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New Student Orientation 2017

Welcome to Orientation, New Students!

New Student Orientation Mission

The Vassar College New Student Orientation program serves as the trail guide for a student’s path to “a thorough, well-proportioned and liberal education”* by focusing on academic preparedness, personal and social responsibility, engaging and appreciating social justice, and community engagement. The orientation experience, through a holistic approach, provides knowledge of the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the College. The Vassar College New Student Orientation program is built upon opportunities and experiences for first year students to learn how to engage a community, which values “analytical, informed, and independent thinking and sound judgment; encourages articulate expression; and nurtures intellectual curiosity, creativity, respectful debate and engaged citizenship”**.

*From the College’s First Annual Catalogue, **From the College’s Mission Statement

New Student Orientation Goals

Overseen by the Dean of College division, the New Student Orientation program is a collection of purposeful interactions and important information meant to introduce new students to the Vassar College community.

By the end of the six days, new students should:

  • be aware of academic resources available on campus and institutional policies and regulations regarding academics (Academic preparedness)

  • understand how to engage responsibly at Vassar and be knowledgeable of resources promoting wellness and emotional, social, and physical well-being (Personal and social responsibility)

  • be able to begin or continue the journey towards self-awareness, community awareness and appreciation of and support for a diversity of experiences, interests, beliefs, identities and abilities (Engaging and appreciating social justice)

  • begin to master the art of living cooperatively and begin to make healthy social connections within a diverse community (Community engagement)

New Student Orientation Move-in Day for the class of 2021 is Monday, August 21, 2017.

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Student Move-In

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Residential Houses

New students must first move into their respective rooms where they will be greeted by House Team members and other student leaders. In your house, you will pick up your room key and make your way to the Villard Room.

New Student Check-In

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Villard Room (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

After moving into your room, you will need to head to the Villard Room to receive your V-Card and post office key. Representatives from Safety and Security, Career Development, Student Employment, Religious and Spiritual Life, CIS, the Computer Store, Card Office and Campus Life and Diversity/Vassar First Year, among others, will be available to distribute vital information and answer questions in the Villard Room.

Lunch

11:00am - 2:00pm

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Student Athlete Welcome and Info Session

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

All Students Building, 2nd Floor

All first-year student athletes and their families are invited to participate in an information session with Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics & Physical Education. Students considering trying out for any varsity or varsity club team(s) are also welcome. Topics of discussion will include an overview of the sports programs, participation requirements, and resources for student athletes and families. The session will conclude with an open question and answer period.

Family and Friends: President’s Welcome

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chapel

President Elizabeth Bradley will address the families and friends of new students. Also welcoming new families and friends will be Denise Walen, Dean of First-Year Students; Jonathan Chenette, Dean of Faculty; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students; and the Vassar Student Association President.

New Students: Meet with Student Fellow Groups

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Various Locations

This time is set aside for new students to meet with their Student Fellow groups. Student Fellows act as peer advisors to help new students in their adjustment to college life. The meetings will take place in your residential house. Your Student Fellow will contact you regarding exact location.

Reception for Students, Family and Friends

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Library Lawn

Gather on the Library Lawn for snacks and to meet administrators from various offices.

Class Photo

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Chapel Lawn

Official group photograph of the Class of 2021 and new transfer students

Family and Friends Farewell

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Residential Houses

It's time to say farewell! This is the last event during orientation for families and friends.

Barbecue with Student Fellows

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Noyes Circle

Join your student fellows and other house team members for a BBQ!

New Students: President’s Welcome

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Chapel

The Class of 2021 and transfer, visiting and exchange students will be welcomed by Elizabeth Bradley, President; Jonathan Chenette, Dean of Faculty; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Denise Walen, Dean of First-Year Students; Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students; Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College; and the Vassar Student Association President.

Residential House Meetings

8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

This meeting will take place in your House.

Please see your Student Fellow for more information. All new students will meet the house leadership, which includes the Student Advisor, House President, Programming Director, Secretary, Treasurer, House Fellow Intern, House Fellows, and House Advisor. Important information about house/college policies and procedures will be discussed. Any questions about the house can be answered during this time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

House Fellow Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Residential Houses

This is a unique opportunity to get to know your live in faculty family. The house fellow program is designed to encourage students and faculty to have substantive conversations outside of the classroom, engaging around topics of academic interests, future studies and general life experiences.

Who’s Who

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Residential Houses

House Team members will guide you through a series of activities in an effort to have first-year students get to know one another in their respective houses. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes you can move around in.

General Advising Meeting

11:15 pm - 12:15 pm

Chapel

The Dean of Studies, the Dean First-Year Students, and the Registrar will review the basic information all first-year students need to complete the registration process and offer strategies for constructing a course schedule that reflects the goals of a liberal arts college. Students will also be given an overview of how to use Ask Banner to access the online schedule of classes as well as their schedules and transcripts. Students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting.

Lunch

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Group Meeting with Pre Major Advisors

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Advisors' Offices

Make your way to your pre-major advisor's office and arrive by 1:30pm. In your Orientation packet, you will find a letter from the Dean of First-Year Students telling you who your pre-major advisor is and where to find them. At this meeting, your advisor will give you your preliminary fall schedule (the results of your summer pre-registration) and answer any questions you may have about the registration process. Your advisor will also offer advice about selecting the additional courses you need to complete your schedule. Your advisor may also discuss some important aspects of academic life at Vassar, including the transition from high school to college; expectations for class attendance, laboratories, and the submission of written work; examination policies; and academic integrity. If you need help finding your advisor’s office, ask your Student Fellow for directions or stop by the Dean of First-Year Students Office (Main North, Room 128).

Return to Houses

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Fire Drills

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Please check with your student fellow to learn the proper procedures for exiting the building during a fire alarm.

Life Safety @ Vassar

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Chapel

Join members of Environmental Health and Safety and the Town of Poughkeepsie Fire Department to discuss life safety at Vassar.

Safety & Security @ Vassar

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Chapel

Meet officers within Safety and Security to learn about different safety measures on campus and what to do in case of an emergency.

Student Conduct @ Vassar

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Chapel

Learn about our regulations and the student conduct system at Vassar. 

Dinner

6:30 pm - 8:00pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

LGBTQ Center Open House

7:30pm - 8:30 pm

LGBTQ Center

Join the Director for an informal opportunity to learn about campus LGBTQ resources, meet folks in the community, learn about opportunities to get involved, and enjoy some sweet treats. Interested in enhancing the experience of queer and trans athletes? How about developing a strong LGBTQ community at Vassar? Continuing to build on our commitment to supporting Queer and Trans Students of Color? Want to help throw a giant LGBTQ dance party this winter? All of these and more are chances for you to shine at the LGBTQ Center!

Hip Hop Unlock

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Villard Room

Come take on a journey of self discovery and passion. Music is the vibration used in this workshop, as Dj Hank D drops beats in the background as Emmai Alaquiva eloquently tells his story of resiliency and survival. Once homeless, Alaquiva used hip-hop as his way to resurrect himself and to become the community change agent he is today. This Emmy- award winner is a director, cinematographer, composer and producer. His credentials include CBS, NBC, Macy's, the Jimmy Fallon Show and working with greats such as Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, and the late great Dr. Maya Angelou. Alaquiva is the founder of Ya Momz House, Inc. an award winning multimedia company, Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K., an arts education program and OpticVoices, an interactive art experience.

Lantern Walk

9:30pm - 10:30pm

Library Lawn

Pause for a moment among illuminated paper lanterns as we transition to campus communal life. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:00 am

All Students Building (ACDC)

Rise & shine! Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Posting of Audition and Lesson Sign-Up Sheets

9:00 am

Bulletin Board outside of room 105, Skinner Hall

An audition is required for all voice and some instrumental lessons. Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105.

What You Need to Know About Title IX

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Chapel

This training covers sexual assault prevention strategies, how disclosures can be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, and the Title IX process.

We are Vassar

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Various Locations

Join members of your House community as we begin the process of reflecting on self, those that live around you and the world beyond Vassar’s gates. Through an introduction to inclusive language, we will explore what can impact our sense of identity and belonging within our community.

Lunch

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

TVE Meet & Greet Lunch

11:45 am - 1:15pm

CCMPR

Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange students are invited to meet the class advisors and administrators of the various offices and services that comprise the Dean of Studies Offices. Issues briefly discussed will include college regulations, degree requirements and support services. T/V/E students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting and to the advising meeting on Thursday.

Varsity Sports Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Kenyon Hall 134

Interested in Intercollegiate Athletics or Varsity Club Sport (Rugby or Rowing) and you were not recruited by one of the coaches? Come to this meeting and speak with the Athletics Administration (Please see the Athletics website for a list of varsity programs). You'll have an opportunity to make an appointment for the on campus physical needed in order to try-out. (Walk-on opportunities for fall sport programs is very limited).

Please be sure that your appointment does not conflict with the faculty presentations or any important meetings and/or sessions you need to attend.

Faculty Research Presentations

1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Various Locations

Wondering what your professors will be like? Curious about a subject you’ve never studied before? This is your chance to find out. Members of Vassar’s faculty will give informal talks about their current research. There will be three 45-minute sessions beginning at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, each offering a diverse array of presentations. A complete program can be found at the back of this schedule.

Receptions with Departments and Programs

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Come learn more about a department of particular interest to you in an informal setting.  Meet the professors and enjoy refreshments and conversation. Please contact the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO) if you wish to attend a departmental reception and need wheelchair access or other accommodations.

View list of locations for receptions with departments and programs

Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

ALANA Center Open House

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ALANA Center Community Room

The ALANA Center is the Campus Life Center for African American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Asian American, and Native American communities on campus. The Center supports and engages all students interested in exploring issues of cultural and racial identity. The Center hosts social and cultural programs, collaborates with faculty and student organizations, and provides leadership opportunities to enhance the campus life experiences of ALANA students. Visit the Center for more information on resources, leadership opportunities, and programs.

Women's Center Open House

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Women's Center (College Center 235, Main Building, 2nd floor)

Drop by for an informal Open House to meet the Director, see the space, learn about opportunities to get involved, and eat some snacks. Come join our year-long exploration of Feminism at Vassar. Interested in women in STEM- then we have a work-group for you. The Women's Center supports and celebrates women’s leadership, provides an empowering space for women and femmes, takes action to address gender inequity on campus, provides programming and resources on local, national and global gender issues, honors Vassar College’s unique history, and promotes understanding of the intersectionality of feminism.

Speak About It

7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Chapel

This humorous and thought-provoking performance uses skits, monologues, and interactive dialogue to spark conversation about what healthy sex can and should look like. Based on true stories, Speak About It addresses topics including consent, sexual assault, and how students can intervene as empowered by bystanders to confront gender-based violence!

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Noyes, Lathrop, Jewett, Raymond Houses

9:15 pm - 10:15 pm Cushing, Davison, Main, Joss Houses

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:00 am

All Students Building (ACDC)

Rise & shine! Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Bagel Brunch with Vassar Christian Fellowship

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Rose Parlor (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Sponsored by the Vassar Christian Fellowship

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Profesisonal Advising

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations. If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need. Be sure to bring your registration form with you.

See list of locations for departmental advanced course placement advising

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chicago Hall/Sanders Classroom

All foreign language departments will be open to students for placement advising in Chicago Hall except Chinese and Japanese, which will be in Sanders Classroom 013 (Chinese) and Sanders Classroom 321 (Japanese), and Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 119. Please note that while Arabic is part of the Program in Africana Studies, Arabic advising will take place in Chicago Hall 103-A.

Music Theory Placement Advising and Placement Exam

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Skinner Hall, Room 105

Music Faculty will be available to meet with students interested in taking Harmony (Music 105/106). An advanced course placement test will be administered for qualified students who wish to place out of Music 105 (Harmony).

Pre-Law Advising

9:00 - 9:30 am

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Admission to law school remains competitive and early preparation can make all the difference! Join Vassar's Pre-Law Advisors, Stacy Bingham (Director of Career Development), Jannette Swanson (Assistant Director of Career Development), and Jamie Kelly (Associate Professor of Philosophy), to learn about what it means to be “pre-law” at Vassar, what you can do now to make yourself a great law school candidate; and how you can take advantage of campus resources to help you succeed!

Pre-Engineering Advising

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Sanders Physics 206

Professor David Bradley, the dual-degree Engineering Advisor, and Pauline Saavedra, Assistant Dean of Studies, will give an overview of the necessary prerequisites to apply for the Vassar-Dartmouth Dual-Degree Engineering Program. After this meeting, students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Study Away and Foreign Language Competency: An Information Session

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Rocky 200

Faculty from the foreign language departments and programs will give an overview of the benefits of language study and its value to a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students will also be informed about the foreign language and cultural competencies needed to study in non-English speaking countries. Faculty representatives will introduce study abroad opportunities around the world, which are available through Vassar programs in Madrid, Bologna, and Paris, or other approved programs in Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Pre-Health Advising

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Members of the Pre-Med Advisory Committee will give an overview of the requirements for preparation to apply to medical and other schools in the health professions. After this meeting, students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Choral and Voice Lesson Information Sessions

10:00 am - 11:00 am & 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Madrigals) or auditioning for Voice Lessons should attend one of these sessions. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A. (Go to music.vassar.edu/auditions/fall to sign up for an audition in advance.)

Natural Science and Math Advising

10:15 am – 11:45 am

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences - Indoor Cafe/Atrium

Faculty members will give an overview of the programs and departments in natural science and math at Vassar. They will discuss curricular offerings and answer questions. Math and Statistics advising will also take place in the Math Department lounge, Rockefeller 305.

English Department AP and General Information Meeting

10:30 am– 11:00 am

Sanders Auditorium

Mark C. Amodio, department Chair, will explain policies and procedures for advanced course placement in English, in addition to providing a general introduction to the Department of English. Students wishing to take a 200-level English course in their first year should attend this meeting. Students with questions about the department or the major are encouraged to attend as well.

Art 105-106 Information Meeting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Taylor Hall, Room 203

Art Department faculty will describe the content of this course and explain how to register. All students currently pre-registered for Art 105, wishing to enroll, or just curious about Art 105-106, are invited to attend.

Education Department AP and General Information Meeting

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212

Colette Cann will give a short presentation about the requirements for becoming certified to teach at the elementary and adolescent level and answer any questions about the process.

Individual Meetings with Pre-major Advisors

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Advisors’ Offices

Now that you’ve had a chance to reflect on your choice of courses and to obtain information and advice on placement, you will meet again with your advisor to discuss your schedule in detail and complete it by adding and, if necessary, dropping courses. At this time, you will also be able to add any intermediate or advanced courses that were not included in the summer pre-registration, except for special permission courses that require the instructor’s signature (these can be added during the first two weeks of classes). Since there may not be space in some of the classes you have chosen, you should discuss alternative selections with your advisor and put them down on your form. At the end of your meeting, your advisor will sign your registration form, signifying that you have consulted with them.

Note: Do not leave your advisor's office before they sign your form! You cannot register for classes on Friday without a completed and signed form.

Lunch & Down Time

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Use this time to finish unpacking and preparing your new room before the academic year begins!

TVE Advising & Registration

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Dean of Studies Office & Study Abroad Office

The Office of the Dean of Studies will coordinate the advising and registration process for all Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange students. Please consult your Student Fellow for more information about this meeting.

I am Vassar

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Chapel

Join in a Vassar College community experience. As Vassar students, you are joining a series of communities - Vassar, the class of 2021, your house, those of particular identities, beliefs and expressions, and Poughkeepsie. As a member of the Vassar community you will be frequently challenged, surprised, and encouraged to learn about yourself and others, all while creating a lasting legacy around you. As you begin this journey, “I Am Vassar” offers stories told by Vassar students as a way to begin this journey.

Arlington Amble

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Explore your new neighborhood in your student fellow groups. There are lots of coffee shops, delis, restaurants, and stores you need to know about, including some brand new businesses that just opened up. Get your first taste of the fabulous Arlington Farmer's Market, which is held 3-7 pm on Thursdays, June through October. Find out which Arlington merchants accept VCash. Win some great prizes too! Check with your Student Fellow for details.

Arlington Amble BBQ

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Green Space near Tennis Courts

While exploring the Arlington area make sure to stop by to grab some delicious dinner, provided by our new dining services.

TVE Dessert Reception

7:30 pm - 8:30pm

CCMPR

Transfer, Visiting, Exchange students and POSSE students are invited to attend this dessert reception hosted by the Dean of Students. 

You are Vassar

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

House MPRs (Main in Villard Room)

A closing session in the series We are Vassar, I am Vassar, You are Vassar focused on celebrating identities and affirming belongingness within our communities.

8:30 PM

9:00 PM

Lathrop, Jewett, Josselyn, Strong Houses

9:15 PM

9:45 PM

Cushing, Davison, Main, Raymond, Noyes Houses

Afterhours Coffee House at the Art Center

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hildegarde Krause Baker '11 Sculpture Garden, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Take a moment after your busy day of orientation to relax in a Coffee House at the Art Center. Come listen to some music presented by a talented local band. Tour the wonderful Loeb galleries, while you get some last minute peer advising from our Residential House Teams. Coffee and refreshments provided.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:00 am

All Students Building (ACDC)

Rise & shine! Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Registration/Matriculation Book Signing

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

College Center 240 (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

All entering students must come to College Center 240 (2nd floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times on Friday based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered and on a random draw number. The time for your registration is printed on your schedule form located in your packet. Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you! On the way out, be sure to sign the Matriculation Book! Signing this book signifies that you are an official candidate for a degree at Vassar College. Also, students from Democracy Matters will be available to answer any questions about voter registration.

IMPORTANT: If you do not come to College Center 240 on Friday, your registration will be canceled and you will lose your place in the courses for which you were pre-registered!

Financial Aid/Student Accounts Information Sessions

9:00 am - 10:45 am

Rockefeller Hall 200

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am: (Last names A-L)
  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am: (Last names M-Z)

Brianne Grant, Associate Director, will discuss all of your student employment questions. Renee Behnke, Bursar, will provide general information about your student account, which includes the e-bill/e-payment and e-refund system. Jessica Bernier, Director of Student Financial Services, will discuss and provide general information about the Student Financial Services Office and financial aid.

NOTE: If your scheduled time for registering for classes conflicts with your Student Financial Services Information Session, you may attend the other session.

Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

VMSU Friday Prayers

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Library Quiet Room

The Vassar Muslims Student Union (VMSU) will be holding our weekly Friday prayer led by an Imam from the local Al Noor Masjid in Wappingers Falls, followed by a student led discussion on navigating Muslim life on college campuses.

Farm Walk

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP)

Join us on an easy walk to learn about the valuable resources the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP) provides for Vassar students and the broader community. The VFEP is home to the Vassar Rugby and Cross Country teams, the Environmental Cooperative, Exploring Science at the Vassar Farm, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and the Collins Field Station. The ecological preserve provides over four hundred acres of conserved, natural land with an extensive trail system. There are a myriad of ways to get involved on the Farm and Preserve. It’s a great place to go to exercise, de-stress, or just get away for a little while.

Library Tour and Information Fair/Campus Dining Tours

2:30 – 6:00 pm

Main Library

Come for an informal introduction to services offered by the Vassar College Libraries, as well as other student resources housed in the Main Library. Take an optional tour, grab some freebies, and enter one of our raffles for a chance to win great prizes! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions for incoming students.

Time Library Arrival Schedule
2:30pm Josselyn
3:00pm Strong
3:15pm Main
3:45pm Lathrop
4:00pm Raymond
4:30pm Noyes
4:45pm Cushing
5:10pm Jewett, Women's Field Hockey, Men's & Women's Cross Country
5:30pm Davison, Men's & Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball

Staying Good to Go & Resource Tabling

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Villard Room & Rose Parlor

Learn how to maximize your experience at Vassar. In this presentation, Vassar College Counseling Service therapists will help you identify ways to stay emotionally good to go; patterns you need to keep an eye on; and how/when to reach out for help. We see about half of all Vassar students by the time they graduate, so we’ll also let you know about mental health services on and around campus, too. After you’re done with the Staying Good to Go presentation, go to the Rose Parlor to get information about wellness around campus. Talk to the Health Service, students from EMS, and other great resources! 

2:30 PM

3:15 PM

Raymond, Lathrop, Noyes houses

3:30 PM

4:15 PM

Cushing, Jewett, Davison houses

4:30 PM

5:15 PM

Joss, Strong, Main houses

Athletics Varsity Intercollegiate Sports Physical Examinations

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Baldwin Health Center

For students who attended the information meeting earlier and have been assigned a time to report to Baldwin House to complete your physical examination. Please be prompt! If you do not have an appointment, please contact the head coach of your sport of interest.

Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Office of International Services Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CCMPR

All first-year international students are invited for a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with new friends and peers. OIS interns and staff will be present to informally check in and to answer any questions. Food will be provided.

Transitions Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Living Room & Joss MPR

All first generation, low-income, and/or undocumented students are welcome to attend this dinner. This is an opportunity to meet and socialize with the Transitions leadership team and other similarly identified students.

Shabbat Service & Dinner with VJU

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)

Join Vassar Jewish Union for a taste of Jewish communal life at Vassar. All are welcome for a student-led service and a student-cooked meal.

Friday Night Bowling & Laser Tag

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Spins Bowl on Taft Avenue

Have fun with a new spin on an old favorite at Spins Bowl. Spend the night bowling, playing laser tag, and arcade games. Buses will pick up at North Lot for the short ride to the bowling alley. If you plan on bowling, make sure to bring socks!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day of Health and Wellness

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is your day to get the tools that will enable you to thrive your first year at Vassar. You will also have a chance to learn from upper class peers about college life, how to make the best choices for yourself, and how to intervene and where to go for help when a friend is in trouble. Please consult the schedule to know when programs will be. Student fellows will accompany you to the three programs: “VC Thrive”, "Altered States" and "Being a Bystander". When you are not at one of the three programs, we want you to participate in one of the many wellness activities listed.

When you are not at one of the three programs, we want you to participate in one of the many wellness activities listed.

Women Soccer, Men Soccer, Women Volleyball and Field Hockey

9:00am-9:45am

Thrive - Villard Room

10:00am-10:45am

Altered States

  • Women Soccer and Field Hockey -- go to Lathrop MPR
  • Women Volleyball and Men Soccer -- go to Jewett MPR

11:00am-11:45am

Being a Bystander

  • Women Soccer and Field Hockey—Stay in Lathrop MPR
  • Women Volleyball and -- go to Jewett MPR

Group 1: Davison, Main, Strong

10:00am-11:00am

Wellness Activities will be posted soon and your Student Fellow will have a schedule. Take advantage of these free activities!!!

11:30am-12:30pm

Thrive - Villard Room

1:00pm-2:00pm

Lunch

2:15pm-3:00pm

Being A Bystander—your house lounge/mpr

3:00pm-3:45pm

Altered States—stay where you are from Being A Bystander

Group 2: Jewett, Lathrop, Joss

10:00am-10:45am

Altered States—your house lounge/mpr

11:00am-11:45am

Being a Bystander—stay where you are from Altered States

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm

Thrive - Villard Room

2-:00pm-3:00pm

Wellness Activities will be posted soon and your Student Fellow will have a schedule. Take advantage of these free activities!!!

Group 3: Cushing, Raymond, Noyes

10:00am-10:45am

Thrive - Villard Room

11:00am-11:45am

Altered States—your house lounge/mpr

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm

Being a Bystander—go back to where you were for Altered States

2:00pm-3:00pm

Wellness Activities will be posted soon and your Student Fellow will have a schedule. Take advantage of these free activities!!!

Thrive

This program is a fun and interactive program that will help you get what you want out of your college experience. You will be introduced to resources, support services, and techniques that will enable you to thrive at Vassar both inside and outside the classroom.

Altered States

This program will help you gain information to make the best decisions about your academics and personal health. During this program you will be engaging in an open dialogue with wellness peer educators and student EMTs about the potential impact of alcohol and other drugs on your experience at Vassar.

Being a Bystander

You’ve watched the online videos and you’ve attended “Speak About It,” but how can you really intervene if you see a risky situation? In this interactive workshop, peer educators will teach students bystander intervention tools and give them an opportunity to practice the skills that they’ve learned.Wellness Activities will be posted online and your Student Fellow will have a schedule. Take advantage of these free activities!!!

Wellness Activities will be posted soon and your Student Fellow will have a schedule. Take advantage of these free activities!!!

Bagels and Lox with CJC

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CCMPR

Do you like bagels and lox (well, who doesn't?)? Then stop by the Chabad Jewish Community's (CJC) bagel and lox meet and greet. Meet the board, the rabbi, the food, and much more at the first of many great events.

Orchestra Info Session & Auditions to Follow with Eduardo Navega

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105

Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Ice Cream Social with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)

An interreligious, interspiritual, spiritual-curious ice cream opportunity. Get to know the many religious and spiritual opportunities at Vassar. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Brewer Games

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Walker Field House

*Note: This is not an Athletics & PE Activitiy

Raymond is the defending champion! Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show house spirit and get involved. Houses will compete in "Brewer Games" for Brewer Cup points and bragging rights. Make sure you have your house shirts, colors, and cheers ready! Student athletes, and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

First-Year Fun Filled Frenzy

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Frandrangle

Come out and enjoy a night of fun with our bouncy obstacle course, tie dye t-shirt, airbrush tattoos, snow cones and cotton candy, popcorn, music and much more. It's sure to be a good time had by all!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Breakfast

7:30 am - 10:00 am

All Students Building (ACDC)

Rise & shine! Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Shuttles to Mall

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Main Circle to Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall

Buses will be leaving from Main Circle and will shuttle between campus and Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall. The last shuttle will leave the mall by 2pm.

Apps To Live By Brunch

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

College Center Multipurpose Room

MaryJo Cavanaugh from the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO) and Karen Getter from the Learning, Teaching and Research Center (LTRC) will share their top technology tools for helping first-year students gear up for academic success. Bring your technology.

Lunch

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Orchestra Auditions

12:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105

VSA Open House

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

VSA Offices (College Center)

The VSA is the student government of Vassar College and all students are members of the VSA! Come meet your representatives on the VSA Executive Board and VSA Senate. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the positions available for members of the Class of 2021. Light refreshments will be available.

Voice Lesson Auditions

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance online (music.vassar.edu/auditions). Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language and it should be memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

Vassar Hindu Association Gathering

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jade Parlor

Join Vassar Hindu Association (VHA) for a chance to pause from the hubbub of orientation. VHA will offer a devotional known as a Gayatri Mantra, with opportunities to participate, observe, and learn. Food and conversation about Hindu community at Vassar and in the Hudson Valley will follow.

Pipe Dreams: An Introduction to the Vassar Organs

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Vassar Chapel

All students are cordially invited to a brief lecture and demonstration of the Vassar Chapel and Skinner Hall of Music organs. Students will have hands-on time at the organs, no experience necessary. Sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Ecumenical Christian Worship

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Chapel Tower Foyer

The Episcopal Campus Ministry at Vassar College (ECVC), in collaboration with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will offer a service of Word and Music. Music will include selections from the Taizé community, contemporary Christian music, and the opportunity to sing your favorite hymn! Please join us!

Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

All Students Building (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit.

Catholic Mass and Open Reception with Vassar Catholic Community (VCC)

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Chapel

Mass followed by a casual reception (with ice cream.)

Unitarian Universalist Meeting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jade Parlor

Introduction to the religion and Vassar spiritual community of Unitarian Universalism. In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before. Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We support “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” embracing both liberal Christian traditions and diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

Sitting Meditation with the Buddhist Sangha

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chapel

Join for guidance in breath practice. No prior experience necessary.

Welcome Concert for the Class of 2021

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Presented by members of the music department faculty.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Classes Begin

8:00 am

Foreign Language Proficiency Exams

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Arabic

Chicago Hall, Room 104-A 

(contact Mootacem Mhiri at momhiri@vassar.edu)

Chinese Sanders Classroom Building, Room 320
French Sanders Classroom Building, Room 006
German Chicago Hall, Room 134
Hebrew Contact Tzach Yoked of Jewish Stuides at (845) 437-5424 or (848) 459-8178 for time and location
Italian Chicago Hall, Room 126
Japanese Sanders Classroom Building, Room 321
Latin & Greek Exams will not be offered at this time. Please contact Rachel Friedman directly (email: rafriedman@vassar.edu) should you wish to make an appointment to take one of the exams later on in the week.
Russian Chicago Hall, Room 116
Spanish Chicago Hall, Foreign Language Computer Classroom

Take the appropriate exam if you want to satisfy the foreign language requirement by examination. If you want to take a foreign language course, but are not sure which one is appropriate for you, consult the department during the Departmental and Advanced Course Placement Advising session on Thursday, August 24.

Piano Lesson Auditions with Tom Sauer

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105

Choral Auditions with Christine Howlett

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chapel, Choir Room

To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance online music.vassar.edu/auditions

Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting

7:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall

(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting)

Vassar Devils

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alumnae House

Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college’s Alumnae House. Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction). Co-sponsored by the Vassar First Year and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

Vassar Devils Jewett House

8:00 PM

8:50 PM

Vassar Devils: Main House

9:00 PM

9:50 PM

Vassar Devils: Josselyn & Strong Houses

Wind Ensemble Information Meeting

8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall

(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Guitar Lesson Auditions

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 325

Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105.

First Year LGBTQQIA and Allies Dinner

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213) & CCMPR

The Campus Life LGBTQ Center hosts free dinners during the first semester for first year LGBTQQIA students and allies on Tuesday’s from 6-7pm, starting on Aug. 30th! Join us for good food, a relaxing atmosphere and interesting discussions with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally first-year students. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center.

Vassar Devils

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alumnae House

Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college’s Alumnae House. Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction). Co-sponsored by the Vassar First Year and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.

7:00 PM

7:50 PM

Vassar Devils: Lathrop & Noyes Houses

8:00 PM

8:50 PM

Vassar Devils: Cushing House

9:00 PM

9:50 PM

Vassar Devils: Raymond & Davison Houses

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wind Ensemble Auditions

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance online music.vassar.edu/auditions

Jazz Ensemble Auditions

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance online music.vassar.edu/auditions

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre General Interest Meeting

3:00 pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 3

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Ballet Audition

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 1

Open to all Vassar students with strong ballet technique (women must have at least 3 years of pointe training) who will be auditioning for VRDT on the following day Saturday, September 2nd. Dress: Women should wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers - bring pointe shoes. Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Men must wear ballet slippers. Audition will consist of Intermediate Ballet class from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm. This may be followed by ballet phrases taught by the ballet faculty and guest choreographer. It may also include partnering. All auditionees must attend the VRDT audition on September 2nd.

International Host Program Reception

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Villard Room, College Center, 2nd Floor

The International Host program pairs individual members of the Vassar and Poughkeepsie communities with new international students and language fellows. International students will receive a special invitation to this event in their orientation packets.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Student Activities Fair & Food Truck Saturday

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Library Lawn (rain location: Walker Field House)

Get involved!!! Come and learn about all the different student organizations that Vassar has to offer. Whether you are interested in finding your dream role in a student theater production, singing your heart out, making people laugh or just plain raising your voice to make a difference, you are bound to find something here! Representatives from organizations will be present with information on what they do and how to get involved. Make sure that you stop by and learn all about the exciting opportunities! There will also be Food Trucks on site.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Annual Audition

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Women 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Men 2:30 pm - 4:00pm)

Kenyon Hall, Studio I

Women 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Men 2:30 pm - 4:00pm Open to all Vassar students. Dress: Women should wear leotards and tights and bring jazz shoes, if they have them; however, barefoot is fine. Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Bring jazz shoes, if you have them. There will be a 30-minute modern warm-up followed by three separate sections with movement phrases taught by dance faculty. One of the three sections will be jazz. If you have any questions, visit the Dance Office in Kenyon Hall, call (845) 437-7470 during business hours, or write to the Director of VRDT, John Meehan at: jomeehan@vassar.edu 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Barbecue and Live Music

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Noyes Circle (rain location: ACDC)

Join your peers for a barbecue and live music on Noyes Circle. Food provided by Bon Appétit.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Convocation

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Chapel

Fall Convocation is the official culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Follow up Pre-Major Advisor Meetings

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Various

This meeting is an opportunity for first-year students to discuss their academic progress with their advisor. It would be best if you schedule this appointment at the end of your individual meeting with your advisor on August 24th. At this meeting it would be extremely helpful to review your schedule online, discuss workload and study habits, review resources for academic support available on campus, consider the upcoming drop/NRO deadline, and generally discuss your transition to college.