New Student Mid-Year Orientation Schedule

(NS) - Mandatory for New Students
(NTS) - Mandatory for New Transfer Students

8:30 am - All Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Campus Store, Extended Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Post Office
6:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center
7:00 am - 7:00 pm - Pool

Each New Student Orientation session is intended to embody one or more of the four pillars of the Hampden Sydney Experience:

Better Learning      More Confident Men      Richer Community     Stronger Character

Sunday, January 15

3:30-4:30 pm

Richer Community 
New and Transfer Students Check-In & Matriculation (NS)
Office of Student Affairs, Blake A

Students may arrive anytime during this period to get their key to their residence hall room and move in. In addition, students who still need to complete their health forms will have an opportunity to do so here. Students will need to visit the Business Office on Monday or Tuesday to settle any outstanding balances or handle other financial issues

5-5:30 pm

Richer Community 
Welcome to Parents & New Students
Chairman's Room, Settle Hall

Dr. Walter C. (Mike) McDermott III, Interim Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Hakeem Croom '10, Assistant Dean for Inclusion and First Year Transition
Mr. Jimmy Mills '17, Student Court Chairman
Mr. Conrad Brown '17, Head Resident Advisor
Students and family members will learn more about what a Hampden-Sydney education means and gain further insights into what the future will entail.

5:30-6:30 pm

Richer Community
Parents and New Students Dinner with Faculty and Staff
Board Room, Settle Hall

Students and family members are encouraged to stay and have dinner. During dinner students and their family members will meet some of the faculty and staff who work to help our students live "in an atmosphere of sound learning" and enjoy their experience at Hampden-Sydney

6:30-7:15 pm

Richer CommunityBetter Learning
Introduction to the Academic Program and Advising
Chairman's Room, Settle Hall

Ms. Lisa Burns, Director for Academic Success
Ms. Teresa Laughlin, Disability Services Coordinator and Academic Counselor
Students and their family members will meet the student's advisor for a brief discussion of the role of the advisor and general academic requirements. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the academic program, and each student will sign up for an individual session with his academic advisor to discuss a personalized academic plan.


9-9:25 pm

Richer Community Stronger Character More Confident Men
The Hampden-Sydney Honor Code

Parents & Friends Lounge, Venable Hall

(Please wear coat and tie to this event)
Mr. Eric McDonald '17, Student Body President
Mr. Jimmy Mills '17, Student Court Chairman
Students will hear what the Honor Code means on the Hampden-Sydney campus and gain a better understanding of it. At the end of the session, every student will sign a pledge indicating his awareness and support of the Honor Code.

9:25 pm

Richer Community
New Student Photos
Parents & Friends Lounge, Venable Hall

Monday, January 16

8-9:00 am Richer Community
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall
8:30-12:00 pm

Better Learning
Individual Meetings with Advisor
Bortz Library

Ms. Lisa Burns, Director for Academic Success, Bortz Library, Room 231
Students will use this time to set their academic plan for the future. Those students not meeting with Ms. Burns at this time will have free time.
Today will be a good time to take care of any remaining business around campus!

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Richer Community
Computing Center Open
Fuqua Center, Bortz Library

Stop by the Computing Center in the ground floor of Bortz Library anytime during the day to have your ID card made and get answers to any questions you may have concerning your computer, receiving a room phone, cable television, or general computing needs.

12-12:30 pm

Richer Community
Introduction to International Studies
Bagby Hall 312

Dr. Daniella Widdows, Director of Global Education and Study Abroad Meet with Dr. Widdows and learn about international study opportunities and the process to follow if you are interested in participating in international study programs.

12:30-1:30 pm Richer Community
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall
2-2:25 pm

Richer Community
Mid-Day Check-in
Bagby 217

Meet with your Orientation and Transition Leaders (OTLs) to discuss your first 24 hours on campus and ask any questions you may have. You'll also learn details about tonight's trip to Farmville.

2:30-3:00 pm 

Richer Community
Modern Languages Introduction 
See list of locations below

Dr. Julia Palmer, Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages
All students signing up for foreign language study are required to attend one of the sessions listed for French, Spanish, German, Russian, Latin, Chinese, and Greek.  Students will be given a short introduction to the study of foreign languages at the College. 
Students who did not take the placement exam prior to arriving at H-SC will be required to do so at this session.  

Spanish 100 - 200, Gilmer Hall 019
Spanish 300, Gilmer Hall 025
French 100 - 200, Gilmer Hall 105
German, Gilmer Hall 124
Latin and Greek, Morton Hall 112
Chinese and Russian, TBA

3:15-4:15 pm

Better Learning
Strategies for Academic Success at Hampden-Sydney 
Bortz Library

Ms. Lisa Burns, Director for Academic Success, Bortz Library, Room 200
Ms. Teresa Laughlin, Disability Services Coordinator and Academic Counselor
It is important to start the semester right and then to be able to sustain that effort throughout the year. Hints, suggestions, and insights will be shared during this time to assist new students in reaching and maintaining their best academic potential.

5:30-9:30 pm

Richer Community
Dinner and a Movie
Office of Student Affairs, Blake A

Join your OTLs for dinner at The Fishin' Pig, a favorite local restaurant, before getting an insider's tour of Farmville. You'll also have a chance to enjoy a free movie at Sunchase Cinemas.

Tuesday, January 17

7:30-9:00 am Richer Community
Pannill Commons

8:30-9:30 am


11:00 am- 12 pm

Better Learning
Individual Meetings with Advisor
Bortz Library

Ms. Lisa Burns, Director for Academic Success, Bortz Library, Room 231
(Students not meeting with their advisor may enjoy free time.)

12-1:00 pm

More Confident Men
Lunch with the Career Education and Vocational Reflection Staff
South Dining Room, Pannill Commons

Ms. Ellen Masters, Director of Career Education & Vocational Reflection
Ms. Rebecca Shelton, Associate Director of Career Education & Vocational Reflection
Ms. Jennifer Allen, Sr. Secretary and Recruiting Coordinator
Have lunch with Ms. Masters and her staff in the South Dining Room and find out more about how her office can help you with career planning, resumes, internships, job hunting, interviewing, networking, and graduate schools during your years here at H-SC.

2-5:00 pm

Better Learning
Morton Hall, Room 121

Dr. Katherine Weese, Director of the Rhetoric Program and Professor of English
This test is required of all transfer students who have earned at least six hours of credit in composition courses at other institutions and who have been previously notified to take this exam.  Please bring two pens.  The Rhetoric Program will provide a dictionary and a grammar handbook.

5:00-8:30 pm

Richer Community
Taste of Farmville Tour
Office of Student Affairs, Blake A

Students will indulge in some good eats in Farmville at some of the town's local hot spots.

Wednesday, January 18

7:30 am -7:30 pm

Richer Community
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall

The dining hall will be open during normal hours today and for the remainder of the semester.

Thursday, January 19

5-6:00 pm

Richer Community 
Spring Club and Organizations Fair
South Dining Room, Pannill Commons, Settle Hall

Come and check out all the clubs and organizations available to you on campus.

For questions or concerns, please contact
Hakeem Croom, Assistant Dean of Inclusion and First Year Transition
(434) 223-6384

Note: attendance is required at all events except meals unless listed in this schedule as optional. This means personal plans, athletic practices, and other activities must yield to this schedule.

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