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Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation for Spring 2018

Date Time Event Location
Friday, January 5, 2018 9:30 am - 1:30 pm TOEFL Exam, Deadline to register is Dec 5, 2017. Nethery Hall 203
Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:45 - 11:45 am International Student Orientation Badger Room, Campus Center, upper floor
Sunday, January 7, 2018 12 - 5 pm First Stop Enrollment Management, Administration Building, first floor

Sunday, January 7, 2018

6 - 7:30 pm New Student Welcome Meal and Orientation Dining Services, Lincoln/Badger Rooms
Monday, January 8, 2018   Classes begin  


 

New Student Orientation for Fall Semester 2018

We are in the process of completing the schedule for Fall 2018. Events, times and dates are subject to change.

Move-In

8:15 a.m.–2 p.m. New International Student Orientation
Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
This session is for all new international undergraduates arriving on Sunday, August 12. Please plan to attend this session, as it is required.  Breakfast is included.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. First Stop Open for New Undergraduates (domestic)

2–5 p.m. First Stop Open for New Undergraduates (Int’l)
Howard Performing Arts Center
Be sure to sign up for a check-in time before arriving on campus. We’ll look at your registration status, schedule testing, produce your ID card and assign you to a mentoring group.

9 a.m.–8 p.m. Residence Halls Open for Move-In
Alumni Lend-a-Hand Available
Our faculty, staff and alumni volunteers will be on hand to assist you in your move-in.

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Andrews University Bookstore Open
Do you need to purchase your books or perhaps outfit the family in Andrews gear? The AU Bookstore is open for your convenience.

6–8 p.m. “Get the Scoop” Ice Cream Fair
Campus Center Lawn
Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream feed. Faculty and staff from campus academic and service departments will be on hand to answer your questions.

8–9 p.m. Honors Freshman Rally
Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall
Was your ACT composite score 25 or higher or your SAT (Math + Verbal) score 1200 or higher? Your GPA 3.50 or above? You might qualify for the Honors Program. Come and discover all of the benefits of being an Andrews Scholar.

Evening Shopping
Benton Harbor
Need a few necessities? There are plenty of stores just 15 minutes north in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.  If you don’t mind a 30-minute trip, there are even more stores and a mall located in Mishawaka, Indiana.

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

Welcome & Testing

8:30 a.m.—11 a.m. Math Placement Exam (MPE) Review
Room 133, Haughey Hall, Science Complex
This session is for those who plan to take the Math Placement Exam on Tuesday, August 14, and would like a mathematics refresher. 

8:30–9:30 a.m. President’s Continental Breakfast for Parents and Supporters
Howard Performing Arts Center, Lobby
President Luxton will be hosting a special continental breakfast for parents and supporters.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. First Stop Open
Enrollment Management, Admin. Building, 1st Floor
If you’ve arrived late, we’re the first thing on your list.

9–9:15 a.m. Registration for the Sibling Extravaganza
Howard Performing Arts Center
For school-age children (K-8).

9:15–11 a.m. The Sibling Extravaganza
Leave from the Howard Performing Arts Center
We’re glad your younger brothers and sisters have come to see you off to college.  We’ve got lots of fun things for them to do while the rest of the family takes care of business.

9:30–11 a.m. Parent and Supporter Conversation
Howard Performing Arts Center
Key faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about the transition ahead for parents and supporters and their students.

9:30–11 a.m. First-Year Wellness Check (as assigned)
Chan Shun Hall
If you were assigned at First Stop to complete your Wellness Check during this time slot, please attend.  This Wellness Check is required of all first-year students and will give you an opportunity to set goals for your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing while at Andrews. Testing assignments will be made at First Stop.

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Convocation and Matriculation Ceremony
Pioneer Memorial Church Sanctuary
New students, parents, and supporters are invited to join us for this special service that will feature addresses from President Luxton and Provost Arthur. The ceremony will conclude with the distribution of the Andrews Study Bible to new students at the Bridge of the Undergraduate Learning Center.

1:30–5:30 p.m. CIEP Institutional TOEFL Exam
Center for Intensive English, Nethery Hall

If you have a language hold and need to take the Center for Intensive English Institutional TOEFL Exam, you must register before the deadline of Wednesday, August 8 to take the Monday, August 20 exam.  Students may register for the exam in person at the CIEP office in Nethery Hall, on the phone (269-471-2260) or through email (ciep@andrews.edu).  The cost is $35.

2:30–3:00 p.m. and 3:153:45 p.m. Parent and Supporter Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions focus on topics to help you support your students as they adjust to life at Andrews. While new students gather for their first orientation session, you will have the opportunity to meet with each other and faculty and staff members. Each session will be offered from 2:30 – 3:00p and 3:15 – 3:45p on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Letting Go & Adapting to Change–Buller Hall, Room 250

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Counselor, Counseling & Testing Center
Your student isn’t the only one going through a life change—parents go through a transition, as well. In this session you’ll hear about what to expect and learn ways to adjust to changing roles.

Academic Support Services–Nethery Hall, Room 217
Carletta Witzel, Student Intervention Coordinator, Student Success Center
The transition to college-level work is challenging for many students. Learn about individual tutoring, disability accommodations, advising and other programs and services offered by our Student Success Center.

Uncertain Majors: The Explore Andrews Program–Nethery Hall, Room 143
Aaron Moushon, Director of Academic Exploration
Designed for students not clear on their academic future, the Explore Andrews program assists those who may need a structured, guided way to clarify their plans.

Preparing Parents for College–Buller Hall, Room 251
Jessica Yoong, President, Andrews University Student Association (AUSA); AUSA Officers
What’s college really like from a student perspective? Our AUSA team will share with you what students “need” to survive at Andrews. They will also answer your questions candidly to prepare YOU for college life.

Understanding Your Student and Their Strengths–Nethery Hall, Room 218
Emily Carlson, Director, Undergraduate Leadership Development
At Andrews we assume that every student is a leader because we believe “Leadership is intentional influence.” Learn how your student’s individual strengths can be leveraged for academic and life success.

Study Abroad Choices–Nethery Hall, Room 220
Pedro Navia, Professor of Spanish, Department Chair, International Languages & Global Studies
College is a great time to see the world! Learn about our many study tours, Adventist Colleges Abroad, the Global Studies major, and other opportunities to enrich your student’s worldview through an unforgettable experience.

J.N. Andrews Honors Program–Buller Hall, Room 207
L. Monique Pittman, Professor of English, Director, J.N. Andrews Honors Program
For those students looking for an additional challenge, the Honors Program offers classroom experiences focused on critical thinking, discussion and debate. In addition, students in the program participate in an alternative general education program (SAGES) and have exclusive opportunities for research along with social and spiritual programming.
 

2–3:30 p.m. First-Year Wellness Check (as assigned)

Chan Shun Hall
If you were assigned at First Stop to complete your Wellness Check during this time slot, please attend.  This Wellness Check is required of all first-year students and will give you an opportunity to set goals for your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing while at Andrews. Testing assignments will be made at First Stop.

3:30–5 p.m. First-Year Wellness Check (as assigned)
Chan Shun Hall
If you were assigned at First Stop to complete your Wellness Check during this time slot, please attend.  This Wellness Check is required of all first-year students and will give you an opportunity to set goals for your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing while at Andrews.  Testing assignments will be made at First Stop.

4–5:30 p.m. Math Placement Exam (MPE)
Room 133 & 137, Haughey Hall, Science Complex
Please consult the Testing section in this Guide if you have any questions about whether you should take this exam.

5:30–7 p.m. Undergraduate Leadership Program Reception
Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
The Undergraduate Leadership Program is designed to work with any degree. If you have applied to this program, or if you are interested in learning more about it, please sign up at First Stop for this reception.

5:30–7 p.m. New International Student Dinner The Faehner Home
Transportation departs from PMC Parking Lot
New international students are invited to dinner at the home of Frances Faehner, vice president for Student Life.

8–9:30 p.m. Community Life Orientation
Lincoln Room, Dining Services, Campus Center
This session is required of all first-year community students and recommended for community transfers. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

8–11 p.m. Residence Hall Orientations
Meier and Lamson Halls
This session is required for all new residents. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

Departmental Day, Orientation Continues

9 a.m. “Meet Your Academic Department” Breakfast
Johnson Gymnasium
Come join faculty and staff from your academic department and your fellow majors for breakfast.

10 a.m.–12 p.m. Departmental Orientation and Group Advising
Academic Departments
Follow your fellow majors to an assigned location to learn more about your department and its faculty.  You’ll also be able to schedule an individual appointment (if you haven’t already) with your academic advisor.

1–5 p.m. Academic Advising Appointments (as arranged)
Academic Advisors’ Offices

1–5 p.m. Library Introductions
James White Library
Attendance is required of all first-year students and will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you. You’ve already signed up for one of the sessions at First Stop, which begin every half hour.

6:00–7:15 p.m. First-Year Seminar: MINDSET
Howard Performing Arts Center
Remember to bring your Andrews ID with you.  This session is required for all first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Ushers will be there to greet you and scan your card.

7:30–9 p.m. Mentoring Group Session #1
Various Locations, Campus Greens
Time to get acquainted with your Mentoring Group!  You were assigned to a group at First Stop. If you can’t remember the name of your group, we’ll be there to remind you.

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

Student Success Day, Orientation Continues

10–11:15 a.m. First-Year Seminar: WISDOM
Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

1–1:50 p.m. Student Success Workshops #1
Various Locations

2–2:50 p.m. Student Success Workshops #2
Various Locations

3–3:50 p.m. Student Success Workshops #3
Various Locations

You can choose to attend up to three workshops on topics such as how to read a syllabus (and your professor’s mind), how to take better notes, how to improve your reading and comprehension, and how to manage your relationships.

6–7:15 p.m. First-Year Seminar: COGNITION
Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for all first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

7:30–9 p.m. Mentoring Group Session #2
Various Locations, Campus Greens
Your mentoring group will be joined by a faculty member, giving you a chance to ask your own questions about succeeding in the classroom.

9–10:30 p.m. Creative Arts Café
Campus Quad (in front of the James White Library steps)

Come on over to the “The Nest” Creative Arts Café for some light refreshments with friends. Enjoy the artistic vibe and “open mic” performances.

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

Orientation Continues

10–11:15 a.m. First-Year Seminar: INCLUSION
Howard Performing Arts Center
This session is required for all first-year students and transfers with 24 credits or less. Attendance will be taken. Please bring your ID card with you.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Mentoring Group Session #3
Various Locations, Campus Greens
Your mentoring group leaders and a facilitator from our Inclusion Team will help you explore all of the many ways we are Andrews!

9–5 p.m. First Stop for Transfer Students (Thursday arrivals)
Administration Building, First Floor
Transfers with 25 credits or more should check-in during the hour they selected in the online First Stop sign-up.

1:30–5:30 p.m. CIEP Institutional TOEFL Exam
Center for Intensive English, Nethery Hall

If you have a language hold and need to take the Center for Intensive English Institutional TOEFL Exam, you must register before the deadline of Wednesday, August 8 to take the Wednesday, August 22 exam.  Students may register for the exam in person at the CIEP office in Nethery Hall, on the phone (269-471-2260) or through email (ciep@andrews.edu).  The cost is $35.

2–2:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #1 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

3–3:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #2 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

4–4:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #3 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

5–5:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #4 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

You should have already taken the Do What You Are career inventory online. This group session helps you think about what your results mean - for the career path you've chosen or for the one you have yet to choose. Attendance is required of all first-year students, as assigned at First Stop (four more groups are scheduled for Sunday, August 26). Please bring your ID card with you.

5-6:30 p.m. Transfer Student Welcome Dinner & Details
Campus Center, Lincoln, and Hoosier Rooms
All transfer students who have arrived on Thursday are invited to attend this dinner and receive important details about making a smooth academic transition to Andrews University.

7–10 p.m. Bubble Soccer
Athletic Fields
You may have seen the videos on YouTube.  Now it’s your turn to suit up in a big bubble and compete with your mentoring group in an evening of Bubble Soccer action.  As fun to watch as it is to play!

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

Orientation Hits the Road

9:45–10:30 a.m. Load the Buses and Travel to Silver Beach, St. Joseph
PMC Parking Lot

10:30–11:30 a.m. First-Year Seminar: BALANCE
Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph
Our last First-Year Seminar session will take place at the Shadowland Pavilion along the shores of Lake Michigan!

11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m. AUSA Beach to Bluff Day
Silver Beach and the St. Joseph Bluff
Enjoy hanging out on Silver Beach, walking the pier, riding the historic Silver Beach Carousel or exploring the St. Joseph bluff with its many shops and restaurants. We'll even provide you with lunch money. Don't forget your sunscreen!

2:15–3 p.m. Load Buses and Travel Back to Campus

5:30–7 p.m. Alumni Barbecue: Mentoring Group #4 (with AU alums)
Howard Performing Arts Center Lawn
Meet up with your Mentoring Group on the HPAC lawn, grab some of that delicious barbecue, and take the time to get acquainted with one of our amazing AU alums.  They’re here to give you a real-world perspective on your University experience.

7:30–9 p.m. Vespers: PROXIMITY—The Power to Worship
Pioneer Memorial Church
Bring together all of the rich diversity of Andrews University. Let it flow through dynamic music, powerful speaking and awesome worship. That’s Proximity Vespers!

9–11 p.m. Ministry Fair
Pioneer Memorial Church
Check out all the many ways to get involved in ministry and service here at Andrews University

11 p.m. Curfew
Residence Halls

10:30–11:30 a.m. University Sabbath School
Student Recreation Center (basement of Campus Center)
The Campus Ministries team invites you to begin your Sabbath morning with a thought-provoking time in God’s Word.

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. PMC, New Life and One Place Worship Services
Pioneer Memorial Church, New Life (Tent behind Alumni House) and Newbold Auditorium (Buller Hall)

1:15–2:30 p.m.  Welcome Potluck
Campus Quad in front of PMC (PMC Commons, if rainy)
Local Adventist church members will host a potluck for all new students. Come and enjoy getting to know your new church family!

7–8:30 p.m. Salad Supper and Closing of the Sabbath
Buller Hall, Front Lawn
Join us for a light outdoor supper and worship program to close the Sabbath hours.

9:30 p.m.-Midnight Drive-In Movie
PMC Parking Lot
Bring your car or a blanket and enjoy a movie with friends under the stars.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. International Student Orientation
Leadership Lab, Campus Center
This session is for International Transfers who arrived on Thursday.

Sunday begins a whole week of welcome activities for new and returning students.  Join us today and every day throughout the week for more ways to make new friends.

1–1:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #5 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

2–2:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #6 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

3–3:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #7 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

4–4:50 p.m. Do What You Are Group #8 (as assigned)
Buller Hall 149 & 150

You should have already taken the Do What You Are career inventory online. This group session helps you think about what your results mean - for the career path you've chosen or for the one you have yet to choose. Attendance is required of all first-year students, as assigned at First Stop. Please bring your ID card with you.

6:00- 8:00 p.m. Welcome Back Block Party
Campus Center Quad
Join other new and returning students for food, music, and fun in front of the Campus Center, as we send summer off in style.

See you in class!