January Orientation


students running through snow

Champlain's orientation program is designed to get students acclimated to the college before classes begin. January Orientation is quite a bit smaller than August, however it is just as important. The majority of incoming students in January are transferring in from other colleges. We know that many students have been through orientations before, so we try to focus the weekend on getting to know the campus as well as some familiar faces before the semester begins. This year, orientation will be held January 10-11, 2015

Students will be in put into small groups with Orientation Leaders, and have plenty of time during the weekend to meet other students, new and old; find class locations; and settle into living in Burlington.

We'd love the opportunity to welcome you to campus and see that you get started on the right foot. More details to follow. Please feel free to contact Jared Cadrette with questions regarding Orientation.

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Residential Student Orientation Check-In at Skiff Hall: Check in at your convenience between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up your orientation packet. All students may pick up their Champlain College ID or have their photo ID taken, drop off health forms, pick up books, learn about work-study opportunities and get settled in during this time. Bring your laptop to get your account set up, and receive assistance connecting to the network. Ski pass sign-up will also be available, so you can get your season pass.

1:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Commuter Student Check-in at Skiff Hall: Check in to receive your orientation packet, have your ID photos taken, drop off outstanding health forms, and pick up books if needed.

12:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS—Meetings in Individual Offices: The advising and registration, admissions, student accounts and financial aid staffs are available in Perry Hall to assist you with last minute questions. The Student Life office is open in Skiff Hall to get your ID and discuss any housing needs. The Career Services office is open in Garden House at 328 Maple Street for you to explore work-study opportunities. Please feel free to visit any of these offices on an individual basis.

12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Lunch (optional) in the Dining Hall in the IDX Student Life Center

2:00 P.M. - 2:15 P.M.

Welcome Students & Families — Meet in the IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge: Join Provost Robin Abramson along with faculty and staff for an official welcome to Champlain College before students begin their orientation experience. Welcome! We're really glad you're here.

2:15 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

Meet and Mingle in the Fireside Lounge: Students and families learn about the resources available at Champlain College. This time is designed to inform families about admissions, academic divisions, advising and registration, financial aid, student accounts, study abroad program, campus safety and parking, residential life, career planning, counseling services, civic engagement, computer help desk, student activities, health services, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Parent's/Development Office.

3:15 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

Orientation Group Meeting in the Argosy Gymnasium: Students, grab your name tag because it's time to meet your orientation leader and orientation group. You'll play games, review the schedule for the weekend, and learn about the boundless possibilities that your new environment has to offer.

4:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Say Farewell to Families in the Fireside Lounge: Feel free to use this time to tie up any loose ends, say goodbye to friends and family, and celebrate the start of your college career. Good luck to you all as you navigate your way through this big transition. We wish you the best!

5:00 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.

Dinner in the Dining Hall: Eat dinner with your classmates and orientation leaders.

6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.

Meet the Residential Life Team in the Hauke Conference Room (Residential Students Only): Meet the wonderful residential life staff. Ask any questions you may still have, and find out more about living on campus. Hear more about the challenges and advantages of starting in January, and how to make the most of this opportunity.

Commuter Students Meeting in Fireside Lounge: Participate in a discussion with other commuters about the peaks and pitfalls of living off campus.

7:15 P.M. - 8:15 P.M.

Game Show in the Fireside Lounge: Join us for some hilarious rounds of fun with interesting trivia and tasks. Do you have what it takes to be the big winner? There are some great prizes you don't want to miss. Or come just for the fun. Either way, we'll see you there!

8:45 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Orientation Groups have some fun out of town— Meet in the Bader Parking Lot: Transportation will be available in the Bader Parking Lot at 8:45 p.m. to take us to Pizza Putt!

9:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Pizza Putt in South Burlington: Pizza Putt is a local pizza place that offers so much more than pizza! You can play miniature golf, laser tag, and video games. Snacks will be provided, so bring your appetite. Transportation will be available directly after the event to drive you back to campus and Spinner Place.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Brunch in the Dining Hall: Eat lunch with your new classmates and neighbors.

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

Campus Tour — Meet in the 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 and an Orientation Leader will show you where to go, what to see and where to find the hidden gems of the Champlain campus.

3:15 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Snowshoe— Meet in Bader Parking Lot: Spend the afternoon snowshoeing at a local outdoor adventure center! Sign ups are required, so make sure to sign up in your first orientation meeting Saturday. Grab a snack and meet at Bader parking lot for your departure. Dressing in layers, hats and gloves, waterproof boots and sunglasses is recommended. Snowshoes will be provided.

5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Dinner in the Dining Hall: Classes start tomorrow, so rest up and good luck!

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