orientation schedule highlights

Orientation at New College is a weeklong event for all new students. Right now, the Orientation Team is finalizing the 2018 Schedule, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share some of the goodness that is in store!

Schedule is subject to change, please check back frequently for updates. A final copy of the schedule will be provided during Orientation.

 

Saturday August 18, 2018

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Move In / Orientation Check In 
Location: Harry Sudakoff Conference Center

Get to campus bright and early so that you can begin moving your things into your room. We have a full day of activities for you and your family. Below are some highlights of the activities we have scheduled. Parents and Families: Please check the Parent/Family Orientation page for updates, more details, and special information — just for you.

9 a.m. to noon: Mailroom is open for package pickup
Location: Mailroom Palmer E 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Bookstore Open
Location: 6301 N. Tamiami Trail 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Finance Office and Parking Services open for questions
Location: Palmer D 

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Parent / Student Lunch
Location: Ham Center 

Noon to 1 p.m.: SuccessQuest LLC Reception
Location: HLC 7

Closed reception for parents, families, and students of SuccessQuest.

Noon to 1 p.m.: International Student Lunch
Location: HLC 2

Closed reception for parents, families, and students of International Student Orientation.

1-4 p.m.: Orientation Leader Welcome to Student / Student Orientation Program Begins
Location: Harry Sudakoff Conference Center

Students will meet all of the orientation leaders (in dramatic fashion, of course!) and get to know their new peers. There will be large and small group activities, and most of our time will spent indoors, since the Florida sun can be brutal in August.

1-3 p.m.: Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) open hours

1-2:30 p.m.: Orientation Group Meetings (students)
Location: Breakout locations 

2:30-4 p.m.: Novo Collegians

4-5 p.m.: Student Free Time (Get Ready for Dinner)

5-7:30 p.m.: Dinner on your Own

7:30-9:30 p.m.: Goodbye Dessert and Coffee Reception
Location: College Hall

Our closing event for parent and families. This event will have desserts, a coffee bar, and plenty of atmosphere and music. A chance for family members to say goodbye to their new Novo Collegians.

9-11 p.m.: Evening Activities
Location: Breakout locations 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

8-9 a.m.: Morning Non-Denominational Service / Guided Meditation on the Bayfront
Location: College Hall – Sarasota Bay

9-11 a.m. A Sense of Place
Location: on the Sarasota Bayfront

This team building activity is designed to help new students get to know one another, and themselves, better. It is organized by the student affairs professional staff and orientation leaders.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Brunch

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Information Technology (IT) Open Office Hours

1-1:30 p.m.: New Student Transitions

1:30-2 p.m.: NCF Police

2-3 p.m.: Eco Reps- Sustainability on Campus

3-5 p.m.: Residence Life 101

5:30-7 p.m.: Dinner
Location: HAM Center 

7-8 p.m.: Sunset by the Bay / 8 p.m.-9 p.m.:  First Year Welcome Carnival
Location: Bayfront 

A favorite annual event: students will join one another to watch the sunset, and the celebrate with food, games, and music on the Bayfront with the First Year Welcome Carnival. Hosted and staffed the the residence life staff, this event is fun and full of energy.

9:30 p.m. to midnight: Board Game Night
Location: Hamilton Center 

9:30 p.m.to midnight: Dance Party in Nook
Location: Nook 

9:30 p.m. to midnight: Bingo
Location: ACE Lounge 

Monday, August 20, 2018

8:15-9 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Ham Center 

9-9:15 a.m.: President O’Shea’s Welcome
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

9:15 a.m. to noon: Campus Culture: Health and Wellness
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.

Medical Amnesty
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Meet with Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) staff, including Program Director Dr. Anne Fisher, for an informational session on balance, balancing and being balanced. Dr. Williamson and Chief Kessie will also share important details and facts about medical amnesty.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Muggle Problems
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Building Community
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1-3 p.m.: InterACT

3-5 p.m.: Free Time

5-6:30 p.m.: Dinner and Roll Call
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

6:30 p.m.: Evening Activities
Location: Cook Library/Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

Each evening, orientation leaders and resident advisors organize fun activities — all over campus — to entertain and engage you. While these are still being planned, you can bet you’ll see board games, speed-friending, Big Wind Blows, and indoor/outdoor movie nights.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8:15-9 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Ham Center 

10 a.m. to noon: Affinity Group

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch

2-3:30 p.m.: Provost Barbara Feldman: Welcome and Academic Overview

Provost Feldman will introduce herself and the New College academic program — which can be a little scary and confusing. That’s OK! This session is designed to be interactive and help you get the answers you need to make smart, intentional academic decisions while at New.

3:30-4 p.m.: Registrar Spotlight: SES and how to use it

4-5 p.m.: Orientation Group Meeting

5-6 p.m.: Dinner

6 p.m.: Evening Activities
Location: Cook Library/Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

Each evening, orientation leaders and resident advisors organize fun activities — all over campus — to entertain and engage you. While these are still being planned, you can bet you’ll see board games, speed-friending, Big Wind Blows, and indoor/outdoor movie nights.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Returning students arrive on campus and move-in for fall semester. Yay! New people to meet!!

8:15-9 a.m.: Breakfast

9-10 a.m.: Orientation Group Meeting

10 a.m. to noon: Faculty Group Advising Sessions

Students will meet with their faculty advisor in groups to learn more about the academic program and the upcoming miniclass program. Each faculty advisor will also use this time to assign individual meetings later in the week. During that time, students will negotiate their academic contract (don’t worry — this will be explained) and have specific, individual questions answered

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1-3 p.m.: IGD-Coffeehouse Session
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

3-3:45 p.m.: Mini Interest Workshop; Session #1

4-4:45 p.m.: Mini Interest Workshop Session #2

5-6 p.m.: Dinner

6-8 p.m.: Common Challenge: Expert Panel and Discussion
Location: Sudakoff Conference Center

This is it — the main event — the Common Challenge Expert Panel. Members of the local and national community will take to the stage to talk about food insecurity, how it effects our campus, and what we can do to help tackle the issue.

8-9:30 p.m.: Eco REPS — DIY Bags

Evening Activities

Location: Cook Library/Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 
Each evening, orientation leaders and resident advisors organize fun activities — all over campus — to entertain and engage you. While these are still being planned, you can bet you’ll see board games, speed-friending, Big Wind Blows, and indoor/outdoor movie nights.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Miniclasses
Location: Sudakoff, Hamilton Classroom 7, Hamilton Classroom 8 (aka: Teaching Auditorium)

A time-honored and well-loved tradition at New College. Students choose topics/classes of interest, attend a 15-minute presentation of that class, and meet the professor. This helps determine your final course schedule for the semester. 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 often — and sometimes 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 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Student Resource Fair
Location: Outside of Hamilton Classrooms (HCL)

Students have the chance to speak to representatives from various student resources offices across campus, including the Center for Engagement and Opportunity, study abroad office, the Writing Center, Student Disability Services, and Student Engagement Office.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch

5-7 p.m.: Dinner

6-8 p.m.: Capture the Flag
Location: Capture the Flag 

Evening Activities

Location: Cook Library/Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

Each evening, orientation leaders and resident advisors organize fun activities — all over campus — to entertain and engage you. While these are still being planned, you can bet you’ll see board games, speed-friending, Big Wind Blows, and indoor/outdoor movie nights.

7-9 p.m.: Giant Bananagrams/ Yard Games
Location: Z-Green

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Miniclasses
Location: Sudakoff, Hamilton Classroom 7, Hamilton Classroom 8 (aka: Teaching Auditorium)

Day 2 of miniclasses, and another great opportunity to meet professors and learn about potential courses you could take.

4-7:30 p.m.: Welcome Back BBQ
Location: Bayfront 

Hosted by President O’Shea, the Welcome Back Barbecue is open to all current students, staff and faculty. This annual event is a chance to laugh, eat, and enjoy getting to know the rest of the New College Community. Live music, great food, and good conversation are a guarantee.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

9 a.m. to noon: New College Cares — A Day of Service
Location: Various local nonprofit organizations; transportation will be provided

Join your fellow Novo Collegians as we help our local Sarasota/Bradenton communities. In cooperation with several local organizations, our VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, and professional staff, New College Cares is organized to allow all students will give back for the day. Since the Common Challenge theme is food insecurity, each activity will address the issue, in some way.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch on Campus
Location: HLC 2

2-5 p.m.: Choose your Adventure

2-5 p.m.: Free Sale
Location: HLC 7

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Mock Towne Meeting
Location: Palm Court

Members of the New College Student Alliance (NCSA), our student government, will lead you through this New College tradition.  Learn about ways you can get involved and how to make sure your voice is heard.

8:30-10:30 p.m.: NCSA Cosmos Viewing
Location: Palm Court

Another awesome New College tradition, the NCSA Cosmos Viewing is a chance to learn about our universe and meet your fellow classmates, of all years!

Evening Activities

Location: Cook Library/Hamilton Center/ Z-Green/ Z-Amphitheater/ HCL 07 

Each evening, orientation leaders and resident advisors organize fun activities — all over campus — to entertain and engage you. While these are still being planned, you can bet you’ll see board games, speed-friending, Big Wind Blows, and indoor/outdoor movie nights.

9-11 p.m.: Board Game Night
Location: Ace Lounge 

9:30 p.m. to midnight: Dance Party in Nook
Location: Nook 

9:30 p.m. to midnight: Dive In Movie
Location: Fitness Center 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

10-11 a.m.: Wrap-Up Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Various locations 

You made it through orientation – you succeeded! This final orientation group meeting is a chance for students to ask their final questions before classes begin on Monday. Students will be invited to attend all campus activities during this day — including waterfront activities.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Brunch
Location: Ham Center 

1-4 p.m.: Day on the Bay
Location: Sail Club