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Event Schedule for Orientation (subject to change)

Please note:  This schedule is tentative and is subject to change as the summer progresses and will be updated accordingly as changes occur.

2014

Sun, Aug 24, 2014

Get on the Network

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 1st Floor

IT Help Desk will assist you with registering computers on the college network.

Campus Highlights Tours

Upper-class students will serve as guides and answer questions. Tours start on the hour at the steps to the Frost Library.

Roman Catholic Mass

The Catholic community at Amherst invites everyone to participate in the Roman Catholic Liturgy on campus. All are welcome. Liturgical guides are provided. The celebrant for this Mass is Rev. Warren J. Savage.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Tour: “Tales from our Collections”

Museum staff will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks & traces and magnificent mammals. Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Bring your cameras!

Beneski Museum of Natural History Tour: “Tales from our Collections”

Museum staff will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks & traces and magnificent mammals. Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Bring your cameras!

Meet Resident Counselors (event for students) - MANDATORY

your residence hall

New students meet with RCs in their residence halls.

Supporting your Student's Health and Wellness (event for parents)

Panelists from the Health Center, Counseling Center, Health Education, Campus Police, the Student Affairs Office, and Athletics staff will give an overview of their services and how to access them; Q & A

Squad Meeting 1 (event for students) - MANDATORY

meet in your specific squad's outdoor location

Get to know each other. Set ground rules for the week.

Parent to Parent: Conversations about being an Amherst Parent (event for parents)

Join parents of current students in a candid conversation about their experiences and their children's experiences at Amherst.

Incoming Class Photo (event for students) - MANDATORY

Memorial Field

This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory of your entire Amherst class on the first day of Orientation. With a panoramic photo, you'll be able to keep this moment alive and recall those early days shared with new friends. To order a copy of the photo, call Panfoto (781-788-9595) or visit http://www.panfoto.com/photography/colleges/detail.cfm?RecordID=1245

Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Financial Aid Information Session - MANDATORY for all new students receiving financial aid

Buckley Recital Hall

General discussion of financial aid and review of financial aid policies and procedures.

Open Hours to Visit College Offices

If you have outstanding business with the College, you may wish to use this time to get these matters cleared before they interfere with the course registration process.

Campus Highlights Tour

Upper-class students will serve as guides and answer questions. Tours start on the hour at the steps to the Frost Library.

Meetings with Academic Departments (event for students) - MANDATORY

various locations

Short presentations about curricular offerings; Q&A about department courses, majoring, honors projects...

Garden Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Emily Dickinson Museum

Immerse yourself in the gardens and grounds that inspired Emily Dickinson and enjoy our self-guided landscape tour. The tour will begin with a welcome and introduction by Museum staff.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Tour: “Tales from our Collections”

Museum staff will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks & traces and magnificent mammals. Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Bring your cameras!

A Tour of Emily Dickinson’s House

Emily Dickinson Museum

Join us for a 30-minute guided tour of the poet’s Homestead. Learn about her family’s many connections to Amherst College and explore several of her poems in the very home where they were written!

Beneski Museum of Natural History Tour: “Tales from our Collections”

Museum staff will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks & traces and magnificent mammals. Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Bring your cameras!

Transfer Student Meeting - MANDATORY for all new transfer students

Valentine Dining Hall, Mullins-Faerber Room

Discussion of degree requirements, transcripts, grades, Five College cooperation, sophomore and junior years and issues specific to transferring.

Architecture Tour of the Dickinson Houses (exteriors only)

Emily Dickinson Museum

Although the Homestead (1813) and The Evergreens (1856) are best known for their association with poet Emily Dickinson and her intriguing family, the two houses also offer a fascinating portrait of more than 100 years of architectural history in New England. Join Museum guides to sharpen your skills at "reading" buildings and find out how (and why) these two historic houses have changed - or not - over time.

Squad Meeting 2: Ask Big Questions - MANDATORY

outdoor squad locations

Each squad answers Big Question, "What do you need to learn?"

Discover Campus: Amazing Race

All squads compete in campus Amazing Race.

Transfer Students' Mixer

Members of the Transfer Student Association invite new transfer students for a mixer in town.

Keefe Campus Center Night

Join the Student Activities Office in a night of fun and excitement, at a party in your honor.

Tue, Aug 26, 2014

International Students and Legal Visa Status - MANDATORY for all new international students

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Nancy A. Condon, Coordinator for International Student Services, and Dexter Padayachee, International Students Fellow, will review important documents and regulations related to student visa status. We’ll also discuss other topics of special concern to international students (U.S. employment, Social Security numbers, travel, etc.). Your passport and I-20 form will be collected for photocopying. Please bring them to this meeting.

Group A: Honor Code - MANDATORY

various outdoor squad locations, then Johnson Chapel

Discussion of key elements of the Student Handbook. Ceremony for signing Honor Code.

Group B: Sexual Respect - MANDATORY

Buckley Recital Hall

Amanda Vann will discuss Amherst policies and resources.

Group B: SHE skits - MANDATORY

Buckley Recital Hall

Student Health Educators will perform short skits about student life.

Group A: Sexual Respect - MANDATORY

Buckley Recital Hall

Amanda Vann will discuss Amherst policies and resources.

Group B: Honor Code - MANDATORY

various outdoor squad locations, then Johnson Chapel

Discussion of key elements of the Student Handbook. Ceremony for signing Honor Code.

Group A: SHE skits - MANDATORY

Buckley Recital Hall

Student Health Educators will perform short skits about student life.

Cultural Organization Progressive Dinner

Valentine Quad

BSU, ISA, Pride, La Causa, TSA, and Religious Life sponsored outdoor dinner. Various organizations will serve dinner and provide students with information about their groups.

Cultural Organizations Open Houses

various locations

Following the dinners, the same organizations will have open houses, for those who wish to continue for more intimate conversations.

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Group A: Advising and Registration - MANDATORY

faculty offices

Individual meetings with advisors to begin the course registration process.

Group B: Faces of the Community - MANDATORY

Testimonies by people that make up the whole rich intersectional tapestry of the College, plus facilitated dialogues about the expectations for living in this community.

Group A: Complete Your Registration - MANDATORY

Seeley G. Mudd Building, Room 115 or 014

Complete your registration process with the Registrar Staff.

Group B: Advising and Registration - MANDATORY

faculty offices

Individual meetings with advisors to begin the course registration process.

Group A: Faces of the Community - MANDATORY

Testimonies by people that make up the whole rich intersectional tapestry of the College, plus facilitated dialogues about the expectations for living in this community.

Group B: Complete Your Registration - MANDATORY

Seeley G. Mudd Building

Complete your registration process with the Registrar Staff.

Group B: New Voices of the Class

A dramatic, often humorous, performance based on excerpts from admission essays written by members of the Class of 2018 and incoming transfers. Traditionally, this is a favorite Orientation event for new students!

Group A: New Voices of the Class

A dramatic, often humorous, performance based on excerpts from admission essays written by members of the Class of 2018 and incoming transfers. Traditionally, this is a favorite Orientation event for new students!

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Amherst Cinema Movie Night

Free movies and popcorn at Amherst Cinema!

Fri, Aug 29, 2014

Off Campus Social Events

Various fun events in the region - bowling, ropes course, theater piece, ballroom dance, country dance, etc.

Sat, Aug 30, 2014

Amherst College Choral Society Auditions

Buckley Recital Hall

Please check the table near Room 3 in the Arms Music Building for sign-up times.

Saturday Night Fellowship with Amherst Christian Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join ACF for our first large group meeting as a fellowship. You will get a chance to meet everyone, and learn more about ACF. Then eat delicious snacks with us afterward. All are welcome!

Hallal Dinner

Cadigan Center

Meet with other Amherst students, Muslim Religious Advisors Elizaveta Lozovaya and Mohammed Abdelaal for a friendly conversation and dinner.

Amherst College Music Showcase

Buckley Recital Hall

Enjoy an after-dinner showcase of the groups in the Amherst College Choral, Jazz and Instrumental Music programs, and find out how to become a part of it!

Group A: Resident Counselor Show

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room (209)

A perennial Orientation favorite! The RCs present skits designed to tell you everything you need to know about life at Amherst. Be prepared to laugh and learn.

Group B: Resident Counselor Show

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room (209)

A perennial Orientation favorite! The RCs present skits designed to tell you everything you need to know about life at Amherst. Be prepared to laugh and learn.

Sun, Aug 31, 2014

Walks to Community Churches throughout the Morning

Converse Hall, Meet on the steps

Email acf@amherst.edu for details about area churches and service times.

Tour of WAMH

The College's Radio Station

Insight Meditation Session

Chapin Hall, chapel

Join us to learn to meditate or renew your practice and begin a habit that can reduce your level of stress while in college. This event is sponsored by Religious Life.

Hillel Bag Lunch

Cadigan Center

All are welcome to enjoy bagels and lox, meet Hillel leadership and Jewish upperclass students and hear about this year's programs.

Group B: Flash Talks - MANDATORY

Get to know our campus in a series of 15 minute talks! Short presentations by and about the people behind our library, campus police, counseling center, IT services and more.

Group A: Flash Talks - MANDATORY

Get to know our campus in a series of 15 minute talks! Short presentations by and about the people behind our library, campus police, counseling center, IT services and more.

Music Department Meeting

Discussion of Amherst College Choral Society, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music, non-Western ensembles, courses, private lessons, access to and use of Music Center facilities and more!

Jazz Jam Session

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos invite you to join them to play some tunes and get to know some Amherst musicians!

Mon, Sep 1, 2014

Cultural Centers' Open Houses

various locations

Multicultural Resource Center; Women and Gender Center; Queer Resource Center; Office of Religious Life

Choral Society Auditions

Buckley Recital Hall

Please check the table near Room 3 in Arms Music Building for sign-up times.

Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions

Buckley Recital Hall

Please check the table near Room 3 in the Arms Music Building for sign-up times.

Mix-It-Up Barbecue

Main Quad

Come mingle and eat great student-grilled food with members of Amherst's student government, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS)! (Rain location: TBD)

Five College Dance Department Info Session

Webster Hall, Studio 1

Meet with Five College Dance Faculty and have your questions answered.

Opening Convocation of the College - MANDATORY

An academic ceremony formally opening the school year and welcoming new students to Amherst. Honorary degrees are conferred, and an address is delivered by President Biddy Martin.

Tue, Sep 2, 2014

Student Employment Job Fair

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Find out about job opportunities, talk to employers and apply for work.

Fri, Sep 5, 2014

Your First Shabbat at College, Hillel

Cadigan Center

Come join us for Shabbat services and a delicious home-cooked dinner afterwards. Meet upperclass members of Hillel and their friends.

Sat, Sep 6, 2014

Sun, Sep 7, 2014

Adjunct Jazz Faculty Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

Join us at Buckley Recital Hall to hear members of the adjunct jazz faculty perform music from the jazz canon as well as originals. There will be time to chat with them at the conclusion of the performance. More details can be found at the Jazz@Amherst website: www.amherst.edu/~jazz