Orientation Schedule

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Important Dates

Orientation runs Thursday, August 28 - Monday, September 1.

Move-in day for incoming students is Thursday, August 28. Students and families should plan to arrive between 8:00am and 2:00pm on this day.

Upon arrival, you need to do three things:
 
1. Pick up your room keys from check-in in Kagin Commons.
2. Pick up your orientation schedule, nametag, and class T-shirt from check-in in Kagin Commons.
3. Have an ID picture taken at Card Services in the Campus Center.

Here's how things work to move in to the halls and check in for orientation:

- Pull into an unloading zone near the residence you are moving into  (there is an unloading zone for Doty/Turck and another for Dupre).

- Once your belongings are unloaded, someone will wait with them while your vehicle is moved into a parking place and while the student checks in and gets room and building keys. Once the student has returned with the key, our Move-In Crew and Alumni Movers and Shakers begin to carry belongings to the residence hall room.

- While student belongings are being carried in, anyone participating in parent/family orientation may wish to come and check in for orientation, but note that parent/family schedules and nametags will be available at several locations.

Below you will find the schedule of Orientation programs and events. You will receive a detailed schedule with session descriptions and location information when you check in for Orientation.

Orientation 2014

What appears below is a working copy of the 2014 Student Orientation schedule.  Final schedules with detailed program descriptions will be available at Orientation check in. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8:00am-3:00pm    

Check-in (for Residence Halls and Orientation)

10:30am-11:30am     

Mac Chips Reception (for alumni parents and their new students)

2:30pm-3:15pm     

New To College (Introduction for parents of first generation students and any others interested in understanding the liberal arts college experience)

3:15pm-4:30pm  

Campus Tours (optional) Tours will depart at 3:00, 3:15, and 3:30pm 

4:45pm-6:00pm 

Picnic dinner for new students and families  

6:45pm  

New Student Convocation

7:45pm

Scottish Clans Meet

8:00pm  

Parents' Reception  

9:00pm

First Community Meetings

10:15pm

Welcome to Your Life at Mac

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

7:30am –9:30am Cafe Mac Open for Breakfast 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
8:00am –9:00am  Bagel Breakfast with Rabbi Barry Cytron  
Lower Level, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
8:30am Placement Tests (Chemistry, Asian Languages)
9:30am - 10:15am Students meet in Scottish Clans
10:30am - 11:30am First Year Course Meetings
11:00am –1:45pm Cafe Mac open for Lunch 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
1:00pm - 2:00pm The Macalester News Hour (with Dean Hoppe and Ann Minnick)
2:15pm - 5:15pm Academic Advising Appointments
2:30pm-3:15pm World Languages At Macalester (Session 1)
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center
2:30pm-3:15pm World Languages At Macalester (Session 2)
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center
3:30pm-4:15pm Workshops (Session 1)
5:00pm –7:00pm Cafe Mac open for Dinner 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
6:15pm –6:45pm Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Open House 
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
6:45pm –7:15pm Lives of Commitment Reception 
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
7:30pm - 9:45pm Faces of Macalester
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
10:00pm Campus Center Extravaganza (with Live Band Karaoke)
Campus Center

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

7:30am –9:30am Cafe Mac open for Breakfast 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
9:00am –10:30am Department of Multicultural Open House 
Lealtad-Suzuki Center, Kagin Commons
8:30am - 11:30am Academic Advising Appointments
10:30am - 11:15am Workshops (Session 2)
10:30am - 11:15am Student Employment Orientation
11:00am - 1:30pm Cafe Mac open for Lunch 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
12:15pm – 2:45pm Academic Advising Appointments
1:00pm - 1:45pm 
Workshops (Session 3)
1:00pm - 1:45pm Student Employment Orientation
1:45pm - 2:45pm Bon Appetit Employee Orientation
2:00pm - 2:45pm Workshops (Session 4)
3:00pm - 4:30pm This Matters @ Mac
4:30pm - 5:30pm This Matters @ Mac discussion groups
6:00pm - 9:00pm Transfer students: dinner off campus
5:00pm – 7:00pm Cafe Mac open for Dinner 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center                                                             
9:30pm Social event

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

7:30am –9:30am Cafe Mac open for Breakfast 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center                                                             
9:00am – noon Into the Streets (Session 1)
9:00am - 10:45am Assessment (Session 1)
11:00am - 12:45pm Assessment (Session 2)
11:00am - 1:30pm Cafe Mac open for Lunch 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
1:00pm - 2:45pm Assessment (Session 3)
1:45pm - 4:45pm Into the Streets (Session 2)
3:00pm - 4:45pm Into the Streets (Session 3)
5:00pm - 7:30pm Cafe Mac open for Dinner                                                                             
5:00pm - 9:00pm Shuttles to/from the Minnesota State Fair
9:30pm - 11:30pm Class of 2018 Talent Show

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

7:30am –9:30am Cafe Mac open for Breakfast 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center                                                             
9:30am –10:30am MacReads Convocation
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
10:45am - 11:45am MacReads Discussion Groups
11:00am - 1:30pm Cafe Mac open for Lunch
1:30pm - 2:45pm Surviving and Thriving at Mac
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
2:45pm - 3:45pm Scottish Clan Wrap-Up
4:00pm - 5:00pm Lavender Reception
5:00pm - 7:30pm Cafe Mac open for Dinner
7:30pm Second Community meeting