2 Welcome Home! Welcome to your Connecticut College Orientation! The Orientation program will introduce you to the core principles that govern how we learn and live together as a community. Throughout the next four years, you will make connections with different students, faculty, and staff members here on campus that will help you grow and expand your knowledge about yourself and the world around you. This knowledge will enable you to make connections across the different aspects of your academic and extracurricular life both on and off campus. Here are some steps for success at Connecticut College: Take responsibility for your learning and your choices Engage constructively with each other and the larger world Make reflective choices that balance your career, commitments and personal wellbeing The Orientation program will help you connect the expectations, opportunities and resources available so you can begin to build your Connecticut College experience. As a result of participating in Orientation, you will: Understand the mission and core values of Connecticut College Learn about academic and co-curricular campus resources and ways to become an involved citizen and campus leader Understand the educational and social benefits of engaging with diversity Understand the rights and responsibilities of upholding freedom of expression within a residential community Design a balanced academic schedule for the fall semester in conjunction with your advising team and dive deeply into the Connections curriculum Embrace the importance of the Connecticut College Honor Code and articulate the expectations entailed by signing the Honor Code Recognize the connection between wellbeing and academic success Learn how to live in a community with your peers and how your behaviors and actions have an impact on your community Understand what it means to be an active bystander Forge new friendships through fun and enjoyable social interactions As a result of participating in Orientation, parents and families of first-year students will: Discover the depth of Connecticut College resources for student success, while developing a realistic perspective about the types of challenges students may face during the first year of college Recognize their role as partners with Connecticut College in an effort to help students achieve the best possible education Learn about expectations for behavior related to a student s academic and social development Share your Orientation Day memories by using the hashtag #Home2Conn! 2 3
3 Thursday, August 23 Welcome Home 9-11 A.M. 10:45 A.M. -1:15 P.M. 11 A.M. -1:15 P.M. 11:30 A.M. -1:15 P.M. 1:30-2 P.M. 2:15-4:05 P.M. 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. Move into Your Residence Halls First-Year Athletes Medical Clearance Meetings for Fall Sport Athletes Only MAIN STREET/ATRIUM ABOVE Community Resource Fair (Outside Vendors) LARRABEE GREEN/LIBRARY WALKWAY (RAIN LOCATION: 1993 COMMON AREA, CRO) Lunch New Students Welcome PALMER AUDITORIUM Introduction to Orientation by Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and New Student Programs Geoff Norbert and Dean of First- Year Students Emily Morash Meetings with Student Advisors MEET YOUR FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR OUTSIDE OF PALMER AUDITORIUM President s Assembly PALMER AUDITORIUM President s Reception CASTLE COURT (RAIN LOCATION: 1962 ROOM, CRO) 6 P.M. 7:30 P.M. 8:30-9:30 P.M. 10 P.M. 10 P.M. -MIDNIGHT Dinner 4 5 New Student Welcome and Camel Moments TEMPEL GREEN (RAIN LOCATION: PALMER AUDITORIUM) First-year Students meet outside Cro at 7:15 p.m. House Meetings HOUSE COMMON ROOMS; EXCEPT BRANFORD: ERNST COMMON ROOM, PARK: HILLEL HOUSE, PLANT: HOOD DINING ROOM, SMITH-BURDICK: BURDICK COMMON ROOM Sundae Bar with all the Sprinkles KB COMMON ROOM Batch Blast: Dance the Night Away with DJ Getrite 1941 ROOM, CRO Batch Blast was established in 1988 by an anonymous donor in honor of Esther Batchelder, a member of the Class of 1911, who was founder of the CC Alumni Association and the first alumna to be a trustee. After graduating from Conn with a major in Chemistry, she went on to receive her Ph.D. and ultimately work in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, receiving the USDA s Distinguished Service Medal. The donor hopes you will enjoy the festivities this week named in her honor.
4 Friday, August 24 A Connected Community 7:30-8:30 A.M. Breakfast with Student Advisers Meet your Student Advisers and eat with your First-Year Seminar. Make sure to bring your ID card with you to all meals and sessions. NOON-1:45 P.M. Pre-Professional Information Sessions: NOON-12:30 P.M. INFO SESSIONS ROUND 1: Pre-Health OLIN 014 Pre-Business BLAUSTEIN 203 8:30-9 A.M. 9:15-10:15 A.M. 10:30 A.M. -NOON Welcome to Connections PALMER AUDITORIUM Welcome by Emily Morash, associate dean of the College and dean of first-year students and Geoff Norbert, assistant dean for student engagement and new student programs. Connections curriculum by Jefferson Singer, dean of the College. Exit Palmer with Student Advisors and First-Year Seminar. Meeting with First-Year Seminar Advising Teams FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR CLASSROOMS Academic Fair SHAIN LIBRARY NOON-2 P.M. 3 P.M. 3:15-4:15 P.M. 12:30-1 P.M. INFO SESSIONS ROUND 2: Pre-Law BLAUSTEIN 203 Environmental Studies BLAUSTEIN :45 P.M. INFO SESSIONS ROUND 3: Science for Science Majors NEW LONDON HALL 101 Lunch First-year Athlete Meeting for Fall Sport Athletes ATHLETIC CENTER Yoga on Knowlton Green 10:30 A.M. -NOON Individual Advising Appointments FACULTY OFFICES Appointments will be scheduled during the morning meeting. 3:30-6 P.M. (RAIN LOCATION: CRO 1941 ROOM) Spend some time unwinding with your classmates. Athletics practice time NOON-6 P.M. Individual Advising Appointments FACULTY OFFICES 6:15 P.M. Community Dinner 6 7
5 Friday, August 24 A Connected Community 8:15 P.M. 10 P.M :30 P.M. Small group time with Student Advisers YOUR SA WILL LET YOU KNOW WHERE TO MEET Make Your Own Room Decorations HARRIS ATRIUM Batch Blast: John Cassidy EVANS HALL Comedy, Magic & Really Weird Things with Balloons. TEAMWORK CULTURE CLUBS DEVELOPMENT SERVICE NETWORK ACTIVITIES FUN ORGANIZATIONS LEADERSHIP OFFICE OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? International Student Association Hillel The College Voice Pre-Health Club Wig and Candle Dance Club Umoja the Black Student Union CC Republicans and Conservatives Club Outdoor Adventures Gaming Club CC Democrats RefleXion Student Activities Council The Women s Empowerment Initative Student Government Association Pre-Med Paramedic Internship Program Muslim Student Association Relay for Life of Connecticut College ConnSider (TEDx) Women in Technology MEDLIFE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR AUGUST 30, 3-5 P.M. connquest.conncoll.edu DOWNLOAD THE APP TO FIND SO MUCH MORE! 8 9
6 Saturday, August 25 A Beloved Community 6:30-8:30 A.M. Athletics Practice Time 5-7 P.M. Athletics Practice Time 7:45-8:45 A.M. Breakfast 5:30-7:30 P.M. Dinner 8:30 A.M. 9 A.M. 9:30 A.M.- NOON Board Busses outside Cro FYSs 108A - 108T Board Busses outside Cro FYSs 108S - 108Z, FYS 118A - 118P, SL 101 At Home in New London GARDE ARTS CENTER 9 P.M. 9 P.M. Popcorn and Games SMITH BURDICK GAME ROOM Batch Blast: Fright Night Haunted House & Psychic Fair LARABEE GREEN (RAIN LOCATION: 1962 ROOM) 12:30-1:45 P.M. Lunch 2-4:30 P.M. Identities and Communities on Campus PALMER AUDITORIUM 4-6 P.M. Give N Go Yard Sale LARRABEE GREEN (RAIN LOCATION: CRO S NEST) 4:30-7 P.M. Placement Tests, Information Sessions and Auditions REFER TO PAGE 20 FOR DETAILS 4:30-6 P.M. DJ/Rita s at Unity House UNITY HOUSE 10 11
7 Sunday, August 26 A Caring Community 6:30-8:30 A.M. 8-8:45 A.M. 9 A.M. 9:15-11:30 A.M. 11:45 A.M. -12:15 P.M. 12:30-1:30 P.M. 1:45-3:45 P.M. Athletics Practice Time Breakfast Introduction to Student Life 1962 ROOM How We Live Together - What does it take to build a community? CRO S NEST: FYSs 108A - 108L 1941 ROOM: FYSs 108M - 108Z 1962 ROOM: FYSs 118A - 118P, SL 101 How We Play Together CRO S NEST: FYSs 108A - 108L 1941 ROOM: FYSs 108M - 108Z 1962 ROOM: FYSs 118A - 118P, SL 101 Lunch How We Take Care of Ourselves and Each Other 1941 ROOM: FYSs 108A - 108T 1962 ROOM: FYSs 108S - 108Z, 118A - 118P, SL 101 4:15-6 P.M. 4:15-6 P.M. 5:15-7 P.M. 7:30 P.M. Wellness Time MIXXED FIT MARTHA MYERS DANCE STUDIO MixxedFit is a people inspired fitness program that mixes explosive movement and boot camp toning. Please bring water and a towel. YOGA KNOWLTON GREEN (RAIN LOCATION: CRO 1941 ROOM) Spend some time unwinding with your classmates. SOCCER CHAPEL GREEN Join members of the Futbol and Women s Soccer club sports teams for an informal game of soccer. SPROUT GARDEN DROP-IN SPROUT GARDEN QUIET REFLECTION DROP-IN HARKNESS CHAPEL Athletes practice time Dinner Speak About It - Consent, Boundaries and Healthy Relationships PALMER AUDITORIUM 3:45-4:15 P.M. Break LIBRARY GREEN (RAIN LOCATION: CRO S NEST) 9 P.M. Batch Blast: Outdoor Movie - Ocean s 8 LOTT COURTYARD BEHIND HARRIS REFECTORY (RAIN LOCATION: 1962 ROOM) Bring a blanket, your new friends and enjoy a film under the stars
8 Monday, August 27 6:30-8:30 A.M. 8-8:45 A.M A.M A.M. 10:45 A.M. -NOON 11 A.M. 11 A.M.-1 P.M. NOON-1 P.M. Athletics Practice Time Breakfast with Student Advisers Meet with your Student Advisers and eat with members of your First-Year Seminar. All First-Year Class REF Event PALMER AUDITORIUM Check-in with Faculty Advisers before Registration FACULTY ADVISER OFFICES Registration Help Desk with Dean of First-Year Students Emily Morash and Student Adviser Coordinators REFERENCE DESK, SHAIN LIBRARY Online Course Registration Opens for First-Year Students Campus Resource Fair LIBRARY FRONT WALKWAY (RAIN LOCATION: 1962 ROOM, CRO) Lunch 1-2 P.M. 1-2 P.M. 2:20-4 P.M. 3:30 P.M. 4:15 P.M. 4:30 P.M. 6-8 P.M. Student Accessibility Services Meeting SHAIN LIBRARY, CHU ROOM For all new students registered with SAS or planning to register with SAS Student Employment Workshop ERNST COMMON ROOM, BLAUSTEIN Honor Code Matriculation PALMER AUDITORIUM 2:30 p.m. Residents of Burdick, Freeman, Harkness, Jane Addams, Katherine Blunt, Morrisson, Knowlton, Larrabee, Smith, Windham 3 p.m. Residents of Blackstone, Branford, Hamilton, Johnson, Lambdin, Park, Plant Matriculation/Pre-Convocation Reception CASTLE COURT Line Up for Convocation CASTLE COURT Convocation and Dinner TEMPEL GREEN REF Programs 14 15
9 Monday, August 27 Please join us for our 104th Convocation Monday, Aug. 27, :30 p.m. Jean C. Tempel 65 Green 7-9 P.M. 8:15 P.M. 9:15 P.M. Athletics Practice Time Gender and Sexuality Programs Ice Cream Social LGBTQIA CENTER (BURDICK HOUSE) House Meetings HOUSE COMMON ROOMS EXCEPT BRANFORD: ERNST COMMON ROOM, PARK: HILLEL HOUSE GREAT ROOM, PLANT: HOOD DINING ROOM, BLACKSTONE: 1941 ROOM, SMITH AND BURDICK HOUSES: CRO S NEST Tuesday, August 28 First day of classes President Katherine Bergeron will call together the College community and officially proclaim the opening of the academic year at Convocation, a joyous and proud College tradition. Convocation is celebrated on Tempel Green, the very center of our campus, and will include a procession of faculty, class officers and all first-year students. Sunil Bhatia, Associate Professor of Human Development, will deliver the keynote address, Finding Magical Doors: Notes on Borders, Race and Belonging. Following the ceremony, the campus community is invited to the Convocation Picnic on Chapel Green. In case of rain, Convocation will be in Palmer Auditorium and the Convocation Picnic will be in Harris Refectory. *All new students will meet at 4:15 p.m., on the west (green) side of Palmer Auditorium to line up for the procession.* 16 17
10 WELCOME EVENTS: POSTER SALE Aug a.m.-5 p.m. Larabee Green Find great posters, tapestry and many other things to decorate your room. INVOLVEMENT FAIR Thursday, Aug p.m. Library Green Interested in a club, organization, or Club Sport? Want to ask questions and signup for their list? Come meet the club president s captains and some of the members the make up those clubs! ACAPELLA SHOWCASE Friday, Aug p.m. Evans Hall Come enjoy an evening full of music from all seven acapella groups. WELCOME BACK DANCE Saturday, Sept p.m. Tempel Green (Rain Location 1962) Come out and support Conn s very own DJ Food trucks will be available to the first 100 people, so get there early! CASH ATTACK GAME SHOW Saturday, Sept. 8 9 p.m. Cro s Nest Cash Attack is a game show that combines Let s Make a Deal and Deal or No Deal. Five rounds will be played, and contestants can win up to $1,250. FRESH CHECK DAY Friday, Oct. 5 Noon Fresh Check lets you connect with people on campus who will help you maintain your mental health and physical wellbeing, including Student Counselling services and Student Health Services. Have fun, relax and unwind! The Lending Library at Connecticut College Rent textbooks for the semester for free! Bio, English, and Math, OH MY! We know how quickly the cost of books can add up! The Lending Library is very simple: donated textbooks are availabe for students to rent for free for the entire semester! Steps to use the Lending Library: 1. See if we have your book from the comfort of your room by visiting ConnCollLendingLibrary.librarika.com 2. Note the location of your books: KB Lobby-literature, history, politics, social sciences; Burdick Lobby-STEM and language textbooks 3. Come during open hours to get your books from either KB or Burdick. 4. Check out all of your books at our desk in KB Lobby. Hours Monday, Aug. 27, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3-Wednesday, Sept. 5, noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. None of the above times work for you? Have questions? us at 18
11 Available Now & Online Placement Tests, Information Sessions and Auditions Placement tests and auditions are scheduled over an extended period of time so that you may take more than one. They are important if you intend to continue in any of these areas at any time over the next four years. All levels of ability are encouraged to participate. If you miss a session, please contact the chair of the department offering the tests or auditions. French Hispanic Studies For students who have not taken the SAT exam in French or do not have an AP score of 4 or 5: Online Placement Test (Transparent Language): Go to: for an online proficiency test. It will take approximately 40 minutes to complete, though you may take as long as you wish. Submit your score (out of 150) at v8uoggmm7s253mvw2 prior to Aug. 26. Results: Course placement will be ed to you directly by Sunday evening, Aug. 26. For students who have taken the SAT exam in French or have a 4 or 5 on the AP test: Visit majors-departments-programs/departments/ french/french-placement-exam/ for placement information. Online Placement Test (approximately 30 minutes to complete) uk/tests/tst_placement_spanish.html. your results to Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Luis Gonzales, conncoll.edu, prior to Aug. 25. Results: Course placement will be ed to you directly by professor Gonzalez. Please see listing below about time to meet faculty during Orientation. Please note: If you learned Spanish outside of the classroom for example, if you speak Spanish in your family or your community Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Jennifer Rudolph, conncoll.edu
12 Scheduled during Orientation FRIDAY, AUG :30 A.M.-NOON LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES Mathematics and Statistics Theater 10:30 a.m-noon Placement interviews (lasting five minutes) will take place during the Academic Fair at the Mathematics and Statistics Table. Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence. Results: Will be given to you at interview. Noon-12:45 p.m. Introductory Workshop. For all students interested in enrolling in THE 104: Acting I: Preparation in the Fall or Spring semester. Enrollment in this Core Course is limited, and this workshop is highly recommended for students interested in Theater as a major or minor. Palmer Auditorium, Room 202. Results: You will be notified by by Sunday evening. SATURDAY, AUG. 25 4:30-7:30 P.M. LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES Biology Chinese Dance 4:30-5:30 p.m. All students interested in taking BIO 106 Cells or BIO 110 Accelerated Cell Biology should come and take a written assessment that will help us better understand the biology experiences of our incoming class. We will have you answer questions about data interpretation and solve biological problems. We will also ask you about your high school biology experiences. Many students have not taken biology since their first year of high school, while others have had biology just last year. Professor Eastman will be available to answer any questions about the Biology courses. Olin 014. Results: Placement results will be ed to you by Sunday evening. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Written placement exam (lasting 50 min), third floor lounge, Woodworth House. Oral interview (lasting 10 min), Room 203, Woodworth House. Results: Will be ed to you by Sunday evening. 4:30-6 p.m. Introduction to Dance Department Class. Come ready to dance and find out what classes you can register for in your first semester at Conn. Myers Studio, third floor, Cro. Arabic Language 4:30-6 p.m. Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes), Blaustein 312 (Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Rapoport s Office). During the interview we ll discuss your background in Arabic to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn. Results: Will be given to you at interview. German :30-5:30 p.m. Placement test (lasting 1 hour), required of students who did not receive a 4 or 5 on AP or 570+ on ACH and wish to continue German study at Conn. Blaustein 208. Results: Will be ed to you by Sunday evening.
13 Hispanic Studies Italian Japanese Latin and Ancient Greek Mathematics and Statistics 4:30-6:30 p.m. Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Luis Gonzalez will be available to answer questions about Spanish placement, or the Hispanic Studies department. Winthrop 205 4:30-5:30 p.m. Placement Test, Fanning 405 (Professor of Italian Studies Paola Sica s Office). Results: Will be given to you at test. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Written Placement Exam (lasting 30 minutes), first floor lounge, Woodworth House and Oral Interview (lasting 10 minutes), Room 101 Woodworth House (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Hisae Kobayashi s Office). Results: Will be ed to you by Sunday evening. 4:30-6 p.m. Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes), Blaustein 324 (Associate Professor of Classics Darryl Phillips Office). During the interview we ll discuss your background in the language and talk about prior classes that you completed to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn. Results: Will be given to you at interview. 4:30-6 p.m. Placement interviews (lasting 5 minutes) Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence. Fanning 313. Results: Will be given to you at interview. Music 4:30-5 p.m. Information session. Recommended for all students interested in participating in a music ensemble, taking private lessons or taking a Music course. Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. 5-7:30 p.m. Music theory placement tests (approximately 30 minutes), Cummings :30 p.m. Individual auditions for private lessons. Locations will be posted in hallway outside of Cummings 216 (Music Department Office). Results: Will be given to you immediately following the auditions and placement tests. Auditions for Performing Groups: New Music Chamber Ensemble 5:00-7:30 p.m., Cummings Arts Center Orchestra 5:00-7:30 p.m., Cummings 223 Choir Placement Auditions (Camel Heard and Chorale) 5-7:30 p.m., Cummings 218 More information about our choir ensembles can be found at: edu/choirs/. First-year students and transfer students, please sign up for a 10-minute choir placement audition at: Assistant Professor of Music Wendy Moy will take drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Chorale Audition Requirements: For Chorale, please prepare bars of any unaccompanied classical, musical theater, 24 25
14 Music (cont) or folk song. Happy Birthday is a perfectly OK choice. Memorization is not required. The piano may be used to establish the starting pitch and tonality. You will also be asked to sight-read and to demonstrate your pitch memory. Camel Heard Audition Requirements: For Camel Heard, please prepare an unaccompanied classical solo of your choosing that is one minute in length. Please also prepare your voice part of the following arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner (pay attention to this version s rhythms and notes). You can download the music at auditions-2/. (Note: If you sing first soprano or first tenor, please learn the second soprano/ second tenor part. If you sing alto, please learn the 2nd alto part.) You will also be asked to vocalize and sight-read a short excerpt. All singers invited to Camel Heard callbacks must attend on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4:15-5:45 p.m. (Those who audition for Camel Heard will automatically be considered for Chorale.) Additional Auditions for Ensembles after Orientation: Private Music Lessons Monday, Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m. Cummings 216 Jazz Ensembles Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center Russian Theater Art (Studio) Chemistry 4:30-5:30 p.m. Placement Interview (10 minutes each), Blaustein 310 (Professor of Slavic Studies Andrea Lanoux s Office). Results: Will be given to you at interview. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Information Session for students interested in any aspect of Theater (performance, tech, classes). Palmer Auditorium, Room :30-6 p.m. Information Session for students interested in studio art classes. 6-7:30 p.m. Portfolio review and class registration for any student planning on taking a Fall semester art course. Student should bring their real or virtual portfolio, if available. If you are unable to attend the portfolio review and course registration, you should both the Department of Art Chair Gregory Bailey, and the course instructor to request a space in the course. Cummings 310. Results: Will be given to you during portfolio review. Professor Bailey will submit your course registration for you directly to the Registrar. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Test is required for enrollment in CHM 107. Olin 014. Results: Will be ed to you by the end of the day on Sunday, Aug. 26. Concert Band Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center Computer Science 5:30-7 p.m. Placement test and interviews. New London 208 (Professor of Computer Science Ozgur Izmirli s Office). Results: Will be given to you at interview