Orientation

Move In MapThe best way to get to know your new campus community is to jump in and start exploring it yourself. Goucher's orientation programs are here to help you start connecting to your new home, and provide you with the information you need as you start your college adventure!

Our Fall and January Orientations are designed to introduce you to all aspects of your first semester at Goucher.  This includes the classes you will take; the people you will know; and the places you will live, study, eat, play, and hang out.

Orientation gives first-time, first-year, transfer, and international students the chance to interact and connect with faculty, staff, and students; obtain departmental information related to potential majors; take certain placement tests or audition; and learn about student life opportunities.  

The students on Goucher's First Year Mentor team will help to welcome you to the Goucher community and are excited to work with you this summer and fall!

Fall Orientation will be held from Saturday, August 19, 2017 through Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Move-in is on August 19, and more details will be provided over the summer about the logistics of move-in day.

For more details about orientation, please contact Christine Krieger (Associate Director of Student Engagement) at 410-337-6124.

 

Orientation Schedule

Saturday, August 19

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Move-In/Check-In

Dorsey Center Courtyard

Check in at the Dorsey Center and gather important information from various campus departments before moving into your room. Set up your room and meet your roommates, hall mates, and resident assistants.

Commuter students should use this time to visit the bookstore and become familiar with campus.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Accessibility Services Registration

Alumnae/i House 120

Arnelle Hanley, director of accessibility services, will help finalize accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can also email access@goucher.edu.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Refreshments with Hillel

Hillel Lounge

Take a break from unpacking and drop into Hillel for snacks, drinks, and FREE swag.

4 – 4:30 p.m.


Welcome

Decker Sports and Recreation Center

President José Bowen, Provost Leslie Lewis, and the first year mentors cannot wait to give you an official, in-person welcome to the Goucher community!

4:30 – 5 p.m.


First Year Mentor (FYM) Meeting

Various Locations

Meet with your first year mentoring group as you review orientation information and learn about activities for the upcoming weekend. 

5 – 8 p.m.


Dinner, Meet with First Year Mentor, and Safety and Housing Resources

Various Locations

All students will go through this three- part rotation within first year mentor groups. You will spend time with Student Affairs staff in the chapel to learn about campus life, get to know your new classmates, and eat dinner in your first year mentor group. Your first year mentor knows the schedule specific to your group during this time.

8 – 8:45 p.m.


Havdallah and Ice Cream

Hillel Lounge

Join Hillel to mark the end of the Sabbath.

8:30 p.m.


Housewarming Parties

Residence Halls

Get to know your neighbors on campus! Head to your residence hall for a campus-wide housewarming party as you settle into your new home. We will welcome commuter students to the Commuter Lounge (Ath 147) and transfer students will gather as a group in Pinkard (Ath 426).

Sunday, August 20

8 – 9:30 a.m.


Breakfast

Stimson Dining Hall

New students may join their families for continental breakfast in the Dorsey courtyard.

8 – 8:30 a.m.


Church Service (With Families)

Haebler Memorial Chapel

Gather with Christian students and staff in an open and ecumenical service that will include song, prayer, scripture, and reflection. Led by Goucher Chaplain Cynthia Terry. All are welcome.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.


Assemble for New Student Convocation

Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

Meet first year mentors in the Hyman Forum to line up for the procession to New Student Convocation. 

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.


New Student Convocation (With Families)

Kraushaar Auditorium

Mark the beginning of your academic journey with an induction into the community of learners at Goucher College.

10:30 – 11 a.m.


Goodbye Reception (With Families)

Dorsey Center Courtyard

Students and family members are invited to mingle with faculty, staff, and the first year mentors before families head home and students continue with fall orientation.

11 – 11:30 a.m.


Meet with First Year Mentors and New Student Picture

First Year Mentor Meeting Location

Meet with your first year mentor to take a group picture with your fellow classmates!

11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Lunch with Faculty

Stimson Dining Hall

Take time to get to know your faculty and advisors for a three-part lunch rotation. When you are not at lunch, you will either have time to relax or will complete a new student survey in the Hyman Forum. Your first year mentor knows your schedule during this period.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.


Academic Welcome

Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

The transition to college can be difficult for even the strongest of students. Upperclass students will share their stories of success and failure in their own Goucher journeys. La Jerne Cornish, associate provost for undergraduate studies, and Robin Cresiski, director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship and Technology, will moderate.

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.


Ice Cream Sundaes With Presidential Party

Welsh Patio

Join President Bowen, First Lady Kimberly Bowen, and other Goucher administrators for celebratory ice cream sundaes to kick off the year!

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Dance Placements

Todd Dance Studio

First year students who would like to participate in dance classes will need to attend this session. Students will dance and be placed in the classes most appropriate for their level of skill.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Equestrian Placements

Stables

First year students who would like to participate in riding will need to attend the riding evaluation session during fall orientation. Students will ride and be placed in the riding class most appropriate for their level of skill. Varsity riding team tryouts will also be conducted during these evaluations.

5 – 8 p.m.


Dinner

Stimson Dining Hall

8 p.m.


Hypnotist

Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

Watch as master hypnotist Paul Ramsay mesmerizes your classmates. Don’t miss this orientation tradition!

Monday, August 21

8 – 9:30 a.m.


Breakfast

Stimson Dining Hall

8:30 – 10 a.m.


Placement Tests

Various Locations

You must take a placement test if you were invited to interview for a modern language course, will major or minor in music, or will take music theory.

Arabic                 Van Meter G05     
French                 Van Meter 201       
German              Van Meter G01      
Hebrew               Van Meter 103       
Italian                  Van Meter 102       
Music Theory     Van Meter 101        
Russian                Van Meter 111         
Spanish                Van Meter G11       

 

10 a.m. – noon


Scavenger Hunt

Meet in the Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

Your team is your first year mentor group, and all other groups are the competition. You must work with your team to find clues across campus, solve riddles, and complete several challenges. Of course, it would not be a true competition without a prize for the winning team!

Noon – 2 p.m.


Lunch

Stimson and Heubeck Dining Halls

2 – 3:30 p.m.


Open Hours and Meeting Opportunities

Use this time to learn about resources and to visit important offices. Do not forget to go outside around 2:40 p.m. to view the solar eclipse with other faculty, staff, and students!

2 – 3 p.m.


Support Services and Resources

Pinkard Room, Athenaum 426

Learn about support services for those who have experienced grief, sexual assault, substance abuse, or other circumstances impacting emotional wellness. Sponsored by the Student Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of the Chaplain.

2 – 3:30 p.m.


Financial Aid Open House

Student Administrative Services Suite, Dorsey Center

Stop through to meet the Office of Financial Aid team, ask questions, and receive assistance completing necessary forms.

2 – 3:30 p.m.


Health Center Open House

Heubeck Hall

Stop over at the Health Center to meet the staff, see the space, and learn about this critical resource on campus.

2 – 3:30 p.m.


Learning Commons Open House

3rd floor of the Athenaeum

Stop by the Library to see the new Learning Commons, which includes the Qualitative Reasoning Center and Writing Center. Meet the staff, see the spaces, and learn about these critical resources on campus.

3:30 – 5 p.m.


First First Year Experience Seminar: Consent and Bystander Intervention

Various Locations

Meet with your first year mentor group and one or two other groups to talk about consent, bystander intervention, and available resources to learn more and find support.

5 p.m.


Maryland Scholars Dinner

Julia Rogers G40

Students participating in the Maryland Scholars Program will meet to check in and discuss the first week at this session.

5 – 8 p.m.


Dinner with First Year Mentors

Stimson Dining Hall

7 – 9 p.m.


New Student VIP Shopping Event

Bookstore

Visit the bookstore to pick up your class supplies, meet the staff, and win cool prizes.

8 p.m.


Carnival and Interfaith Sweets and Treats

Winslow Great Lawn

Join your classmates for an outdoor celebration! Meet with Goucher Christian Fellowship, Hillel, and the Interfaith Club to decorate your own cupcakes and learn more about faith and spirituality on campus.

Tuesday, August 22

8 – 9:30 a.m.


Breakfast

Stimson Dining Hall

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.


Finding Success as a New Student at Goucher

Various Locations

Use this time with your academic advisor to learn more about the advising process and the academic centers. Individual advising appointments, which will take place tomorrow, will be scheduled during this session. 

10 – 10:30 a.m.


Center Open Hours

Various Locations

Academic center directors will explain majors and discuss the opportunities available in their areas. Session will be repeated at 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.


Center Open Hours

Various Locations

Academic center directors will explain majors and discuss the opportunities available in their areas. Session locations are the same as the 10 a.m. session.

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Lunch and Book Discussion

Various Locations

Reflect on and discuss the issues raised by your summer reading, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, over lunch. Led by faculty, staff, and first year mentors, this discussion will serve as an example of the academic dialogue you will find in Goucher courses. Attendance will be taken and will count toward your grade for FYE 134. 

2 – 3:15 p.m.


LGBTQIA Students Meet and Greet

Pinkard Room, Athenaum 426

Take some time to get to know fellow LGBTQIA students on campus.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.


Students of Color Meet and Greet

Pinkard Room, Athenaum 426

Interested in meeting other students of color on campus? Come to this gathering to introduce yourself and greet your new classmates.

4:30 p.m.


Field Hockey Scrimmage

Join your classmates at Beldon Field to watch the Gophers take on McDaniel College! As you cheer on the Gophers, enjoy snowballs, ice cream, and free swag!

 

5 – 8 p.m.


Dinner

Stimson and Heubeck Dining Halls

6:30 p.m.


Tour of Towson

Meet at Dorsey Center

Join your first year mentors for a tour of Towson, your new hometown. Your guides will highlight some of their favorite places to eat, play, and shop.

8 p.m.


Outdoor Movie,Wonder Woman

Winslow Great Lawn

Join your classmates for the first outdoor movie of the year.

Wednesday, August 23

8 – 9:30 a.m.


Breakfast

Stimson Dining Hall

9 – 11 a.m.


Academic Center for Excellence, Writing Center, and First Year Mentor Info Sessions

Various Locations

Meet your first year mentor to learn more about the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Writing Center. Your first year mentor knows your schedule during this period.

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Lunch

Stimson Dining Hall

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Individual Advising Appointments

Various Locations

Bring a copy of your fall schedule to this meeting with your academic advisor.

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Financial Aid Open Hours

Student Administrative Services Suite, Dorsey Center

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Information Technology Connection Fair

Ungar Athenaeum (Third Floor Lobby)

Information Technology team members will be available in the Athenaeum on the 3rd floor to assist students with connecting to Goucher’s computer resources.

Walk-up assistance will be available for connecting laptops and other devices to the GoucherWifi network, downloading the free student version of Microsoft Office 365, and providing general information about campus technology services.

 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Student-Athlete Information Meeting

Decker Sports and Recreation Center

Attend this session to learn all you need to know as a new college student- athlete.

4:30 p.m.


Opening Celebration

Academic Quad

Wear your class colors proudly (2021: blue; 2020: yellow; 2019: green; 2018: red) as you and your classmates parade from the academic quad to a celebration of the new academic year. Then, have dinner on the lawn with the entire community.

Thursday, August 24 - First Day of Classes

2 – 4 p.m.


Student Engagement Information

Van Meter Highway in Front of the Athenaeum

Stop by for a popsicle while you learn about co-curricular events and programs taking place this semester.

Friday, August 25

Noon – 2 p.m.


The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI) Open House

Athenaeum 422

Meet the CREI team and learn about the programming and services offered out of this office.

3 – 5 p.m.


Campus Job Fair

Dorsey Center Courtyard

Interested in working on campus?

Stop by the Campus Job Fair to learn about employment opportunities, meet supervisors, and apply for jobs. Be sure to bring your OneCard, class schedule, two forms of ID, and a résumé, if you have one. (Only specific original forms of identification can be accepted; please visit www.uscis.gov/i-9 for more information.)

Monday, August 28

7 – 8:30 p.m.


First Year Experience Course

Various Locations

Monday, September 4

7 – 9 p.m.


Involvement Fair

Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

Whether through clubs and organizations or ongoing service and social justice opportunities, Goucher has many ways for you to get involved in campus life. Representatives from student clubs will host tables in the Athenaeum to give you information about their organizations and tell you how to sign up. Weekly and monthly volunteer opportunities include: environmental justice, urban education, housing and homelessness services, immigrant and refugee services, disabilities services, and prison education. Federal work-study positions are available for students interested in serving as reading or math tutors in Baltimore City public schools.

Friday, September 8

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Fall Study Abroad Fair

Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum

International opportunities abound at Goucher. Visit the Fall Study Abroad Fair to learn about semester and short-term study abroad programs and meet with returnees, Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) program directors, and representatives from our partners abroad.