August Orientation Schedule

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Champlain Orientation activities 2013

Check back in this summer to see the final schedule for August Orientation 2014.


Friday

8:00-11:30 A.M.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENT MOVE-IN AND CHECK-IN

Meet at Your Residence Hall
When you arrive on campus, head directly to your residence hall. There, a team of students will assist you in emptying your car and getting your belongings to your room. Families will be given directions to our Lakeside and Gilbane Parking lots where you can leave your car. Our shuttle service will quickly bring you back to campus for you to begin to settle into your room. All residence halls open at 8:00 a.m., at which time you can meet your Residential Life Staff and get acquainted with your new neighbors. At your residence hall you can also check in with the Orientation staff and pick up your Orientation packet. In this packet you will find the Orientation schedule for the weekend as well as other valuable information to ensure your success at Champlain.

10:30-11:30 A.M.

COMMUTER STUDENT CHECK IN

Hauke Courtyard
Stop by Hauke Courtyard to receive your Orientation packet. This is also a good time to pick up your photo ID, drop off outstanding health forms, pick up books, learn about Work Study opportunities, and sign up for any needed bank accounts. Bring your laptop to get your internet account set up and learn how to access the Champlain network. Ski Pass sign-up will also be available.

** ALL STUDENTS **

8:00-11:30 A.M.

NUTS AND BOLTS TO BEGINNING YOUR COLLEGE CAREER

Once you have settled into your residence hall and received your Orientation Packet, there are still many loose ends to be tied up. There are resources all around campus ready to assist you in completing these tasks.

Photo ID IDX, Student Life Center (SLC) Fireside Lounge
If you did not have a chance to send us your ID photo you can still have your picture taken, which will be sent electronically to the student ID office to process. You will receive an email once the ID card has been processed with instructions regarding pick-up.

Put Money on Your Cash Card SLC, Fireside Lounge
Forms will be available in the FSL to assist you in adding money to your ID card.

Emergency Alert System Hauke Board Room
All students are required to register for the campus emergency alert system. Make sure to stop by to meet the Campus Public Safety Staff and register. The emergency alert system notifies students of any emergency or crisis situation occurring on or near campus.

Sugarbush Ski Pass
Hauke Conference Room
Ski Pass Sign-up will also be available so you can get your season pass. Passes are available for $30 for Mount Ellen and $100 for the all Sugarbush trails. Not sure how you're getting to get to the mountain? Weekly buses will take you to the mountain in peak season and other trips will be arranged over the course of the semester. Then you'll be ready to take advantage of their amazing ski and ride terrain as soon as the snowflakes begin to fly! See the Activities Calendar for more details and information on how to sign up online.

Computer Account Set Up
Hauke Conference Room
Bring your laptop to get your account set up and receive assistance connecting to the Champlain WIFI network.

Purchase Books
College Bookstore
Bring your class schedule to the bookstore to purchase your books. The Bookstore Staff will use your class schedule to grab all of your required books for your first semester. If you pre-ordered your books they will be waiting for you at the Bookstore in Durrick Hall (174 South Willard Street). Bring your ID and your order number and the staff will happily get your pre-ordered books.

Set Up a Bank Account
Hauke Courtyard
Several of our local banks are available on campus this morning for you to select the best match and sign up.

Career Services/Work Study & Part-Time Jobs
Hauke Boardroom
Talk with a member of Career Services to learn how to search and apply for Work Study and Part-Time job opportunities, find out the name of your Career Advisor and how to contact them, and learn about the many other career resources available to you.

Financial Aid/Work Study
Hauke Boardroom
Questions about Work Study? Staff from the Office of Financial Aid and Human Resources will be here to discuss general questions about your award and the payroll paperwork requirements. Find out what you need to do to begin working!

Parent Relations
Hauke Courtyard
Families stop by to sign up for our Parent eNewsletter to receive information on the Parent Advisory Council. The Parent Advisory Council will keep you informed about topics current topics on-and off-campus. We will also keep you connected to all aspects of the College experience.

11:00-1:00 P.M.

LUNCH FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

IDX, SLC Dining Hall, or Hauke Courtyard
Any time between 11 a.m and 1 p.m., all students, families and friends are invited to enjoy a special BBQ. You can also use this time to tie up loose ends, say your good-byes and celebrate the start of your college career at Champlain.

1:00-1:30 P.M.

PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

Aiken Lawn
Our adventure together begins with a special welcome address from College President David Finney. We'll also hear from Ian Mortimer, Vice President of Enrollment, and a Student Government Association Representative.

1:30-1:45 P.M.

STUDENT'S SEND-OFF

Aiken Lawn
Students will now begin to transition into their Orientation groups, where you will learn what the rest of the weekend has in store for you. Say goodbye to families and hello to your new classmates.

1:45-3:00 P.M.

STUDENT ORIENTATION GROUP MEETING

Aiken Lawn
Meet your Orientation Leaders, review the weekend schedule, and begin exploring your new community. Remember to wear your nametag!

3:00-4:00 P.M.

CONVOCATION

Perry Lawn
The St. Andrew's Pipe Band of Vermont will lead a formal processional as President Don Laackman and Champlain faculty in full academic regalia welcome new students to campus in the ceremony that officially begins the academic year. This College tradition also includes a keynote speaker and the presentation of the Champlain College 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.

4:00-5:30 P.M.

RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY MEETING

Your Residence Hall
Meet the members of your residence hall, including your Resident Assistant, and Assistant Director at your new home's first community gathering.

5:30-7:00 P.M.

STUDENT DINNER

IDX, SLC Dining Hall

7:00-8:30 P.M.

BEER, BOOZE AND BOOKS

Argosy Gymnasium
This interactive presentation will dispel any rumors you may hear about the relationship between beer, booze and books. Utilizing video clips, television commercials, student interviews, and cellular phone generated audience polling Jim Matthews captivates his audience while highlighting the critical concerns facing college students including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, blackouts, drinking and driving, risky sexual activity, sexual assault, and much more. Pick up your tickets to our Lake Champlain Cruise while you're here.

9:00-9:15 P.M.

THE CLASS OF 2018 HEADS OUT TO HAVE SOME FUN!

Bader Parking Lot
Buses will be available in the Bader parking lot to take you to the waterfront for a cruise around the lake. Buses will meet you directly after the event to drive you back to campus or Spinner Place.
Note: You must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets can be picked up at the 7:00 P.M. "Beer, Booze and Books" event.

9:30-11:30 P.M.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN BOAT CRUISE

Waterfront
Climb aboard one of Burlington's local cruises of Lake Champlain! We've reserved Burlington's largest cruise ships for the Class of 2017. There'll be food, music, games, prizes and fun for all, as we spend the evening on the waters of beautiful Lake Champlain.


Saturday

8:00-9:00 A.M.

STUDENT BREAKFAST

IDX, SLC Dining Hall

9:00-12:15 P.M.

ACADEMIC DIVISION MEETINGS

Spend the morning with the faculty and fellow students in your academic division and major. If you're not sure which division you're in, ask your Orientation Leader or visit the Information Table.

12:00-2:00 P.M.

CAMPUS OFFICES OPEN

Campus offices host special weekend hours today. Feel free to stop in and take care of any needs or questions you have.

12:00-2:00 P.M.

COMPUTER ACCOUNT SET UP

IDX, SLC Fireside Lounge
Fire up your laptop and learn how to set up a Champlain College internet account and connect to the campus network.

12:15-2:30 P.M.

LUNCH AND PEER ADVISOR MEETINGS

Orientation Group Meeting Space

2:45-3:30 P.M.

INTRODUCTION TO LEAD: LIFE EXPERIENCE & ACTION DIMENSION

Perry Hall Lawn

3:30-4:00 P.M.

MBTI AND FINANCIAL SOPHISTICATION SESSION

Foster 100 and Foster 104
Students who have still not completed their MBTI and/or financial assessment online will have an opportunity to do so in this session. Your Peer Advisor (PA) will let you know where to go during this time. If you have already completed these online assessments you now have this time to take a break before dinner.

4:00-5:00 P.M.

BREAK

5:00-7:00 P.M.

DINNER

IDX, SLC Dining Hall

5:00-6:30 P.M.

CHAMPLAIN ABROAD DINNER

IDX, SLC Terrace
Grab your dinner and head out to the Student Life Center terrace where you'll get the opportunity to consider your options and plan for a semester abroad during your junior year. Jim Cross and Noah Goldblatt, from the Study Abroad office together with returning Champlain Abroad students will introduce you to our program and show you how to begin planning for it. All those interested in attending should email ngoldblatt@ champlain.edu with your name, major and CC ID number.

5:30-6:30 P.M.

TRANSFER STUDENT DINNER

IDX, SLC Dining Hall, Tower Room
Transfer students are invited to a special dinner with Amber Rich, Senior Transfer Admissions Manager and some Orientation Leaders with similar experiences to you to discuss the benefits and the challenges of transferring.

8:30-11:30 P.M.

A NIGHT OF FUN IN THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER

IDX, Student Life Center
End your night with a pool tournament, ping pong, a game or two of Wii, an ice cream social and much more as everyone gathers in the Student Life Center for a night out!

The Grind Coffee House
Join your fellow students in the Dining Hall for the opening night of The Grind. This open-mic coffee house encourages you to let loose and be creative. Sing, play music, read poetry, slam, do some stand-up, or simply speak your mind. The Grind is a safe space to get together with friends, meet people and have a good time. There will be plenty of free food, and if you like what you see, you can participate in the Grind every Wednesday night in the SLC Fireside Lounge.


Sunday

8:00-10:00 A.M.

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

IDX, SLC Dining Hall
Depending on what time you are scheduled to participate in the electronic portfolio (ePort) training introduction (see chart below) we would like to offer you a bite to eat beforehand. Stop by and grab something to eat before heading to the introduction.

9:00-11:00 A.M.

CAMPUS TOURS

Not sure where a class is located? Can't find the Student Life Office? Want to check out the photography lab? Bring your class schedule at any time from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and an Orientation Leader will show you where to go, what to see, and where to find the hidden secrets of the Champlain campus. This should not take more that 30 minutes so you could easily squeeze this in around your ePort introduction.

11:00-1:00 P.M.

LUNCH

IDX, SLC Dining Hall

1:00-2:15 P.M.

CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAM

Argosy Gymnasium
All residential students are required to attend this important program and learn the do's and don'ts of fire safety and campus theft prevention. We'll also explore campus alcohol, illegal substance, and noise violation policies, offer advice about what to do with your car now that you're all moved in, answer your campus safety questions, and provide valuable personal safety tips.

2:15-2:30 P.M.

SUSTAIN CHAMPLAIN

Argosy Gymnasium
Intro to Sustain Champlain: Come hear about some of the efforts Champlain is making to become a more environmentally sustainable institution and campus. Everyone will receive a free stainless steel water bottle so you can do your part to reduce waste and stay hydrated in style.

2:30-3:00 P.M.

THE CLASS OF 2018 MEETS

Aiken Lawn
Here is your first chance to meet all of your fellow classmates! Join us for a high energy, fun-filled event! Stick around for the official class picture immediately following the meet and greet!

3:00 P.M.

CLASS PICTURE

Aiken Lawn
Bring your best smile! Be a part of a Champlain tradition as we take a portrait of the entire class of 2017.

3:30-4:30 P.M.

CHALLENGE EXAM FOR MATHEMATICS

Joyce 201, 202, 203, 210, 211, 212

Challenge Exams in Mathematics
All students at Champlain College are required to take at least one course in mathematics. Students may waive (no credit given) this requirement or be placed into a higher-level math course by passing one of two Challenge Exams. The Challenge Exams are offered during New Student Orientation every fall. If you feel you are qualified to take the appropriate exam, please register below. A score of 70% or better is required to pass the exam. If your program of study does not include College Algebra or Algebra & Trigonometry, you should not take either exam. For more information or Challenge Exam review sheets, contact Scott Stevens at (802) 865-6448 or stevens@champlain.edu. To register to take the College Algebra or the Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exams please click here.

College Algebra Challenge Exam
If MTH 120 (College Algebra) satisfies the math requirement for your program of study, you have the opportunity to waive this requirement (no credit given) by passing the College Algebra Challenge Exam. These students may register for MTH 125 (Algebra and Trigonometry) but are free to choose any qualifying elective. This choice should be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exam
Many programs require the completion of MTH 230 (Applied Calculus). First year students are placed into this course or MTH 125 (Algebra & Trigonometry) based on high school records. If you are registered to take MTH 125 (Algebra & Trigonometry) but feel you are qualified to start with the Calculus course, you should register to take the Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exam. Students who pass this exam are eligible and encouraged to register for MTH 230 (Applied Calculus).

4:30-6:00 P.M.

OUT AND ABOUT TOWN

IDX, SLC Fireside Lounge
Discover the many urban pleasures of downtown Burlington, one of America's most acclaimed livable cities. Find the hottest spots to hang out and the best places to hide off campus and get some work done. Wear comfy shoes and bring some spare change so you can grab a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, or something fun in Burlington's shops and eateries.

4:30-7:00 P.M.

DINNER

IDX, SLC Dining Hall


Monday

8:00 A.M.

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!


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