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. – 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. 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 handcart to help you move into your room. Parking is very limited near the residence halls.

8 a.m. – Noon  Mailroom is open for package pick-up
Location: Palmer A — First Floor

10 a.m. – 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#1023…). For Parking Permits you’ll need your current vehicle’s registration and fee payment.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Counseling and Wellness Center Open Hours
Location: Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) — Palmer Campus, across from the Library

Counseling and Wellness staff welcome new students to tour their facilities. The CWC provide services in consideration of the individual as a whole and emphasizes emotional and physical well-being. If you’re feeling sick, need counseling and support, information about how to be healthy at New College, or psychiatric services, the CWC is here for you.

1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Free Time

When you’re finished unpacking, explore the surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota Communities on your own! See the “Places to Go” sheet in the Orientation Packet for a list of stores and restaurants. Metz, our food service provider, will also open the C-Store in Hamilton Center which has various groceries and convenience items for purchase.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  New Student Reception at the Bookstore
Location: New College of Florida Bookstore 6301 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

The New College/USF Bookstore welcomes new students and families to their open house. Meet staff, learn how to buy textbooks with financial aid funds, and see what items are available.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Family Reception: Welcome to New College
Location: The Keating Center (Bayfront Campus)

Please join the New College Alumnae/i Association (NCAA) & 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 family members and guests.

5:30-7 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. See the “Places to Go” sheet in the Orientation Packet for a list of stores and restaurants—ask your OL about their favorites places!

7:00 – 9:00 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.

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Join the Orientation Leaders for Various Evening Activities
Charades / Improv—Location: Black Box Theater (inside Hamilton Center)
Large Group Games—Location: Z-Green (outside Hamilton Center)

*If you want to take a break from any activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.


Sunday, August 14

*Parents and Family Members—Check your student’s packet to see the Parent/Family Orientation Schedule for Sunday, August 14

10:00 a.m. – Noon   A Sense of Place (students only)
Location: Meet in front of: 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, and ask your OL if you need mobility assistance.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch with Orientation Groups (students only)
Location: Hamilton Center

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Residential Life 101 (students only)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

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

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 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 p.m. – 5:00 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.

5:00 p.m.  Parent, Family and Guest Orientation ends

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

7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Evening Activities
Location: Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

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.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  A Night at the Library: Featuring Retro Games
Location: Jane Bancroft 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.

*If you want to take a break from any activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.


Monday, August 15

*Students who have not received an I.D. card can pick them up Office of the Registrar, Palmer D

8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
Location: Hamilton Center

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  New Student Transitions: 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 the Counseling and Wellness Center.

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

Dean of Student Affairs Robin Williamson and the staff from the Counseling and Wellness Center will talk about ways to engage in healthy and meaningful lifestyles.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  CIRP Survey (Cooperative Institutional Research Program)
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

CIRP is a national survey sponsored by the Higher Education Research Institution which collects data on academic preparedness and how high school experiences affect college transitions—by surveying incoming students CIRP hopes to improve institutional and educational policy.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with your Orientation Group
Location: Hamilton Center

Eat with your Orientation Leader (OL) groups, Director of First Year Programs Jessica Maxon, and Student Affairs Project Manager Corey Culbertson. Discuss individual concerns about how to connect at New College and feel “at home” on your campus.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. InterACT: Intro to Bystander Intervention
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

This event is a workshop designed to teach everyone how to be engaged bystanders in our community and beyond, using techniques like the 3 D’s of Intervention. Active participation is encouraged throughout the short presentation as well as in the small- and whole-group discussions. Themes of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and substance use will be discussed throughout this workshop. Participants may choose to leave at any point if they feel uncomfortable.

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. New College Community Interests: Mini-workshop Series
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. Choose two workshops to attend—all are available at both 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted (There are mandatory sessions for Transfer Students and International Students at 4 p.m., see schedule).

Substance Free at NCF in Hamilton Center’s (HAM) Gender & Diversity Center (GDC)

Spoiler Alert! You are not alone if you are substance-free at NCF. Meet with Thelma Santiago, our Health Educator, to find out more about how to connect to campus and find your New College family while maintaining a substance-free lifestyle.

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing and Self Care in Z Kitchen
Tips from students about staying healthy while excelling at New College.

Theater at NCF at the Black Box Theatre
Tour the theater facilities, meet Technical Director Monica Cross, and learn about all the theater we have planned for the 16/17 year and how to get involved.

Global Perspective: Off-Campus Study and National Fellowships in HCL 08 / TA
Interested in studying off campus, in the U.S. or abroad? Thinking about applying for a fellowship for research or travel? Come to this session to find out what opportunities and resources are available to you during your time at New College. Florence Zamsky, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Study, Study Abroad and the Language Resource Center and Courtney Hughes, Assistant Director for National Fellowships will share what they know, answer your questions, and give you advice on how to successfully make your travel and study dreams a reality.

New College Study of Writing: Transitions to Student Writing in the WRC
Planning to participate in the Study of Writing but haven’t had the time, yet? Want to meet some of the SWAs? Spend the hour with us and get it done!

Hidden Gems at New College Meet in front of Student Affairs
Tour the campus and find some cool new spots to explore!

Disability Services in HCL 07
Meet Meighen Hopton, Disability Coordinator of Student Services, and learn about disability services and accommodations available to you and get answers to all of your questions.

Life Hacks from the CEO in HCL 04
Join the Center for Engagement and Opportunity to learn small tricks that will make a big difference in your Success.

New College Student Alliance in the Old Mail Room
Learn about NCF’s student government and how you can get involved. Interested in the environment, community diversity, ways to get funding for your student events, or improving student life? Come by!

Transfer Student meeting in HCL 02 (Mandatory for Transfers) – 4 p.m. only
Are you a transfer student? Meet with Provost Stephen Miles and find out how to navigate New College’s academic as a transfer student.

International Student Meeting in HCL 04 (Mandatory for International Students) – 4 p.m. only
If you are an International Student, meet with Phil Carrasco, Registrar’s Office, to discuss information related to visas, and to get any of your questions answered.

Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) Open House, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tour inside our CWC and meet staff.

4 p.m.  Transfer Student Meeting with the Provost’s Office (Mandatory for Transfers)
Location: Hamilton Classrooms (HCL 02)

4 p.m.  International Student Meeting (Mandatory for International Students)
Location: Hamilton Classrooms (HCL 04)

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

7 p.m. – Midnight  Evening Activities
Location: Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

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

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  You say Zarazote, I say Sarasota
Location: Jane Bancroft 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 an estuary of national significance.

*If you want to take a break from any activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.


Tuesday, Aug. 16

8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
Location: Hamilton Center

9:00 a.m.  Tour/Campus Offices Open Houses
Location: Meet in front of Hamilton Center

Orientation groups will visit campus offices across the college. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for walking across campus, and ask your OL if you need mobility assistance.

9:00 a.m.  Information Technology Session
Location: Teaching Auditorium (HCL 08)

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

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Provost’s Welcome: Navigating the Academic Program
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Following an introduction to the academic program by Provost Stephen Miles and Dean of Studies Robert Zamsky, students will divide into smaller groups to meet with teams of faculty to discuss the contract system.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Hamilton Center

Orientation Leaders discuss your first group advising session, faculty negotiation, contracts and tips.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner
Location: Hamilton Center 

7:00 p.m. – Midnight   Evening Activities
Location: Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

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

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  All-Arts Jam Session
Location: Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Ignite your night with creativity! Bring your horns and rhythm and play with NCF faculty and staff musicians at an informal jam session, relax with zen coloring and origami, contribute a verse with magnetic poetry, drawing and writing, and explore the multimedia lab.

*If you want to take a break from any activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.


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 – 9:45 a.m.  Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Hamilton Center

10:00 a.m. – Noon  Faculty Group Advising
Location: ACE Classrooms, you will receive an email with the location from your adviser before your meeting

Your first meeting with your faculty/academic adviser. We recommend bringing a notebook and something to write with. Review the list of mini-classes and come with questions, 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.

1:00 p.m.  Alcohol and Other Drugs Discussion
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

New College Police Chief Michael Kessie and Dean of Student Affairs Robin Williamson 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. Following the presentation, the presenters will take questions from the audience.

3:00 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. We will also introduce you to the campus Ombudsperson.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner
Location: Hamilton Center

7:00 p.m.  Required for new students: 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

8:00 p.m. – Midnight   Evening Activities
Location: Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07

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

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Digital Jam Session!
Location: Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Come play together at a night all about fun with zeroes and ones! Create new toys, race tiny robots, and try a Raspberry Pi while chatting about clouds, cookies and coding. Students of all skill levels and years of study are invited.

*If you want to take a break from any evening activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.


Thursday, Aug. 18

*Mealtimes will be posted in Hamilton Center’s dining area.

8:40 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Mini-Classes
Location: Sudakoff, HCL 07, HCL 08

Choose classes that interest you and meet professors. We recommend that students attend as many mini-classes as possible so that they receive a full overview of our academic program. Because your AOC can change drastically during your time at New College, it is a good idea to be aware of courses taught in other divisions. You never know what might cross your academic path!

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Student Resource Fair
Location: Jane Bancroft Cook Library

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Calculus Readiness Test
Location: ACE Classroom 329

If you are planning to take Calculus I, II, III or pre-Calculus (Introduction to Math for the Sciences), or Calculus with Theory, you must take this test to be placed in the correct course. Note that students are still required to take the test even if they have taken an AP, IB, or other mathematics course.

*If you cannot attend, there is a make-up day scheduled at the same time and location on Monday, Aug. 22.

6:00 p.m.  InterFaith groups meet and greet
Location: Hamilton Classrooms HCL 07

7:00 p.m.  Orientation Group Meetings
Location: Various Locations, Check with your Orientation Leader

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.

8:00 p.m. – Midnight   Evening Activities
Location: Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07

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

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Promote the Vote: Your Vote is Your Voice
Location: Jane Bancroft 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!

*If you want to take a break from any activities, or are looking for a less active, quieter setting, come to our Chill Out Room in HCL 07. There will be space for you to bring pillows and blankets—come out and relax, and watch a movie. You will also get a chance to meet RA’s or OL’s one on one.

 

Friday, Aug. 19                               

8:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mini-Classes
Location: Sudakoff, HCL 07, HCL 08

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

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  Biology and Pre-Medicine Information Session
Location: Hamilton Classrooms (HCL 08)

This session is for any student interested in pre-med. We will give some advice and describe the resources available, and students can ask questions about the pre-med program.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Advising with Faculty Sponsors
Location: Various Locations  / TBD*

*Your faculty advisor will schedule this one-on-one 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.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Calculus Readiness Test
Location: ACE Classroom 329

If you are planning to take Calculus I, II, III or pre-Calculus (Introduction to Math for the Sciences), or Calculus with Theory, you must take this test to be placed in the correct course. Note that students are still required to take the test even if they have taken an AP, IB, or other mathematics course.

*If you cannot attend, there is a make-up day scheduled at the same time and location on Monday, Aug. 22.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 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              

9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.  “New College Cares” – Volunteer in the Local Community
Location: Various local non-profit 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. Please bring a water bottle and snacks!

9:30 a.m.  A Trip to the Store – Your Guide to Public Transportation
Location: Meet in front of Student Affairs (HCL 01)

Learn how to use SCAT or Carpool to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Sarasota at Main St. & Lemon St., Detweiler’s Market on University Blvd. and Lockwood Ridge Rd., and UTC/ Target at University Blvd. and Cattlemen Road.

1:00 p.m.  Choose your own Adventure
Location: Various Locations

Many adventures available on and off campus, talk to your OL and review our posted schedule in HAM for details. Explore the local sites and sounds in small groups with current student leaders as your local guides.

7:30 p.m.  First Year Festival **POSTPONED**
Location: Z Green—Outside of Hamilton Center

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

10:00 p.m.  Substance Free All-Campus Wall
Location: The Nook—Outside of Hamilton Center (By the GDC)

Following the First-Year Festival, socialize with fellow students, OLs, and RAs for a New College Party (We call them Walls!). There will be music, a dance floor, and nonalcoholic beverages!

 

Sunday, Aug. 21

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Waterfront Orientation
Location: Old Caples Campus

Come down to the Old Caples bayfront for an afternoon of fun. We recommend you bring swim wear, a shirt you don’t mind getting wet, and sunscreen. We also recommend you bring water shoes. Water will be provided! 

7:00 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.