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Orientation Schedule for New Students in the First Year Seminar

Final 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 10:00 am-4:30 pm.  We’re here to help!

In the Hedrick Administration Building:   
Business Office
Financial Assistance
Registrar (until 2 pm only) 

In the Cannon Student Center:    
Proctor Health Center
Student Affairs

In Hoke Hall:
Information Technology (IT)     

Also: Corriher-Linn Black Library

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: Stanback Plaza (in front of Cannon Student 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:

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



Writing Placement Sample:  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, Worship Arts, Popular Music, Choral/Instrumental Groups, and Music Minors):  Hoke Hall Room 200. 

    Immediately following the Information Meeting for all Prospective Music Majors:

    Individual auditions for the following ensembles will begin in Williams Music Building and continue if needed at 7:00 pm.   Audition Room Locations:  Wind Ensemble - Williams Music Building Room 103;  Choirs consisting of Singers, Chamber Ensemble, and Pop A Cappella - Williams Music Building Room 006

    The music theory placement test will be administered at 3:30 in Williams Music Building, Room 017, following the Information Meeting, for all prospective majors and minors who have not yet taken it.  Those students may then 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



Seminar Professors Lunch:  First-Year Seminar professors meet in the Hurley Room



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



Advising Group Meeting:  Class schedule preparation.  Meet in designated locations



Dinner:  Cannon Student Center Dining Hall



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



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 



Mentalist Chris Carter Theater of Thought:  Mind reading in the 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 I  for those students who register before 9:30 am:  Mandatory meeting for any student with work-study or campus employment.  Hedrick Little Theatre



Campus Employment/Work Study Meeting II  for those students who register after 9:30 am:  Mandatory meeting for any student with work-study or campus employment.  Hedrick Little Theatre

Campus Employment/Work Study Meeting:  This meeting is required for any student who plans on working on campus and students who do not attend a meeting cannot hold a work study or campus employment position during the 2015-2016 year.  Attend only the meeting that corresponds to your availability from registration



Lunch: Cannon Student Center Dining Hall

12 noon


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



Common Community Reading Discussion:  FYS groups meet in their classrooms



Convocation Official opening of the 2015-2016 Catawba College Academic Year and pledging of the Honor Code. Omwake-Dearborn Chapel

Immediately following


Community Party and Dinner:  Trustees, faculty, students, staff, and coaches; club fair. Stanback Plaza



Evening programming:  “Meet you @ the Plaza”  Activities on Stanback Plaza for new and returning students