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


7:30am-9:30am Cafe Mac Open for Breakfast
8:00am-3:00pm Check-in (for Residence Halls and Orientation)
Kagin Lawn (if rain, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons)                               
8:00am-4:00pm Resource Fair
Campus Center Second Floor Atrium
9:00am-4:00pm Library/Information Technology Services Drop-In
Library
10:30am-11:30am Mac Chips Reception (for alumni parents and their new students)
Alumni House
11:00am-1:30pm Cafe Mac Open for Lunch
Tickets Available at Campus Center InfoDesk
3:00pm-4:30pm Campus Tours (optional)
Tours will depart at 3:00, 3:15, and 3:30pm from the campus flagpole
(in the event of rain, tours will depart from Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel)
4:45pm-6:00pm Zero Waste All-Campus Picnic dinner for new students and families
Bateman Plaza and Chapel Lawn (if rain, Field House)
6:20pm Scottish Clans Line Up for New Student
Shaw Field (if rain, Field House)
6:45pm New Student Welcome
Old Main Lawn (if rain, Leonard Center Alumni Gym)
7:45pm Scottish Clans Meet
Various locations
8:00pm Parents' Reception
Alumni House
9:00pm First Community Meetings
Residence Halls
10:15pm Welcome to Your Life at Mac
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

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)
Various locations
9:30am-10:15am Students meet in Scottish Clans
Various locations
10:30am-11:30am First Year Course Meetings
Various locations
11:00am-1:45pm Cafe Mac open for Lunch 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
1:00pm-2:00pm The Macalester News Hour
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
2:15pm-5:15pm Academic Advising Appointments
Various locations
2:30pm-3:15pm World Languages At Macalester (Session 1)
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center
3:15pm-4:00pm World Languages At Macalester (Session 2)
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center
3:30pm-4:15pm Workshops (Session 1)
Various locations
5:00pm-7:00pm Cafe Mac Open for Dinner
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 
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, Weyerhaeuser Hall
7:30pm-9:45pm Faces of Macalester and Discussion
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
9:00am-10:15am Department of Multicultural Open House 
Lealtad-Suzuki Center, Kagin Commons
8:30am-11:30am Academic Advising Appointments
Various locations
10:30am-11:15am Workshops (Session 2)
Various locations
10:30am-11:15am Student Employment Orientation Session
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center
11:00am-1:30pm Cafe Mac Open for Lunch
12:15pm-2:45pm Academic Advising Appointments
Various locations
1:00pm-1:45pm Workshops (Session 3)
Various locations
1:00pm-1:45pm Student Employment Orientation Session
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center
1:45pm-2:45pm Bon Appetit Employee Orientation
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center
2:00pm-2:45pm Workshops (Session 4)
Various locations
3:00pm-5:30pm This Matters @ Mac and Discussion
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
5:30pm-9:00pm Transfer Students: Dinner Off-Campus
5:00pm-7:00pm Cafe Mac Open for Dinner
9:00pm Comedy Sportz (Social Event)
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
10:30pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Social Event)
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

7:30am-9:30am Cafe Mac Open for Breakfast                                                            
9:00am-12:00pm Into the Streets (Session 1)
Off-campus
9:00am-10:45am Assessment (Session 1)
Various locations
11:00am-12:45pm Assessment (Session 2)
Various locations
11:00am-1:30pm Cafe Mac Open for Lunch
1:00pm-2:45pm Assessment (Session 3)
Various locations
1:45pm-4:45pm Into the Streets (Session 2)
Off campus
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
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

7:30am –9:30am Cafe Mac Open for Breakfast                                                           
9:30am –11:45am MacReads and Discussion
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
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
Various locations
4:00pm - 5:00pm Lavender Reception
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom
5:00pm - 7:30pm Cafe Mac Open for Dinner
7:30pm Second Community meeting
Residence Halls