August Orientation Schedule

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Friday, August 28, 2014

8:00-11:30 A.M.


Meet at Your Residence Hall
You should have already received directions on where to park; however, we ask that you leave your vehicle at Lakeside and Gilbane parking lots located at 175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Our shuttle service will quickly bring you back to campus for you to begin settling into your room. Take some time to meet your Residential Life Staff and get acquainted with your new neighbors. In this packet, you will find the Orientation schedule for the weekend, as well as other valuable information to ensure your success at Champlain College.

10:30-11:30 A.M.


Hauke Courtyard
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. We ask that you leave your vehicle at Lakeside and Gilbane parking lots located at 175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Our shuttle service will quickly bring you to campus to begin your Orientation experience.


9:00-1:00 P.M.


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

Things to Do Electronically:

Emergency Contact Form
Complete your Emergency Contact Form and Evacuation Plan online at; under “Links that Require Login,” select “WebAdvisor’” and log in using your personal log in, then select “Students.” Under “Communications,” select “Emergency Contact.” Having trouble doing this on your own? Stop by the Health and Wellness table in the IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge today and they will gladly assist you. (You would have been notified at check-in this morning if you have not yet completed this form.)

Photo ID
If you did not have a chance to send us your photo for your College ID in advance, you can still have someone take your picture and email it to The picture needs to be an individual, color photo in .JPG format (no hats, no sunglasses). In the subject line of your email, please put your firstname.lastname. Once you have done this, the staff will quickly work to get your ID printed for you to pick up after dinner at the Information Table. The ID will give you card access to your residence hall and bedroom.

Cash Card
A Cash Card account is a safe, convenient way to have access to goods and services without always having your purse or wallet with you. This option debit card account can be used for campus laundry, in the bookstore and at snack bars. You may also use the debit card around town at multiple vendors, wherever merchants display our CC Cash Card Logo.

Avoid lines at Orientation by depositing funds to your Cash Card account online, through a secure online portal at Minimum is $20 and daily maximum is $500. Deposits by check are also accepted at Perry Hall, in the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact the ESC at 802.860.2777.

Things to Do in Person Today:

Career Services/Work Study & Part-Time Jobs
Perry Hall, Presentation Room
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
Perry Hall, Presentation Room
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!

College Bookstore
Durick Hall
Bring your class schedule to the College 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 back entrance of the Bookstore. All you need to do is bring your ID and order number, and the staff will happily get your pre-ordered books. The Bookstore opens at 8 a.m. today, so get there early to avoid the lines.

Residential Life and Student Activities
Hauke Courtyard
We offer a wide array of services to students both on- and off-campus. Want to learn how to become a student leader, get involved in planning student activities or join an intramural? How about hearing when our free movie nights are or what the next diversity program is going to be? We are here to help you find your niche and get involved in your new home. There is never a shortage of things to do, so come on by and get involved today!

Center for Service and Civic Engagement
Hauke Courtyard
Our mission is to provide the encouragement, resources and support that allow our students, faculty and staff to connect with the community—on local, national and global levels—through leadership, service, mentorship, partnership, reflection and dialogue. Interested in serving your new community? Come on by and introduce yourself to the staff, and we will gladly get you started.

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 current topics on- and off-campus. We will also keep you connected to all aspects of the College experience.

Sodexo Food Service
Hauke Courtyard
We care about making your dining experience a great one; find out about our special programs and other resources that we provide.

Veteran’s Services
Hauke Courtyard
Military service members and veterans can obtain a wide range of College support, as well as military benefits from Champlain College. Stop by and find out how we can help you.

Academic Coaching
Hauke Courtyard
Champlain College provides you with many opportunities to learn how to get the most out of your valuable college education and build skills for a successful future. Looking for some great study tips and to stay ahead of your academics? Academic Coaching can start you off in the right direction.

Health and Wellness Center
IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
This year we will be providing a variety of services to all students, both on-campus residents and commuter students. Our mission is to provide holistic health services through preventative care and education. Please stop by our table in the Fireside Lounge to learn more about our new Student Health and Wellness Center. Haven’t completed your emergency contact information and evacuation plan? This is something you must get done today, so stop by our table and we can help you—or follow the instructions under the “things to do electronically” section of this schedule.

Parking and Car Share Vermont
IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
Learn more about how to get around town without owning a car through Car Share Vermont. If you have a car on campus, come find out the parking policies and learn about the shuttle system.

Set Up a Bank Account
IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
Several of our local banks are available on campus for you to select the best match and sign up.

Set Up Laundry Service
IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
If you are not into doing your own wash, another laundry option is E & R Laundry and Dry Cleaners, which provides a pickup/drop-off service (this is a paid service, not included as part of your housing cost). Information about this service is available today, and arrangements can also be made by contacting the company directly. For more information, stop by the table and check them out.

Computer Account Setup
Hauke Boardroom
Bring your laptop to get your account set up and receive assistance with connecting to the Champlain network.

Sugarbush Ski Pass
Hauke Conference Room
Ski Pass sign-up will be available to purchase your season pass. Passes are available for $30 for Mount Ellen and $100 for all the Sugarbush trails. Not sure how you are going to get to the mountain? Weekly buses will take you to the mountain during peak season, and other trips will be arranged over the course of the semester. Then you’ll be ready to take advantage of the 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.

Bolton Valley
Hauke Conference Room
Come visit the staff at Bolton Valley to learn about their Smuggs/Bolton College pass: two great mountains at one great price.

Flynn Center
Hauke Conference Room
We are thrilled to partner to have a partnership between Champlain College and the Flynn Center to offer any full-time undergraduate student access to Flynn Center–presented performances throughout the 2014-2015 academic year for just $10 a ticket! Come by and see what great shows you can enjoy this year.

11:00-1:00 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, 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.


Aiken Lawn
Our adventure together begins with a special welcome address from College President Don Laackman. We’ll also hear from Sarah Andriano, Director of Undergraduate Admission, and a Student Government Association (SGA) representative.

1:30-1:45 P.M.


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.


Aiken Lawn
Meet your Orientation Leaders and your fellow students in the Class of 2018, review the weekend schedule, and begin exploring your new community. Remember to wear your nametag!

3:00-4:00 P.M.


Perry Lawn
The St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont will lead a formal processional as President Don Laackman, Provost Dr. Laurie Quinn, College vice presidents and Champlain faculty, dressed 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 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award.

4:00-5:30 P.M.


Your Residence Hall
Meet the members of your residence hall, including your Resident Assistant and Live-in Professional, at your new home’s first social gathering.
All upper-class halls, including Spinner Place, Valcour, Butler, Juniper, Lakeview, Boardman and Cushing residents, meet at the Hauke Conference Room.

4:00-5:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
Meet the members of your class who will also be commuting to and from campus. Come participate in a discussion with other commuters about the perks and pitfalls of living off-campus.

4:30-7:00 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

7:00-8:30 P.M.


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.


Aiken Hall Front Lawn
Buses will be available in the Aiken shuttle stop 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 to Spinner Place.
Note: You must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets can be picked up after your full attendance to the “Beer, Booze and Books” event at 7 p.m..

9:30-11:30 P.M.


Climb aboard one of Burlington’s local cruises of Lake Champlain! We’ve reserved Burlington’s largest cruise ship for the Class of 2018. There will be food, music, games, prizes and fun for all, as we spend the evening on the waters of beautiful Lake Champlain.

Saturday, August 29

7:00-9:00 A.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

9:00-12:15 P.M.


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

Academic Division Starting Locations:
Stiller School of Business – Perry Lawn
Communication & Creative Media – IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium
Education & Human Studies – Hauke Courtyard Tent
Information Technology & Sciences – Hauke Conference Room
Radiography Majors – Gallery

8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.


Meet at the IDX Student Life Center, Dining Room

All incoming Psychology students and the LEAD Peer Advisors, Faculty Advisors, and Psychology professors involved in teaching first-year students will participate in an off-campus Adventure Ropes Course. Meet for breakfast at the Student Life Center, Dining Room, and then travel via bus together with your LEAD Peer Advisor to the Ropes Course site. The course will focus partly on introducing you to the Psychology program, but more importantly, as an opportunity to kick-start your education at Champlain with an adventure-filled morning! Make sure to bring warm or rain clothing (if needed), as you will be outside. Don’t forget to bring your signed liability/insurance forms.

11:00-2:00 P.M.


Still have some unanswered questions? The following offices are open for your convenience on Saturday: Student Accounts, Student Life, Residential Life and Student Activities, Financial Aid, and the Mailroom, so feel free to stop by and we will be happy to assist you.

12:00-2:00 P.M.


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

12:15-2:00 P.M.


Orientation Group Meeting(same location as your Orientation Meeting)

2:00-2:45 P.M.


Perry Hall Lawn

3:00-3:30 P.M.


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 at 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 can use this time to take a break before dinner.

3:30-5:00 P.M.


4:30-7:00 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

5:00-6:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, 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, along 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 with your name, major and CC ID number.

8:30-11:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center
End your evening with games and entertainment, an ice cream social and much more, as everyone gathers in the Student Life Center for a night of fun!

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, August 30

9:00-11:00 A.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

10:00-11:00 A.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
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 any time between 10:00–11:00 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.

11:00-12:15 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, 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.

12:15-12:30 P.M.


Residential Tri
The class of 2018 will take their official class photo. Please meet on the lawn and group close together. This photo will be posted on the Facebook page of our mascot, Chauncey T. Beaver, so be sure to like his page!

12:00-1:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

1:45 P.M.-2:00 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, 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.

2:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium
In this interactive and engaging workshop, you will connect with your peers, broaden awareness of the “Big 8,” and gain an understanding of Champlain’s safe and inclusive community standard—all of which will be built upon over your four years here at Champlain College through continued programming, education and other experiences.

3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.


Joyce 201, 202, 203, 210, 211, 212
Challenge exams are optional exams that are offered to help place students in the most appropriate math courses. Students should register to take a math exam if they are interested in testing into the class that best suits them. Registration and practice exams can be found on the Orientation page of our website, and you can find further information by contacting Melanie Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics at or 802-865-6478.

College Algebra Challenge Exam:
If College Algebra (MTH 120) 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 then 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. A practice exam can be found online.

Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exam:
Many programs require the completion of Calculus I (MTH 230). First-year students are placed into this course or MTH 125 (Algebra & Trigonometry) based on high school records. If you have been placed into 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 may then register for Calculus I (MTH 230). A practice exam can be found online.

Calculus Challenge Exam:
Students can have their Calculus I requirement waived (no credit given) by taking the Calculus Challenge Exam. This exam is intended for students who took Calculus in high school but scored a 3 or lower on the AP exam. Students who got a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive credit (3 college credits) for taking the course. All others must pass this exam to waive the requirement. Passing this test will count as a pre-requisite for all courses requiring Calculus, but no credit will be given. There is no practice exam for this test.

4:30-7:00 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

Monday, August 31

8:00 A.M.


2:30-4:30 P.M.


Argosy Gymnasium
Work-Study eligible students are encouraged to stop by the Argosy Gymnasium to learn about on- and off-campus positions offered by various departments at the College and area non-profits. Come learn about these departments and organizations, speak with hiring supervisors, and apply for open positions. Dress to impress and bring copies of your resume! Staff from the Office of Financial Aid, Enrollment Service Center in Perry Hall, Career Services, and Human Resources will be on hand to answer questions.

Tuesday, September 1

5:00-6:00 P.M.


Skiff Hall Conference Room
If you participated in the First Generation Summer Launch program, you are invited to meet for dinner and catch up with other Champlain First students: Share stories. Reminisce. Reconnect—and just as before, head stands are optional. We look forward to reconnecting and hearing about the rest of your summer.

Wednesday, September 2

3:00-6:00 P.M.


Hauke Courtyard
Come check out all the clubs and activities available at Champlain, and wrap it up with a BBQ. This is a great time to learn about clubs that you might be interested in joining and find out what programs you would like to bring to campus.

Thursday, September 4

5:30-6:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Conference Room
Come check in with all of the Summer Launch Transitions students. Reminisce about the program and how your transition to Champlain has been to date. Set your plans in motion regarding how you can make the most of the resources you picked up during this original launch experience. Swap stories on how you are going to make the most out of your boundless possibilities.

Friday, September 5

5:00-6:30 P.M.


IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge
2014 Summer Launch Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) participants reunite. Meet for dinner and enjoy the company of the other OAP students. Share stories from the rest of your summer excursions, find out where everyone is living and test your memory. Think you remember everyone’s names from the dreaded name game? Let’s test your skills and get reconnected.