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Orientation Schedule for New Students in the First Year Seminar

Preliminary 2015 New Student Orientation Schedule
for Students in the First-Year Seminar

August 15-18, 2015
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**Schedule Subject to Change**

Saturday, August 15

Campus Offices Open from 10 am-4:30 pm. We’re here to help!

Orientation Schedule for all Students



Check-in for ALL new students — transfer, Early College, re-entering, commuter, and residents, including those who have already moved in: Robertson College-Community Center



Orientation Luncheon, courtesy of Chartwells, for all new students and families: Peeler Crystal Lounge

Meet, mingle, and eat with fellow new students, faculty, and staff!



Welcoming Assembly for new students and their families: Keppel Auditorium

Immediately following
Welcoming Assembly


"Get Acquainted" Meetings: All new students and families meet with faculty advisors in designated campus locations



FYI Catawba for Parents: Keppel Auditorium. Student Affairs personnel (academic, counseling, health, and career services), public safety, Chartwells Dining, and student/residence life provide information about their areas; followed by an unscripted question-and-answer session with students about the realities of being a Catawba student

Following the FYI
for Catawba Parents


"Taking care of business:"  Time for parents to visit important campus offices (e.g., business office, financial aid, Admissions), if necessary, before leaving campus.



"Time to Let Go". Families and students bid farewell

5-7pm Wave I


Advising Group Meeting and Dinner, Alphas and advisors in Advising classrooms–Wave I dinner begins at 5

5-7pm Wave II


Advising Group Meeting and Dinner, Alphas and advisors in Advising classrooms –Wave II dinner begins at 5:45



Fun Fest! Stanback Plaza


Sunday, August 16

Campus Offices Open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. We’re here to help!

In Hedrick Administration Building:
Financial Assistance
Business Office

In Hoke Hall:
Information Technology

In the Cannon Student Center:
Proctor Health Center
Student Affairs

Orientation Activities for all Students



Breakfast: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Campus Worship: Omwake-Dearborn Chapel



Lunch: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Placement Test: Composition Writing Sample for selected students. Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall



Placement Interview: Students with AP credit in English report to room 201, Ketner Hall



Advising Group Meeting: Meet in designated locations



Information Meetings for Prospective Majors:

  • Business Administration, Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, Computer Information Systems, International Business, and Communication  Arts (including Integrated Marketing Communications and Sports Communications): Tom Smith Auditorium

  • Elementary Education and Special Education (Elementary Concentration): Room 108, Ketner Hall

  • History and Politics, Administration of Justice, Pre-Law, and Public Administration:  Room 322, Hedrick Administration Building

  • Humanities (Literature, Writing, Religion, Philosophy, Spanish): Room 204, Hedrick Administration Building

  • Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, and Computer Science: Room 213, Ketner Hall

  • Music (including Music Performance, Music Education, Music Business, Sacred Music, Popular Music, Worship Arts, Choral/Instrumental Groups, and Music Minors): Williams Music Building, Room 103. Individual auditions for all ensembles will begin and then continue at 7 pm. The music theory placement test will be administered at 3:30 in Williams Music Building, Room 016, for all prospective majors and minors who have not yet taken it. Those students may take the math placement interview at 4:45 pm

  • Physical Education, Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Sport Management, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training: Room 109, Abernethy Physical Education Center

  • Psychology: Room 233, Hedrick Administration Building

  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Studies, Environmental Education, Sustainable Business and Community Development, and all allied health professions including pre-medical, vet, and pharmacy): Room 107, Shuford Science Building   

  • Sociology: Room 303, Hedrick Administration Building

  • Theatre Arts (Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts Education, and Theatre Arts Admin.): Hedrick Little Theatre, Robertson College-Community Center. Musical Theatre students must come to this meeting first and then take the music theory placement test following (around 4 pm). Your math placement test will be taken at 4:45 pm



Middle School and Secondary Education Prospective Majors and Minors (including Special Education: Middle and High School Concentrations): Ketner 108



Math Placement Interview: Wave I advising groups, Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall



Math Placement Interview: Wave II advising groups and prospective middle and secondary majors and minors, Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall

5:15pm Wave I


Dinner: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall

6pm Wave II


Dinner: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Drop in to the "Coffee Break @ the 3rd Place Coffee House." Meet some new friends, learn about upcoming opportunities and programs, and maybe even win a prize!



Catawba Soccer: Frock Field
Get into the soccer spirit as the men’s and women’s soccer team play exhibition games. Check out the new soccer stadium at Frock Fields.



Auditions for Musical Ensembles:  For choral and instrumental groups. Rehearsal Hall, Room 103, Williams Music Building. All interested students who have not yet auditioned



High-Stakes Orientation Bingo: Peeler Crystal Lounge


Monday, August 17



Breakfast: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Transfer and re-entering students: Check in and prepare for advising and registration, Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall



Placement Test: Foreign Language exams and interviews

  • German: Room 219, Hedrick Hall

  • French: Room 213, Ketner Hall

  • Spanish: Hedrick Administration Building, Rooms 322 (report to) and 331



Advising Group Meeting:  Meet in designated locations



Lunch: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Seminar Professors Lunch: First-Year Seminar professors meet for lunch in Adams Loft



Advising Group Meeting: Meet in designated locations



Dinner - Canon student center dining hall



Blue Masque Interest Meeting: All students interested in theatre, in Hedrick Little Theatre, Robertson College-Community Center. Open to all students



Phi Beta Lambda Interest Meeting, College Division of Future Business Leaders of America: Professional business fraternity, open to all business majors and other students with an interest in business. Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall



Corriher-Linn-Black Library Gala: Come visit Corriher-Linn-Black Library for a treat!



Get Hypnotized! Daniel Jamse, Hypnotist: Cannon Student Center


Tuesday, August 18



Breakfast: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



Advising Group Meeting: Meet in designated locations



Registration: All First-Year Seminar students (computer labs in library, Ketner Hall, Center for the Environment, and Hedrick 228, according to schedule)



Campus Employment/Work Study Meeting: Mandatory meeting for any student with work-study or campus employment in Hedrick Little Theatre



Lunch: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall

12 noon


International Students Meeting: Mandatory meeting, Hedrick Administration Building, room 204



Common Reading Discussion: FYS groups meet in their classrooms



Blue Masque Audition Workshop



Convocation — Official opening of the 2015-2016 academic year. Chapel.



Community Party: trustees, faculty, students, coaches, and club fair. Dinner.



Evening programming: Sustainable Catawba! Stanback Plaza