August Orientation Schedule

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2015 Student Orientation

Friday, August 28, 2015

8:00 - 11:30 am

RESIDENTIAL STUDENT MOVE-IN AND CHECK-IN

Meet at Your Residence Hall
After unloading, we ask that you leave your vehicle at Lakeside and Gilbane parking lots where our shuttle service will quickly bring you back to campus to begin settling into your room. This is a great time to meet your Residential Life Staff and get acquainted with your new neighbors. Make sure you hold on to this packet as it contains the Orientation schedule for the weekend, as well as other valuable information to ensure your success at Champlain College.

10:30 - 11:30 am

CHECK-IN FOR COMMUTER STUDENTS

Hauke Courtyard
This is a good time to pick up your photo ID and books, drop off outstanding health forms, learn about Work-Study opportunities, and sign up for bank accounts if necessary. Be sure to bring your laptop to set up your online Champlain account and learn how to access the College’s network. Now is also an excellent opportunity to sign up for your discounted ski pass to Sugarbush.

** ALL STUDENTS **

9:00 - 11:30 am

NUTS AND BOLTS OF BEGINNING YOUR COLLEGE CAREER

Once you have settled into your residence hall, you may have many loose ends to tie up. This is an optimal time to locate the resources around campus ready to assist you in completing these tasks.

Here’s what you can do prior to your arrival:

Photo ID
Please send us a photo for your ID in advance. The picture needs to be an individual, color photo in .JPG format (no hats, no sunglasses). Email it to newstudentids@champlain.eduwith the subject line formatted as firstname.lastname. If you completed this ahead of time, you should have received your ID at Check-In. If you haven’t, please follow these guidelines ASAP and the staff will work quickly to get your ID printed for you to pick up after dinner at the Information Table. Your ID will give you card access to your residence hall and bedroom as well as the dining hall and other buildings on campus.

Purchase Books
The Champlain College Bookstore is located in Durick Hall at 174 South Willard Street. The Bookstore opens at 8:00 am today, so get there early or preorder your books to avoid the lines.

At this time you can also:

    • Put money on your Cash Card
    • Purchase your Sugarbush Ski Pass at discounted student rates
    • Set up a bank account
    • Talk with Career Services about work-study and part-time employment, and the Financial Aid and Parent Relations Offices
    • Meet with Transportation & Parking, along with CarShare Vermont to learn where to park and how to get around town

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

LUNCH FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

Any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, all students, families and friends are invited to enjoy a special BBQ. You can also use this time to complete any outstanding tasks, say your good-byes and celebrate the start of your college career at Champlain.

1:00 - 1:30 pm

PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

1:30 - 1:45 pm

STUDENT'S SEND-OFF

1:45 - 3:00 pm

STUDENT ORIENTATION GROUP MEETING

3:00 - 4:00 pm

CONVOCATION

Perry Lawn
The St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Vermont will lead a formal processional as President Donald J. Laackman, 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 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award.

4:00 - 6:00 pm

STUDENT-SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING

5:30 - 7:00 pm

STUDENT DINNER

7:00 - 8:30 pm

BEER, BOOZE AND BOOKS

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 pm

THE CLASS OF 2019 HEADS OUT TO HAVE SOME FUN!

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.
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 7:00 pm..

9:30 - 11:30 pm

LAKE CHAMPLAIN BOAT CRUISE

Waterfront
Climb aboard one of Burlington’s local cruises of Lake Champlain! We’ve reserved Burlington’s largest cruise ship for the Class of 2019. 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

8:00 - 9:00 am

STUDENT BREAKFAST

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

9:00 am - 12:15 pm

ACADEMIC DIVISION MEETINGS

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 am - 1:00 pm

PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS ONLY—PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM ORIENTATION ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE

Meet at the IDX Student Life Center, Dining Room

12:00 - 2:00 pm

COMPUTER ACCOUNT SET-UP

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 PM

LUNCH AND PEER ADVISOR MEETINGS

Orientation Group Meeting(same location as your Orientation Meeting)

2:00 - 2:45 PM

INTRODUCTION TO LEAD: LIFE EXPERIENCE & ACTION DIMENSION

Perry Hall Lawn

3:00 - 3:30 PM

CAREER PROFILE AND FINANCIAL SOPHISTICATION SESSION

Foster 100 and Foster 104
Students who have still not completed their Career Profile on JobSpot 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 have this time to take a break before dinner.

3:30 - 5:00 pm

BREAK

4:30 - 7:00 pm

DINNER

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

5:00 - 6:30 pm

CHAMPLAIN ABROAD DINNER

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 ngoldblatt@champlain.edu with your name, major and CC ID number.

8:30 - 11:30 pm

A NIGHT OF FUN IN THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER

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 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

10:00 - 11:00 am

CAMPUS TOURS

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 am 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 am - 12:15 pm

CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAM

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 pm

CLASS OF 2019 PHOTO

Residential Tri
The class of 2019 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 pm

LUNCH

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

1:45 - 2:00 pm

SUSTAIN CHAMPLAIN

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 - 3:30 pm

JUST MATTERS

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 - 4:30 PM

CHALLENGE EXAM FOR MATHEMATICS

Joyce 201, 202, 203, 210, 211, 212
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. 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 Melanie Brown at (802) 865-6478 or mbrown@champlain.edu or visit the Challenge Exam page.

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).

Calculus Challenge Exam:
Students can have their Calculus requirement waived (no credit given) by taking the Calculus Challenge Exam. This exam is intended for students who took Calculus in high school but didn’t score a 4 or a 5 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/review exam for this test.

4:30 - 7:00 pm

DINNER

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall


Monday, August 31

8:00 A.M.

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!

2:30-4:30 P.M.

WORK-STUDY JOB FAIR

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.

SUMMER LAUNCH FIRST GENERATION REUNION DINNER

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.

ACTIVITIES FAIR & BBQ

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.