Orientation 2018

On Aug. 19, we will give a warm welcome to the class of 2022!

On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, Wells College is pleased to welcome the class of 2022 and other new students to campus! Following move-in, our new students will embark on a four-day Orientation that will help welcome them to their new home in Aurora.

Below, please find a tentative schedule for Orientation 2018. Once you arrive on campus, you will be provided a printed schedule with the most up-to-date list of events and activities. (Click here to download a copy of that handout.)

If you have any questions, please drop a line to studentlife@wells.edu. Welcome to Wells!

Orientation 2018: Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 19, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Check in for new incoming students
Art Exhibit Room (AER), Macmillan Hall

  • 8:30–10:00 a.m. ~ Dodge residents
  • 10:30–noon ~ Leach residents
  • 12:30–2:00 p.m. ~ All other residence halls residents and Express to Success students
  • Student-athletes may check in before or after their practices.

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
College Store open
Visit the bookstore in Zabriskie Hall for textbooks, clothing, snacks, and more! The store will be open until 2:00 p.m. today.
1st floor, Zabriskie Hall

10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Brunch for students, families and guests
Dining Hall

2:30 p.m.
Q&A Session for parents, families and guests with members of the campus life staff
Chapel, Main Building

2:30 p.m.
Group time with Orientation leaders
Various locations

3:30 p.m.
Honor Code ceremony
Schwartz Athletic Center
All new students, plus their parents and family members, are invited to attend!

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Reception and good-bye to families
Outside of Schwartz Athletic Center

5:30–7:00 p.m.
Dinner with Orientation leaders and first-year resident assistants
Dining hall

7:00–8:00 p.m.
Initial floor meeting with resident assistants
Your residence hall

8:00–9:30 p.m.
Playfair
Upper Gym, Schwartz Athletic Center

Monday, August 20, 2018

7:00–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Orientation leaders
Dining hall

8:30–9:30 a.m.
CIRP Freshman Survey discussion
Various locations

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Presentation on consent and healthy relationships by Rachel Snyder '11
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

10:30–11:00 a.m.
Tea Time
Lobby, Macmillan Hall

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Presentation on the Wells College Title IX policies and reporting procedures
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Commuter students are invited to dine with Jennifer Michael, dean of students; Latesha Fussell, director of diversity and inclusion; and Melinda Slawson, assistant director of transfer admissions.
Dining hall

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Group time with Orientation leaders
Various locations

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Rotating sessions about the library, the Learning Commons, behavior and conduct, and more
Various locations

4:15–5:00 p.m.
Residence hall programming, hosted by the resident assistants (RAs)
Your residence hall

5:15–6:00 p.m.
Presentation about Collegiate Cabinet (the Wells College student government) and traditions at Wells College
Barler Recital Hall

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining hall

7:30–8:30 p.m.
Dessert at the Dean of Students' home
Dean of Students Jennifer Michael opens up her home for this fun-filled event -- with cupcakes!

9:00–10:30 p.m.
Bingo games
Win prizes like a Keurig, a Bose bluetooth speaker, or gift cards!
Dining hall

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

7:00–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Dining hall

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Off-Campus Experiences
Various locations
Students can explore the Finger Lakes this morning! Go on a hike at a nearby waterfall,  shop in Ithaca, visit the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, or go paddling on Owasco Lake.

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Dining hall

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Individual advising appointments (1:00–5:00 p.m.) and rotating sessions about campus services (1:00–3:30 p.m.)
Various locations

3:30 p.m.
Class of 2022 meeting
New first-year students will meet with Collegiate and your class advisor to learn about the elections process.
Barler Recital Hall Auditorium

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining hall

7:00–10:00 p.m.
Beach Party and Bonfire
Boathouse

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:00–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Dining hall

8:30 a.m.–Noon
Individual advising appointments
Various locations

10:00–Noon
"Fun in the Sun" field day
Join your Orientation leaders to soak up some rays! We'll have lawn games, music, and much more.
Lawn outside Sommer Student Center

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Lunch
Dining hall

1:00–2:00 p.m. or 2:00–3:00 p.m.
"Social Media and You" presentation by Brandon Jackson '19
Stratton Hall 209

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Drop-in hours in computer labs
Need help accessing the Globe, configuring your email account, or connecting your mobile device? Our IT staff is here to help!
Lower level, Zabriskie Hall

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Final session with Orientation group leaders
Various locations

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Odd/Even "Glam Party"
Boathouse

5:30 p.m.
Class of 2022 group photo
Around the Sycamore tree, front lawn of Main Building

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner
Dining hall

7:30–8:30 p.m.
Mixers with Wells College upperclass students
Main Building, Glen Park, and Weld residence halls

9:00 p.m.
"Ace the Midterms"
Enjoy free food, listen to great music, and learn about voting in the midterm elections!
Dining hall 

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