Student Life

Alma College Orientation Week 2014

Aug. 23–Aug. 29

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Note: Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

If you’d like a copy of this schedule, you can download a PDF.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Move-in Day!

Welcome to Alma College! Move-in Day is an annual tradition where faculty, staff, alumni and current students all roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help new students move their belongings into their new home away from home. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your new Alma College family and get some help with the heavy stuff while you’re at it! Helpers are easy to find, too—they will all be dressed in Alma College gear.

8:30 a.m.-noon: Arrival and Move-in—Residence Hall lobbies (refreshments provided)

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Commuter student check-in—Reid-Knox Lobby

11 a.m. Legacy and Family Picture—Chapel Steps (We invite incoming students and their families whose siblings, parents or grandparents are Alma College alumni to join us for a photo)

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch—Hamilton Commons

1:10 p.m. *Report to McIntyre Mall (Gather with your First Year Seminar classmates for the Welcoming Convocation processional. Students will sit together for Convocation; parents and guests should proceed to the Hogan Center now)

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. *Welcoming Convocation—Art Smith Arena, Hogan Center (Parents: Please be sure to visit the Alma College tent outside the Hogan Center before departing campus for a special gift! The tent is sponsored by the Alma College Parent Association)

This concludes the schedule of activities for parents and guests

3 p.m.-4 p.m. *First Year Seminar (Your First Year Guide will escort you to your classroom)

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Welcome Dinner—Hamilton Commons

8 p.m.-10 p.m. *Playfair—Stone Center for Recreation (It’s the biggest icebreaker you’ll ever experience!)

10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Capture the Flag—Outside the Stone Center for Recreation (Sponsored by Alma College Union Board or ACUB) 

Sunday, Aug. 24

9 a.m.- noon Community Religious Services (Lists are available in residence hall lobbies)

11 am.-1 p.m. Brunch—Hamilton Commons

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. *Class Picture—Football Field

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Chapel Lawn Games—Chapel Lawn (Come join the Student Ministry Coordinators for an afternoon of fun and entertaining lawn games. Refreshments and prizes provided.)

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Musician Jason Levasseur—Heritage Center (This creative, funny and very talented artist will be sure to have you laughing ‘til it hurts. Jason is an award-winning musician and performer who will inspire, motivate and rock your world! Sponsored by ACUB)

9 p.m.-10 p.m. Chapel Service—Dunning Memorial Chapel (All are welcome to attend this non-denominational, contemporary Christian worship service led by a student band and the chaplain. Refreshments follow the service.)

Monday, Aug. 25

7 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast—Hamilton Commons

9 a.m.-11 a.m. *First Year Seminar

11:10 a.m.-noon *Be a True Scot, Part I—Heritage Center (What does it mean to be a True Scot? You’ll find out!)

noon-1:15 Lunch—Hamilton Commons

1 p.m.-3 p.m. *Departmental Presentations (Schedules will be distributed at your First Year Seminar)

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Animal Meet and Greet—Dow Lobby (Drop by and let the Biology Club introduce you to the animals who call the Dow Science Center “home.” Sponsored by the Biology Club)

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Get Out the Vote—McIntyre Mall (Sponsored by the Political Science Club)

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. *President’s Picnic (Residents of Gelston and Mitchell are invited to Dr. Jeff Abernathy’s home for a picnic!)

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dinner—Hamilton Commons (Residents of Bruske and Newberry)

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Hypnotist Kevin Lepine—Heritage Center (Come enjoy award-winning, Las Vegas-based hypnotist Kevin Lepine’s comedy hypnosis show, “Hypnosis Unleashed.” Sponsored by ACUB)

Tuesday, Aug. 26

7 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast—Hamilton Commons

9 a.m.-11 a.m. *First Year Seminar

11:10 a.m.-noon *Be a True Scot, Part II—Heritage Center (What does it mean to be a True Scot? The conversation continues)

noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch—Hamilton Commons

1 p.m.-3 p.m. *Departmental Presentations (Schedules will be distributed at your First Year Seminar)

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Fight Back Against Cancer with Dodgeball and Ice Cream—Chapel Lawn (Come meet the members of Colleges Against Cancer, learn about Relay for Life, play some dodgeball and have some ice cream. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer)

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. *President’s Picnic (Residents of Bruske and Newberry are invited to Dr. Jeff Abernathy’s home for a picnic!)

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dinner—Hamilton Commons (Residents of Gelston and Mitchell)

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Bingo—Tyler VanDusen (Stop in and play some Bingo with a chance to win some great prizes. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by ACUB)

9 p.m.-10 p.m. Climbing Wall Demonstration—Stone Center for Recreation (Stop by and learn all about the Climbing Club as they demonstrate how to use the rock wall. Sponsored by the Climbing Club)

Wednesday, Aug. 27

7 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast—Hamilton Commons

9 a.m.-5 p.m. *First Year Seminar: Project Day (Location and schedule to be announced in each First Year Seminar)

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch—Hamilton Commons

1 p.m.-5 p.m. Open Intramural recreation time—Stone Center for Recreation

1 p.m.-5 p.m. Student lounge open—Tyler VanDusen (Come watch Netflix, play video games or just hang out and eat popcorn with your fellow classmates)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Stay on Target at the CSO. Aim for services and opportunities to enhance your academic experience. Hit the target number of candies in the containers and you can share them with your new friends. 

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dinner—Hamilton Commons

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social—Alumni House (Learn about Students Promoting Alumni Relations & Konnections, or SPARK, and how you can join while enjoying delicious ice cream from Stucchi’s!)

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Swing 101—McIntyre Mall (Join Alma College’s fun-loving swing dance club for a basic lesson, followed by a relaxed social dance! No partner or prior dance experience required to spend an evening with this welcoming group. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Alma College Hepcats)

9 p.m.-11 p.m. Video Game Tournament—Tyler VanDusen (Compete against teams from other residence halls for the chance to win prizes! Sponsored by Alma College Otaku and Gamers, or ACOG)

Thursday, Aug. 28

7 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast—Hamilton Commons

9 a.m.-11 a.m. *First Year Seminar

11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. *Student Survey—Seminar Classroom

noon- 1:15 p.m. Lunch—Hamilton Commons

1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. *Meet your Academic Advisor (Attend your half-hour appointment with your academic advisor. Appointment times, locations and additional details will be distributed in your First Year Seminar.)

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Mini Golf—Library (Come to the Alma College Library to play a quick round of mini golf and meet the librarians and staff. First 100 NEW students get a gift just for participating! Food, fun and prizes…come and check it out!)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Stay on Target at the CSO. Aim for services and opportunities to enhance your academic experience. Hit the target number of candies in the containers and you can share them with your new friends. 

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. *Traditions Dinner—Hamilton Commons (Come learn about all of the traditions that await you as a member of the Alma College community. Learn the Alma Mater and dine on Highland Chicken.)

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Open Mic Night—Tyler VanDusen (Come share your talents—musical or otherwise— with the rest of the Class of 2018. Sponsored by ACUB)

Friday, Aug. 29

7 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast—Hamilton Commons

9 a.m.-11 a.m. *First Year Seminar

11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. *Campus Computing: From Free Speech to Facebook—Heritage Center (Attorney C.L. Lindsay’s entertaining approach to safeguarding your online life is a must-see for all college students!)

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch—Hamilton Commons

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Greek Life Meet and Greek BBQ—McIntyre Mall (Are you interested in Greek Life on Alma’s campus? Wonder what it’s all about? Come talk with members of the different sororities and fraternities and find out!)

3 p.m.-4 p.m. Martial Arts Demonstration—Stone Center for Recreation (The Martial Arts Club members will show off their skills in a variety of styles, including Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Jujitsu, and basic self-defense. This interactive demonstration will include time to discuss, train, learn some of the basics and get to know the members! Sponsored by the Alma College Martial Arts Club)

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Dinner—Hamilton Commons

7:45 p.m. - Meet and Greet with the Equestrian Club - Gelston Lobby

9 p.m.-11 p.m. GodzillaChapel Lawn (Come watch the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla outside on the big screen with members of Alma College Greek Life. Popcorn and pop provided. Sponsored by Alma College Greek Life)