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                       Lunch with your Orientation Group                      

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

Meet with your O-Group over lunch to talk about the year ahead. All O-groups have been provided with a specific meal time so that everyone can enjoy the Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons. Consult the “O-Group and FYS Times and Locations” chart for your O-group assigned meal time.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                       Resources Fair                                                         

Light Lounge, Seegers Union Building

Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the programs and services of many Muhlenberg departments and offices. Departments and offices scheduled to participate include: Community Engagement; Dining Services; Career Center; Campus Safety; Writing Center; LGBT Services; Multicultural Life; Residential Services.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                         Important Things to Know

Sedehi Diversity Project

Performance: Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion

This student-conceived and written documentary theatre piece infuses words from faculty, staff, administration and current students into an exploration of social identity and diversity at Muhlenberg College. A student-led small group discussion will follow each performance.

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.     O-Groups 25 to 32

2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     O-Groups 33 to 40

2:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.     O-Groups 41 to 48 

Introduction to StrengthsQuest

Consult the “O-Group and FYS Times and Locations” chart

During the summer you completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment online. Your Orientation Leader will lead you through an introductory session designed to help you find out more about your Signature Themes and how they can be your key to success academically, professionally and in your relationships. Please bring a printout of your “Signature Themes Report” (available from www.strengthsquest.com) with you.

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 1 to 8

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 9 to 16

3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.     O-Groups 17 to 24 

Rights, Responsibilities, and Respect

Teaching Good Sex: A Method for Violence Prevention 

Seegers Union 111-113

Can you engage in high risk behavior and maintain your goals toward a successful college education and life beyond? What are the effects of alcohol abuse and unprotected sex?

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 9 to 16

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 1 to 8

3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.     O-Groups 25 to 32 

I Am a Muhlenberg Student

Moyer Hall, Miller Forum

Explore, Connect and Contribute to vibrant diverse communities to include the City of Allentown, our campus and your residence hall!

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 41 to 48

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 17 to 24

3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     O-Groups 33 to 40 

5:00 p.m.                                            Dinner and Fun Downtown!                                   

Consult your Orientation Leader for when and where to board the buses.

We will be travling downtown for a "taste of Allentown" followed by a performance by comedian Jessimae Peluso from MTV's "Girl Code" and E's "Chelsea Lately" in Miller Symphony Hall. You will have the opportunity to explore downtown Allentown with your O-Group and learn about all of the great attractions in your new city!

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.                        Breakfast on your Own                                           

Ilene and Robert Wood Dining Commons, Seegers Union Building

Note that this is the only meal served until the Welcome Back Picnic later in the afternoon (4:15 p.m.)!

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                      Catholic Campus Ministry Open House                            

Newman Center, 2339 Liberty Street

The Catholic Campus Ministry will host an informal session for students at the Newman Center, 2339 Liberty Street (across from the main entrance to the Life Sports Center). A light breakfast will be served. Learn about the Catholic community on campus, the Newman Center, and how you can participate in activities sponsored by the Catholic Campus Ministry. All are welcome!  

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                      Hillel Open House/Bagel Brunch                                       

Hillel House: The Center for Jewish Campus Life, 2238 Chew Street

You are invited to join members of the Jewish community at Muhlenberg College Hillel for this delicious opportunity to nosh and meet new friends. All are welcome!  

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                      Protestant Life: Chapel Introduction & Breakfast           

Egner Chapel

You are invited to stop by Egner Chapel for an introduction to Protestant Life and Chapel at Muhlenberg. Student leaders and the College Chaplain will be on hand to share information about worship opportunities, Bible studies, and student fellowship. Light breakfast food will be available. All are welcome!  

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.                       First-Year Student College Survey                                    

Life Sports Center, Memorial Hall

You will participate in an important first-year student college survey.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                         O-Group Check-in                                       

To be determined by your Orientation Leader

Take a moment to check in as a group on how the weekend is going before heading out to your final sessions of the weekend.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                         Important Things to Know

Sedehi Diversity Project

Performance: Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion

This student-conceived and written documentary theatre piece infuses words from faculty, staff, administration and current students into an exploration of social identity and diversity at Muhlenberg College. A student-led small group discussion will follow each performance.

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.     O-Groups 1 to 8

2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     O-Groups 17 to 24

2:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.     O-Groups 9 to 16 

Introduction to StrengthsQuest

Consult the “O-Group and FYS Times and Locations” chart

During the summer you completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment online. Your Orientation Leader will lead you through an introductory session designed to help you find out more about your Signature Themes and how they can be your key to success academically, professionally and in your relationships. Please bring a printout of your “Signature Themes Report” (available from www.strengthsquest.com) with you.

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 25 to 32

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 33 to 40

3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.     O-Groups 41 to 48 

Rights, Responsibilities, and Respect

Teaching Good Sex: A Method for Violence Prevention 

Seegers Union 111-113

Can you engage in high risk behavior and maintain your goals toward a successful college education and life beyond? What are the effects of alcohol abuse and unprotected sex?

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 33 to 40

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 41 to 48

3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     O-Groups 17 to 24 

I Am a Muhlenberg Student

Moyer Hall, Miller Forum

Explore, Connect and Contribute to vibrant diverse communities to include the City of Allentown, our campus and your residence hall!

O-Group Times:

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.     O-Groups 9 to 16

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.     O-Groups 25 to 32

3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.     O-Groups 1 to 8 

4:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                         Welcome Back Barbecue                                                    

Brown Mall (Rain Location: Seegers Union)

The College Community comes together to renew friendships and make new acquaintances. The President, faculty, staff, and returning students will be there to begin the academic year together.

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.                         Building Meeting – Prosser Residents                             

The Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion

Come meet the rest of the Residential Services staff that will be working with you this year. Get information about being a member of your residential community and tips for the rest of the year.

5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.                         Building Meeting – Walz Residents                                   

The Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion

Come meet the rest of the Residential Services staff that will be working with you this year. Get information about being a member of your residential community and tips for the rest of the year.

5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.                         Building Meeting – Brown Residents                                

The Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion

Come meet the rest of the Residential Services staff that will be working with you this year. Get information about being a member of your residential community and tips for the rest of the year.

6:30 p.m.                                                  Seating for Opening Convocation

Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

As guests of honor, the Class of 2021 will be seated before other guests. Attire: Dressy Casual (dress or dress slacks)

7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.                         Opening Convocation                     

Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts

Latin for 'calling together', Convocation at Muhlenberg is an academic ceremony for incoming students that marks the formal start of their college careers. It is hosted by President Williams and faculty.

Monday, August 28, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.                        Residence Hall Floor Meeting                                           

Prosser Hall, Walz Hall, Brown Hall

Your Resident Advisor will specify the time for your floor meeting. If you have a conflict with the scheduled time, please contact your RA prior to the meeting.