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Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation begins on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, and includes three full days of activities, as well as orientation events throughout the week.

Note: All students will receive a printed copy of the orientation schedule when they arrive!
 

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017


9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Student Arrival
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
Your first stop will be New Student Arrival, located in the Clausen Center on the north end of campus. See campus map. Here, you will need to present the Virtual Check-in Sticker you received upon completing all tasks in Carthage’s Online Check-in system. You may present this sticker on a mobile phone or other device, or you can show a print-out. While you navigate the arrival process, your parents can visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop for light refreshments.
* Parents and families: Only your student will be able to go through the check-in process. Please visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop during this time. We respectfully ask that family pets stay at home, with the exception of service animals.

9 a.m.-1 P.m.

Parent/Family Pit Stop
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
As parents wait for their students to complete the arrival process, they can enjoy food and beverages, pick up a schedule for parents/families, and sign up to receive Carthage’s parent e-newsletter. Learn how you can stay connected with Carthage all year long.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

New Residential Student Move-In
All Residence Halls
After residential students complete the arrival process, they can move their belongings into their residence halls.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lunch Available for Purchase
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center); Campbell Student Union
Lunch will be available for purchase in the college cafeteria, located in the Todd Wehr Center, or at one of the eateries in the Campbell Student Union. Learn more about campus dining options.

3-4 p.m.

For Residential Students: Community Living Meeting
A. F. Siebert Chapel
All residential students will convene in the Chapel to learn more about the expectations for and resources available to residential students.

For Commuter Students: Commuter Meeting/Reception
Integrated Sciences Pavilion, Science Center
All new students commuting from their parent/guardian’s home will enjoy learning about college resources, tips for commuting, and community expectations. A light snack is included.

For Parents/Families: Supporting Your Students for Success at Carthage
Todd Wehr Center Room 128
Parents are invited to a special session led by staff from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Learn how you can support your student for success at Carthage.

4:15-5:30 p.m.

New Student Convocation
Tarble Arena
The Carthage community officially welcomes students and families to Carthage!

5:30-6:30 p.m.

New Student and Family Picnic
TARC Field House
After the New Student Convocation, families are invited to the New Student and Family Picnic in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House, adjacent to the arena.

6:15-6:30 p.m.

Time to Say Goodbye
TARC Field House
After the picnic, students will say goodbye to their families and begin New Student Orientation.

6:30-6:45 p.m.

Meet Your Small Groups
Campus Drive
You will receive your assigned small group with your orientation schedule at New Student Arrival.

6:45-9 p.m.

Small Group Session #1: Getting to Know You
Individual Locations
Sign Kissing Rock, take a group photo, enjoy a campus tour, and learn the Carthage Fight Song.

9-10:30 p.m.

Small Group Session #2: Playfair and Evening Fun!
Art Keller Field (Rain Location: TARC Field House)
Playfair is unlike anything you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to meet your classmates!
 

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups 
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center)

8:45 a.m.-noon

Small Group Session #3: Involve, Engage and Connect to Campus Life
Rotating Locations

  • Engaging in Community — Jockey Club (Todd Wehr Center)
  • Getting Connected at Carthage: Technology, and Online Resources — Todd Wehr Center 128
  • Career Services: Exploration and Resources — A. F. Siebert Chapel

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf
Note: Some first-year students may have music audition appointments during this event. See description in Tuesday schedule for locations.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Small Group Session #4: Getting to Know You II: Cultural Identity
Small Group Locations

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Break
Lawn across from Hedberg Library
Enjoy recreational activities like music, cornhole, or a scheduled tour. This is also a great time to hang by the lake or grab a snack with a new friend. (Note: Some first-year students may have music audition appointments during this event. See description in Tuesday schedule for locations.)

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Small Group Session #5: Where Do You Stand?
Small Group Locations

4:45-5:45 p.m.

Dinner with Small Groups
The Caf
Note: Some first-year students may have music audition appointments during this event. See description in Tuesday schedule for locations.

6 p.m.

Small Group Session #6: A Community of Respect
Start in Small Group Locations, then Rotating Sessions
This session will focus on Title IX and safety-related issues. We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe, ranging from knowledge to action. At the core of the role each of us plays is respect.

  • Sex Signals. “Sex Signals” is an unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex, and bystander intervention.
  • Staying Safe on Campus: Learn what you can do to keep yourself and your peers safe at Carthage.

9:15-11 p.m.

VIP Night
Campbell Student Union
New students get exclusive run of the union. Enjoy late-night shopping in the bookstore, freebies, food samples from the retail food venues, billiards, and more! Sponsored by the Carthage Activities Board (CAB), Sodexo, and Barnes and Noble at Carthage.

 

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups
The Caf

8:45-NOON

Small Group Session #7: Transitioning to the Classroom
Rotating Sessions

  • College Classroom Expectations
  • Academic Services (Writing Center, Tutoring, Disability Services)
  • Managing College Finances

 

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Small Group Session #8: Applying Learning and First Year Read Discussion
Small Group Locations
Discuss this year’s First Year Read, Just Mercy, and share your reactions with your orientation group and a faculty facilitator. Please bring your book and bookmark to this session. Participate in a session about experiential learning.

3:45-5 p.m.

Break
Lawn across from Hedberg Library
Enjoy recreational activities like music, cornhole, or a scheduled tour. This is also a great time to hang by the lake or grab a snack with a new friend. (Note: Some first-year students may have music audition appointments during this event. See description in Tuesday schedule for locations.)

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner with Small Groups
The Caf

6:30-8 p.m.

Small Group Session #9: The Real Deal and Closing
Small Group Locations
This session will include a final Q&A and a review the Carthage Kick-Off Days schedule.

8-10:30 p.m.

Interactive Comedy and Late Night Snack Featuring Local Food Trucks
A.F. Siebert Chapel and Campus Drive
Leave every notion of what you thought of a “juggler” at home! Ivan Pecel’s hilarious comedy and high intensity deliver an unforgettable show. Following the performance, Campus Drive will host local food trucks for a Late Night Snack. Use your voucher for one free item. More items are available for purchase.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017


9-11:30 A.m.

First College Success Seminar Meeting: Build a Bike
TARC Field House
Your first College Success Seminar class will set the foundation for your learning in team, leadership, and character development, and success as a student!

1-6 p.m.

Choir Auditions​
H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts (JAC), Choir Room 140​
Before joining a choir, all new students are required to audition. You may sign up for an audition online by visiting www.carthage.edu/choir-tryouts or contact Professor Eduardo Garcia-Novelli at 262-551-5918 or egarcianovelli@carthage.edu. (Note: If you previously auditioned for a scholarship, you must still audition at this time to determine choir placement.)

​Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Auditions
H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts Room 142
Before joining an instrumental ensemble, all students are required to play a brief audition.​ ​Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor James Ripley at 262-551-5854 or​ ​jripley@carthage.edu. To arrange an audition time, sign up on the sheet outside room 142 in the Johnson Arts Center (JAC) or call 262-551-5854.

5-9 p.m.

​Strings Auditions
H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts Recital Hall
Before joining an instrumental ensemble, all students are required to play a brief audition.​ ​Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor Edward Kawakami at ekawakami@carthage.edu or 262-551-6565. To arrange an audition time, sign up on the sheet outside room 142 in the Johnson Arts Center (JAC) or call 262-551-6565.

6 p.m.

Floor Meetings for Residential Students
All Residence Halls

7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer vs. MSOE
Art Keller Field

 

Activities continue for the whole campus during Carthage Kick-off Days.
See the Carthage Kick-off Days Schedule!