Wednesday, August 21

International Student Arrivals & Shuttles from Logan International Airport

All Day • All participants

All international students are expected to arrive on campus on or by Wednesday, August 21, 2019 to participate in the New International Student Pre-Orientation program. Shuttles will be provided from Boston Logan Airport to Amherst College for all new, unaccompanied international students who confirmed a reservation before the sign-up deadline. Students who did not sign up for the shuttle will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to campus.

Welcome to Amherst College!

9:00am – 4:00pm CISE • (103 Keefe Campus Center)
All participants (Required for F-1 and J-1 visa holders)

First, you should check in with the Center for International Student Engagement and pick up your orientation packet. Water, light snacks, and insect repellent (for outdoor activities) will be available at this time as well.

NOTE: Check-in is required for all new international students. Please be sure to bring your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 form (if applicable) when you check in.

After check-in, International Student Leaders will help you get your room key and student ID card, as well as locate your dormitory and move into your new room! If you need to complete any health requirements, you should report to Student Health Services at this time as well.

Arriving after hours? Your key should be available at the Amherst College Police Department.

Health Center Check-In

9:30am – 12:00pm • Keefe Health Center
Required for those with outstanding health requirements

If you have any outstanding requirements with the Health Center, please complete these at the earliest opportunity. If you already completed this step, you do not need to report to the Health Center (unless you were specifically instructed to do so).

Lunch Available at Valentine Hall

11:00am – 1:30pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

If you wish to have lunch on campus at Valentine Dining Hall, be sure to bring your student ID with you. Your family and guests are invited to join you.

Required Students Only: Health Center Check-In

1:00pm – 3:00pm • Keefe Health Center
Required for those with outstanding health requirements

If you have any outstanding requirements with the Health Center, please complete these at the earliest opportunity. If you already completed this step, you do not need to report to the Health Center (unless you were specifically instructed to do so).

Meet & Greet Pizza Party

5:00pm – 7:00pm • Science Center Living Room
All participants

Join your classmates, returning international students, and International Student Leaders for a pizza party. This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow classmates while enjoying one of America’s favorite foods—PIZZA! Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to relax or hang out with your cohort. Be sure to get some rest!

Thursday, August 22

Breakfast Available at Valentine Hall

8:00am – 9:30am • Valentine Hall
All participants

Enjoy breakfast with your cohort before the start of Pre-Orientation! Be sure to bring your student ID.

Welcome from the Center for International Student Engagement

10:00am – 11:45am • Science Center A131
All participants

Join the Center for International Student Engagement for a welcome session to kick off the first official day of New International Student Pre-Orientation! You’ll have an opportunity to meet the CISE staff, get to know your new classmates, review visa requirements, and learn about what you can expect for the weeks ahead!

Hanna Bliss, Director of International Student Engagement
Gabriel Hall, Assistant Director of International Student Engagement

Lunch Available at Valentine Hall

12:00pm – 1:00pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Financial Aid & On-Campus Employment

1:00pm – 2:00pm • Science Center A011
New students

Senior Associate Dean of Financial Aid, Kathleen Gentile, will provide an overview of financial aid matters particular to international students. Our Student Employment Coordinator, Nancy Robinson, will also provide information on campus employment. Individual meetings will be available during the following week, as well.

Kathleen Gentile, Senior Associate Dean of Financial Aid
Nancy Robinson, Student Employment Coordinator

Check-in for Language Assistants

1:00pm – 2:00pm • CISE (103 Keefe Campus Center)
Language Assistants Required

All Language Assistants in J-1 status will gather to review immigration maintenance requirements and prepare documents for their trip to the Social Security Administration on August 29th.

Hanna Bliss, Director of International Student Engagement

Health Center Check-In

2:00pm – 3:30pm • Keefe Health Center
Required for those with outstanding health requirements

If you have any outstanding requirements with the Health Center, please complete these at the earliest opportunity. If you already completed this step, you do not need to report to the Health Center (unless you were specifically instructed to do so).

Optional: Set Up Banking & Cell Phones/Local Shopping

2:30pm – 6:00pm • Various Locations—Meet at Converse Hall for Hampshire Mall Shuttles
All participants

If you would like to set up a bank and/or cell phone account or do some shopping at our local mall, you may use this time to do so. You can walk into downtown Amherst to set up your bank account, or reserve a spot on one of the mall shuttles to go to a local cell phone provider and shops.

Be sure to bring your identification with you, along with any bank and/or cell phone service application forms that you may have already completed if you are looking to set up an account.

Dinner Available at Valentine Hall

5:00pm – 7:00pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

S'mores!

8:00pm – 9:00 pm • Keefe Campus Center Fire Pit
All participants

Enjoy a fun night outside at the fire put making s’mores (a sweet snack made with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate).

Friday, August 23

Breakfast at Valentine Hall

8:00am – 8:45am • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Session 1: Introduction to Course Registration and the Registrar’s Office

9:00 am – 10:45am • Science Center E212
All participants

This information session will help students prepare for the registration process as well as provide an overview for academic dates and policies managed by the Registrar’s Office. Learn how to register for courses online via AC data and how the Registrar’s Office supports students and academic operations on campus. Students may bring a laptop to this session, and a limited number of computers will also be available for use.

Cohorts E-H: 9:00am-9:45am (Science Center E212)
Cohorts A-D: 10:00am-10:45am (Science Center, E212)

Stacey Cooney, Registrar’s Office

Session 2: Foreign National Information System (FNIS)

9:00 am – 10:45am • Science Center A131
Required for F-1 and J-1 visa holders

International students must annually update their immigration information in the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) website. This database will help Amherst College to determine your tax status/treaty eligibility and will be used to generate end-of-the-year forms needed for you to file your annual Federal Tax return. Instructions and assistance for the process will be provided. If you have your own laptop or other device and wish to bring it to this session, please feel free to do so. A limited number of computers will be available for use. Be sure to bring your passport/visa, I-20, and I-94 to this session.

Cohorts A-D: 9:00am-9:45am (Science Center A131)
Cohorts E-H: 10:00am-10:45am (Science Center A131)

Nancy Robinson, Student Employment Coordinator

Conversations About Sexual Respect at Amherst College

11:00am – 12:00pm • Science Center A131
All participants

What does sexual respect mean at Amherst College and why is this work important? An informal discussion of the work, the resources, and the meaning of sexual respect.

Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education
Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator

Lunch at Keefe Campus Center

12:15pm – 1:30pm • Keefe Campus Center Atrium
All participants

Meet the members of the Resource Center Team for lunch and learn a bit more about the College’s Resource Centers!

Hanna Bliss, Director of International Student Engagement
Gabriel Hall, Assistant Director of International Student Engagement
Paola Gallego, Administrative Assistant
Tenzin Kunor, Associate Director of Diversity & Leadership
Jxhn Martin, Director of the Queer Resource Center
Nayah Mullings, Director of the Women's and Gender Center
Angie Tissi-Gassoway, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Introduction to Title IX

1:45pm – 2:30pm • Science Center A011
Required for all participants

What is Title IX, and why do we have it? Learn a bit about Title IX in advance of a fuller Title IX information session, held next week during Orientation.

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Health Center Check-In

2:30pm – 3:30pm • Keefe Health Center
Required for those with outstanding health requirements

If you have any outstanding requirements with the Health Center, please complete these at the earliest opportunity. If you already completed this step, you do not need to report to the Health Center (unless you were specifically instructed to do so).

Cohort Check-ins with the CISE

2:40pm – 5:00pm • The Women’s and Gender Center (213 Keefe Campus Center) & the Multicultural Resource Center (112 Keefe Campus Center)
All new students

Each cohort will have the chance to meet with either Hanna or Gabe to go over any questions they might have about immigration, Amherst College, the CISE, and more.

Cohort A: 2:40pm-3:00pm (WGC, 213 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort B: 2:40pm-3:00pm (MRC, 112 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort C: 3:10pm-3:30pm (WGC, 213 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort D: 3:10pm-3:30pm (MRC, 112 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort E: 3:40pm-4:00pm (WGC, 213 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort F: 3:40pm-4:00pm (MRC, 112 Keefe Campus Center)
Cohort G: 4:10pm-4:30pm (WGC, 213 Keefe Campus Center)

Hanna Bliss, Director of International Student Engagement
Gabriel Hall, Assistant Director of International Student Engagement

Language Assistants Only: Title IX Basics

3:00pm – 4:00pm • Science Center E212
Required for Language Assistants

Language Assistants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Title IX Office at Amherst College, the concept of mandatory reporting, and support resources available to the community.

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Language Assistants Only: Community Standards and Safety

4:15pm – 5:00pm • Science Center E212
Required for Language Assistants

Language Assistants will meet with members of the Office of Student Affairs to discuss expectations around community standards, residential life, and safety on campus.

Corey Michalos, Director of Community Standards
Theresa Dufresne, Deputy Chief of Amherst College Police

Dinner Available at Valentine Hall

5:00pm – 6:00pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

If you wish to have dinner on campus at Valentine Dining Hall, be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Language Assistants’ Community Dinner

5:15pm – 7:00pm • Meet outside of Converse to walk together into town (Taste of Thai restaurant)
Language Assistants

Amherst College’s Language Assistants are invited to join the similarly positioned Teaching Assistants from Five College Center for the Study of World Languages for dinner in town at Taste of Thai (5:30pm), hosted by Janna White, Director of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, and Hanna Bliss, Director of International Student Engagement at Amherst College.

Optional: Cohort Activities

7:00 pm – 9:00pm • CISE (103 Keefe Campus Center)
All participants

Join your cohort and International Student Leaders for fun activities, discussion, and some downtime. Ask your ISL for more information.

Saturday, August 24

Breakfast at Valentine Hall

8:00am – 9:00am • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Optional: Hampshire Mall Shuttles

9:00am – 12:00pm • Meet at Converse Hall for Hampshire Mall Shuttles
All participants

Take a trip to our local shopping mall to purchase essentials for your room. Please note that this shuttle will only take you to/from the main Hampshire Mall building. It will not be stopping at other nearby shopping centers.

Lunch Available at Valentine Hall

11:00am – 1:30pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Optional: Local Excursions & Activities

1:00pm – 5:00pm • Various Locations
All participants

Explore the local area! Be sure to sign up ahead of time.

  • Local Bike Ride, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, limit 7.  Meet outside of Keefe Campus Center to go for a group bike ride, including the beautiful Norwottuck Rail Trail bike path, with destinations determined by ISLs!
  • Exploring Downtown Amherst, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, limit 25. Meet outside Frost Library.
  • Exploring Downtown Northampton, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, limit 15. Meet outside of Converse Hall, walk to the bus stop, and take public transportation (PVTA bus) to and from Northampton. Northampton is the home to Smith College, and offers an array of shopping and food locales. ISLs will determine meet-up time and location in the late afternoon to return to campus before 5pm. Bus fare provided.
  • Pick-Your-Own Flowers and Explore the Farm @ Book & Plow Farm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, limit 20. Meet outside Keefe Campus Center. Please be sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring water.
  • Emily Dickinson Museum Tour, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, limit 20. Meet outside of Keefe Campus Center to walk over for a 2:00pm tour. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a poet with an exceptional ability to distill “amazing sense” from “ordinary meanings.” Her poetry is considered among the finest in the English language. The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family.
  • Beneski Museum Tour, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, limit 20. Meet outside of Beneski Earth Sciences Building. Join Alfred Venne, Museum Educator, for a walk through the museum, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Bring your cameras!

Dinner Panel: How Amherst Works

5:00pm – 7:00pm • Lewis-Sebring, Valentine Hall
All participants

Grab your meal in the dining hall and head over to the Lewis Sebring room for presentations by returning international students. They will talk about their experiences at Amherst College – both academically and socially on campus. This is a great opportunity to ask upperclass students questions and learn more about their experiences as international students here.

Be sure to bring your student ID for dinner.

Optional: Cohort Activities

7:00pm – 9:00pm • Various Locations
All participants

Join your cohort and International Student Leaders for fun activities, discussion, and some downtime. Ask your ISL for more information.

Sunday, August 25

Breakfast at Valentine Hall

8:00am – 9:00am • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Lunch Available at Valentine Hall

12:00pm – 1:00pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Optional: Hampshire Mall Shuttles

1:00pm – 5:00pm • Meet at Converse Hall for Hampshire Mall Shuttles
All participants

Take a trip to our local shopping mall to purchase essentials for your room. Please note that this shuttle will only take you to/from the main Hampshire Mall building. It will not be stopping at other nearby shopping centers.

Dinner Available at Valentine Hall

5:00pm – 6:00pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

If you wish to have dinner on campus at Valentine Dining Hall, be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Monday, August 26

Breakfast at Valentine Hall

7:30am – 8:45am • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Scavenger Hunt!

9:00am – 12:30pm • Meet at Science Center A131 to begin!
All participants

Join your fellow international students and ISLs on a campus-wide scavenger hunt! This is an opportunity to get to know various locations on campus, familiarize yourself with campus resources, and bond with your cohort while finding your way across campus.

Please be sure to bring a bag or your folder in order to collect print materials and resources from campus partners. We also recommend that you bring a water bottle, as it is important to stay hydrated during this activity.

Lunch Available at Valentine Hall

12:30pm – 1:30pm • Valentine Hall
All participants

Be sure to bring your student ID with you.

Wellness and Cultural Adjustment

2:00pm – 3:30pm • Counseling Center (Hitchcock House)
All participants

Join the entire Counseling Center staff for an Open House, including a tour of both Counseling Center buildings (Hitchcock House and Scott House) and small group discussions about stages of cultural adjustment.

Jacqueline Alvarez, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Counseling Center, and the Counseling Center Staff

Final Cohort Check-in

3:45pm – 4:45pm • Various Locations
All participants

You’ve made it through Pre-Orientation! This is your last chance to meet as a cohort, and reflect on the past week. What questions still remain? How are you feeling about starting Orientation tomorrow? Feedback forms will be available to complete, as well.

Closing Dinner with President Martin

5:30pm – 7:00pm • The President's House (175 S Pleasant St)
All participants

Join us for a closing meal, hosted by President Biddy Martin, to celebrate the completion of a full week of Pre-O and welcome you to your next chapters at Amherst: Orientation and beyond. Welcome to the Herd!

Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College

Tuesday, August 27 – First-Year Orientation Begins!

First-Year Orientation

All Day
New Students

Join the rest of your new classmates for the start of First-Year Orientation! Please see your First-Year Orientation schedule for full details.

Last Minute Passport & Visa Check-In

9:00am – 3:00pm • CISE (103 Keefe Campus Center)
Required for J-1 and F-1 visa holders who have not checked in with CISE

If you did not already complete your passport/visa check-in with CISE on your day of arrival or another day during Pre-Orientation, you MUST go to the Center to do so. Check-in is required for all new international students. Please be sure to bring your passport and I-20 when you check in.

If you already completed this step, you do not need to report to CISE at this time (unless you were specifically instructed to do so).

Cereal and Cartoons!

9:00am – 12:00pm • Keefe Theater (008 Keefe Campus Center)
All participants

Already moved in and looking for a place to be together while the rest of campus is frenzied with moving in? Come join us for Cereal and Cartoons, starting at 9am in Keefe Theater in the basement of Keefe Campus Center! Free food and entertainment.

Monday, September 2 – Last Day of Orientation!

Pre-Orientation Reunion

3:00pm – 4:00pm • Friedmann Room (Keefe Campus Center)
All participants

Join us once again to catch up with your Pre-O community as Orientation winds down. How was LEAP? How has the last week been? We’ll reflect together on all you’ve seen so far, and all that you have in store – and reconnect in the best of company.

 

 


Note: Religious and Spiritual Services throughout the week

Please visit Amherst College's Religious and Spirital Life resources on Area Religious Services for information regarding local ongoing services across different religious traditions, or Religious and Spirital Life's Student Organizations resources to learn about related student orgs at Amherst College.

For more information, email Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, at hblum@amherst.edu