Welcome Week Schedule Fall 2016

Welcome Week (Orientation)

Orientation is mandatory for ALL new students. Please clear your schedules for August 19-21.

We are excited to greet you on Friday, August 19th. Orientation programming is still being finalized. This is a sample schedule based on Orientation 2015. Final details will be updated August 1.

Friday, August 19

8:00 AM-12:00 PM Rotating Check-in
Freshmen in Huntington Hall & Laguna Hall 5th-7th floors (Group A): 8:00 AM
Freshmen in Huntington Hall & Laguna Hall 2nd-4th floors (Group B): 9:00 AM
Commuters, Residential Transfers & Catalina Hall (Group C): 10:00 AM
11:00 AM-3:00 PM Commuter Orientation and Lunch (all commuters and families)
1:00 PM-4:00 PM Rotating Welcome
Residential Freshmen (Group A): 1:00 PM
Residential Freshmen (Group B): 2:00 PM
Commuters, Transfers & Catalina (Group C): 3:00 PM
4:00-5:30 PM  Student Orientation Kick-Off
4:00-6:00 PM Family Orientation
5:30 PM Incoming Class Picture
6:00-7:30 PM Family BBQ
8:00-9:00 PM Worship and Communion
9:00-9:30 PM Student Commissioning
10:00-11:00 PM Resident Students: Meet your floor
11:00 PM-1:00 AM Private Target Party (Target opens for us at 11:30)

Saturday, August 20

10:30 AM-Noon Brunch
Noon-1:00 PM Academic Talks
1:00-2:00 PM Snack & Share Group Time
2:00-3:00 PM Student Life Talks
3:00-4:00 PM Group Time
4:30-7:00 PM Dinner  
6:00-8:30 PM Beach Bonfire (optional)

Sunday, August 21

8:00-Noon Church (commuters may attend home church)
10:30-Noon Brunch
Noon-2:00 PM Group Time
2:00-3:00 PM VU Talks
3:00-6:30 PM Welcome to the Neighborhood Expo & Block Party
7:00-9:00 PM Orientation Closing and Dessert

Coin Challenge Ceremony

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Commencement Information Meeting for ALL Graduates

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Intramural Softball Championship

Title: Intramural Softball Championship
Location: Softball Field
Date: 2013-10-27

Intramural Softball Playoffs

Title: Intramural Softball Playoffs
Location: Softball field
Date: 2013-10-20

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With some of SGA’s biggest events, we have started to notice that you all really like us on facebook. The JSB pictures and the Humans versus Zombies video have helped SGA reach 20,000 people! Thanks for using the SGA facebook, we really appreciate it. We will keep you informed of events coming up, and hope that you are enjoying the content that we are producing. Thanks!

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Graduating Resident Check-Outs

Title: Graduating Resident Check-Outs
Location: Resident rooms
Link out: Click here
Description: All graduating residents must check out of the residence halls by Saturday, May 11 at 5pm. Residents must sign-up for a check-out appointment with their RA at least 24 hours prior to checking-out. For more details on check-out procedures, view the 2012-2013 Student Handbook.
Date: 2013-05-11

Non-graduating Resident Check-Outs

Title: Non-graduating Resident Check-Outs
Location: Student rooms
Link out: Click here
Description: All non-graduating residents must check-out of the residence halls by Friday, May 10 at 9pm. Residents must sign-up for an appointment with their RA at least 24 hours prioring to checking-out. For details on check-out procedures, view the 2012-2013 Student Handbook.
Start Date: 2013-05-07
End Date: 2013-05-10

Returning Student Move-In

Title: Returning Student Move-In
Location: Various
Description: Check-in locations:

Huntington/Balboa/Newport-Patio between Balboa & Newport
Catalina-Catalina Lobby
Vanguard Centre-The Wedge in Building A at Vanguard Centre

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-08-20
End Time: 17:00

The Middlework of College

Adapted from the College Parent Central website: The Middlework of College.

There is a lot of work and transition that happens for parents and students, as a student enters into college, and again senior year when he is graduating to the next life stage. The sophomore and junior years of school can sometimes get lost in all of the transitional work, but it is during these two critical years that much of the middlework of college happens.

This times period can often seem somewhat awkward,  or quiet, but it is during these years that your student continues her exploration of herself, chooses or confirms a major, and begins to solidify her experiences.

This might be an important time to have a conversation with your student about these non-transitional years. Your student may be feeling as though nothing is happening, the excitement of his first year has worn off, and may even consider transferring to another school because they feel stuck. Sophomore slump is very real for many students. Helping your student understand that this is an important time and that he is making progress during this stage may help him “stay the course.” Here are a few things you might discuss with your student:

  • Students choose a major. Many schools require that students commit to a major by the end of sophomore year. Your student may know exactly what he wants to do, or he may need to explore his options. This is a good time to settle into the work of determining and confirming his chosen field of study.
  • Continued advancement and development in the field. Students will learn about different fields at a greater depth and may determine an area of interest and that she would like to specialize in.
  • Course connections. Students begin to see connections between many of the courses they are taking, and seemingly unrelated classes may begin to make sense in relation to each other. This is a time of “connecting the dots.”
  • Student may also choose a minor – this second area of study allows a student to explore another subject at a lesser depth than their major.
  • Academically challenging. As your student enters more upper level classes these years may be particularly challenging academically. Sharpening study, organizational skills, and good time management will help him maintain a strong GPA.
  • Expand horizons outside of the classroom as well as inside. Your student may have more time, and/or confidence, now to participate in campus activities and organizations. She may branch out and explore new interests, take advantage of opportunities and performances on campus, make new friends, deepen existing friendships, learn more about herself and her values as she develops a strong personal identity.
  • Develop strong leadership skills. Opportunities such as leadership roles in clubs or organizations, becoming a peer tutor or teaching assistant, will help your student develop important skills and also build his resume.
  • Explore opportunities beyond campus. This is a good time, especially junior year, for students to begin internships or clinicals, studying a semester or year abroad, or to consider some other off-campus field experience.
  • An important time of self-assessment. Your student may question her goals, aspirations, values, or abilities as coursework become more difficult. She may discover a passion for a new field and make a major change in career direction. You may need to help your student be comfortable with questioning herself and her path.
  • Students start thinking like college students rather than high school students. The transition period is completed and your student begins to feel more in control of his life, which can be both an exhilarating and frightening feeling.