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New Student Orientation

Welcome

 

Dear Class of 2024 and Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange Students:

Hello from Deans Herrera, Inoa, and Maragh Taylor. Welcome to the Orientation 2020 Kickoff!

While the College prepares for the Fall 2020 semester in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to providing you with a welcoming and informative Orientation. We strive to provide programming that is safe and inclusive to all. As a result, many of the Orientations events will be virtual, yet will remain engaging and helpful. Virtual Orientation begins will likely occur beginning on Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, August 14. Virtual and on-campus events, per social distancing guidelines, will occur from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. Please regularly visit this webpage for updated information and also check your Vassar email.

Virtual Orientation will include three phases focused on Community and Identities, Academic Advising and Registration, and Expectations and Resources. We look forward to engaging with you!

Virtual Sessions

Community and Identity Sessions

The first phase of Virtual Orientation features events that explore what it means to live in a community and make space to explore identities within a community. Please RSVP using your Vassar email.

The Many Faces of Vassar’s Religious and Spiritual Life (Available Now)
What does religious life look like at Vassar? And what does ‘contemplative practices’ even mean? Come hear more about how the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSL & CP) can support you during your time at Vassar. This pre-recorded session includes a presentation, a question-and-answer session, and a special welcome message from current RSLCP staff members Sam Speers (Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices), Rabbi Bryan Mann (Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life and Assistant Director), and Nora Zaki (Advisor for Muslim Student Life). Hosted by the RSL & CP Office. 
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
View the recording

Transitions Talks: A Panel for Incoming Students (July 14th, 8–9pm EDT)
This panel-style event will feature students from our Transitions Program (first-gen, low income, and/or undocumented). You'll learn about the Transitions Program and how it connects to campus more broadly. Hosted by Capria Berry, Director of the Transitions Program.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

We Are Here?! Where Are You From? (July 16th, 5–5:30pm EDT or July 17th, Noon–12:30pm EDT)
Please join us for our kickoff event where you will have an opportunity to get to know other new students and where they are from. Hosted by Dean Luis Inoa, Dean Jennifer Herrera, and Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here for Thursday’s Session
RSVP Here for Friday’s Session

Finding Support at Vassar: A Panel Discussion (July 16th, 7–8pm EDT)
The time we are living through is unprecedented and unfathomably challenging. You might be wondering, how do students find support through their time at Vassar? Join Jennifer Herrera (Dean of First-Year Students and Lecturer in Chemistry), Andrea Pesavento (Director of Health Promotion and Education), Samantha Hoher ‘17 (Program Coordinator and Health Educator), and Sarah Garijo-Garde ‘20 (Program Assistant for Dean of the College Offices) as they discuss mental health, self-care, and resilience resources and how they can be applied across student life and academic spheres at Vassar. This panel discussion will be moderated by Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor of Student Growth and Engagement and will conclude with a Q&A for students and their families to ask specific questions to our panelists.
This event is open to the incoming Class of 2024 and other new students, as well as their families. Families are strongly encouraged to attend.
RSVP Here

Livin’ It Up! An Introduction to the Residential Experience at Vassar (July 21st, 4–5pm EDT)
Who is a Student Fellow? What is a Fellow Group? What are the dorms at Vassar like and why are they called "Houses"? What the heck is a womp-womp, anyway? Join members of the residential life staff who will answer all these burning questions and more as you get a sneak peek into the wondrous legacy of the residential experience at Vassar College. Hosted by the Office of Residential Life.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

Vassar Community Spotlight: Careers in Health & Medicine with Seiji Hayashi '91 (July 22nd, 7–8pm EDT)
What does it mean to join the Vassar community? It means joining 40,000+ alumnae/i who are ready to offer support and guidance. Join Seiji Hayashi '91, Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director for Mary’s Center, to learn more about how this Studio Art major found his way to getting an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Seiji will talk about how his time at Vassar influenced his path, the steps you can be taking now if you wish to pursue a career in health and medicine, where he finds support and inspiration for the critical work that he is doing now on the frontlines of the pandemic, and more!

Seiji is the Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director for Mary’s Center, a community health center in the District of Columbia caring for vulnerable populations including recent immigrants. He is an experienced leader in primary care, quality improvement, and health policy at the local and national levels. Prior to Mary’s Center, he was Director of the Human Diagnosis Project Nonprofit and used machine learning and crowdsourcing to enable more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all. Seiji’s national health policy experience comes from his role as the Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Primary Health Care at HRSA and conducting policy research at George Washington University. He is a board-certified family physician and has been caring for patients in a community health center for 20 years.

Hosted by the Career Development Office. Time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions during the second half of the conversation. 
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students, current students, and young alumni.
RSVP Here

Preparing for the Fall (July 23, 10–11am EDT)
Join the Office of International Services team and international students from all classes as you prepare to start your Vassar journey. We will update you on the current immigration landscape, and also give you the chance to connect with and ask questions of returning international students. Hosted by Andrew Meade, Director of International Services.
This event is open to the incoming Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

Know Your Resources (July 27th, Noon–1pm EDT)
Join the Women's Center and LGBTQ Center Director and interns to learn about the resources and support programs available to first-year students, and how we hope to engage students during a pandemic. Hosted by Danushi Fernando, Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

Raymond Avenue Rundown: A Q&A Session with the VSA Executive Board (July 28th, 7–8pm EDT)
Join the Vassar Student Association’s Executive Board to learn more about student leadership, organizations on campus, Vassar traditions, what it’s like to be a Brewer, and so much more! We’d love to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming year, the transition to college life, and anything else you could possibly think of that is at least tangentially related to Vassar. We hope to see you soon! Signed, your VSA Executive Board. Hosted by the VSA. 
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here 

Ways to Get Connected (July 29th, 6–7pm EDT)
Join Kevin Collins, Director of the ALANA (African/African-American, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, and Native American) Cultural Center and Administrative Fellow, Ivanna Guerra ‘20, to discuss ways to get involved in the ALANA Student Cultural Center. Hosted by Kevin Collins, Director of the ALANA Center and Ivanna Guerra, Administrative Fellow.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

Hanging with the House Fellows (July 30th, 3–4pm EDT)
Professors who live in dorms… what's that all about? Come hear more about the House Fellow program at Vassar from our panel of House Fellows! Jaime L. Del Razo (Professor of Education and resident of Davison House) and his partner Maritza (dialogue facilitator and resident of Davison House), Taneisha Means (Professor of Political Science and resident of Lathrop House), Lori Newman (Professor of Psychology and resident of Strong House) and her partner Brian (poet and resident of Strong House), Elliott Schreiber (Professor of German and resident of Josselyn House), and Kimberly Williams Brown (Professor of Education and resident of Raymond House) will share more about the House Fellow program, their experiences as House Fellows, and their respective areas of academic interest. There will be time reserved at the end for questions. 
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

I am, You Are, We Are Vassar (August 5th, Noon–1pm EDT)
Join us for a discussion on diversity, equity, and justice in the Vassar community. We’ll talk about engaging across different communities at Vassar, intersectionality, and how the Office of Student Growth & Engagement can assist with this exploration during your time as a student in your first year, and beyond. Hosted by the Office of Student Growth and Engagement.
This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students.
RSVP Here

Academic Advising and Registration

The second phase of Virtual Orientation centers on the academic experience you will have at Vassar. During this time, we invite you to explore new and old areas of academic interest. You’ll meet your Pre-Major Advisor, pre-register for classes, and continue to learn more about academic life.

Please check your Vassar email and visit Moodle for more information about this portion of Virtual Orientation.

Expectations and Resources

The third phase of Virtual Orientation features events that identify and bring into discussion the expectations and resources of living and learning in the Vassar community. Please RSVP using your Vassar email. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Care: An Overview (August 11th, 5pm–6pm EDT): You’ve seen it all over, but what exactly does it mean to live in “a community of care”? Join us for an overview on the VassarTogether Commitment, Community Care standards, and the Community Care Team (CCT). We’re looking forward to talking more with you about how you can contribute to this “we precedes me” campus community. All are welcome, and we especially encourage new students opting to live on campus in the fall to attend. RSVP here

Community Care: Living and Dining (August 12th, 5pm–6pm EDT). Join us for an overview of the framework and expectations that will guide how you experience life in your respective houses and your dining options. There will be ample time to ask key questions about living and dining at VC. All are welcome, and we especially encourage new students opting to live on campus in the fall to attend. RSVP here

A Day in the Life: Collaborative Health & Advocacy (August 13, 7pm–8pm EDT): What does Collaborative Health & Advocacy mean? Who is a part of Collaborative Health & Advocacy? Please join this session to learn more about the areas of: Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Case Management, Health Promotion & Education, and Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention. Come meet the Directors of these offices and learn about how they are adapting their services with COVID-19 and how you can safely access these critical resources throughout the year. All are welcome, and we especially encourage new students to attend. RSVP here

Welcome Packet

The Information Packet below is usually distributed by the Office of the Dean of First-Year Students, on the day that new students arrive on campus. However, since we have a staggered schedule of arrivals this year, we are providing these documents electronically. Please read them carefully, especially those documents regarding course placement. Also included is information on attribution, Financial Services, campus dining, Title IX and college policies, and more.

Orientation Moodle

It’s been a pleasure to engage with you over the summer and since the beginning of our Virtual Orientation on July 15th. Thanks for being present. It’s the expectation that you are attending these Orientation 2020 sessions, whether you are planning for remote learning or on-campus learning in the fall.  

We realize that some of you have not been able to attend sessions because of work or other activities that were previously planned.  The good news is that we have recorded some of those sessions and they are available to you. Please note that due to the conversational nature of some, not every program is available in recorded form.

We have recently launched a New Student Orientation Moodle site. On this site you will find the list of Community and Identities sessions from the past several weeks, including the recordings, some videos and announcements about the Academic Advising and Registration Moodle page, and the upcoming Expectations and Resources sessions. Please visit moodle.vassar.edu and sign in with your Vassar email or visit the Moodle Class Site directly.

Orientation Schedule

Events/times are subject to change. Please check regularly for updates.

Arrival (VC ID 0-4)

Core Event

8am–4pm

Welcome to Vassar! Pull up to your House to move into your room. Keys and IDs will be available via contactless pick-up. 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)

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Scheduled Covid-19 Test

Core Event

9am–4pm

The Aula

Head to the Aula to receive your COVID-19 test upon arriving on campus. (Core Event)

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Orientation Leader Check-Ins and Activities

7pm–10pm

Join the Orientation Leaders for virtual program sessions throughout the evening. This is a great opportunity for you to start to meet some of your new classmates!

Arrival (VC ID 5–9)

Core Event

8am–4pm

Welcome to Vassar! Pull up to your House to move into your room. Keys and IDs will be available via contactless pick-up. 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)

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Scheduled Covid-19 Test

Core Event

9am–4pm

The Aula

Head to the Aula to receive your COVID-19 test upon arriving on campus. (Core Event)

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Dinner

Core Event

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Orientation Leader Check-Ins and Activities

7pm–10pm

Join the Orientation Leaders for virtual program sessions throughout the evening. This is a great opportunity for you to start to meet some of your new classmates!

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Meet Your House Fellows and House Advisors

Core Event

10am–11am

Meet the House Fellow (live-in faculty member) and House Advisor (live-in residential education administrator) in your House! The House Fellow and House Advisor 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)

Meet Student Fellow and Fellow Group

Core Event

11am–12pm

The Aula

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 (virtually!) for the first time. (Core Event)

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

Meet Your House Team

Core Event

2pm-–pm

After spending time with your House Advisor, House Fellow, and Student Fellow, come meet the rest of your House Team. Here, you’ll be introduced to the House Officers, House Fellow Interns, House Student Advisor, and the other Student Fellows in your House. They’ll share more with you about who they are and will answer whatever questions you have so far. (Core Event)

The Story of Our House

Core Event

3pm–4pm

Join your House for another session, this time focused on your House itself! Your House Team will walk you through your House’s history, mascot/colors, culture, and other fun facts. Members of House Team will share stories of moments when they felt house pride. (Core Event)

Music on the Quad LiveStream with Dean Luis

4pm–7pm

Close out your first Orientation weekend and get ready for the week ahead with this fun dance party celebration. Listen from your rooms as we listen to a collaborative playlist compiled by yourself and your peers.

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer House Cup Kick off: Make Your Mark Challenge

Core Event

8pm–9:45pm

What is the Brewer House Cup and, more importantly, how can I WIN? Come learn more about this Hogwarts-esque tradition, now entering its 101st year at Vassar. This event will serve as the kickoff to a week full of special events. Earn participation points for creating, remaking, and reviewing your House’s mission statement, and compete to see who can find the most fun, unusual, and important facts about your House. (Core Event)

Friends and Family Kickoff

10am–10:45am

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 Prashit Parikh ’21.

Meet and Greet: Dean of Studies Office

11am–11:45am

Hosted by Dean of Studies Debra Zeifman.

Meet and Greet: Student Growth and Engagement (SGE) and Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSLCP) Offices

1pm–1:45pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Growth and Engagement Wendy Maragh Taylor and Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices Samuel Speers.

Meet and Greet: House Advisors and House Fellows

2pm–2:45pm

Hosted by House Fellows and House Advisors.

Meet and Greet: Career Development Office (CDO) and Campus Activities Office

3pm–3:45pm

Hosted by Dean of Career Development Stacy Bingham and Dean of Campus Activities Teresa Quinn.

First Year Student Athlete Welcome—Students and Families

4pm–4:30pm

All first-year student-athletes and their families are invited to participate in an information session with Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics & Physical Education. Students considering trying out for any varsity or varsity club team(s) are also welcome. Topics of discussion will include an overview of the sports programs, participation requirements, and resources for student-athletes and families. The session will conclude with an open question and answer period.  The session is limited to the first 300 participants.

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Labyrinth Walk

Time TBD

Take a walk at an outdoor labyrinth designed for walking meditation and centering yourself. The labyrinth is a temporary installation open throughout Orientation Week.

Thrive: Wellness Resources and Trivia

Core Event

10am–11am

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)

Meet Gary, Arlene, and the rest of the Campus Safety and Security Team

Core Event

11am–11:20pm

Hosted by Arlene Sabo, Director of Safety and Security, and Gary Hulbert, Emergency Management Sergeant Administrator. (Core Event)

Meet Rachel Pereira and the Title IX Office

Core Event

11:30am–11:50pm

Join Rachel Pereira, Title IX Coordinator, Onya Brown, Scarlett Thompson, and Olani Maher as we provide an overview of the Title IX team and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office. (Core Event)

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

Student Financial Services Meet and Greet

1:30pm–2pm

Hosted by Betsy Martell, Office Specialist for Student Financial Services.

Life Safety with Jim Kelly and Campus Safety

Core Event

3pm–4pm

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)

First Year Student Athlete Welcome—Students and Families

4pm–4:30pm

All first-year student-athletes and their families are invited to participate in an information session with Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics & Physical Education. Students considering trying out for any varsity or varsity club team(s) are also welcome. Topics of discussion will include an overview of the sports programs, participation requirements, and resources for student-athletes and families. The session will conclude with an open question and answer period.  The session is limited to the first 300 participants.

Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange (TVE) Student Meet and Greet

4pm–5pm

Hosted by Dean of Studies Debra Zeifman and other campus partners.

TVE Q&A with House Advisor Lizzie and previous TVE Students

5pm–6pm

Hosted by Lizzie Jauregui, House Advisor and Assistant Director of Residential Life.

Dinner

6pm-7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer House Cup Showcase: Make Your Mark Challenge & New Daily Challenge Announced: Tik Tok

Core Event

7pm–8:00pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Living and Wellness Luis Inoa and other members of the Brewer House Cup Committee. (Core Event)

BHC Work Time: Tik Tok

Core Event

8:00pm–10:00pm

Facilitated by your House Teams. (Core Event)

Students who have arrived will have received their test results by this date.

Arrival (Students from Non-Designated States)

Core Event

8am–4pm

Welcome to Vassar! Pull up to your House to move into your room. Keys and IDs will be available via contactless pick-up. 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)

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

PB&J Hot Seat

11am–12pm

Hosted by President Elizabeth Bradley and John Bradley.

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

TVE Lunch with Campus Resources and Supports

12pm–1pm

Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange students are invited to meet the class advisors and administrators of the various offices and services that comprise the Dean of Studies Offices. Issues briefly discussed will include college regulations, degree requirements and support services.

Varsity Sport Interest Meeting

1pm–2pm

Interested in Intercollegiate Athletics or a Varsity Club Sport (Rugby or Rowing) and you were not recruited by one of the coaches? Come to this meeting and speak with the Athletics Administration (please see the Athletics website for a list of varsity programs). You'll have an opportunity to learn more about athletics as well as the medical and academic clearance process in order to try-out. 

We are Here: A Reflective Circle

Core Event

2pm–3pm

Meet up with your Student Fellow group (on Zoom) 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)

Virtual Guided Tour of Farm

3pm-3:30pm

Welcome to the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve!  You will discover a beautiful 416-acre greenspace right across from the main campus.  Many faculty, students, and community members use the Preserve for classes, research, recreation, community outreach and more! The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve house community gardens, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Rugby fields, Cross County trails, and the Environmental Cooperative! The Environmental Cooperative is located at the Vassar barns and aims to expand and coordinate conservation efforts and to strengthen place-based environmental awareness in the wider community and here at Vassar. Join us to learn more about how to get involved and how you can use this wonderful resource!

Virtual Guided Tour of Loeb

3pm–4pm

Hosted by Bart Thurber, Director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Lecturer in Art.

Tasty Tuesday Chat with Brenda (Twisted Soul) & Tanner (Crafted Kup)

4pm–5pm

Moderated by Emily Chong ‘21, Vassar Student Association Chair of Programming.

Engaged Pluralism Initiative: Where the Scholar-Activist-Leader in You Come Together

5pm–5:30pm

In this initiative, students, faculty, and administrators come together to work out challenges that are related to diversity, inclusion and belonging at Vassar. Welcoming people from all social backgrounds, majors, and roles at the College, we share our stories, learn from each other, and collectively practice ways to live inclusion and belonging with the people around us. In this 30 minute session, we share some stories together, and offer a glimpse into the work, the experience, and the spirit of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative at Vassar.

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer House Cup Showcase (Tik Tok) & Daily Challenge Announced (Tie Dye)

Core Event

7pm–8pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Living and Wellness Luis Inoa and other members of the Brewer House Cup Committee. (Core Event)

BHC Work Time: Tie Dye

Core Event

8pm–10pm

Facilitated by House Teams. (Core Event)

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Special Orientation Welcome Event

Core Event

10am–10:45am

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 Prashit Parikh ‘21. (Core Event)

Meet and Greet: Dean of Studies Office

Core Event

11am–11:45pm

Hosted by Dean of Studies Debra Zeifman. (Core Event)

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

Meet and Greet: Student Growth and Engagement (SGE) and Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSLCP) Offices

Core Event

1pm–1:45pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Growth and Engagement Wendy Maragh Taylor and Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices Samuel Speers. (Core Event)

Meet and Greet: Career Development Office and Campus Activities Office

Core Event

2pm–2:45pm

Hosted by Dean of Career Development Stacy Bingham and Director of Student Activities & The College Center Michelle Ransom. (Core Event)

Dean of the College Offices Hot Seat

3pm–3:45pm

Hosted by Dean of the College Carlos Alamo and special guests.

Meet the Community Care Team

Core Event

4pm–5pm

Hosted by Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement, and Sarah Garijo-Garde, First Year Experience and Community Care Program Associate. (Core Event)

Dinner

Core Event

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer House Cup Showcase (Tie Dye) and Daily Challenge Announced (Photo Contest)

Core Event

7pm–8pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Living and Wellness Luis Inoa and other members of the Brewer House Cup Committee. (Core Event)

Brewer House Cup Work Time: Photo Contest

Core Event

8pm–10pm

Facilitated by House Teams. (Core Event)

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Grand Challenges and ADSE Information Session

10am–11am

Hosted by Associate Professor of Biology Jodi Schwartz.

Creating and Accessing Space at Vassar: Learning, Teaching, Compassion, & Care

11am–12pm

Hosted by Assistant Professor of Education Jaime Del Razo, Director of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity MaryJo Cavanaugh, Assistant Director of the Office for Accessibility Zachary Batchelder, and Moorhead Academic Coach Matthew Mueller.

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

Academic Integrity

Core Event

1pm–2pm

Hosted by Dean of Studies Debra Zeifman. (Core Event)

Apps to Live By

2pm–3pm

MaryJo Cavanaugh and her team from the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO) will share their top technology tools for helping new students gear up for academic success. Have your technology ready.

CIS Info Session

Core Event

3pm–4pm

The Computing and Information Services department will orient students to the top resources they will need as First Years, including Vassar Mobile App, Wifi, Information Security, Service Desk, and specialized computing spaces. Students will be introduced to new technologies that have been established to maintain their health and safety, as well as digital platforms being used in the classroom. (Core Event)

Virtual Tour of the Library

4pm–5pm

Get to know the Vassar libraries! As a Vassar student, you have access to amazing collections, inspiring study spaces, and helpful library staff. We hope that you'll take advantage of all that the libraries have to offer, whether you're on or off campus. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what the libraries have to offer, get tips and suggestions for making the most of these great resources, and meet librarians who are excited to work with you throughout your time at Vassar.

Meet the Q-Center Team

5pm–5:30pm

Hosted by Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center Hudson Gould.

Bagels and Talks with the Chabad Jewish Community

5:30pm–6pm

Join us as we do kitchen prep for Shabbat. We'll Schoom (schmooze over Zoom) and play silly games with a Jewish flavor.

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer House Cup Showcase (Photo Contest) and Daily Challenge Announced (Chant & House Theme Song)

Core Event

7pm–8pm

Hosted by Dean of Student Living and Wellness Luis Inoa and other members of the Brewer House Cup Committee. (Core Event)

BHC Work Time (Chant & House Theme Song)

Core Event

8pm–10pm

Facilitated by House Teams. (Core Event)

Breakfast and Matriculation Book Signing

Core Event

9am–10am

After picking up your breakfast at the Gordon Commons, please go to the tent outside of the President’s House 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)

Vassar Christian Fellowship Meet Up

9:30am–10am

Want to know more about Vassar Christian Fellowship (VXF) and Christian community on campus? Stop by to meet new faces, play some games, and learn all about what VXF has to offer.

We are Here: Virtual Campus Tour

Core Event

10:30am–12pm

Meet your Orientation Leader and your Student Fellow on Zoom to start a virtual tour about Vassar’s unique history. (Core Event)

Lunch and Matriculation Book Signing

Core Event

12pm–1pm

After picking up your lunch at the Gordon Commons, please go to the tent outside of the President’s House 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)

FYE Open Lunch Zoom

12pm–1pm

After grabbing your lunch, hop on to this Zoom call for a chance to make some new friends and meet new people. FYE Program Associate Sarah will host this space daily and icebreaker activities will change throughout the week.

Jummah/Friday Prayers

1:30pm–2:30pm

The Vassar Muslim Student Association (VMSA) will be holding Friday prayer/Jummah, followed by a student led discussion on navigating Muslim life on college campuses.

Voting Registration Information Session

2pm–3pm

Hosted by Director of Community Engaged Learning Lisa Kaul, Executive Director of Vassar College Urban Education Initiative John Bradley, and Democracy Matters (student org) leader Cassie Cauwels ‘22.

We are Here: Stories from Your Peers

Core Event

3pm–4pm

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

The VC Class of 2024 Meets the Class of 2020

4pm–5pm

Hosted by the Administrative Fellows and moderated by Sarah Garijo-Garde ‘20, First Year Experience and Community Care Program Associate.

Shabbat with the VJU

6pm–7pm

Join the Vassar Jewish Union for a virtual Garden Party—including some Zoom-style schmoozing—preceding virtual student-led Shabbat!

Dinner and Matriculation Book Signing

Core Event

6pm–7pm

After picking up your dinner at the Gordon Commons, please go to the tent outside of the President’s House 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)

Women’s Center Meet Up

7pm–8pm

We are excited to hold virtual space for our incoming class members to get better acquainted with the Women's Center. During this event, you will hear of the many ways the Center supports all students identifying as women in our community. You will also get the opportunity to meet and ask questions of our director, student interns and members of the student organizations that strengthen women's voices at Vassar.

Transitions Meet Up

7pm–8:00pm

Are you a first-generation, low income and/or undocumented student? If so, the Transitions Program is for you! Join us on Zoom to mingle with your cohort, meet the director and student leaders, and get an overview of the program.

ALANA Meet Up

7:30pm–8:30pm

The ALANA Student Cultural Center staff is so excited to welcome you, the Class of 2024 to Vassar! If you are interested in hearing about ways to get involved with the ALANA Center's programs, initiatives, our cultural student orgs, or to see a zoom-tour of the space, please join us!

LGBTQ+ Meet Up

8pm–9:00pm

We are excited to hold virtual space for our incoming class members to get better acquainted with the LGBTQ+ Center. During this event, you will hear of the many ways the Center supports our LGBTQ+ community. You will also get the opportunity to meet and ask questions of our director, student interns and members of the student organizations that strengthen LGBTQ+ voices at Vassar.

Movie Night

9:00pm–11:00pm

Join us for a live-streamed movie.

Breakfast

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

One Less

Core Event

11am–12pm

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

Lunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Let’s Talk about Title IX

Core Event

2pm–3pm

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)

Speak About It

Core Event

3pm–4pm

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)

Culture of Care/Bystander Intervention

Core Event

4pm–5pm

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)

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Serenading and Open Mic

Core Event

8:30pm–10pm

Serenading is one of Vassar’s oldest traditions. It is an opportunity for VC’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors to welcome the Class of 2024 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)

Brunch

9am–10am

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brunch

12pm–1pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Brewer Games Finale Kahoot

Core Event

1pm–3pm

Join us for the Orientation finale of the Brewer House Cup. Hosted by Dean of Student Living and Wellness Luis Inoa and members of the Brewer House Cup Committee. (Core Event)

Pipe Dreams: Virtual Organ Concert

3pm–4pm

Hosted by Gail Archer, Adjunct Artist in Music.

Virtual Org Fair

Core Event

3pm–5pm

Get Involved! Tune-in and 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 via their zoom link with information on what they do and how you can get involved. Come and learn what fun opportunities are waiting! (Core Event)

Virtual Vespers with the Vassar Catholic Community

5pm–5:45pm

Join members of the Vassar Catholic Community for Evening Prayer. Students help lead the prayers, and have organized a virtual "meet and greet" afterward—to learn more about you, especially your spiritual wants and needs and also your gifts and talents.

Dinner

6pm–7pm

Gordon Commons

Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with your scheduled time slot.

Sunday Worship with Episcopal/Protestant community (ECVC)

7pm–8pm

Our worship is conversational and prayerful—a good chance to informally check-in, meet other new students and returning students, and smile across the Zoom panels!

Sitting Meditation with the Buddhist Sangha

8pm–9pm

Sitting meditation—join us for guidance in breath practice. No prior experience necessary.

Convocation

3pm–5pm

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