Orientation Schedule Fall 2021

*Please visit here for the most updated information about Orientation week and also check the Vassar Mobile app.*

Sunday, 8/22

8 a.m.—6 p.m.
Move-In*

Welcome to Vassar! Pull up to your House to move into your room. Keys, IDs and complimentary family meal vouchers will be available inside your dorm. Our House Teams have been eagerly awaiting your arrival and will help you move your belongings. After moving in, stay tuned for later activities. (Core Event)

10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Resource Fair
Location: Main Building - 2nd Floor

After checking in, bring your parents/family to stop by and learn about various resources at Vassar College. Students, please stop to pick up your academic advising folders. Parents/Family, please pick up a Family Welcome Folder. (Core Event)

9 a.m.—3 p.m.
Student and Family Meal
Location: Food Truck in College Center Circle, Express in College Center or Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons, Express, or the Food Truck for a meal—on us.

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Dinner with Fellow Group
Location: Gordon Commons/Outdoors

Every new student is placed in a Student Fellow group, a vibrant Vassar tradition, to support you in your holistic transition into college life. Meet up with your Student Fellow and the other new students in your group for the first time. Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with the rotation schedule. (Core Event)

7 p.m.—8 p.m.
Orientation Leader Gathering: Reviewing the Schedule for the Week
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Fellow groups will be together in groups led by your Orientation Leader. Meet with your Orientation Leader to learn more about the Orientation schedule. (Core Event)

8 p.m. Fun Activities and Relaxation
Location: Throughout Campus

Now’s your chance to get to know some new people. Settle in and enjoy some downtime or activities with your House to make Vassar really feel like home!

Monday, 8/23: Family & Friends

1 p.m.—2 p.m.
President’s Welcome - Parents and Families
Virtual Webinar

Join us for a special welcome from President Elizabeth Bradley, Dean of the Faculty William Hoynes, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo, and Vassar Student Association President Gabi James ‘22.

Link sent directly to parents and family.

2 p.m.—3 p.m.
Meet and Greet: Deans of the College
Virtual Webinar

Hosted by the Dean of Student Growth and Engagement (SGE) Wendy Maragh Taylor; Dean of Student Living and Wellness, Luis Inoa; Dean of Studies, Tom Porcello; Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSLCP), Reverend Samuel Speers; Dean of Career Development Office, Stacey Bingham; Dean of Campus Activities, Dennis Macheska; and, Director of Safety & Security, Arlene Sabo.

Link sent directly to parents and family.

Monday, 8/23: Student Schedule

7 a.m.—9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

9:30 a.m.—10 a.m.
Orientation Group Meeting
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Gather to meet with your Orientation Leader and Orientation Group for the first time to go over the schedule. (Core Event)

10 a.m.—11 a.m.
President’s Welcome and Class Photo
Location: Commencement Hill/Outdoor Amphitheater Or Via Zoom

Join us for a special welcome from President Elizabeth Bradley, Dean of the Faculty William Hoynes, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo, and Vassar Student Association President Gabi James ‘22. (Core Event)

Then, be a part of Vassar history in the official photograph of the Class of 2025 and new transfer students. (Core Event)

11 a.m.—12 p.m.
General Academic Advising Session
Location: Commencement Hill/Outdoor Amphitheater Or Via Zoom

The Dean of Studies, the Dean First-Year Students will review the basic information all first-year students need to complete the registration process and offer strategies for constructing a course schedule that reflects the goals of a liberal arts college. Students will also be given an overview of how to use Ask Banner to access the online schedule of classes as well as their schedules and transcripts. Students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting. (Core Event)

12 p.m.—1 p.m.
Lunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

1 p.m.—2 p.m.
Group Meeting with Pre-Major Advisors
Location: Professor Offices
(Core Event)
Make your way to your pre-major advisor’s office and arrive by 1:00pm. In your Orientation folder, you will find a letter from the Dean of First-Year Students identifying who your pre-major advisor is and where to find them. At this meeting, your advisor will give you your preliminary fall schedule (the results of your summer pre-registration) and answer any questions you may have about the registration process. Your advisor will also offer advice about selecting the additional courses you need to complete your schedule. Your advisor may also discuss some important aspects of academic life at Vassar, including the transition from high school to college; expectations for class attendance, laboratories, and the submission of written work; examination policies; and academic integrity. If you need help finding your advisor’s office, ask your Student Fellow for directions or stop by the Dean of First-Year Students Office (Main North, Room 128).

2:15 p.m.—5 p.m.
Faculty Presentations
Locations and Schedule

Wondering what your professors will be like? Curious about a subject you’ve never studied before? This is your chance to find out. Members of Vassar’s faculty will give informal talks about their current research. (Core Event)

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Dinner with Your Fellow Group
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 5:15 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 5:30 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 6:00 p.m.
Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

7 p.m.—8:30pm**:
House Team, House Advisor, and House Fellow Welcome
Location: Houses

Meet the House Fellow (live-in faculty member), House Advisor (live-in residential education administrator), and House Team (upperclass students) in your House! The House Fellow, House Advisor, and House Team each play significant roles in the development of the House’s community, maintaining health and wellness, and infusing learning into our living environments. Say hi and get to know these important residential resources! (Core Event)

**Time/Location breakdown for your house:

7 p.m.—8 p.m. Cushing, Davison, Lanthrop, Main, and Raymond Houses

7:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. Jewett, Josselyn, Noyes, and Strong Houses

Tuesday, 8/24

7 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 7:30 a.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 8:00 a.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 8:30 a.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

9 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Library Drop-In Programming
Location: Library

The library welcomes everyone to drop in on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet the librarians and staff, and get to know the building and services through our scavenger hunt. We'll have give-aways and lots of folks to answer any questions. The library is not just a place to get books--it has research assistance, specialized software, digital collections, meeting spaces, and more! Join us to learn about all the ways we can help you throughout the school year!

9 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Drop In Department/Certificate/Track Advising
Location: Various—View Here

Department, Track, Certificate Start Time End Time Location & Description

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Professional Advising, OCEL

9:00 AM

11:30 AM

Location: Department & Program Offices. Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations. If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need. Be sure to bring your registration form with you.

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 AM

11:30 AM

Location: Chicago Hall/Sanders Classroom/Blodgett Hall. All foreign language departments will be open to students for placement advising in Chicago Hall except Chinese and Japanese, which will be in Sanders Classroom 008 (Chinese) and Sanders Classroom 324 (Japanese); Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 123; and Hebrew, which will be in Blodgett Hall 109. Please note that while Arabic is part of the Program in Africana Studies, Arabic advising will take place in Chicago Hall 103.

Music Theory Placement Advising & Placement Exam

9:00 AM

11:30 AM

Location: Skinner, Room 205.

Music Faculty will be available to meet with students who wish to take the advanced placement exam, in order to test out of MUSI 105 (Music Theory I), directly into MUSI 106 (Music Theory II, offered in Spring semester). This exam expects outstanding proficiency in four-part writing and voice-leading, harmonic (roman numeral) analysis, and figured-bass realization.

Pre-Law Advising

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Location: Sanders Classroom Auditorium.

Join Vassar's pre-law advisors to learn about what it means to be “pre-law” at Vassar, what you can do now to make yourself a great law school candidate, and how you can take advantage of campus resources to help you succeed! Admission to law school remains competitive and early preparation can make all the difference. Hosted by the pre-law advisors in Career Development (Stacy Bingham, Mario Roman, and Jannette Swanson) and faculty pre-law advisor Jamie Kelly, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Study Away and Foreign Language Competency: An Information Session

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

Location: Rocky, Room 200.

Faculty from the foreign language departments and programs will give an overview of the benefits of language study and its value to a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students will also be informed about the foreign language and cultural competencies needed to study in non-English speaking countries. Faculty representatives will introduce study abroad opportunities around the world, which are available through Vassar programs in Madrid, Bologna, and Paris, or other approved programs in Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Pre-Engineering Advising

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Location: Sanders Classroom, Room 013.

Dual-Degree Engineering Academic Advisor Tom Ellman, and Casey Trocino, Assistant Dean of Studies, will give an overview of the preparation requirements to apply for the Vassar-Dartmouth dual-degree engineering program. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Pre-Health Advising

9:35 AM

10:30 AM

Location: Sanders Classroom Auditorium.

Members of the Pre-Med Advisory Committee will give an overview of the requirements for preparation to apply to medical and other schools in the health professions. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Education Certificate Advising

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

Location: Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212. Chris Bjork and Maria Hantzopoulos will give a short presentation about the requirements for becoming certified to teach at the elementary and secondary levels and answer any questions about the process.

English Department AP and General Information Meeting

10:45 AM

11:30 AM

Location: Sanders Auditorium.

Wendy Graham, department Chair, will explain policies and procedures for advanced course placement in English, in addition to providing a general introduction to the Department of English. Students wishing to take a 200-level English course in their first year should attend this meeting. Students with questions about the department or the major are encouraged to attend as well.

Natural Science and Math Advising

10:00 AM

11:30 AM

Location: Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Indoor Cafe/Atrium.

Faculty members will give an overview of the programs and departments in natural science and math at Vassar. They will discuss curricular offerings and answer questions. Math advising will also take place in the Math Department lounge, Rockefeller 305.

Introduction to Art History at Vassar

11:00 AM

11:30 PM

Location: Taylor Hall, Room 203.

All students currently pre-registered for Art 105, wishing to enroll, or just curious about Art History at Vassar, are invited to attend.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
We Are Here Tour
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Meet your Orientation Leader and your Student Fellow to start a tour around campus all about Vassar’s unique history. (Core Event)

12:30 p.m.—2 p.m.
Lunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 12:30 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 12:45 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 1:00 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

12:30 p.m.—2 p.m. Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange (TVE) Student Lunch Meet & Greet
Location: Tent on Chapel Lawn

A gathering with members of the Dean of Studies, Student Living and Wellness, and Student Growth & Engagement, and other offices in the DOC division.

2 p.m.—3 p.m.
Life Mapping: Resources for When Life Happens at Vassar
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Join your Orientation Leader for a guided reflective activity to learn how to check in with different facets of your life, and what resources are available on campus to support you when life happens.

3 p.m.—4 p.m.
Thrive: Wellness Services
Location: OL Groups/Assigned Rooms

Learn how to thrive in your time at Vassar! In this program, you will meet the representatives from the Athletics Department, Vassar College Counseling Service (VCCS), Case Management, Health Promotion and Education (HPE), Student Health Services, and student VCEMS who will all help you to identify ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy and how/when to reach out for help. (Core Event)

5 p.m.—6 p.m.
Fellow Group Dinner
(Davison, Lathrop, Raymond, Strong)
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

5 p.m.—6 p.m.
We Are Here Part I: Conversations with Fellow Groups (Cushing, Josselyn, Jewett, Main, Noyes)
Location: Houses/Outdoors

Meet up with your Student Fellow group for the first part of We Are Here. The We Are Here series offers us an opportunity to build relationships with one another around the shared experience of starting our journey at Vassar together. We will get to know one another by listening and sharing about who we are. This session celebrates the present moment, honors we’ve come from, and asks us about our paths ahead. (Core Event)

6 p.m.—7 p.m.
Fellow Group Dinner
(Cushing, Josselyn, Jewett, Main, Noyes)
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

6 p.m.—7 p.m.
We Are Here Part I: Conversations with Fellow Groups (Davison, Lathrop, Raymond, Strong)
Location: Houses/Outdoors

Meet up with your Student Fellow group for the first part of We Are Here. The We Are Here series offers us an opportunity to build relationships with one another around the shared experience of starting our journey at Vassar together. We will get to know one another by listening and sharing about who we are. This session celebrates the present moment, honors we’ve come from, and asks us about our paths ahead. (Core Event)

7 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
SGE Affinity Center Receptions
Location: Affinity Centers

Come and see what Student Growth & Engagement (SGE) is all about! Learn more about the ALANA Center (near Admissions), The Transitions Program (Joss 234), the Office of International Students/Scholars (CC237), the LGBTQ+ Center(CC213), Women’s Center (CC235), and what to expect out of your First-Year Experience (CC234)!

Wednesday, 8/25

7 a.m.—10 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 8:00 a.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 8:30 a.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 9:00 a.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

10 a.m.—11 a.m.
Let’s Talk About Title IX
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

This panel discussion covers Vassar's policies on sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence, bystander intervention strategies, the Title IX process, rights and responsibilities afforded under Title IX, and support and advocacy resources on campus. (Core Event)

11 a.m.—12 p.m.
Campus Safety & Life Safety
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Join members of Environmental Health and Safety and the Town of Poughkeepsie Fire Department to discuss life safety at Vassar. Safety and Security will discuss personal safety on campus. You will learn about safety services at Vassar; what to do in the event of a medical or safety emergency; how to report crimes; campus emergency notification procedures; responding to an active Shooter; and where to find the Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report. (Core Event)

12 p.m.—1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 12:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 12:15 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 12:30 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m.
Athletics Interest Meeting
Location: Rocky 310

Interested in participating in a varsity or club sport? Come to this meeting to hear more about the process and meet some of our coaches! This is a great opportunity to join the rugby and rowing teams!

1:30 p.m.—5 p.m.
Library Drop-In Programming
Location: Library

The library welcomes everyone to drop in on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet the librarians and staff, and get to know the building and services through our scavenger hunt. We'll have give-aways and lots of folks to answer any questions. The library is not just a place to get books--it has research assistance, specialized software, digital collections, meeting spaces, and more! Join us to learn about all the ways we can help you throughout the school year!

1:30 p.m.—4 p.m.
1:1 Advising Sessions
Location: Professor Offices

Now that you’ve had a chance to reflect on your choice of courses and to obtain information and advice on placement, you will meet again with your advisor to discuss your schedule in detail and complete it by adding and, if necessary, dropping courses. At this time, you will also be able to add any intermediate or advanced courses that were not included in the summer pre-registration, except for special permission courses that require the instructor’s signature (these can be added during the first two weeks of classes). Since there may not be space in some of the classes you have chosen, you should discuss alternative selections with your advisor and put them down on your form. At the end of your meeting, your advisor will sign your registration form, signifying that you have consulted with them. Note: Do not leave your advisor’s office before they sign your form! You cannot register for classes on Thursday or Friday without a completed and signed form.

1:30 p.m.—4 p.m.
Optional Drop In Activities with OLs!

Before or after your advising meeting, join Orientation Leaders for a variety of fun activities taking place around campus. Check out the schedule below.

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Super Smash Bros Competition
Location: Rocky 200

Join OLs Jenny, Justin, Matt, and Valeria to play Super Smash Bros.

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Bleach Dyeing
Location: Jewett Sidewalk

Join OLs Eliza, Emily, and Ethan to bleach dye any items you’d like! Make sure to bring your own piece of clothing or other item to alter. Consider sticking around after for tie-dye!

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Art Games
Location: Rocky 210

Join OLs Emma, Kali, and Hailey to play some art themed games like Pictionary and Telestrations. If you’ve never played these games, you will learn how!

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Karaoke
Location: Rocky 203

Join OLs Sophie and Keira for a few rounds of karaoke. First years can come with their friends/ fellow groups to sing their favorite songs and hang out:)

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
Nailed It! Nail Art
Location: Old Laundry Building Lobby

Join OLs Phineas, Sarah Berry, and Adam to paint your nails and gossip with seniors! This is your chance to get ready for the first day of classes with incredible nails (a great conversation starter) or to finally fulfill your hidden fantasy of painting your nails for the first time!

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
Tea Time Chat with Queer & POC Students
Location: Old Bookstore

Join OLs Caitlin and ilia for a Tea Time for queer and POC students that want to chill, talk, or just have tea :)

2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Drawing Class
Location: Ely Hall Drawing Room 1 (Upstairs)

Join OL Annabelle for a free-drawing class. Still life setup with a circle of easels and I’ll be there for optional feedback and advice.

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Tie-Dyeing
Location: Jewett Sidewalk

Join OLs Kara and Caleb for tie-dyeing any items of your choice! Make sure to bring your own piece of clothing or other item to dye.

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Exploring Life Off-Campus
Location: Rocky 203

Join OLs Molly, Gavin, Cecily, and Nick for a virtual exploration/discussion of off-campus amenities, including restaurants and activities. We are planning a presentation on fun places as well as passing out brochures with lists of popular off-campus spots. We hope that this can serve as a helpful addition to the Arlington amble and help get students exploring the area!

3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Engaging in the Activist Community at Vassar
Location: Rocky 307

Join OLs Cassie and Benji for a panel of students talking about how to be engaged with the activist community on campus. General how-to of organizing for new students.

3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Paper Crafts and Pop Culture
Location: Main Third Floor Parlor

Join OLs Brielle, Oliver, Monericka, and Lauren for creating door decals and exploring other paper crafts while chatting about pop culture and listening to music.

5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 5:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 5:30 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 6:00 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Speak About It
Location: OL Groups/Assigned Rooms

This humorous and thought-provoking virtual performance uses skits, monologues, and interactive dialogue to spark conversation about what healthy sex can and should look like. Based on true stories, Speak About It addresses topics including consent, sexual assault, and how students can intervene as empowered bystanders to confront gender-based violence. Content warning: This session discusses themes of sexual and gender-based violence. (Core Event)

Thursday, 8/26

7 a.m.—10 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 7:30 a.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 8:00 a.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 8:30 a.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Registration
Location: CCMPR

All entering students must come to the CCMPR (2nd floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times on Thursday or Friday based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered and on a random draw number. The time for your registration is printed on your registration form. Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you!

8:20 a.m.—4:20 p.m.
Athletics Physicals
Location: Baldwin

The athletics physicals timeslot is carved out for student-athletes who are trying out for our rugby and rowing teams (please be sure you attended the interest meeting the day before) and for those student-athletes who will be competing on our varsity programs. Information on how to sign up for a physical has been emailed to individual student-athletes. If student-athletes have questions regarding this, please contact the head coach of the program.

9 a.m.—11 a.m.
VXF (RSLCP) Breakfast
Location: Rose Parlor

Want a bagel? Come meet new friends and find out about the Vassar Christian Fellowship (VXF) community on and off campus! Fresh bagels, upperclassmen to meet, and plenty of vegan options!

The Rose Parlor is located on the second floor of Main Building.

9 a.m.—12 p.m.
Wellness Drop-Ins
Location: Various Locations

You've learned about wellness resources throughout Orientation, now take a moment to visit and tour their offices! Prizes and Brewer House Cup point-earning opportunities will be available at each station.

10 a.m.—11 a.m./11 a.m.—12 p.m. (please choose one)
Choral and Voice Lesson Information Session
Location:
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Singers) or auditioning for Voice Lessons should attend one of these sessions. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

10 a.m.—1 p.m.
Violin Auditions
Location: Remote

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Violin Audition Google Form on the Music Department website. The form will open on Monday, August 23, 2021.

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 12:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 12:15 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 12:30 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

1:30 p.m.—2:45 p.m.
Culture of Care and Bystander Intervention
Location: OL Groups/Assigned Rooms

You’ve completed the online course and you’ve attended “Speak About It,” but how would you really intervene if you see a risky situation? In this interactive virtual workshop, students will learn active bystander intervention tools and have an opportunity to practice the skills that they’ve learned in small groups. (Core Event)

3 p.m.—4 p.m.
One Less
Location: OL Groups/Assigned Rooms

During this program you will engage in an open dialogue with wellness peer educators, student EMTs, and Orientation Leaders to learn more about One Less. One Less is an alcohol education progr a.m. choosing One Less can have positive effects on your academics and your health. Whatever your reasons are, join the conversation with the WPEs, EMTs and our Orientation Leaders to learn about One Less. (Core Event)

4 p.m.—7 p.m.
Arlington Amble
Location: Alumnae/i House Lawn, Raymond Avenue, & Gordon Commons

The Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC) welcomes you to enjoy a Vassar Devil, a signature dessert, up at Alumnae House! Move on to the fabulous Arlington Farmers’ Market. Then explore your new neighborhood in your student fellow groups. Head on to Raymond Avenue with its bevy of coffee shops, delis, restaurants, and stores you need to know about. Find out which Arlington merchants accept VCash.

5 p.m.—7 p.m. Dinner

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 5:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 6:00 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 7:00 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

7 p.m.—8 p.m.
Challah Braiding with Chabad Jewish Community (CJC)C
Location: CCMPR

Bread? Jews? New Friends? What more could you ask for! Come meet a wonderful community and find out there is more to Judaism than just good food! Plenty of vegan and gluten-free options available.

7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Loeb Late Night & Coffee House
Location: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Hildegarde Krause Baker’11 Sculpture Garden, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is the backdrop to enjoy an iced coffee while listening to a local singer/songwriter. Take a tour of the amazing Loeb galleries and get some last minute advising from our Residential House Teams. We look forward to seeing you. Coffee & Refreshments provided.

9:30 p.m.—11 p.m.
Game Night
Location: Old Bookstore, College Center

Join us for some snacks, fun, and games. Some fellow classmates have signed up and will be bringing their favorites.

Friday, 8/27

7 a.m.—10 a.m.
Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 7:30 a.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 8:00 a.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 8:30 a.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Registration
Location: CCMPR

All entering students must come to the CCMPR (2nd floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times on Thursday or Friday based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered and on a random draw number. The time for your registration is printed on your registration form. Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you!

8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Matriculation Book Signing
Location: Tent on Chapel Lawn

Visit with the President and/or a member of the senior team to sign the Matriculation Book! It is our oldest tradition. Students have been signing this book since 1865. Signing this book signifies that you are an official candidate for a degree at Vassar College and a member of our community. (Core Event)

8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Voter Registration
Location: CC204

One last stop after you've registered for classes! Students from Democracy Matters will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about voting/voter registration and absentee ballots. The Vassar Votes team will help you register to vote either in Poughkeepsie or your hometown! Please have your state ID and social security number ready to ease the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email VassarVotes@Vassar.edu

8:20 a.m.—4:20 p.m.
Athletics Physicals
Location: Baldwin

The athletics physicals timeslot is carved out for student-athletes who are trying out for our rugby and rowing teams (please be sure you attended the interest meeting the day before) and for those student-athletes who will be competing on our varsity programs. Information on how to sign up for a physical has been emailed to individual student-athletes. If student-athletes have questions regarding this, please contact the head coach of the program.

10 a.m.—11 a.m.
PB&J Hot Seat
Location: Villard Room

Hosted by President Elizabeth Bradley (PB) and John Bradley (J). Moderated by Wes Dixon, Special Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees

11:15 a.m.—12 p.m.
Vassar Deans
Location: Tent on Chapel Lawn

Get to know members of the Dean of College Team. Treats provided. Stop by the tent to learn a bit about how we support students and build community.

Dean of College, Dean Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Career Development, Dean Stacy Brigham

Student Living and Wellness, Dean Luis Inoa

Campus Activities, Dean Dennis Macheska

Student Growth and Engagement, Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor

Dean of Studies, Dean Tom Porcello

Campus Safety and Security, Director Arlene Sabo

Religious, Spiritual Life, and Contemplative Practices, Dean Sam Speers

12 p.m.—1 p.m.
Meet the Dogs
Location: Tent on Chapel Lawn

Looking for a way to relieve some stress? Love dogs? Come meet the therapy dogs.

12 p.m.—2 p.m.
Lunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 12:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 12:15 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 12:30 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

1 p.m.—2 p.m.
Jummah and Lunch with the Vassar Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Location: Jade Parlor

Want to learn more about being Muslim and Islam on campus? Curious about Islam? Come take part in our weekly Friday prayer or just observe. Yummy Halal food, upperclassmen with great advice for college, and meeting other first years. We are an inclusive community and love people from all backgrounds.

2 p.m.—2:45 p.m.
College Expectations and Communal Values
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Learn about the college regulations and the student conduct system at Vassar. (Core Event)

2 p.m.—3 p.m.
Shabbat Treat Meet-n-Greet with Jews of Color Caucus
Location: Library Lawn

Jews of Color Caucus are hosting a shabbat treat meet-n-greet for the first years! We're going to be sitting/having a chill picnic/get together outside the library!

3 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
We Are Here II: Stories from Peers
Location: Orientation Group Homeroom

Meet your fellow first year students for the second part of We Are Here. This We Are Here series is sponsored by the Student Growth & Engagement (SGE) team and will continue with Ted-style talks by featured Vassar speakers. Arrive prepared with an item of significance from your room. This item should mean something to you and spark a story. (Core Event)

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

Josselyn, Davison, Lathrop: 5:00 p.m.
Jewett, Raymond, Strong: 5:30 p.m.
Cushing, Main, Noyes: 6:00 p.m.
Proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

6:45 p.m.—8:45 p.m.
First Year Shabbat Service & Dinner with Vassar Jewish Union
Location: Bayit (51 Collegeview Ave)

Join Vassar Jewish Union (VJU) for a taste of Jewish communal life at Vassar! All are welcome for a student-led service and a student-cooked meal. Meet Lorelei in front of Main Building or Oscar in front of Noyes Circle at 6:30 PM to walk over together.

And look forward to...

First Year Shabbat
Friday, September 3rd, 7:00 PM
Chabad House on Fulton

Join CJC for a special first year shabbat experience! Enjoy a home cooked meal, good company, and a chance to reflect on your first week at college. All are welcome! Meet Miriam Rovin and Dean Kopitsky at 6:45 PM at the tree outside Joselyn House to walk over together.

8:30 p.m.—10:30 p.m.
Movie Night
Location: Residential Quad

Come watch A Quiet Place II with us on Residential Quad! We'll have popcorn, candy, and drinks for you to enjoy as well. A link will be provided if you'd prefer to watch from your room.

Saturday, 8/28

8 a.m.—2 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for brunch.

10 a.m.—12 p.m.
Guitar Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 325.

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Guitar Audition Google Form on the Music Department website. The form will open on Monday, August 23, 2021.

10 a.m.—2 p.m.
Explore Poughkeepsie
Location: Various locations

Join us for an opportunity to explore Poughkeepsie! We have two off-campus options to satisfy everyone's interests. For the shopper, there is a trip to the Poughkeepsie Galleria so you can pick up some last-minute school supplies. If you like a little sightseeing and art with nature, enjoy a trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walking bridge that takes you from Poughkeepsie to Highland; this weekend there is an art show there as well. Both of these opportunities leave from the tent.

1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Voice Lesson Auditions
Location: Skinner, Room 400

Sign up for an audition in advance by filling out the Voice Lesson Audition Google Form. The form will open Monday, August 23, 2021.

3 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Brewer Games Parade
Location: Walker Field House

Break out your best house pride outfits and get those chants ready as you walk with your house to the Brewer Games. House points will be given to the most spirited and best-dressed houses.

3:30 p.m.—5 p.m.
Brewer House Cup
Location: Walker Field House, Main Building, Ballantine Field

Who will be this year's champion? Is your house the best house? Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show house spirit and get involved. Houses will compete in “Brewer Games” for bragging rights. Make sure you have your house shirts, colors, and cheers ready! Student athletes and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

4:30 p.m.
Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 23, 2021.
New Students

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

Sunday, 8/29

9 a.m.—2 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for brunch

11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Explore Poughkeepsie
Location: Various locations

Join us for an opportunity to explore Poughkeepsie! We have three off-campus options to satisfy everyone's interests. For the shopper, there is a trip to the Poughkeepsie Galleria so you can pick up some last-minute school supplies. For the nature-lover, check out our walk over to the Preserve and enjoy some of the beauty we have to offer in our city of trees (these tours go from 12-3). Finally, if you like a little sightseeing and art with nature, enjoy a trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walking bridge that takes you from Poughkeepsie to Highland; this weekend there is an art show there as well. Both of these opportunities leave from the tent.

11:00 a.m.—11:45 a.m.
Piano at Vassar with Thomas Sauer
Location: Martel Recital Hall

Come and learn about the piano lesson program at Vassar.

1:00 p.m.
Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 23, 2021.
New Students

1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Choral Auditions
Location: Skinner, Room 400

Please sign up in advance on the Choral Audition Google Form. The form will open on Monday, August 23, 2021.

2 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Class of 2025 Photo
Location: Commencement

Gather with your fellow group at Commencement Hill to take your class photo!

3 p.m.—4 p.m.
VSA Open House
Location: VSA Office (Main House)

The VSA is the student government of Vassar College and all students are members of the VSA! Come meet your representatives on the VSA Executive Board and VSA Senate. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the positions available for members in your class year. Light refreshments will be available.

3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Pipe Dreams - Organ Info Session
Location: Chapel

Learn about the organ lesson program at Vassar. For questions about organ or harpsichord lessons, please contact Gail Archer.

3 p.m.—5 p.m.
Student Activities Fair
Location: Noyes Circle

Get Involved! Visit Noyes Circle to learn about all the different student organizations that Vassar has to offer. Whether you are interested in finding your dream role in a student theater production, singing your heart out, making people laugh or just plain raising your voice to make a difference, you are bound to find something here. Representatives from organizations will be present with information on what they do and how you can get involved. Come and learn what fun opportunities are waiting! (Core Event)

4 p.m.—5 p.m.
Ecumenical Christian Worship
Location: Chapel Tower Foyer

The Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC), in collaboration with the RSLCP Office, will offer a service of Word and Music. Music will include selections from the Taizé community, contemporary Christian music, and the opportunity to sing your favorite hymn! Please join us! Everyone is always invited!

5 p.m.—9 p.m.
Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for dinner.

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Office of International Services Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

All first-year and sophomore international students are invited for a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with new friends and peers. OIS interns and staff will be present to informally check in and to answer any questions.

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Transitions Dinner
Location: Gordon Commons

Are you a first generation, low income and/or undocumented student? If so, the Transitions Program is for you! Grab your plate and join us on the second floor of the Gordon Commons, get an overview of Transitions, mingle with your cohort and meet the director and student leaders.

5 p.m.—7 p.m.
Posse Dinner
Location: Tent near Center for Drama and Film (next to the Admissions)

Posse 9 will be having dinner together with representatives Vet2Vet, VetZero, American Legion, and VFW. They will join us to provide information about their organizations, and the services they provide to the veteran community. It’s a great opportunity to connect with these community resources.

5 p.m.—6 p.m.
Pizza with VCC (Vassar Catholic Community)
Location: CCMPR

Come join Vassar Catholic Community for some pizza and get to learn more about our group on campus! All are welcome!

7 p.m.—8 p.m.
Welcome Concert for Class of 2025
Location: Martel Recital Hall

Presented by members of the music department faculty (members of the Class of 2024 are also welcome to attend).

7:30 p.m.—8:15 p.m.
Sitting Meditation with the Buddhist Sangha
Location: Vassar Chapel

Join us for guidance in breath practice. No prior experience necessary.

8 p.m.—10 p.m.
Campfire and Serenading
Location: Noyes Circle

Serenading is one of Vassar’s oldest traditions. It is an opportunity for VC’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors to welcome the Class of 2025 and new transfers to the college via a song or two. Various acapella groups will be performing in honor of the incoming class. New students will also have an opportunity to perform for their peers. (Core Event)

Monday, 8/30

5:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Piano Auditions
Location: Skinner, Room 400

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Piano Audition Google Form. The form will open Monday, August 23, 2021.

7:00 p.m.—Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Students
8:00 p.m.—Wind Ensemble Students

Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Jazz & Wind Ensemble Information Meeting (At this meeting you will sign up for an audition time.)

Tuesday, 8/31

7:00 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Auditions

Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Auditions are for new students only. New Wind Ensemble students can audition with an etude or solo piece excerpt. An audition piece will be provided to any student who does not have an etude or solo piece of their own. The audition sign-up sheet will be available at the August 30 meeting.

Wednesday, 9/1

3 p.m.—5 p.m.
Convocation
Location: Chapel

Fall Convocation is the official culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year. More information forthcoming. (Core Event)

Thursday, 9/2

4:00 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble/Combo Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall of Music, Room 403

Auditions are for new students only. New Jazz students can audition with a jazz etude or jazz ensemble piece (improvisation is optional). An audition piece will be provided to any student who does not have an etude or ensemble piece of their own. The audition sign-up sheet will be available at the August 30 meeting.

New Student Orientation 2021

Dear Class of 2025 and Visiting, Transfer, and Exchange Students,

We look forward to welcoming you to New Student Orientation 2021! We remain committed to providing you with an engaging and informative orientation to the college, and strive to provide programming that is safe and inclusive to all. Orientation will be in-person on campus. Family and Friends Day will be on Monday, 8/23 and will be virtual.

Move-in will be on Sunday, 8/22 with Orientation events beginning on Monday, 8/23 through Sunday, 8/29. Please regularly visit this webpage for details over the next month and also check your Vassar email.

Be well,
Dean Herrera, Dean Inoa, and Dean Maragh Taylor