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New Student Orientation

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 features events and programs designed to prepare you to begin your time at Vassar College. There will be events to help you in selecting classes and guide you in achieving your academic pursuits. Other programs are tailored to encourage your participation as a community member at Vassar. Events and programs that all new students are required to attend are designated as ‘core’ events. Core events are necessary for all new students as they allow you to register for classes, fulfill certain requirements, and learn about important policies and procedures that will make your time at Vassar successful. Attendance at other events and programs is highly recommended to help you learn more about Vassar, meet new people, and become a member of the Vassar community. Core events are designated with an asterisk.

Your schedule will be very full between Monday, August 27 and Saturday, September 2, but it’s also important to remember to take care of yourself. We have scheduled in downtime through New Student Orientation and we recommend utilizing this time.

The Involvio Orientation app will be live in mid-August. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

New Student Move-In*

8:00am – 1:00pm

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*

8:00am – 1:00pm

Villard Room (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

After moving into your room, you will need to head to the Villard Room to receive your orientation packet. 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.

Lunch

11:00am – 2:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Student Athlete Welcome and Info Session

1:00 – 1:30pm

Aula

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 – 3:00pm

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; Carlos Alamo, Interim Dean of the College; and Tamar Ballard, Vassar Student Association President.

New Students: Meet with Student Fellow Groups*

2:00 – 3:00pm

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.

Class Photo*

3:00 – 3:30pm

Chapel Lawn

Official group photograph of the Class of 2022 and new transfer students

Reception for Students, Family and Friends

3:00 – 4:30pm

Library Lawn

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

Family and Friends Farewell

4:30 – 5:30pm

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 – 7:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

New Students: President’s Welcome*

7:15 – 8:30pm

Chapel

The Class of 2022 and transfer, visiting and exchange students will be welcomed by Elizabeth Bradley, President; Jonathan Chenette, Dean of Faculty; Carlos Alamo, Interim Dean of the College; Denise Walen, Dean of First-Year Students; and Tamar Ballard, Vassar Student Association President.

Residential House Meetings*

8:45 – 9:45pm

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 House 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 28, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00am

Residential Houses

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

Who’s Who*

9:00 – 10:00am

Residential Houses

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

Fire Drills*

10:00 – 10:45am

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

Life Safety @ Vassar*

10:45 – 11:15am

Chapel

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

General Advising Meeting*

11:15 – 12:15pm

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 – 2:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Please make sure to arrival no earlier than your house's scheduled time to avoid long lines.

Arrival Times

12:15pm - Main, Strong, Raymond, Davison, Josselyn Houses

12:45pm - Cushing, Noyes, Jewett, Lathrop Houses

Group Meeting with Pre Major Advisors*

2:15 – 3:30pm

Pre Major Advisors’ Offices

Make your way to your pre-major advisor’s office and arrive by 2:15pm. 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).

House Advisor and House Fellow Meet & Greet*

3:30 – 4:30pm

Residential Houses

This is a unique opportunity to get to know your House Advisor and House Fellows. House advisors serve as liaisons between the Office of Residential Life and the houses and serve as an ongoing resource to other house team members. Each house advisor is responsible for one or two houses/areas, overseeing building management, ensuring the security and wellbeing of the students, and working with student leaders on social, cultural and educational programming. 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.

Down Time

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Use this time to finish unpacking and preparing your new room before the academic year begins!

LGBTQ Center Open House

4:30 – 5:30pm

LGBTQ Center

Learn about campus LGBTQ resources, meet folks in the community, discover opportunities on how to get involved, and enjoy some sweet treats. Interested in enhancing the experience of queer students? How about developing a strong, diverse LGBTQ community at Vassar? All of these and more are chances for you to shine at the LGBTQ Center!

Dinner

5:30 – 7:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Please make sure to arrival no earlier than your house's scheduled time to avoid long lines.

Arrival Times

5:30pm - Cushing, Noyes, Jewett, Lathrop Houses

5:45pm - Main, Strong, Raymond, Davison, Josselyn Houses

Safety & Security @ Vassar*

7:00 – 7:30pm

Chapel

Safety and Security will discuss personal safety on campus. You will learn about safety services at Vassar; what to do in the event of a medical or safety emergency; how to report crimes; campus emergency notification procedures; responding to an active shooter; and where to find the Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report.

Student Conduct @ Vassar*

7:30 – 8:00pm

Chapel

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

Movie Under the Stars: Black Panther

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Residential Quad (rain location: Blodgett Auditorium)

Come and join us as T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as King, in Black Panther, under the stars on the Quad. Enjoy some traditional movie snacks.

Lantern Walk

9:30 – 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 29, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00am

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Posting of Audition and Lesson Sign-Up Sheets

9:00am

Skinner 105

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 – 10:00am

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 – 11:45am

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. Part one of the the "We are Vassar, I am Vassar, You are Vassar" series.

Lunch

11:45am – 1:15pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Please make sure to not arrive before your house's scheduled time to avoid long lines.

Arrival Times

11:45am - Main, Strong, Raymond, Davison, Josselyn Houses

12:00pm - Cushing, Noyes, Jewett, Lathrop Houses

TVE Meet & Greet Lunch

11:45am – 1:15pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC), Second 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. TVE students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting and to the advising meeting on Thursday.

Varsity Sports Meeting

Noon–1:15pm

College Center, Multi-Purpose Room (CCMPR)

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 are 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 – 4:15pm

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 – 5:30pm

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 – 7:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Please make sure to not arrive before your house's scheduled time to avoid long lines.

Arrival Times

5:30pm - Cushing, Noyes, Jewett, Lathrop Houses

5:45pm - Main, Strong, Raymond, Davison, Josselyn Houses

ALANA Center Dessert Open House

6:00 – 7:00pm

ALANA Center, Community Room

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

Women’s Center Open House

6:30 – 7:30pm

Women’s Center (College Center, 235)

Drop by for an informal open house, 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, explores a range of gender related matters, and is open for you to help define an agenda.

Speak About It*

7:30 – 10:15pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

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 – 8:30 pm Noyes, Lathrop, Jewett, Raymond, Main Houses
9:15 – 10:15 pm Cushing, Davison, Joss, Strong Houses

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00am

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Bagel Brunch with Vassar Christian Fellowship

9:00 – 11:00am

Main Building, Rose Parlor (located on the second floor)

Sponsored by the Vassar Christian Fellowship and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Profesisonal Advising

9:00 - 12:00pm

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

Possible Down Time

9:00 - 12:30 pm

Take a break and do something for yourself!

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 - 12:00pm

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 320 (Chinese) and Sanders Classroom 324 (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. Advising for placement in Hebrew will take place in Blodgett Hall 029.

Music Theory Placement Advising and Placement Exam

9:00 - 12:00pm

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 – 9:30am

Sanders Classroom, Spitzer 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 (Associate Director of Alumnae/i Outreach and Partnerships), Mario Roman (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!

Study Away and Foreign Language Competency: An Information Session

9:00 – 9:45am

Rockefeller Hall, room 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-Engineering Advising

9:00 – 9:30am

Sanders Classroom, room 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.

Pre-Health Advising

9:30 – 10:15am

Sanders Classroom, Spitzer 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.

Education Certificate Advising

10:00 – 10:30am

Judith Loeb Chiara '49 Center at the Maria Mitchell Observatory, room 212

Chris Bjork and Maria Hantzopoulos will give a short presentation about the requirements for becoming certified to teach at the elementary and secondary levels and answer any questions about the process.

Choral and Voice Lesson Information Sessions

10:00 – 11:00am & 11:00am–Noon

Skinner Hall of Music, Martel Recital Hall

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women’s Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Singers) 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

10:30 – 12:00pm

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Indoor Café/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 Hall, room 305.

English Department AP and General Information Meeting

10:30 – 11:00am

Sanders Classroom, Spitzer 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 English department. 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

11:00am–Noon

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.

Individual Meetings with Pre-major Advisors*

12:30 – 3:00pm

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 – 3:00pm

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

TVE Advising & Registration

12:00 – 3:30pm

Dean of Studies Office & Study Abroad Office (Main Building, first floor north)

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.

Athletics Varsity Intercollegiate Sports Physical Examinations

12:00 - 3:00pm

Baldwin Health Center

For students who attended the Varsity Sports Meeting on Wednesday and have been assigned a time to report to Baldwin to complete your physical examination. Please be prompt! If you you do not have an appointment, please contact our Director of Sports Medicine, Susan Higgins.

I am Vassar*

3:30 – 5:30pm

Chapel

Join in a Vassar College community experience. As Vassar students, you are joining a series of communities - Vassar, the class of 2022, 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. 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 as a way to begin this journey. Part two of the "We are Vassar, I am Vassar, You are Vassar" series.

Arlington Amble*

5:30 – 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 Dinner

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Joss Beach

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 – 8:30pm

College Center, Multi-Purpose Room (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 – 10:00pm

House Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPRs) (Main will meet in the Villard room on the second floor)

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 – 9:00pm Lathrop, Noyes, Josselyn, Strong, Main Houses
9:15 – 9:45pm Cushing, Davison, Raymond, Jewett Houses

Afterhours Coffee House at the Art Center

9:00 – 11:00pm

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

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 Lehman Loeb galleries, while you get some last minute peer advising from our Residential House Teams. Coffee and refreshments provided.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 am

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Registration/Matriculation Book Signing*

8:00am – 4:00pm

College Center, room 240

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 – 10:45 am

Rockefeller Hall, room 200

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

Audrey Zahor, 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. Ann Murtagh Gitto, Interim 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.

Library Open House*

9:00 - 12:00pm

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.

Lunch & Down Time

12:00 – 1:30pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Take a break and do something for yourself.

Farm Walk

1:00 – 2:30pm

Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (Meet at Main Circle)

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

VMSU Friday Prayers

1:30 – 2:30pm

Library Quiet Room

The Vassar Muslims Student Union (VMSU) will be holding Friday prayer/Jummah, followed by a student led discussion on navigating Muslim life on college campuses. Meet in front of the Post Office in the College Center to walk over together. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Stress Less & Resource Tabling*

2:30 – 5:30pm

Main Building, Villard Room (second floor)

Stress can be part of everyday life at college. Learn about resources on campus so you know where to go to help yourself and your friends before things get real. The Counseling Service will give you strategies to manage stress along with information about their services; students from EMS will talk to you about getting help when there's an urgent medical situation; and Health Services will also be available to talk to you about questions or concerns. After you're done with the Stress Less presentation, check out the tables on the surrounding bridges to ghet information about wellness around campus and in the area.

2:30 – 3:15pm Raymond, Lathrop, Noyes houses
3:30 – 4:15pm Cushing, Jewett, Davison houses
4:30 – 5:15pm Joss, Strong, Main houses

Campus Tour*

2:30 – 5:30pm

Campus

Still trying to figure out where everything is on campus? Join your student fellow for a tour of campus.

2:30 – 3:15pm Raymond, Lathrop, Noyes houses
3:30 – 4:15pm Cushing, Jewett, Davison houses
4:30 – 5:15pm Joss, Strong, Main houses

Athletic Games

4:00 – 7:30pm

Prentiss Field

Come supoort your Vassar Brewer atheltic teams as they compete in their home openers! Women's soccer will play at 4pm against SUNY New Paltz, field hockey plays at 4pm against Manhattanville and men's and women's cross country will host their meet at 6pm (start is at the Farm). Free food and fun while you watch your peers run!

BBQ w/ Athletics

5:15 – 7:30pm

Prentiss Field

Grab a declicious dinner while supporting Vassar Atheltics!

Shabbat Service & Dinner with VJU

6:45 – 8:30pm

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind the Students’ Building)

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. Meet at Prentiss Field BBQ at 6:15pm or in front of the Deece (ACDC) at 6:30pm to walk over together. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Friday Night Bowling & Laser Tag

9:00 – 11:00pm

Spins Bowl on Taft Avenue

Come and enjoy some downtime with friends, bowl, play laser tag and video games, or just relax! Buses will begin to shuttle from North Lot at 8:45pm. If you plan on bowling, make sure to bring socks!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00am

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Day of Health and Wellness*

9:00am – 4:00pm

This is your day to get the tools that will enable you to thrive during your first year at Vassar. You will also have a chance to learn from returning students 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”. 


Group 1: Davison, Main, Strong

10:00 – 11:00am Down Time
11:00 – 11:45am Thrive
Villard Room
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:15pm

Altered States
Davison - Kenyon 216 & 217

Main - New England 105, 106 & 206

Strong - Kenyon 131 & 133

2:15 – 3:00pm Being a Bystander

Davison - Kenyon 216 & 217

Main - New England 105, 106 & 206

Strong - Kenyon 131 & 133

Group 2: Jewett, Lathrop, Joss

10:00 – 10:45am

Altered States
Jewett - Kenyon 217 & 216

Lathrop - Kenyon 131 & 133

Josselyn - New England 105, 106 & 206

11:00 – 11:45am Being a Bystander

Jewett - Kenyon 217 & 216

Lathrop - Kenyon 131 & 133

Josselyn - New England 105, 106 & 206

11:45 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45pm Thrive
Villard Room
2:00 – 4:00pm Down Time

Group 3: Cushing, Raymond, Noyes

10:00 – 10:45am

Thrive
Villard Room

11:00 – 11:45am

Altered States
Cushing - Olmstead 162, 169 & 266

Raymond - Sanders 008, 011 & 013

Noyes - Kenyon 132 & 134

11:45 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45pm Being a Bystander

Cushing - Olmstead 162, 169 & 266

Raymond - Sanders 008, 011 & 013

Noyes - Kenyon 132 & 134

2:00 – 4:00pm Down Time

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.

Down Time

Take a break and do something for yourself!

Possible Down Time

3:00 - 5:30pm

Take a break and do something for yourself!

Bagels and Lox with Chabad Jewish Community

4:00 – 4:30pm

CCMPR

Love bagels and lox? Come meet a wonderful community and find out there is more to Judaism than just good food! Fresh NYC bagels, games, returning students to meet, and plenty of vegan options! Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Orchestra and Chamber Music Info Session & Auditions to Follow with Eduardo Navega

4:30

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors. The Vassar College Chamber music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit. 

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

Office of International Services Dinner

5:00 – 7:00pm

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.

Transitions Dinner

5:30 - 7:00pm

Joss MPR

All first generatio,n and/or low income, and/or undocumented new students are welcome to attend this dinner. This is an opportunity to socialize with your peers, including the Transitions Program student leaders. If you have any questions, please contact Capria Berry, Director of the Transitions Program at caberry@vassar.edu.

Dinner

5:30 – 7:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

Enjoy a nice meal with our new dining service provider, Bon Appétit. Please make sure to arrival no earlier than your house's scheduled time to avoid long lines.

Arrival Times

5:30pm - Main, Strong, Raymond, Davison, Josselyn Houses

5:45pm - Cushing, Noyes, Jewett, Lathrop Houses

Brewer Games*

7:30 – 8:30pm

Walker Field House

Who will be this year's champion? Is your house the best house? Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show house spirit and get involved. Houses will compete in “Brewer Games” for 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

8:00 – 10:00pm

Frandrangle

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Breakfast

7:30 – 10:00am

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Possible Down Time

10:00 - 9:00pm

Take a break and do something for yourself! Maybe visit the Walkway Over the Hudson or go explore Poughkeepsie.

Shuttles to Mall

10:00 – 2:00pm

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 - 12:00pm

College Center, Multi-Purpose Room (CCMPR)

MaryJo Cavanaugh and her team 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.

Piano at Vassar with Tom Sauer

11:00 - 11:45am

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Come and learn about the piano program at Vassar.

Lunch

11:30 – 1:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

VSA Open House

1:00 – 2:00pm

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 2022. Light refreshments will be available.

Voice Auditions

1:00 – 5:00pm

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 – 3:00pm

Main Building, Jade Parlor (second floor)

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. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Ecumenical Christian Worship

4:00 – 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 – 7:00pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Catholic Mass

5:00 – 6:00pm

Chapel

Mass followed by a casual reception. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spirtual Life

Unitarian Universalist Meeting

6:00 – 7:00pm

Main Building, Jade Parlor (second floor)

An 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. 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. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Sitting Meditation with the Buddhist Sangha

8:00 – 9:00pm

Chapel

Join for guidance in breath practice. No prior experience necessary. Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Welcome Concert for the Class of 2022

8:00 – 9:00pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Martel Recital Hall

Presented by members of the music department faculty.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Possible Down Time

10:00 - 9:00pm

Take a break and do something for yourself! Maybe visit the Walkway Over the Hudson or go explore Poughkeepsie.

Brunch

11:30 - 1:30pm

Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)

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

Choral Auditions

1:00 – 5:00pm

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, preferably 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.

Student Activities Fair

1:00 - 3:00pm

Noyes Circle

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! Enjoy performance by a local band and some of our own Vassar Student groups.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Classes Begin

Foreign Language Proficiency Exams

4:00 – 5:00pm

Various

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 whish one is appropriate for you, consult the department during the Departmental and Advanced Course Placement Advising session on Thursday, August 30.

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 Exams will not be offered on an individual basis. Please contact Oded Nir directly (email: onir@vassar.edu) should you wish to make an appointment to take an exam.
Italian Chicago Hall, Room 123
Japanese Sanders Classroom Building, Rooms 324
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

Piano Lesson Auditions

5:00 - 7:30pm

Skinner Hall, room 400

Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces. Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, room 105.

First Year LGBTQQIA and Allies Dinner

6:00 – 7:00pm

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 tonight! 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.

Wind Ensemble Information Meeting

7:00 – 7:30pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

The Vassar College Wind Ensemble is a sixty-plus member ensemble of Vassar students, staff and community members. The Ensemble performs three concerts in the academic year, featuring wind band masterworks, contemporary pieces and student compositions. Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.

Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting

7:30 - 8:00pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guitar Lesson Auditions

6:00 - 8:00pm

Skinner Hall, room 325

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

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre General Interest Meeting

3:00pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 3

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wind & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

4:00 - 8:00pm

Skinner Hall, room 421

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

First-Year Gala

7:00pm

Villard Room

The Office of Alumnae/i Engagement, Career Development Office, and Vassar Business Club are excited to announce our first annual First Year Gala which will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in the Villard Room. This reception is designed to initiate connections and friendships between first-years and seniors who have shared academic and professional interests, across 18 different career clusters. It represents an opportunity for seniors to share their summer research and internship experiences with first year students to help them begin considering how to make the most of their time at and beyond Vassar. The program will be open to all class years, but is primarily designed to connect seniors who are preparing to leave Vassar to first year students who are just beginning their adventure here.

RSL Bonfire and Community Sing

8:30 – 10:00pm

Joss Beach

Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for s’mores and singing around a crackling bonfire. Bring your favorite campfire songs, your instruments--or just yourself!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Ballet Auditions

1:30 - 4:30pm

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 Saturday, September 3rd. Dres: 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 to 3pm. This may be followed by ballet phrases taught by ballet faculty and guest choregrapher. It may also include partnering. All auditionees must attend on September 8th.

Wind & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

3:30 - 6:00pm

Skinner Hall, room 421

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Annual Audition

12:00 – 4:00pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 1

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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pipe Dreams: An Introduction to the Vassar Organs

3:00 - 4:30pm

Chapel & Skinner Hall of Music

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Convocation

3:30 – 5:00pm

Chapel

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Follow up Pre-Major Advisor Meetings

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 30th. 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.