Orientation Schedule

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

This schedule for a virtual Orientation experience is intended to provide the foundation for building connections and community for your first quarter in college. Each of the Thursday and Friday sessions are mandatory. Saturday will be an opportunity to build your own schedule with a variety of virtual sessions offering a good representation of the college community.


All sessions will take place in your small group seminar Microsoft Team unless otherwise indicated.

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Saving Time

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Orientation Welcome

Join your Peer Leaders and classmates for an opening session of icebreakers, recapping summer expectations, and an overview of the Orientation schedule..


12 – 12:30 p.m.

Break


12:30 – 2 p.m.

Advising Appointments

Discuss your fall schedule, placement exam results, academic goals, and co-curricular interests with your advisor. (Only one individual appointment is required during orientation.)


2 – 3:00 p.m.

Link will be provided for students and family members

Convocation

This is the traditional ceremony to open the academic year at Kalamazoo College and includes the President, Dean of Students, and others. We look forward to having you sign the Matriculation Registry confirming your place as a member of the Kalamazoo College community when you arrive on campus.


3:30 – 4 p.m.

Your Resource Team at K

An introduction to how to succeed at K both inside and outside the classroom. In this session, you will learn how to identify and utilize your vast campus support team.


4:30 – 6 p.m.

Break / Advising Appointments


6 – 8 p.m.

Seminar Group Bonding Time

Close out the day with your Peer Leaders and classmates with an opportunity to ask any outstanding questions, get to know folks better, and engage in some fun virtual games!


Friday, September 11, 2020

8 – 11 a.m.

Advising Appointments

Discuss your fall schedule, placement exam results, academic goals, and co-curricular interests with your advisor.

(only one individual appointment is required during Orientation)


11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Summer Common Reading Small Group Discussions

Meet with your seminar to discuss And It Begins Like This. Bring your book and a copy of your SCR response.


12 – 1:30 p.m.

Break / Advising Appointments


1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

First Year Seminars

Join your professor, Peer Leaders, and fellow students for an introduction to your class.


3 – 3:45 p.m.

Finding the Virtual Support You Need

Hear from a variety of folks on campus who are ready to support you as you navigate the personal transition to college while virtual.


3:45 – 5 p.m.

Break / Advising Appointments


TBD

Seminar Group Bonding Time

Your Peer Leaders will setup a time for you to continue to engage in small groups, build your social network and make sure you’re comfortable with the transition to college.


Saturday, September 12, 2020

The final day of your Orientation experience is your opportunity to build your own schedule and begin to find the communities, programs, and people that will make this place your home for the next four years. There will be no limit to the number of students that can attend each session, but you will be limited to one session per time block. Many of these sessions are offered multiple times, hopefully allowing you an opportunity to fill your day with a fun mix of academic and social programs aligned with your interests and passions! A full schedule and details will be provided by Tuesday, September 8th.


An example of some of the options will be:
• Meetings with representatives from each academic department or major
• Student Support Q&A Sessions
• An opportunity to engage with a handful of our 80+ student organizations
• Get to know our various religious groups on campus
• Learn about Study Abroad opportunities
• Virtual Workouts