Welcome!

This schedule will guide you through orientation activities during the next week through Monday, August 27 - the first day of class. Programs and activities that have been selected for orientation are designed to make you feel at home at Wilson, prepare you for academic challenges and have fun getting to know your new classmates. Sessions at which your attendance is required are noted with a “*”, but we hope that you will take advantage of all opportunities to get to know Wilson better.

Check Lenfest Commons and the materials in your orientation packet for information about other events and opportunities that are taking place over the next few weeks.

Classes begin at 8:00 am on Monday, August 27!  

Fall 2018 Academic Schedule
Classes begin: August 27
Last Day to Add/Drop: September 3
Fall Break: October 8-9
Last Day to Withdraw: November 5
Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23
Classes End: December 7
Final Exam Period: December 10-14
 

Orientation 2018 Schedule

Thursday, August 23

Thursday, August 23 
Living @ Wilson

8:00 am — 11:00 am        
Check-In for Residential Students
Lenfest Commons – Lobby Area

8:00 am — 11:00 am        
Orientation Check-In for Residential Students and Families
Please pick up your orientation schedules and have a chance to talk to representatives from area banks and Comcast Cable.
            
8:00 am — Noon        
ID Cards
Lenfest Commons 
(If you had an ID picture taken during a summer preview day, you can pick it up at the orientation check-in table.)
                
8:00 am — Noon         
Vehicle Registration & Permits
Lenfest Commons — Lobby Area

9:30 am – 11:00 am        
Nursing Student Orientation 
Brooks Science Center, Room 237
All new nursing students are required to attend this session

10:00 am – 12:00 pm        
Equestrian Placement Rides
Hawthorne Arena Lobby
For any student scheduling or anticipating scheduling an equestrian (riding) class. 
*Confirmation of riding time will be provided by Professor Ann O’Shallie prior to arriving on campus.  

11:00 am — 12:00 pm        
Check-In for Commuters 
Lenfest Commons — Lobby Area
        
11:00 am — 1:30 pm        
Lunch for New Students and Families
Lenfest Commons -- Esplanade 
* Please note: Students and families are welcome to eat at anytime during the 11:00—1:30 designation.  
        
1:00 pm — 2:00 pm         
For Parents & Family Members Only!
Brooks Science Center, Auditorium
Parents, join current staff as they share information with you and answer all of your questions about making the transition to life with a college student.

1:00 pm — 2:30 pm        
*Meet Your Orientation Team
Laird Green
Students! Meet your Orientation Leader and othermembers of your team as you get ready to become a Wilson student!

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm        
Nursing Student Orientation  
Brooks Science Center, Room 237
All new nursing students are required to attend this session

2:00 pm — 2:30 pm        
Student-Athlete Parent Presentation  
Brooks Science Center, Auditorium
For parents of students who are spring or winter athletes, Athletic Director Lori Frey will review information that you need to know.

2:45 pm — 3:15 pm        
Nuts and Bolts for Commuter Students
Allen Auditorium — Warfield Hall 
Meet fellow commuter students and learn how to become an active, involved member of the Wilson College community.  

3:15 pm — 4:00 pm        
Commuter Campus Tour
Departing from Allen Auditorium
This tour will help you become an expert at finding your way around Wilson in no time.

4:30 pm — 5:15 pm        
*Welcome & Presentation of the Class 
Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall
Join members of the Wilson community for the official welcome and kick-off of New Student Orientation!    
    
5:15 pm — 5:30 pm         
Class of 2022 Photo—Go Evens!  
Thomson Hall Lawn 
Join your new classmates for your first class photo!

5:30 pm — 6:45 pm        
Wilson Picnic 
Commons Lawn / Esplanade
Join us on the Lenfest Commons lawn for a summer picnic.

7:00 pm            
Family Farewell
The picnic marks the last scheduled event for families.                    
                
8:00 pm           
*Residential Life Meeting
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium
Get to know your floor mates, Resident Assistant (RA), expectations for residence hall living, and what it means to live in community. Required for all new students living in residence.
 

 

Friday, August 24

Friday,  August 24
Learning @ Wilson

7:00 – 8:30 am          
Breakfast 
Jensen Dining Hall 

 8:30 am — 9:45 am        
*Navigating the Academic Experience 
Mastering MyWilson
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium 
Deb Austin, Associate Dean of Academic Advising and Jean Hoover, Registrar, provide an overview of Wilson’s academics program and MyWilson portal. 

10:00am – 10:45am        
*Advisor Meetings
Various locations – refer to your packet

11:00 – 11:50 am         
* First-Year Seminar Class – Attendance is required
Meeting locations will be posted in Lenfest Lobby
It’s your first college class!  Meet with your FYS instructor to learn more about your seminar, course expectations, and semester activities.    

11:00 – 11:50 am         
For Transfer Students Only! 
Learning Commons, Library
Welcome to the Wilson family! This session is designed to help all transfer students better prepare for their experience, enjoy a smooth transition to the many opportunities and resources at Wilson College staff, and meet other transfer students.

Noon – 1:30 pm      
Lunch
Jensen Dining Hall

1:30 – 3:00 pm            
*CIRP Survey
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium
All new students participate in this national survey. 

3:00 – 5:00 pm
*Finding Your Path...Your Wilson, Your Way
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium
Alcohol use and sexual misconduct shouldn’t have to be a part of anyone’s Wilson experience.  This student-led session will help you understand the nature of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct on campus and        give you practical and useful advice on the best way to have a safe and fun Wilson experience.

5:00 pm            
Pre-Season Tailgate Dinner
Library Patio
It’s time to show your Phoenix pride!  Get ready for the upcoming fall sports season! Celebrate with snow cones and funnel cakes while playing “giant” Jenga, Connect Four, Dominos, Twister and more!

*College Traditions: My Wilson…My Way
Library Patio
Sarah Wilson Week?  Odds?  Evens? Dinks? This can’t miss session by Dean Mary Beth and current student leaders will teach you about the many things that make Wilson unique.

7:00 pm             
Women’s Volleyball Scrimmage     
Frank E Gannett Memorial Field House 

8:30 pm             
Movie Night!
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium
Get comfortable and get ready to watch the blockbuster hit Black Panther!
 

 

Saturday, August 25

Saturday,  August 25
Community @ Wilson

7:00 am — 9:00 am         
Breakfast 
Jensen Dining Hall 

9:00 am — 12:00 pm        
*The Wilson Community 
Jensen Dining Hall
Join the members of the Student Development staff, and Wilson’s RA’s and OL’s for a unique community building experience and a chance to meet many new classmates!    
                
Noon – 1:00 pm        
Lunch
Jensen Dining Hall

1:00 p.m             
Team Trivia 
Jensen Dining Hall
Stretch your mental muscles and get ready for a battle of the brains in this hilarious hour of team trivia.  Teams will be assigned upon arrival and great prizes will be awarded! 

2:00 pm            
Far From Home 
Lenfest Lobby 
This session is for any student making Wilson College their “Home Sweet (Far Away from) Home.”  Come connect with other students who live several hours from Chambersburg too!

3:00 pm            
Men’s Soccer Scrimmage 
Soccer Field

4:45 pm — 6:30 pm        
Dinner
Jensen Dining Hall

6:00 pm—9:00 pm        
Wilson @ Target!
Meet in Lenfest Lobby
Forget something?  Shuttles will run every half hour to Target, Giant, and Five Below

7:00 pm            
Work Study Orientation
Brooks Science Complex, Auditorium
Required for all students who are work study eligible. Please attend one of the two sessions offered during orientation. HR representatives will be available in Edgar Hall (4th floor) to collect new hire paperwork in the hour preceding scheduled Work Study orientations.

 9:00 pm             
Hypnotist Mark Zacharia: Out of His Mind…And Into Yours!
Laird Hall
Back by POPULAR demand!  
Mark Zacharia is New Jersey’s funniest hypnotist.  New Jersey Monthly magazine calls him a “total bogglement.”  This show is as much fun for the audience as it is for the subjects who volunteer.

Sunday, August 26

Sunday, August 26
Involved @Wilson

10:00 am             
Welcome Week Student Bible Study 
Lenfest Lobby 
Join us for an informal, student-led discussion celebrating the start of a new semester and to ask God's blessing on the semester ahead.    

11:00 am — 1:00 pm        
Brunch
Jensen Dining Hall 

11:00 am             
Veterinary School Information and Planning Session 
Warfield Auditorium 
Thinking of pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine?  This important session will help you start the planning now.

11:00 am             
Stables Orientation 
Equestrian Center, Hawthorne Indoor Arena
Anyone registered or planning to take a riding class MUST attend one of the two     sessions offered today. Barn policies will be explained, an overview of the horses will be given and release forms will be signed.  Students who do not attend an orientation meeting will not be permitted to ride. Information for new boarders will be provided at the conclusion of the orientation meeting. 
                
1:00pm                 
Work Study Orientation 
Brooks Science Center, Auditorium
Required for all students who are work study eligible. Please attend one of the two sessions offered during orientation. HR representatives will be available in Edgar Hall (4th floor) to collect new hire paperwork in the hour preceding scheduled Work Study orientations.

1:00 pm — 3:00 pm        
Activities Fair
Lenfest Commons and Lenfest Breezeway
Meet students and check out the activities from the many clubs on campus.  

3:00 pm             
Learning Styles Presentation 
Brooks Science Center, Auditorium
This presentation will teach you how to learn to study efficiently, so that you won’t feel overwhelmed, by all that awaits you on that first day of class.  We will teach you to study effectively – saving time and getting better grades – by showing you how to approach studying and homework based on your personal learning style. 
                
3:00 pm            
Stables Orientation 
Equestrian Center, Hawthorne Indoor Arena
See description provided above) 

5:00 pm — 6:30 pm         
Welcome Back Barbeque
Library Patio 
Join us to celebrate the start of the fall semester at the welcome back barbecue.

8:00 pm — 10:00 pm        
Glow Light Dance Party 
Laird Hall