Orientation 2016, Tentative Schedule

The events planned for your first few days at Vassar will familiarize you with some important aspects of college life. Some events are intended for all new students, while others address specific needs and interests. We encourage you to see these events as opportunities to meet new people and learn more about your new home.

New Student Orientation is the first component of the Vassar First Year, a series of events meant to introduce new students to Vassar College. A mix of academic events, cultural happenings and discussions about campus issues, the programs are designed to get students talking about the big ideas they face in their scholarship and their social life on campus.

New Student Orientation Move-in Day for the class of 2020 is Monday, August 22, 2016.

Note: A printed version of the orientation schedule will be provided to every student on arrival.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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 Check-In card to bring with you 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/Vassar First Year, among others, will be available to distribute vital information and answer questions in the Villard Room.

Lunch

11:00am - 3:00pm

Family and Friends: President’s Welcome

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chapel

Interim President Jonathan Chenette will address the families of new students. Also welcoming new families and friends will be Denise Walen, Dean of Freshmen; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students; and Calvin Lamothe, Vassar Student Association President.

New Students: Meet with Student Fellow Groups

2:00 pm

Residential Houses

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

Chapel Lawn

Family and Friends Farewell

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Residential Houses

Barbecue with Student Fellows

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Noyes Circle

New Students: President’s Welcome

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Chapel

Class of 2020 and transfer students will be welcomed by Jonathan Chenette, Interim President; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Denise Walen, Dean of Freshmen; Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students; Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College; and Calvin Lamothe, Vassar Student Association President.

Residential House Meetings

8:45 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 23, 2016

House Fellow Breakfast

10:00 am

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

11:00 am

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.

20/20 Biome Project

11:00 am - 1:15 pm

You are invited to participate in a bioart project in connection with the Freshman Common Reading. The 20/20 Biome Project involves the bacteria found on the members of the class of 2020—the bacteria that is part of each individual’s microbiome. The bacteria will be cultured in individual petri dishes, and those dishes will be sealed and incorporated into a temporary art installation in the new Bridge for Laboratory Sciences building. This bioart project will offer a unique visualization of the class of 2020.

Davison 11:00am to 11:15am
Josslyn 11:15am to 11:30am
Lathrop 11:30am to 11:45am
Noyes 11:45am to 12:00pm
Raymond 12:00pm to 12:15pm
Jewett 12:15pm to 12:30pm
Cushing 12:30pm to 12:45pm
Main 12:45pm to 1:00pm
Strong 1:00pm to 1:15pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VC 2020 Brewer Chase

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Residential Quad

New Brewers will have the chance to explore the campus, search for clues, make friends, and win great prizes in this adventure! Your fellow group will be paired with another fellow group from a different house to complete a scavenger hunt. All clues will help you become familiar with Vassar. If you make it to the end, there will be a surprise waiting for you. See your student fellow for more information.

Fire Drills

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Students retreat back to their respective houses.

Life Safety at Vassar

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Chapel

Members of Safety and Security, Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life, Arlington Fire District and Town Police will discuss life safety on campus, personal safety, blue phones, and emergency notification in the event of a campus wide emergency.

Dinner

6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Movie Under the Stars

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Residential Quad

Enjoy a blockbuster movie. Popcorn and other snacks will be provided.

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 24, 2016

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.

Violin Auditions Audition Time TBD

Viola Auditions Audition Time TBD

Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Jazz Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Harpsichord, Jazz Piano, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba Lessons Lesson Time TBD

Varsity Sports Meeting

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Kenyon Hall 216

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.

General Advising Meeting

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Chapel

The Dean of Studies, the Dean of Freshmen, and the Registrar will review the basic information all freshmen 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.

Be sure to pick up your box lunch outside before heading to your Group Meeting with your pre-major advisor.

Transfer, Visiting and Exchange (T/V/E) Student Meet and Greet

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor

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.

Lunch & Group Meetings with Pre-Major Advisors

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Advisors’ Offices

Make your way to your pre-major advisor's office, with your box lunch, and arrive by 11:45 am. In your Orientation packet you will find a letter from the Dean of Freshmen telling you who your pre-major advisor is and where to find them.  At this lunch 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 Freshmen Office (Main North, Room 128).

Sports Physicals

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Baldwin House

For those who attended the information meeting earlier, only if you 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.

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. 

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

Campus Life/Women's Center Open House

5:30 pm – 6:30 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, hear about our resources and offerings and eat some snacks! The Campus Life Women's Center supports and celebrates women’s leadership, provides empowering spaces for female-identified people, 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 among people of different genders, cultures, beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, abilities and sexual orientations.

Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

I Am Vassar/This is Vassar

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chapel

This event is an introduction to the Vassar College community experience. As Vassar students you are joining a series of communities - Poughkeepsie, the College, the class of 2020, your house, your hall, and those of particular identities, beliefs and expressions. As a member of the College 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, at “I Am Vassar,” you will learn about diversity in the student body, hear student leaders share stories of self-discovery and empowerment and have opportunities to reflect on your own experiences and identities.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bagel Brunch with Vassar Christian Fellowship

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Rose Parlor (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Sponsored by the Vassar Christian Fellowship

Academic Departments and Programs Office Locations for Departmental Advanced Course Placement Advising

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations.  With a cell phone or from outside the college, dial 845-437 followed by the extension number.

See list of locations for departmental advanced course placement advising

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Professional Advising

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Department and Program Offices

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.

Additional advising meetings for specific topics of interest are listed as follows:

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chicago Hall

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 324 and Sanders Classroom 322 respectively, and Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 118. Please note that while Arabic is part of the Program in Africana Studies, Arabic advising will take place in Chicago Hall A103.

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), and 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 Classroom 013

Professor Thomas Ellman, the Dual-Degree Engineering Advisor, and Pauline Saavedra, Assistant Dean of Studies, will give an overview of the preparation requirements 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.

(Sign up for an audition in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)

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 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 Certificate Advising

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212

Erin McCloskey will give a short presentation about the requirements for earning a teaching certificate while at Vassar and answer any questions about the process.

Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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.

T/V/E Advising

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Advising takes place in the Dean of Studies Office (Main North 128) and the Study Abroad Office (Main North 172)

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

T/V/E Registration

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

College Center 240 (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

Bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, to College Center 240, to finalize your schedule with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Also, students from Democracy Matters will be available to answer any questions about voter registration.

Registration/Matriculation Book Signing

3:15 pm - 5:00 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 Thursday afternoon and Friday morning 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 Thursday or Friday, your registration will be canceled and you will lose your place in the courses for which you were pre-registered.

Arlington Amble

4:30 pm - 6:30 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 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.

Campus Life/ALANA Open House

6pm - 7:15pm

ALANA Center (adjacent to the Powerhouse Theater)

Visit the ALANA Center for an opportunity to check out the space, meet cool people, enjoy some refreshments and reflect on how our time together could make a difference in your experience at Vassar! 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.

Transfer/Visiting/Exchange Student Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor

Speak About It

7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Student’s Building, 2nd Floor

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 bystanders to confront gender based violence!

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

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

Afterhours Coffee House at the Art Center

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

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 26, 2016

Registration/Matriculation Book Signing

8:00 am - 3:00 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 Thursday afternoon and Friday morning 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 Thursday or 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 Balzer, Director of Student Employment, will discuss all of your student employment questions. Renee Behnke, Director of Student Accounts, 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

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Library Tour and Information Fair/Campus Dining Tours

2:30 – 5:30 pm

Main Library and All-Campus Dining Center

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 to win one of our raffles with a chance to win great prizes! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Campus Dining Tours: The dining orientation tour is designed to introduce you to Campus Dining and to help you get the most out of dining during your time at Vassar. You will get a tour of the "Deece" (All Campus Dining Center) and get a brief overview of meal plans, dining locations and who to contact for any special dietary needs or allergies.

Time Library Arrival Schedule Dining Commons Arrival Schedule
2:30pm Josselyn Davison
3:00pm Strong Cushing
3:15pm Main Noyes
3:45pm Lathrop Jewett
4:00pm Raymond Strong
4:30pm Noyes Main
4:45pm Cushing Josselyn
5:10pm Jewett Raymond
5:30pm Davison Lathrop

Campus Life/LGBTQ Center Open House

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213, 2nd floor)

Join the Center Director and student interns for an informal Open House to learn about campus LGBTQ resources, meet folks in the community and eat snacks! The LGBTQ Center enhances the campus life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students and their allies by providing social, cultural and academic programming, fostering strong leaders, highlighting Vassar’s unique history, and engaging the entire campus in discussions of social justice and inclusion. Visit the Center for more information on resources and events.

Office of International Services Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dodge Room in ACDC (Students' Building, 1st floor East Wing)

All first year international students are invited to bring dinner into the Dodge room in ACDC 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.

Shabbat Service & Dinner with VJU

6:00 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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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 freshman 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 see the schedule below to know when programs will be. Student fellows will accompany you to the three programs: “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.

Women Soccer, Men Soccer, Women Volleyball and Field Hockey
9:00am-9:45am Thrive-UpC
10:00am-10:45am Altered States
  • Women Soccer and Field Hockey—go to Lathrop MPR
  • Women Volleyball--go to Joss MPR
  • Men Soccer—go to Jewett MPR
11:00am-11:45am Being a Bystander
  • Women Soccer and Field Hockey—Stay in Lathrop MPR
  • Women Volleyball--stay in Joss MPR
  • Men Soccer—Stay in Jewett MPR
Group 1: Davison, Main, Strong
10:00am-11:00am
  • Jun/Aikido- AFC MPR Room
  • Judo/Charles- Walker Boxing Room
  • Vic/Foam Rolling- Kenyon Studio III
  • Bruce/Fencing- Walker Bay 5
  • Tony/Rugby- Ballentine Field
  • Shawn/Rowing- Kenyon Erg Room
11:30am-12:30pm Thrive—UpC
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-UpC
2-:00pm-3:00pm
  • Natalie/Pilates: AFC MPR Room
  • Charles/Judo: Walker Boxing Room
  • Allia/Yoga: Kenyon Studio III
  • Bruce/Fencing- Walker Bay 5
  • Tony/Rugby- Ballentine Field
  • Shawn/Rowing- Kenyon Erg Room
Group 3: Cushing, Raymond, Noyes
10:00am-10:45am Thrive-UpC
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
  • Natalie/Pilates: AFC MPR Room
  • Charles/Judo: Walker Boxing Room
  • Allia/Yoga: Kenyon Studio III
  • Bruce/Fencing- Walker Bay 5
  • Tony/Rugby- Ballentine Field
  • Shawn/Rowing- Kenyon Erg Room

Thrive

This 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 EMT’s 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!!!

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Bagels and Lox with CJC

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

UpC

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 Information Meeting with Auditions to Follow

4:30 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Ice Cream Social with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

6:00 - 7:00 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

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Walker Field House

*Note: This is not an Athletics & PE Activitiy

(Raymond House is the Defending Champion!)

Enough sitting around!  Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show dorm spirit and get involved.  Houses will compete in "Brewer Games" for Brewer Cup points and bragging rights.  Make sure you have your dorm shirts, colors, and cheers ready!  Coaches, faculty, student athletes, and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

Freshmen Fun Filled Frenzy

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Noyes Circle

Come out and enjoy a night of fun with our bouncy obstacle course, wrecking ball, airbrush tattoos, snow cones and cotton candy. It's sure to be a good time had by all!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shuttles to Mall

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Main Circle

Apps To Live By Brunch

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

College Center Multipurpose Room

MaryJo Cavanaugh, Melanie Harasym and Ashley Webster-Miramant from the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity will share their top "techno tools" for academic success. Bring your technology with you - smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.

Lunch

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Orchestra Auditions

12:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

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 Council. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the positions available for members of the Class of 2020. Light refreshments will be available.

Voice Lesson Auditions

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

(To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105) 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.

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

Vassar Chapel

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!

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

5:00pm-6:00pm

Vassar Chapel

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

Unitarian Universalist Meeting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jade Parlor

Join Vassar's Unitarian Universalist club for a night of meditation, discussion, worship activities, and baked goods. Newcomers, as well as lifelong UUs, are welcome!

Sitting Meditation with the Buddhist Sangha

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vassar Chapel

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

Welcome Concert for the Class of 2020

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Presented by members of the music department faculty

Monday, August 29, 2016

Classes Begin

8:00 am

Foreign Language Proficiency Exams

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chinese Sanders Classroom Building, Room 324
French Sanders Classroom Building, Room 006
German Chicago Hall, Room 134
Hebrew Contact Tzach Yoked of the Religion Department at (845) 437-5424, cell (848) 459-8178 for time and location.
Italian Chicago Hall, Room 126
Japanese Sanders Classroom Building, Rooms 322
Latin & Greek Exams will not be offered during this time. Please contact Rachel Friedman directly (email: rafriedman) 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 25.

Piano Lesson Auditions

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces.

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

Choral Auditions

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chapel, Choir Room

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

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. Please refer to the Guidebook schedule or your Student Fellow for your House’s specific date & time.

Wind Ensemble Information Meeting

8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall

(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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)

The Campus Life LGBTQ Center hosts free dinners for first year LGBTQQIA students and strong allies every Tuesday first semester from 6-7pm, starting on August 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 and Vassar First Year.

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. Please refer to the Guidebook schedule or your Student Fellow for your House’s specific date & time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wind Ensemble Auditions

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

Jazz Ensemble Auditions

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

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 2, 2016

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 3rd.

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 3rd.

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 3, 2016

The Student Activities Fair

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Library Lawn (rain location: College Center, North Atrium)

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!

Food Truck Saturday

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Library Lawn

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

Who: 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.

Content and info:  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

Gaze of Our Lives

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Walker Field House

New to college?  Hoping to find queer community?  Wondering what 'queer' even means?   Well fear not, join us for our annual fun and raucous panel, Gaze of Our Lives, which addresses assumptions and stereotypes about sexuality and gender identity through the candid humor and personal stories of Vassar students. Sponsored by Queer Coalition Vassar College (QCVC) and the LGBTQ Center.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Barbecue and Live Music

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Noyes Circle

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Convocation

3:30 pm

Chapel

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

Class of 2020 Photo

5:00 pm

Main Circle

Official Group Photograph of the Class of 2020 and New Transfer Students.