Orientation 2015

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Centenary's Orientation for students participating in an August Immersion term (Centenary in Paris/other classes) begins on Friday July 31st. Students will move into their residence halls from 4pm - 6pm. At this time, they will check in for Orientation, and meet their Resident Assistant (RA).

Students will spend the next two days getting to know their classmates and becoming familiar with the Centenary community lead by upperclassmen Orientation Mentors in small groups. In addition to fun activities, there will be sessions so students can learn to navigate campus, understand what college is all about, and get the most out of the Centenary experience. Parents and family members are welcome to attend Parent Orientation sessions on Saturday August 1st.

If you are not attending an August immersion term, move in will be Thursday August 27th, with Orientation to follow. Details on that program can be found below.

Student Schedule (More details provided upon check-in)

Friday July 31st

4:00pm - 6:00pm First Year Move-In
5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner on Your Own
7:00pm Residential Floor Meetings
8:00pm Night Activity: House Party, World House Style

Saturday August 1st

8:30am - 9:30am Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:30am Late Student Check-In
9:30am - 10:15am Welcome and Opening
10:15am - 11:15am Orientation Session
11:15am - 12:00pm Small Group #1
12:00pm - 1:00pm All-Campus Lunch
1:00pm - 5:30pm Orientation Sessions
5:30pm Parent Farewell
5:45pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm - 8:00pm What Will You Choose?
8:00pm - 9:00pm Small Group #2
9:00pm Cometry: Sponsored by Centenary Activities Board (CAB)

Sunday August 2nd

11:00am - 12:30pm Brunch
12:30pm - 6:00pm Orientation Sessions
6:30pm Dinner Hosted by Staff/Faculty!

Following Centenary in Paris, there will be some optional evening social programming August 15th - August 26th and additional Orientation sessions August 28th & 29th.

See below for details on the second half of the Orientation program. These sessions
will welcome freshmen, transfer and international/exchange students. These events will help everyone to learn to navigate campus and become familiar with the Centenary community.

Student Schedule

Thursday August 27th

4:00pm - 6:00pm Move In (Transfers/Freshman Arriving for the First Time)
7:00pm Small Group Meeting
8:00pm Orientation Olympics

Friday August 28th

8:00am - 12:00pm World House Service Day
12:00pm - 1:00pm 3rd Annual Taste Fest
1:00pm - 2:30pm Wet and Wild (Sponsored by RHA)
3:15pm - 5:15pm FYE Movie
5:15pm - 6:00pm FYE Class
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner/Small Group
9:00pm Back to School Bash: Sponsored by Student Government Association (SGA)

Saturday August 29th

Transfers/Freshman Arriving for the First Time Only

9:00am - 9:30am Educational Session (For students who didn't attend a SOAR)
10:00am - 10:15am Breakfast
10:15am - 2:00pm Educational Sessions (For newly arrived transfers/freshmen)

All Students

2:00pm - 3:00pm Small Group
3:00pm - 5:00pm Centenary in Paris Reception
5:00pm - 7:00pm Women's Soccer Exhibition vs Belhaven College

Parents & Family

Orientation is also a time for parents and family! Check-in for parent/family orientation for parents of students who are attending Centenary in Paris or another August immersion term is on Saturday the 1st at 9:00am, with sessions to begin following the welcome.

If you had the opportunity to attend any parent/family sessions during SOAR, please note that the content of the Orientation sessions will be different, so we hope to see you there! Parents/family will have the opportunity to learn about the campus community, hear from parents of other Centenary students, and ask questions of staff and students. Parent programming concludes with the parent social Friday evening.

Parent Schedule (More details provided upon check-in)

Saturday August 1st

8:30am - 9:30am Continental Breakfast - Moore Student Union Building (SUB)
(Same as student schedule)
9:00am - 9:30am Parent Check-In - Moore Student Union Building (SUB)
9:30am - 10:15am Welcome and Opening
(Same as student schedule)
10:15am - 12:00pm Parent Sessions
12:00am - 1:00pm All-Campus Lunch
(Same as student schedule)
12:30pm - 5:30pm Parent Sessions
5:30pm Parent Farewell
6:00pm - 7:00pm Parent Social with Faculty, Staff, and Coaches

Also, Save the Date for First Year Family Weekend: Saturday August 29th!

Friday August 28th

Parents of students moving in on August 27th only

9:30am - 10:00am Educational Session (For parents whose student didn't attend a SOAR)
10:00am - 10:15am Breakfast
10:15am - 2:00pm Educational Sessions

Saturday August 29th

First Year Family Weekend on August 29th will give you the opportunity to see what the students did during the Centenary in Paris initiative and learn more about what is upcoming for your student during the fall semester. We encourage you to stay for the evening to spend time with your student on Sunday, as there are no Orientation events on Sunday.

1:30pm - 3:00pm Educational Sessions
3:00pm - 5:00pm Centenary in Paris Reception
5:00pm - 7:00pm Women's Soccer Exhibition vs Belhaven College

Have Questions?

Contact us at 318.869.5117 or email.