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New Student Orientation Schedule 2022

Exact times in schedule are subject to change

  • Tuesday, August 23 – August 26, 2022

    Pre-Orientation For International Students (PO4IS)

    Attendance is mandatory for those who require a visa to study in the United States.

  • Friday, August 26, 2022

    Events STARRED and in BOLD are mandatory events for new students.
    Schedule subject to change

    7:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M.
    Café Mac Open for Breakfast

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    8:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.
    Move-In and Check-In

    Residence Halls and Kagin Ballroom

    It’s time to check-in for Orientation (including students who moved in early!) Parents and families check in here, too. Get your room key, MacPass (student ID), name tag, schedule, and class t-shirt here.

    8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
    ITS Help Desk Drop-In Hours

    Humanities 316

    The ITS Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for technology help! We can help with campus wifi connections, setting up 2-factor authentication for your Google and 1600grand accounts, installing course software, and resetting a forgotten Macalester password. The ITS Help Desk offers tech support in person, by phone, email and chat. Search our knowledge base for answers in the ITS Self Service Portal.

    9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M.
    Library Open House

    DeWitt Wallace Library

    Start your library adventure! Pick up a map at the front desk to start exploring spaces, meeting staff, and discovering what the library has to offer. Learn about technology tools in the Digital Resource Center, explore Macalester history in the Archives, get creative in the Idea Lab, and more! Once you visit each location and earn a sticker, come back to the front desk to collect a fabulous prize!

    10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M.
    Resource Fair

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center,  Atrium

    Stop by our resource fair to meet staff from Disability Services, Student Employment & Payroll, Information Technology Services, the Sustainability Office, Career Exploration, and more.

    11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Lunch

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    12:30 –1:00 P.M.
    Muslim Gathering

    Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Lower Level

    Take a break from unpacking and join other Muslim students in the lower level of the Chapel. The Muslim Spiritual Advisor and Chaplain will be here to provide an orientation to the Musallah, Halal dining options.

    1:00–2:00 P.M.
    President Rivera Ice Cream Handout

    Starting at Bateman Plaza

    Stop by to meet President Rivera and enjoy a cold treat!

    Various Times
    Campus Tours

    Flagpole (rain: Weyerhaeuser Chapel)

    Familiarize yourself with the Macalester campus by taking a student-led tour. Tickets available at check-in. Space is limited.

    2:00–2:45 P.M.
    Café Mac Tour: Navigating Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    Brought to you by Disability Services and Café Mac leadership. Learn about inclusive food accommodation practices available to students dining on campus. This orientation event is for students and parents/guests who manage food allergies, celiac disease and medical diets. The event includes a tour of Café Mac that highlights need-to-know information: where to find ingredient labels at each food station, sourcing gluten free items, and a discussion of food safety practices. A question and answer session with General Manager Amy Tomes and Executive Chef Chad Plotnik will be part of the tour. Shayne Fettig-Hughes from Disability Services will be available to talk with students and families individually after the event.

    4:00–4:45 P.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting #1

    Various Locations- Check Nametag

    Incoming students are divided up into orientation groups called Scottish Houses. Each house is led by student Orientation Leaders (OLs). The name of your House will be communicated to you via email during the summer and can be found on your Orientation name tag. Look for the sign with your Scottish House’s name.

    4:45–6:15 P.M.
    Zero Waste Dinner

    Leonard Center, Field House

    Enjoy an all-campus dinner with fellow new students at the Leonard Center Fieldhouse.

    5:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.
    Shabbat Candle Lighting

    Leonard Center Portico

    Connect with other Jewish first years, Macalester Jewish Organization leaders, and Macalester’s Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman for a moment of Shabbat peace in the midst of orientation.  We’ll sing a little, light candles, and taste some challah.  We will gather under the Leonard Center Portico, just outside the campus-facing doors.

    6:15-6:30 P.M.
    *Scottish Houses Meet for Orientation Opening

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym 

    Incoming students are divided up into orientation groups called Scottish Houses. Each house is led by student Orientation Leaders (OLs). The name of your House will be communicated to you via email during the summer and can be found on your Orientation name tag. Look for the sign with your Scottish House’s name when you enter the gym.

    6:30–6:45 P.M.
    *Orientation Opening

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    President Suzanne Rivera will welcome new students to the Macalester community. 

    6:45–7:45 P.M.
    *Welcome to Your Life at Mac

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    Your journey at Mac has begun! Discover how to get the most out of your Orientation experience, learn expectations for being a member of the Macalester community, and hear from your Orientation Leaders.

    8:00–9:00 P.M.
    *Community Floor Meeting #1 OR Transfer Social

    Residence Hall Floor Meeting: Begin to cultivate your residential community by getting to know your floormates and your Resident Assistant (RA).
    Various Residence Halls

    Transfer Social: Join fellow transfer and exchange students for an evening social.
    Bateman Plaza (rain: Campus Center 214)

    9:00–11:00 P.M.
    S’mores Social Night & Bonfires 

    Bateman Plaza (Rain: Campus Center)

  • Saturday, August 27, 2022

    7:30–9:00 A.M.
    Café Mac Open for Breakfast

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    9:00–10:15 A.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting #2

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    During this House Meeting OLs will help frame the Orientation experience for new students and lead the group in community-building activities.

    10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
    ITS Help Desk Drop-In Hours

    Humanities 316

    The ITS Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for technology help! We can help with campus wifi connections, setting up 2-factor authentication for your Google and 1600grand accounts, installing course software, and resetting a forgotten Macalester password. The ITS Help Desk offers tech support in person, by phone, email and chat. Search our knowledge base for answers in the ITS Self Service Portal.

    10:30–11:45 A.M.
    *First-Year Course Meeting OR Transfer/Exchange Orientation Workshop

    First-Year Course (FYC) Meeting: Welcome to your initial First-Year Course (FYC) meeting. Get to know your FYC professor, learn about the course, and sign up for an academic advising appointment.
    FYC Classrooms

    Transfer/Exchange Orientation Workshop: Gather with fellow transfer and exchange students to learn about resources for transfer and exchange students.
    DeWitt Wallace Library 206

    11:45 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Lunch

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    12:45 P.M.–3:15 P.M.
    *Academic Advising Block #1

    Faculty Offices

    Meet with your FYC professor at your appointed time to discuss your class schedule and academic plans. Advising appointments for first-year students will be arranged during the FYC meeting at 10:30 a.m.

    1:00–1:30 P.M.
    Academic Programs & Advising for Transfer Students

    Markim Hall, Davis Court

    This session is an opportunity for transfer students to meet with Director of Academic Programs & Advising, Dr. Ann Minnick, and staff from the Registrar’s Office to make sure you’re prepared for your academic advising appointment. Bring your questions about registration and class selection!

    1:00-3:00 P.M.
    World Languages Fair

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Atrium

    Want to know more about learning languages at Mac?  Please join us at the World Languages Fair. Chat with our language faculty, learn about study and travel opportunities that span the globe, and enter a drawing to win gift cards to Macalester’s favorite local Middle Eastern restaurant.

    1:15-2:00 P.M.
    Wellness Breaks Session #1

    Take a pause from Orientation, practice a little self-care, and learn how to maintain health and wellness at Mac.

    Wellness and Creativity in the Idea Lab: Come relax, have fun, and ignite your creativity in the Idea Lab. Choose from wellness crafts set out on tables or chart your own path and explore something else that sparks your imagination. The space is yours to enjoy!
    Idea Lab, DeWitt Wallace Library

    Finding Low Stimulation Spaces: Do you need quiet space to yourself to focus or feel recharged? Has orientation started to overwhelm you? Come to this workshop to learn tricks for living in such a busy environment, and discover our favorite quiet spaces on campus.
    Campus Center 206

    Effortless Meditation: Meditation is the most simple and most rewarding thing anybody can do for themselves. It’s simply a matter of redirecting awareness to its natural state where we feel, whole, connected and at peace. It can be done almost anywhere at almost anytime by anyone. Do yourself a favor and attend this simple wellness break to learn a life hack that will last forever.
    Weyerhaeuser Chapel

    Field Games: Get out your energy by running through campus. Capture the flag, frisbee, and more will be featured! Feel free to come with suggestions!
    Great Lawn

    Board Games, Puzzles, and Cards, Oh My! : Need a break from the sun and the heat? Come chill with us and play some indoor games!
    Location TBD

    Journaling: Let your thoughts flow in a silent, restful, reflective space. Bring your own journal and pen or use the supplies provided!
    Campus Center 215

    1:30–2:00 P.M.
    Academic Programs & Advising for Exchange Students

    Markim Hall, Davis Court

    This session is an opportunity for exchange students to meet with Director of Academic Programs & Advising, Dr. Ann Minnick, and staff from the Registrar’s Office to make sure you’re prepared for your academic advising appointment. Bring your questions about registration and class selection!

    2:15–3:00 P.M.
    Life at Mac Workshops Session #1

    Join us for a series of interactive workshops on a variety of topics that will give you the information and tools you need to succeed at Mac.

    Surviving Minnesota Winters: Although the cold months in Minnesota can be intimidating, the indoor and outdoor winter activities offered by Mac and in the Twin Cities ensure that they can also be fun. We will teach you how to survive the cold with tips on dressing for winter and dealing with Minnesota’s unpredictable weather.
    Campus Center 206

    Classroom Tours: Join us as we take a tour around campus and show you where your courses take place and the ins and outs of each building. Bring your schedule so we can make sure to find the rooms for each of your courses!
    Meet at Bateman Plaza, in front of the Campus Center

    Exploring Local Cuisine: This time will be dedicated to giving all the pro tips on where to find the best food in the Twin Cities. We will do our best to describe the best in each category of food, what you should avoid, and where everything is located. Who knows, maybe you will meet new friends in this session to explore some of the local eateries with.
    Campus Center 207

    Self Advocacy: Come learn with other students about the importance of speaking up for yourself! We want everyone to get all the help that they need, but asking for it can be difficult. This is an opportunity to talk with some other students who can give great advice and teach some important skills.
    Campus Center 214

    Technology Petting Zoo: Come by the Digital Resource Center to learn about cameras, 3D printers, how to print, get connected to Wifi, and all of the resources and tools you have at your disposal for a successful technology experience at Macalester.
    Digital Resource Center, Library Lower Level

    3:30–4:30 P.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Supporting Members of Our Community

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    4:30–5:30 P.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting #3

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    Engage in dialogue and activities connected to the TMAM session with your Scottish House.

    5:30 –8:00 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Dinner

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    7:00–9:30 P.M.
    Club Sports Showcase and Scrimmage

    Macalester Stadium (rain: Leonard Center Field House)

  • Sunday, August 28, 2022

    7:30–9:30 A.M.
    Café Mac Open for Breakfast

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    9:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M.
    *Advising Block #2

    Faculty Offices

    Meet with your FYC professor at your appointed time to discuss your class schedule and academic plans. Advising appointments for first-year students will be arranged during the FYC meeting on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
    ITS Help Desk Drop-In Hours

    Humanities 316

    The ITS Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for technology help! We can help with campus wifi connections, setting up 2-factor authentication for your Google and 1600grand accounts, installing course software, and resetting a forgotten Macalester password. The ITS Help Desk offers tech support in person, by phone, email and chat. Search our knowledge base for answers in the ITS Self Service Portal.

    11:00–11:45 A.M.
    Wellness Breaks Session #2

    Take a pause from Orientation, practice a little self-care, and learn how to maintain health and wellness at Mac.

    Color Me Calm: Drop by Disability Services’ new space and grab a coloring book and pencils to enjoy some downtime by yourself or new friends. Disability Services Staff will be around if you have a question.
    Kagin Commons

    Touring the Macalester student gardens (Mulch and GOOSE): Come see Macalester’s student gardens! These gardens are a collaboration between the Sustainability Office and the student org MULCH. Join a walking tour of both locations, help yourself to herbs and tomatoes, and learn about on-campus gardening opportunities.
    Sustainability Office, 1657 Lincoln Ave

    Freeze Tag Time: Remember freeze tag, that playground game that brought such delight? Let’s play! Meet on Shaw Field outside the Leonard Center (weather permitting) for a rousing game of freeze tag, plus another tag permutation or two to mix things up 🙂
    Shaw Field

    Painting with Bob Ross: Have you ever wanted to paint like Bob Ross?Join us in the Idea Lab for a chill time doing just that – painting, chatting, and finding your inner peace.
    Idea Lab, DeWitt Wallace Library

    Effortless Meditation: Meditation is the most simple and most rewarding thing anybody can do for themselves. It’s simply a matter of redirecting awareness to its natural state where we feel, whole, connected and at peace. It can be done almost anywhere at almost anytime by anyone. Do yourself a favor and attend this simple wellness break to learn a life hack that will last forever.
    Weyerhaeuser Chapel

    Summit Ave Nature Walk: Get to know the neighborhood and enjoy the greenery you can find around us – even in the city! Take a stroll with us along the beautiful Summit Ave down to the Mississippi river not far away.
    Meet in front of Weyerhaeuser Chapel

    11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Lunch

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    12:30–1:30 P.M.
    Christian Connection

    Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Lower Level

    Looking for Christian Community while at Macalester?  This touchpoint with the Christian Chaplain and student leaders will give you a taste of a community that emerges from the Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Non-Denominational traditions found at Macalester. We’ll gather in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, or the Lower level of the Chapel.

    1:00–2:00 P.M.
    Disability Gathering

    Markim Hall, Davis Court

    Interested in connecting with other disabled students at Macalester? This event is a space to build community with new and returning students. 

    2:00–2:45 P.M.
    Life at Mac Workshops #2

    Join us for a series of interactive workshops on a variety of topics that will give you the information and tools you need to succeed at Mac.

    Classroom Tours: Join us as we take a tour around campus and show you where your courses take place and the ins and outs of each building. Bring your schedule so we can make sure to find the rooms for each of your courses!
    Meet at Bateman Plaza, in front of the Campus Center

    Getting Organized: Are you starting to feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities that will come with being a college student? Are you wondering how you will juggle class assignments and have a social life? Do you struggle with organizing yourself and finding the right time management tools? If you are wondering how to manage your time and commitments in college, come and learn how to find the right system for you.
    Campus Center 206

    Finding Community: Learn about social opportunities at and around Macalester! Hear from your OLs about their favorite places to hang out, and how they met their friends.
    Campus Center 207

    Adulting 101: Do you know how to Adult? Do you want to learn? Come learn the tips and tricks that will help you navigate the world as a new adult.
    Campus Center 214

    Cafe Mac Tour: Navigating Food Allergies and Celiac Disease: Learn about inclusive food accommodation practices available to students at Cafe Mac. This workshop is geared toward students who manage food allergies, celiac disease and medical diets. Hosted collaboratively by Disability Services and Cafe Mac, this workshop will includes a tour of Cafe Mac and provides need-to-know information about navigating campus with medical dietary accommodation needs. General Manager Amy Tomes and Executive Chef Chad Plotnik will walk students through finding ingredient labels at each food station, sourcing gluten free items, and discuss campus food safety practices. Questions are welcome!
    Café Mac

    Biking in the Twin Cities: Come learn from other students all the best tips and tricks for biking around the Twin Cities! Minneapolis and Saint Paul are very bike friendly cities, so come check out how to rent or buy a bike, the best paths and trails to explore, and so much more.
    Campus Center 215

    3:00–4:00 P.M.
    BIPOC Gathering

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

    Join the Department of Multicultural Life (DML) in the Loch for a BIPOC Gathering. The gathering will be an opportunity to be in community with other BIPOC students and to learn about the resources the Department of Multicultural Life offers. This space is intended for any student who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color. We look forward to seeing you there!

    4:00–5:00 P.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Health and Wellbeing

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    5:00–6:00 P.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting #4

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    Engage in dialogue and activities connected to the TMAM session with your Scottish House.

    5:00–8:00 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Dinner

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    8:00–11:00 P.M.
    Campus Center Extravaganza

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

    Enjoy an evening of fun in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.  The Campus Center exists to provide opportunities to create community and connection for all Macalester students.  Join us to explore this space and enjoy a variety of entertainment throughout the building.

  • Monday, August 29, 2022

    7:30–9:00 A.M.
    Café Mac Open for Breakfast

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
    ITS Help Desk Drop-In Hours

    Humanities 316

    The ITS Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for technology help! We can help with campus wifi connections, setting up 2-factor authentication for your Google and 1600grand accounts, installing course software, and resetting a forgotten Macalester password. The ITS Help Desk offers tech support in person, by phone, email and chat. Search our knowledge base for answers in the ITS Self Service Portal.

    8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Community Engagement – BLUE GROUP

    Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

    This session organized by the Civic Engagement Center will introduce students to local community engagement, focusing on ways to do that authentically and ethically and how to honor community knowledge and agency.  The session will involve visits to local neighborhoods with key Macalester partnerships as well as interactive workshops on campus. You will be assigned to a morning or afternoon session and one of two starting locations on campus based on your Scottish House (see your Orientation name tag day-of). Be prepared to move around some and know that you will be both outside and inside during the session.

    9:00–10:00 A.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Learning – ORANGE GROUP

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    10:00–11:00 A.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting # 5 – ORANGE GROUP

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    Engage in dialogue and activities connected to the TMAM session with your Scottish House.

    11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Lunch

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    1:45–5:00 P.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Community Engagement – ORANGE GROUP

    Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

    This session organized by the Civic Engagement Center will introduce students to local community engagement, focusing on ways to do that authentically and ethically and how to honor community knowledge and agency.  The session will involve visits to local neighborhoods with key Macalester partnerships as well as interactive workshops on campus. You will be assigned to a morning or afternoon session and one of two starting locations on campus based on your Scottish House (see your Orientation name tag day-of). Be prepared to move around some and know that you will be both outside and inside during the session.

    2:00–3:00 P.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: Learning – BLUE GROUP

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    3:00–4:00 P.M.

    *Scottish House Meeting # 5 – BLUE GROUP

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    Engage in dialogue and activities connected to the TMAM session with your Scottish House.

    5:00–6:00 P.M.
    International Student Gathering

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

    5:00–8:00 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Dinner

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    7:00–9:00 P.M.
    Class of 2026 Talent Show

    Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

    Watch your classmates demonstrate their talents or show off your own at this annual talent show! To perform complete the Talent Show Sign Up Form.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022

    7:30–9:00 A.M.
    Café Mac Open for Breakfast

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
    ITS Help Desk Drop-In Hours

    Humanities 316

    The ITS Help Desk is your one-stop-shop for technology help! We can help with campus wifi connections, setting up 2-factor authentication for your Google and 1600grand accounts, installing course software, and resetting a forgotten Macalester password. The ITS Help Desk offers tech support in person, by phone, email and chat. Search our knowledge base for answers in the ITS Self Service Portal.

    9:00–10:00 A.M.
    *This Matters at Mac: A People’s History

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

    A People’s History is an interactive presentation that explores the foundations of student activism and our collective responsibility to create a respectful and inclusive community at Mac.  This is an invitation to examine how our social identities inform our perspectives and a space for self-awareness, reflection, learning, accountability, and action.

    10:00–11:30 A.M.
    *Scottish House Meeting #6

    Various Locations – Check Name Tag

    Engage in dialogue and activities connected to the TMAM with your Scottish House. This meeting will also serve as a closing session for the Scottish House group.

    11:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Lunch

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    12:00–1:00 P.M.
    Unconventional Start to College Lunch (Gap Year, Exchange, Transfers)

    Weyerhaeuser Hall, Weyerhaeuser Boardroom

    This luncheon is for students who took a gap year(s) after high school or transferred to Macalester. Students who attend can reflect on their experiences and meet and connect with other students.

    12:00–4:00 P.M.
    Saint Paul Scavenger Hunt

    Meet at Bateman Plaza

    1:00–1:45 P.M.
    Life at Mac Workshops Session #3

    Join us for a series of interactive workshops on a variety of topics that will give you the information and tools you need to succeed at Mac.

    Getting Around the Twin Cities: Interested in using transit and/or bicycles to get around and explore the Twin Cities? This workshop will help you to take advantage of the Metro Transit Universal Pass and Macalester bicycle resources. Learn about the major transit routes and bicycle infrastructure close to campus. Ask questions about neighborhoods and start to feel comfortable getting around the Twin Cities.
    Meet outside the Campus Center

    Bubbles and Ballads with Career Exploration: Career Exploration’s light and airy getaway will help pop the stress away! Kick back and relax with CE to blow some bubbles, sip bubbly water, and listen to chill music. You can also grab a snack, pick up a gratitude journal, or decorate your water bottle with even more stickers. Join us as we watch our worries float into the distance!
    Outside Kagin Commons

    Get to Know Campus Scavenger Hunt: Get to know campus in an extra fun way – a scavenger hunt! In this activity you will be sent out in teams to find certain spots all over campus to both win points and explore all the cool places Macalester has to offer.
    Location TBD

    Succeeding with All of Your Academic Resources: Find out about the many resources that can help you succeed in your classes, and in other activities at Macalester.
    MAX Center in Kagin Commons

    Technology Petting Zoo: Come by the Digital Resource Center to learn about cameras, 3D printers, how to print, get connected to Wifi, and all of the resources and tools you have at your disposal for a successful technology experience at Macalester.
    Digital Resource Center, Library Lower Level

    2:00–2:45 P.M.
    Wellness Breaks Session #3

    Take a pause from Orientation, practice a little self-care, and learn how to maintain health and wellness at Mac.

    Touring the Macalester student gardens (Mulch and GOOSE): Come see Macalester’s student gardens! These gardens are a collaboration between the Sustainability Office and the student org MULCH. Join a walking tour of both locations, help yourself to herbs and tomatoes, and learn about on-campus gardening opportunities.
    Sustainability Office, 1657 Lincoln Ave

    Sustaining Practices; Daily Practices: The practices and habits we keep in our daily life can shape how we show up and live in the world. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has gathered Sustaining Practices from ancient and contemporary wisdom for our community. Together, we will “try out” some practices and set intentions for practices you’d like to keep at Macalester!
    Weyerhaeuser Chapel

    Navigating the Fitness Center: Come explore the fitness center! We strive to make the Leonard Center a comfortable and welcoming space for all of the Macalester College community. This session will include information on hours of operation and safety considerations, a tour of the center, and introductions to staff.
    Fitness Center, located in the Leonard Center

    Wellness and Creativity in the Idea Lab: Come relax, have fun, and ignite your creativity in the Idea Lab. Choose from wellness crafts set out on tables or chart your own path and explore something else that sparks your imagination. The space is yours to enjoy!
    Idea Lab, DeWitt Wallace Library

    Orientation Community Sing: New to singing? Somebody told you you can’t sing? This is also for you!!! Join Isabel Nelson (DML) and Emma Kippley-Ogman (CRSL) for a community sing. We’ll teach and sing together short songs and rounds that ground us and let us feel the joyful energy of joining our voices together. Is there a song you want to share/lead? Bring it! Isabel and Emma have been singing together in non-judgmental community spaces here in Minnesota since we were kids. Faculty, staff, students, all are welcome.
    On the lawn near Weyerhaeuser Chapel. Rain location: Weyerhaeuser Chapel

    PAWS@Mac: Come meet members of the Hamre Center Staff including Macalester’s newest therapy dog Getty the golden retriever! Getty’s human Wendy says “Getty is easy going and likes to do tricks for treats!”
    Shaw Field

    2:00–3:00 P.M.
    First Generation College Student Gathering

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

    This session is intended for first generation college students, who are the first in their family to attend college. As you begin your college experience, join us with others who are on this journey, and learn about the people and resources that will support you from orientation to graduation.

    3:00–4:00 P.M.
    LGBTQIA Gathering

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

    This gathering celebrates the LGBTQ+ community at Mac and is an opportunity for students to connect with each other and learn about resources and support networks on and off campus.

    3:00–6:00 P.M.
    Buses to Target (Sponsored by Program Board)

    Leaving from Weyerhaeuser Hall

    Forget something? Toothbrush? Laundry soap? Program Board has you covered. Take this private bus to Target and back to get your essentials. Buses leave from Weyerhaeuser Hall approximately every 30 minutes.

    5:00–8:00 P.M.
    Café Mac Open for Dinner

    Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac

    8:00–9:00 P.M.
    *Community Floor Meeting #2

    Residence Halls

    Connect with your Resident Assistant (RA) and floormates to continue to get to know each other and learn about being a member of a residential community.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022

    First Day of Classes

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022

    11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
    First Thursday—Opening Convocation

    Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

     

     

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