Thursday, August 29, 2019  |  Friday, August 30, 2019  |  Saturday, August 31, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019  |  Monday, September 2, 2019  |  Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:30–9:30 A.M. Café Mac Open for Breakfast
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


8:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Move-in and Registration     Attendance required
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

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


9:00–11:00 A.M. Library Open House 
DeWitt Wallace Library

Meet the library staff and enjoy refreshments. We also invite you to stop by the library anytime to look around, say hello, and learn more about our services. Complete a brief scavenger hunt in the Library sometime before Monday evening and be entered into a drawing for a Grandview Theatre gift card!


9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Resource Fair
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Atrium (second level)

Stop by our resource fair to pick up your Mac Pass and meet staff from the Highlander Bookstore, 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


12:00–1:00 P.M. First Generation to College Lunch
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch (lower level)

This session is for first generation college students and their families. Macalester is home to students, faculty, and staff who are the first in their family to attend college. As you begin your college tenure as a first generation to college student, join us to hear perspectives from those who have made this journey, and learn about the people and resources that will support you from orientation to graduation.


1:00–2:00 P.M. Campus Tours
Meet at flagpole near Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel (Rain Location: Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel)

Familiarize yourself with the Macalester campus.


3:00–4:00 P.M. Scottish House Meeting     Attendance required
Shaw Field (Rain Location: Leonard Center, Fieldhouse Track)

Incoming students are divided up into orientation groups called Scottish Houses. Each house is led by Orientation Leaders (OLs). Houses will meet on Shaw Field for their first meeting. The name of your House can be found on your orientation name tag. Look for the sign with your Scottish Houses’s name.


4:00–5:15 P.M. Zero Waste Welcome Dinner
Leonard Center, Fieldhouse

Enjoy an all-compostable zero waste dinner with college staff and other new students.


5:15–5:30 P.M. Scottish Houses Line Up for Welcome New Students     Attendance required
Shaw Field (Rain Location: Leonard Center, Fieldhouse Track)


5:45–6:45 P.M. Welcome New Students     Attendance required
Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

President Brian Rosenberg, Vice President for Student Affairs Donna Lee, Associate Dean of Faculty Paul Overvoorde, Chaplain Kelly Stone, and Macalester College Student Government President Blair Cha ’20 welcome families and new students to the Macalester community.


7:00–7:45 P.M. Welcome to Your Life at Mac     Attendance required
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. First Residence Hall Community Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations (meet on your residence hall floor)

Begin to cultivate your residential community by getting to know your floormates and your Resident Assistant (RA).


8:00–9:00 P.M. Transfer and Exchange Student Social
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch (lower level)

Join fellow transfer and exchange students for this evening social.


9:30–11:00 P.M. Magic Spectacular
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

Come one, come all to the most magical night of Orientation! Prepare your senses to be amazed by hilarious trickery and amazing feats. A perfect way to spend your first night on campus.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

7:30–9:30 A.M. Café Mac Open for Breakfast
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


7:45–9:00 A.M. Language Placement Tests

Japanese Placement Test
Neill Hall, Room 110

Chinese Placement Test
Neill Hall, Room 111

Latin Placement Test
Contact Beth Severy-Hoven at severy@macalester.edu to set an appointment for the first week of classes. Please read the “Guidelines for Latin Placement” found at macalester.edu/academics/classics/majorsminors/wheretostart

Spanish, German, and French language placement tests are not held during Orientation. An online placement test is available. Contact the Academic Programs and Advising Office at 651-696-6036 for more information.


9:00–9:45 A.M. Scottish House Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations–see your name tag


10:00–11:15 A.M. First-Year Course (FYC) Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations–see your name tag

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.


10:00–11:00 A.M. Transfer and Exchange Students: Library and ITS Orientation
DeWitt Wallace Library, Instruction Room 206

Join us for an introduction to library and ITS resources and services for transfer and exchange students. We will cover everything from support for your research needs to getting help with your personal computer.


11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Lunch
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


12:00–1:00 P.M. Department of Multicultural Life and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Welcome Lunch
Olin-Rice Science Center, James R. Smail Gallery

Enjoy lunch sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Life (DML) and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) while learning about the multicultural and religious resources at Macalester. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff who support students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with diverse religious and spiritual practices.


12:45–3:15 P.M. Academic Advising Appointments     Attendance required at appointed time
Various locations–designated by your FYC professor

Advising appointments for first-year students will be arranged during the following hours:

  • Friday, August 30, 12:45–3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 9–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Meet with your FYC professor at your appointed time to discuss your class schedule and academic plans.


1:00–1:30 P.M. Transfer Students: Academic Programs and Registrar Orientation     Attendance required
Markim Hall, Davis Court

Meet with Director of Academic Programs & Advising Ann Minnick and staff from the Registrar’s Office to make sure you’re prepared for your advisor appointment. Bring your questions about registration and class selection.


1:15–2:00 P.M. World Languages at Mac Fair: Session 1
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Atrium (second level)

Want to know more about learning languages at Mac? Meet the foreign language faculty and get your questions about placement and courses answered before the semester begins.


1:15–2:00 P.M. Wellness Breaks: Session 1
Various locations

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


1:30–2:00 P.M. Exchange Students: Academic Programs Orientation     Attendance required
Markim Hall, Davis Court

Meet with Director of Academic Programs & Advising Ann Minnick to make sure you’re prepared for your advisor appointment. Bring your questions about registration and class selection.


2:15–3:00 P.M. World Languages at Mac Fair: Session 2
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Atrium (second level)


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

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.


3:15–4:45 P.M. This Matters@Mac: Wellness & Wellbeing and Understanding Consent     Attendance required
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Mairs Concert Hall or Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom (see name tag for your location)

Our This Matters@Mac (TMAM) series highlights the values and practices that are most important to our community. At Macalester, we understand that the choices you make about your wellness and wellbeing can significantly impact your success in college.

TMAM: Wellness & Wellbeing will discuss the importance of self-care and making educated decisions about your physical, mental, and emotional health. We also strive to create a safe and respectful environment for all members of our community. TMAM: Understanding Consent will discuss the importance of educating all students about consent and how they can help to decrease incidents of power-based violence (sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, etc.).


5:00–6:00 P.M. Scottish House Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations–see your name tag


5:00–7:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Dinner
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


7:00–8:30 P.M. Game Day Gear Up
Leonard Center Parking Lot

Join us for a night of school spirit featuring food trucks and fun activities as we gather to cheer on the Scots! There will be free t-shirts for all new students who show their Orientation name tag.


7:30–9:00 P.M. Men’s Soccer vs. University of Chicago
Macalester Stadium

Come out and support the men’s soccer team in their first game of the season!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

7:30–9:30 A.M. Café Mac Open for Breakfast
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


9:00–11:30 A.M. Academic Advising Appointments     Attendance required at appointed time
Various locations–designated by your FYC professor

 Meet with your FYC professor at your appointed time to discuss your class schedule and academic plans.


10:00–11:00 A.M. Student Employment Orientation: Session 1      Attendance required for students holding work-study positions
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)

This is a mandatory session for all students holding work-study positions. You may choose between this session and the 1 p.m. session. Attendance is required at one session.


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

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


11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Lunch
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


12:00–1:00 P.M. Gap Year Luncheon
Weyerhaeuser Hall, Weyerhaeuser Boardroom

This luncheon is for students who took a year or more off after high school to work, travel, volunteer, or explore other interests. Students who attend can reflect on their gap year experiences, meet and network with other students who also have taken a gap year, and get advice on transitioning back into an academic environment.


12:30–3:30 P.M. Academic Advising Appointments     Attendance required at allotted time
Various locations–designated by your FYC professor


1:00–2:00 P.M. Student Employment Orientation: Session 2     Attendance required for students holding work-study positions
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)

This is a mandatory session for students holding student employment positions. You may choose between this session and the 10 a.m. session. Attendance is required at one session.


1:30–2:15 P.M. Life at Mac Workshops: Session 2
Various locations

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


2:15–3:15 P.M. Bon Appétit Student Employee Orientation     Attendance required for students holding Bon App work-study positions
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)

Students employed by Bon Appétit must attend this mandatory training.


3:30–5:00 P.M. This Matters@Mac: Multiculturalism and Community     Attendance required
Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

Communicating across differences can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. As members of the Macalester community, we embrace the values of internationalism and multiculturalism and understand the importance of learning to engage in continual, thoughtful, and productive conversations about identity, privilege, and social justice. At this session, we will discuss how to begin the journey towards understanding, respect, and acceptance. This exciting program invites new students to learn about Macalester’s community through the personal stories of upper-class students. It strives to be an upbeat, yet honest depiction of some of our students’ experiences here at Mac. New students will then have the opportunity to explore their own experiences with identity, social justice, and community.


5:00–6:00 P.M. Scottish House Meeting
Various locations–see your name tag


5:00–7:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Dinner
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


8:00–10:00 P.M. Mac@Nite Extravaganza
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Enjoy a free night of fun with the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement’s first Mac@Nite event for the year. Mac@Nite provides opportunities for students to engage in programs on weekends in the evening hours. At this Mac@Nite Extravaganza, watch a movie in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, eat snacks from the Grille, take memorable photos at our green screen photo booth, and have a blast exploring activities throughout the Campus Center.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

7:30–9:30 A.M. Café Mac Open for Breakfast
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


8:45 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Into the Streets: Morning Session     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

Into the Streets, organized by the Civic Engagement Center, gives students an opportunity to travel to different locations in the Twin Cities and learn how to engage with the local community. You will be assigned to participate in the morning or afternoon session based on your Scottish House (see your name tag).

Into the Streets Evaluation (Google Form)


9:00–10:30 A.M. Assessment: Session 1     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Various locations–see your name tag

Assessment Day helps us to understand the impact Macalester has on students and student learning. Each student will be asked to take a survey to help us collect this important information. You will be assigned an assessment session based on your Scottish House (see your name tag).


10:45–11:00 A.M. Introduction to Campus Safety: Session 1     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)

We care deeply about the safety and security of our Macalester community. In this session, we will discuss campus safety procedures and introduce you to members of the Campus Security Department. You will be assigned an Introduction to Campus Safety session based on your Scottish House (see your name tag).


11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Lunch
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Assessment: Session 2     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Various locations–see your name tag


12:45–1:00 P.M. Introduction to Campus Safety: Session 2     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)


1:45–5:00 P.M. Into the Streets: Afternoon Session     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom


1:00–2:30 P.M. Assessment: Session 3     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Various locations–see your name tag


2:45–3:00 P.M. Introduction to Campus Safety: Session 3     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)


3:00–4:30 P.M. Assessment: Session 4    Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Various locations–see your name tag 


4:45–5:00 P.M. Introduction to Campus Safety: Session 4     Attendance required – refer to name tag for session details
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall (lower level)


5:00–7:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Dinner
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


7:00–8:30 P.M. Class of 2023 Talent Show
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

Watch your classmates demonstrate their talents at this annual talent show.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

7:30–9:30 A.M. Café Mac Open for Breakfast
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


9:30–11:00 A.M. Scottish House Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations–see your name tag


11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Café Mac Open for Lunch
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


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


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


3:00–6:00 P.M. Target Bus Trips
Meet outside Weyerhaeuser on Macalester Street

Hop on board for a trip to Target to purchase any last minute items before the start of the fall semester. Sponsored by Program Board


5:00–8:00 P.M. Café Mac Open for Dinner
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Café Mac


8:00–9:00 P.M. Second Residence Hall Community Meeting     Attendance required
Various locations (meet on your residence hall floor)

Come together as a residential community to learn about community standards, events and opportunities for you to engage in your residential community.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ALL DAY

First Day of Classes

11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. First Tuesday—Opening Convocation
Leonard Center, Alumni Gym

First Tuesday brings the entire campus community together to celebrate the new academic year. This year our First Tuesday guest speakers are President Brian Rosenberg, Trustee Rebecca Van Dyck ’91, and Professor Shilad Sen. They will discuss how social media is shaping our society and influencing life on campus. Following the program, attendees may pick up a complimentary bag lunch on Shaw Field.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

4:30-6:00 P.M. — Lavender Reception
Kagin Commons, Lower Level

Lavender Reception celebrates the queer community at Mac and is an opportunity for LGBTQ students to learn about resources and support networks on and off campus. Refreshments will be served.


6:00-7:00 P.M. — Indigenous and Students of Color (ISOC) Ice Cream Mixer
Kagin Commons, Kagin Lounge (first floor)

The ISOC Ice Cream Mixer provides an opportunity for Indigenous Students and Students of Color from various global communities to meet the Multicultural Life Professional and Student Staff, as well as explore ways to get involved with the DML. Join us as we start off the 2019-20 academic year together and build new connections! Sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Life