Orientation schedule

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fall 2021 Orientation schedule

Day 1: Sunday, August 15th

Orientation Check-In & Move-In: 9am – noon – Sudakoff Center (SUD)

Check in with Orientation Staff, confirm that there are no holds on your account, receive your room key and start moving in!

Commuter Student Check In: 2 pm – 3 pm – HCL 5

Everything listed above, minus the whole room key and moving in thing.

Student, Family & Guest Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Fill up a plate and find a seat with your new peers and their families. Orientation Leaders and staff will be joining to say hello and to get to know you!

Novo Collegians Welcome: 3 – 3:30 pm

Your Orientation Team and Orientation Leaders want to give you a big welcome to the New College family! The next week is going to be full of information, new faces, and fun — we want to give you some tips on how to get the most out of your Orientation Experience and introduce you to the Orientation Team!

Orientation Group Meetings: 3:30 – 5 pm

Meet your Orientation Group for the first time! There will be small group discussion and activities led by your Orientation Leader to help you get to know your fellow group members. 

A New College Tradition – Family Send Off Reception: 5 – 6:30 pm

Meet President Okker while you enjoy appetizers and desserts at the beautiful bay front with your family and peers before beginning your independent journey. Stick around to catch your first New College sunset!

Evening Activities: 7 pm – late

Check the Corq app or NovoConnect for evening activity details!

 

Day 2: Monday, August 16th

Breakfast: 8 – 9 am

Breakfast and coffee await! Fuel up before a busy day.

Morning Yoga: 8:15 – 8:45 am

Begin your morning with some gentle movement and community.

[Wonder]ful New College: 9 – 10 am

An introduction to the wonder of being a member of the New College community! Explore the mission and values of New College and learn about some of the expectations around joining the ranks of Novo Collegian.

Orientation Leader Skit: 10 – 10:30 am

Your orientation leaders put on a show for your entertainment!

Campus Tour and Scavenger Hunt: 10:30 am – Noon

Embark on a campus tour and scavenger hunt with your group. This is a fun way to get to know campus and the various offices!

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Enjoy lunch in HAM – faculty will be mingling about, ready to meet you and chat about their classes, expertise, and most importantly, just get to know you!

The Academic Program and Career Exploration: 1 – 2 pm

Learn a bit about why we do things the way we do, and how our academic program integrates career exploration and preparation into your experience.

Student Involvement Panel: 2 – 3:15 pm

Hear from student leaders about student life at New College and suggestions for getting involved! This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the New College experience that you’d feel more comfortable asking another student. 

Your [New] Home: 3:15 – 5 pm

Meet the Housing & Res Life Staff and learn about opportunities and expectations that come with living on campus. Break out into your first Community Meeting led by your friendly neighborhood RAs. Commuter students will meet with the Director of Student & Community Well-Being to talk about ways to connect and engage.

Dinner: 5 – 6 pm

Head to the dining hall for dinner with your new peers!

Evening Activities: 7 pm – late

Check the Corq app or NovoConnect for evening activity details!

 

Day 3: Tuesday, August 17th

Breakfast: 8 – 9 am

Breakfast and coffee await! Fuel up before a busy day.

Bird Walk: 8 – 9 am

Early birds unite to look for real birds with Professor Leininger and Librarian Helene Gold! Florida has a many beautiful (and chatty) birds so you are bound to find — or at least hear — somebody!

Understanding Undergrad: A Guide to Academics at NCF: 9 – 11 am

Find out all the essential information for navigating your first semester and beyond at New college! This session will demystify mini-classes, contracts, advisor meetings,  ISP and all those other acronyms!

New College Student Alliance: 11 – 11:30 am

Learn how your student government leaders serve you, and find ways to get involved!

Connections and Community: Affinity Groups 11:30 am – 1 pm

We all have intersecting identities, and arriving somewhere new can have you looking for “your people.” This is an opportunity to casually touch base, have conversations with, and connect with people who share identities that may be important to you. Check your email for the full schedule. 

Lunch and Resource Fair: 1 – 2:30 pm

Enjoy lunch in Ham and walk around tables from various campus offices to collect information, meet new faces, and build that support network! 

Field Day: 2:30 – 5 pm

Join your orientation group for an afternoon of friendly competition! With an obstacle course, riddles, light-hearted activities, and snacks, there is something for everyone!

Dinner: 5 – 6 pm

Head to the dining hall for dinner with your new peers!

Art Jam: 6-8 pm

Join us in the library for an evening of interactive music activities with New Music New College Director Mark Dancigers and Producer Ron Silver, take-away art (paint with stickers, sand art, and mini-canvas painting), cadavre exquis drawings, 80s music videos, and more!

 

Day 4: Wednesday, August 18th

Breakfast: 8 – 9 am

Breakfast and coffee await! Fuel up before a busy day. Don’t forget to bring your student ID this time!

Morning Yoga: 8:15 – 8:45 am

Begin your morning with some gentle movement and community.

Tips for Success: 9 – 9:30 am

New College runs on emails and google calendar! Learn the ins and outs of these programs — as well as some tips to make staying up to date and organized easier!

CIRP Survey: 9:30 – 10:30 am

You’ve learned a lot about New College so far, now we want to learn a bit more about you! The information we collect in this survey will allow NCF to better serve you and your needs.

Advisor Meetings: 10:30 – Noon

Time to meet your faculty advisor and have those first conversations about your academic goals for the semester and your time at NCF. You’ll be meeting in a small group for this first meeting, but you’ll also set up a time to meet with your advisor individually after mini classes to finalize your contract. 

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Enjoy lunch in HAM with your new friends!

Group Trivia: 1 – 1:30 pm

Join together with your orientation group to test all the knowledge you’ve acquired this week!

Making the Most of NCF: Imagining Your First Year: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

After learning about the many things New College has to offer we have an activity planned to help you make the most of your time here as a New College student. 

Exploring Opportunities: From Planning to Practice: 2:30 – 4 pm

Now that you have some ideas about what experiences you’d like to collect during your time at NCF, this time is an opportunity for you to explore those options and learn how to turn them into a reality. You’ll get to select three 30-minute breakout groups to attend that will discuss anything from study abroad, to pre-med planning, to niche interests. See your email for the full schedule! 

OL Meeting: 4 – 5 pm

Check in with your orientation leader and team to debrief your busy week, ask any remaining questions, and celebrate all you have accomplished in your first few days at New!

Dinner: 5 – 6 pm

Head to the dining hall to fuel up after your busy day!

Evening Activities: 7 pm – late

Check the Corq app or NovoConnect for evening activity details!

 

Day 5: Thursday, August 19th 

Mini-Classes: 9 am – 5 pm – See mini-class schedule

This is your chance to explore your different class options before finalizing your schedule. Go to as many as you like and see what interests you! Always have some back up classes in line, in case you get capped out of one you planned to take (i.e., the class is full).

Mini Class Lounge: 9 am – 5 pm – ACE Lounge

Stop by ACE Lounge for some snacks and community! Staff members and volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have!

 

Day 6: Friday, August 20th 

Mini-Classes: 9 am – 1 pm – See mini-class schedule

This is your chance to explore your different class options before finalizing your schedule. Go to as many as you like and see what interests you! Always have some back up classes in line, in case you get capped out of one you planned to take (i.e., the class is full).

Mini Class Lounge: 9 am – 1 pm – ACE Lounge

Stop by ACE Lounge for some snacks and community! Staff members and volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have!

First “Wall” of the Semester – An Intergalactic Bash!: 9 pm – Palm Court

Experience your first Wall – a New College tradition! Dress up and join us for a night of music, dancing, and fun!

 

Day 7: Saturday, August 21st

Choose Your Own Adventure – Various Locations

Get to know the greater Sarasota area through fun excursions! There are plenty of different options to choose from based on your own interests!  Check your email and NovoConnect for the schedule and details.


Day 8: Sunday, August 22nd

OL Meeting: Various Locations and Times

Check in with your orientation leader and team! Ask any questions you may have about classes or campus life and wrap up your time together as an orientation team!

**Remember to relax and get some rest before your first day of classes on Monday. You’ve got this! We are already so proud of how far you have come! If you have any questions feel free to email orientation@ncf.edu**