WELCOME TO NEW COLLEGE!

Below you will find an Orientation schedule. This schedule will be updated frequently, so check back for exciting updates.  Events in BOLD are required.

 

Saturday, August 13

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Check-in / Move-in
Location: Harry Sudakoff Conference Center

Get your room keys, take your New College ID photo and get your parking permit (if needed).

Bring any immunization forms, final transcripts or business forms you have not yet submitted. If you are bringing any of these documents with you, then the bill that you received from the College at the beginning of August does NOT include Tuition and Fees.  Please check your NewCleis account to get your correct balance owed. 

New students need a photo ID (Driver’s License). Students begin in the main (covered) entrance facing Sudakoff parking lot. If available, please pack a dolly or hand cart to help you move into your room. Parking is very limited near the residence halls.

8 a.m. to noon: Mailroom is open for package pick-up
Location: Palmer A, First Floor

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Parking and Business Office Open Hours
Location: Palmer D (PMD 123)

The Parking and Business Offices are open. Bring a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and your New College student identification number (N#1022…). For parking permits you will need your current vehicle’s registration and fee payment.

1-3 p.m.:  Counseling and Wellness Center Open Hours
Location: Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) — Palmer Campus, across from the Library

1-7 p.m.: Free time
Explore the campus and surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota communities on your own. Here is a list of nearby activities for you and your family to enjoy!

1-4 p.m.:  New Student Reception
Location: New College of Florida Bookstore, 6301 North Tamiami Trail

3:30-5 p.m.: Family Reception: Welcome to New College
Location: The Keating Center, College Drive — Bayfront Campus

Please join the New College Alumnae/i Association (NCAA) and Foundation for a special family reception. Meet and mingle with our staff, alumnae/i and volunteer board members as you learn about NCAA programs, events and services that benefit your new student. Discover fun ways to engage and support New College through our various volunteer programs. Food and drinks will be provided at this free event for new families.

5-7 p.m.: Dinner on your own
Location: On campus – Hamilton Center; Off campus – your choice!  Explore the delicious food options your new community has to offer.

7-9 p.m.: Novo Collegians (Required – students only)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

All new students (first-years and transfers) attend this first session for an overview of Orientation Week, review basic community expectations and emergency contacts for your first night at New College; meet your Orientation Leader and join us for your first Orientation group meeting as a Novo Collegian.

9-11 p.m.: Various Evening Activities

  • Charades / Improv
    Location: Black Box Theater (inside Hamilton Center)
  • Movie: TBD
    Location: Hamilton Classroom #8 (HCL8)
  • Large Group Games
    Location: Z-Green (outside Hamilton Center)

Sunday, August 14

*Parents and Family members: click here to see the Parent/Family Orientation Schedule for Sunday, August 14        

10 a.m. to noon: A Sense of Place (REQUIRED students only)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Students meet in small groups with Orientation Leaders (OLs) and get to know classmates: interest meetings, big group games and orientation overview. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for walking across campus. Pei campus tours

12:30- 2 p.m.:  Lunch with Orientation Groups (students only)   
Location: Hamilton Center

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Information Technology Help
Location: Hamilton Center Mailroom

Trouble connecting your computer? Drop by our temporary station (Hamilton Center Mailroom) for quick help with technical set-up / campus log-in.  The permanent IT office is located in Palmer A.

2-3:30 p.m.: Residential Life 101 (students only)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Meet your Residential Life Staff and your RA. Discuss community standards with RAs and professional staff. This event is required and is for students only.

3:30-5 p.m.: Ice Cream Social and Family Farewell
Location: Hamilton Center  

Families and new students rejoin for ice cream. Mingle with New College staff and students.

3:30-5 p.m.: Information Technology Help
Location: Hamilton Center Mailroom

Trouble connecting your computer? Drop by our temporary station for quick help with technical set-up / campus log-in.  The permanent IT office is located in Palmer A.

5 p.m.: Parent and Guardian Orientation ends

Parents and family must say their goodbyes and depart from campus. Students having Orientation activities scheduled for the remainder of the evening.

6:30-7:30 p.m.:  Dinner
Location: Hamilton Center

8:00-10:00 p.m.: Evening Activities – See below for more details

A Night at the Library: Featuring Retro Games
Location: Cook Library
Dress up in your best retro outfit and travel back to the arcades and rec rooms of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s with a night dedicated to retro gaming! Join in a Clue inspired scavenger hunt through the library, try your hand with Giant Jenga, or show off your yoga skills with a game of Twister.

9:00pm – Movie: TBD
Location: Hamilton Classroom 8

Join your Orientation Leaders for a variety of social activities. Details are still being formalized, so check back frequently to see what exciting activities and sessions are planned.


Monday, August 15

*(Students can pick up their ID cards in the Office of the Registrar – Palmer D)

8 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Hamilton Center

9 a.m.: President Donal O’Shea Welcomes Students to Campus
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

After President O’Shea’s welcome address, students will learn about new student transitions and resources available to them from several offices on campus, including:
The Office of Student Affairs, Campus Police, the Fitness Center, and Counseling and Wellness Center.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Campus Culture: Health and Wellness
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

The Dean of Students and Counseling and Wellness Center will talk about ways to engage in healthy and meaningful ways.

10:30-11 a.m.: CIRP Survey (Cooperative Institutional Research Program)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch with your Orientation Group
Location: Hamilton Center

Eat with your Orientation Leader (OL) groups & professional staff. Discuss individual concerns about how to connect at New College and feel “at home” on your campus.

1-2:30 p.m.: InterACT: Intro to Bystander Intervention
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Attend an interactive presentation with members of our on-campus InterACT organization and Amanda Parente, New College Health Educator.

2:30-5 p.m.: New College Community Interests: Mini-workshop Series
Location: Various locations – see below for details

Choose from a variety of session topics and attend two mini-workshops (at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.) featuring different interests and aspects of connecting to the New College community.

  • Off-campus study/study abroad – Hamilton Classroom #8 (HCL 8)
  • More sessions will be announced soon

4 p.m.: Transfer student meeting with the Provost (required for transfer students only)
Location: Hamilton Classroom #7 (HCL7) 

5-7 p.m.: Dinner with Orientation Groups
Location: Hamilton Center

8-11 p.m.: Evening Activities – See below for more details

You say Zarazote, I say Sarasota
Location: Cook Library
As you join this community by Sarasota Bay, you become part of a human natural history dating back thousands of years. Craft your sense of place along a estuary of national significance.

9 p.m.: Movie
Location: Hamilton Teaching Auditorium (HCL8)

Join your Orientation Leaders for a variety of social activities. Details are still being formalized, so check back frequently to see what exciting activities and sessions are planned.


Tuesday, Aug. 16

8 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Hamilton Center

9 a.m.: Tour/Campus Offices Open Houses
Location: Meet in front of Hamilton Center

Orientation groups will visit campus offices across the college.

9 a.m.: Information Technology Session/ Social Media 101
Location: Teaching Auditorium          

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch with Orientation Groups
Location: Hamilton Center

1-3 p.m.: Provost’s Welcome Navigating the Academic Program
Location: Sudakoff/ACE Classrooms

The Provost and Dean of Studies will introduce the academic program, and then students will divide into smaller groups to meet with teams of faculty to discuss the contract system.                                                      

4-5 p.m.: Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Hamilton Center

Orientation Leaders discuss your first group advising session, faculty negotiation, contracts and tips; surviving mini-classes.

5-7 p.m.: Dinner
Location: Hamilton Center

8-11 p.m.: Evening Activities – See below for more details

An All-Arts Jam Session!
Location: Cook Library
Ignite your night wtih creativity! Bring your horn, notebooks, rhymes and rhythms and join a musical jam session, writing workshop, poetry slam, multimedia art studio, etc. There is a piano in the Library for the pianists who would like to participate (without having to carry a keyboard!).

9 p.m.: Movie
Location: Hamilton Teaching Auditorium (HCL8)

Join your Orientation Leaders for a variety of social activities. Details are still being formalized, so check back frequently to see what exciting activities and sessions are planned.


Wednesday, Aug. 17                  

Current NCF students arrive on campus and move-in for fall semester.

8:30 a.m.:  Breakfast
Location: Hamilton Center

9:30-(;45 a.m.: Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Hamilton Center

10 a.m. to Noon: Faculty Group Advising
Location: Academic Center (ACE)

New student’s first meeting with faculty (academic) advisor. Don’t be late!

Noon: Lunch with Orientation Groups
Location: Hamilton Center

Meet with your Orientation Leader to go over your faculty meeting and get ready for mini-classes tomorrow.

1 p.m.: Alcohol and Other Drugs Discussion
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

This session will discuss the subject of alcohol and other drugs on our college community. There will be a quick presentation describing regulations and expectations, as well as current information on the role and impact that alcohol and other drugs has on our community. After the presentation, the presenters will take questions from the audience.

3 p.m.: Resolving Conflict: Policies and Procedures
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

This session discusses our Judicial Policy and Community Board.  We will discuss different ways in which students can get involved in the resolution of conflicts on campus.

5-7 p.m.: Dinner
Location: Hamilton Center

7 p.m.: Title IX discussion
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

This session includes a discussion on the issues of sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault on our campus. The panel will provide information as to regulations and procedures for defining unacceptable behavior, as well as the process for filing a complaint. In addition, the group will focus on resources and educational material so that students can better educate themselves. Finally, the panel will respond to questions from the audience.

Required for first-year students but open to all students

9-Midnight.: Evening Activities – See below for more details

Digital Jam Session
Location: Cook Library
Come play together at a night all about zeroes and ones. Students of all skill levels are invited to work together in hackathons to create new toys, engage with media depicting tech culture, and participate in interactive discussions about clouds, cookies, and collaboration.

9 p.m.: Movie
Location: Hamilton Teaching Auditorium (HCL8)

Join your Orientation Leaders for a variety of social activities. Details are still being formalized, so check back frequently to see what exciting activities and sessions are planned.


Thursday, Aug. 18

8:40 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mini-classes
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center, HCL 7, HCL 8

Choose classes that interest you and meet professors. (Attend as many classes as you can throughout the day.)

Meal times in Hamilton Center are posted in dining area.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Student Resource Fair
Location: Hamilton Center
Various Campus Offices

4-6 p.m.: Calculus Readiness Test

6 p.m.: Interfaith groups meet and greet
Location: HCL 7

7 p.m.: Orientation Group Meetings
Location: Various Locations

Meet with your Orientation Leader to review your faculty advisor negotiations and mini-class schedule, go over weekend plans and arrange transportation to go shopping for groceries or school supplies, meals and local sight-seeing adventures.

9-Midnight.: Evening Activities – See below for more details

Promote the Vote: Your Vote is Your Voice
Location: Cook Library
Name that forgotten Presidential candidate, create your own campaign slogan, register to vote, watch historic debates, etc. Gear up for Election 2016. Make your vote count and your voice be heard!

9 p.m.: Movie
Location: Hamilton Teaching Auditorium (HCL8)

Join your Orientation Leaders for a variety of social activities. Details are still being formalized, so check back frequently to see what exciting activities and sessions are planned.

 


Friday, Aug. 19                               

8:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mini-classes
Location: Sudakoff, HCL 7, HCL 8           

Choose classes that interest you and meet professors. (Attend as many classes as you can throughout the day.)

1-1:45 p.m.: Biology and Pre-Medicine Information Session
Location: Chae Auditorium (HNS 114)

This biology information session is for any student interested in biology to learn about recommended courses for new students. This is also a chance to meet the biology faculty and to ask questions about the pre-med program.

1-5 p.m.: Advising with Faculty Sponsors
Location: Various Locations  / TBD*

*Your faculty advisor will schedule this 1-on-1 meeting with you to start the conversation about your contract. Be sure you know where to find his/her office and arrive early! Come prepared to talk about your personal goals and a list of classes you want to take this semester.

4-6 p.m.: Calculus Readiness Test

8-10 p.m.: Mocktails party with the Residential Life and Orientation Staff
Location: College Hall and Bayfront

An Orientation tradition — and a fan favorite. This is a chance to get to know your fellow classmates and enjoy New College’s beautiful bayfront.  Retro costumes requested!


Saturday, Aug. 20              

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: “New College Cares” — Volunteer in the local community
Location: Various local nonprofit organizations; transportation will be provided

Join your fellow Novo-Collegians for a morning of volunteer activities in the local Sarasota/Bradenton communities. The Office of Community Engagement and VISTA Volunteer Coordinator will lead students in service projects with local organizations. Transportation will be provided.

9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day):  SCAT / Carpool: Farmer’s Market, downtown Sarasota at Main St. and Lemon St.
Location: meet in front of Student Affairs (HCL 1) at 9:30am

1 p.m.: Choose your own Adventure
Many adventures available on and off-campus, talk to your OL and review our posted schedule in HAM for details.  Explore the local sites in small groups with current student leaders as your local guides.

7:30 p.m.  First-Year Welcome Festival!!!
Location: Z Green; outside of Hamilton Center 

Come join your OLs, RAs, and fellow Novo-Collegians for an evening of games, fire pit s’mores, food truck treats, music, hula hooping and more!

 

Sunday, Aug. 21

1-5 p.m.: Cardboard Regatta/ Waterfront Orientation
Location: Old Caples Campus

Save your cardboard boxes and come down to the Old Caples Bayfront for an afternoon of fun.

7 p.m.: Orientation Groups – Last Meeting
Location: Various Locations

Meet with your Orientation Leader to review your fall schedule and answer any questions about the first week of classes or important contract deadlines.