ORIENTATION for New Students
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All links for remote sessions can be found on our Orientation moodle course. Please note that the moodle course will open on Monday, August 16, 2021. Any session recordings will be made available on the moodle course. An * (asterisk) indicates that the session is for Adas and transfer students. Departmental Placement Exams The presentation will address the To assist students in considering what level of following questions: What is the calling- courses they should enter, please visit the Registrar's in/calling-out continuum? What do you website for information about placement exams. say to call someone in? When should it Some exams have due dates prior to individual advis- be used? When is calling someone out ing appointments. The links to placement exams, the right thing to do? Can we set logical auditions and portfolio reviews can be found on the boundaries for dissent without losing Registrar’s Office website. cohesion? If so many of us are aware of the problems of call-out culture, why Monday, August 23- haven’t we changed it? Can we stop the busy urgency of our lives to pay closer Thursday, August 26 attention to our effects on other people? Can we create this culture shift? By Appt Individual Advising Appointments 8:30 a.m.– via Zoom (Required for first-years) 5 p.m. Advisers will meet for one half hour Tuesday, August 24 with each advisee. Students will be 6– 9 p.m. Calling In as a Smith Leadership contacted by their liberal arts adviser Practice With Professor Loretta Ross the week prior to schedule their Part II appointment within this time frame. This two-part virtual training is required for new students. Students must register During this half hour, you—the ahead of time to attend via Zoom or advisee—should be prepared to dis- watch the recording by the start of the cuss course ideas and interests, and semester. The link to register for the your adviser will help you link your event will be available on Moodle. developing academic preferences with choices for classes. They may also offer Participants will learn about calling- other avenues for you to explore your in practices to counter the call-out interests this fall and in the coming culture. The presentation will address academic year. the following questions: What is the calling-in/calling-out continuum? What Monday, August 23 do you say to call someone in? When should it be used? When is calling 6– 9 p.m. Calling In as a Smith Leadership someone out the right thing to do? Can Practice With Professor Loretta Ross we set logical boundaries for dissent Part I without losing cohesion? If so many of This two-part virtual training is required us are aware of the problems of call-out for new students. Students must register culture, why haven’t we changed it? Can ahead of time to attend via Zoom or we stop the busy urgency of our lives watch the recording by the start of the to pay closer attention to our effects on semester. The link to register for the other people? Can we create this cul- event will be available on Moodle. ture shift? Participants will learn about calling-in practices to counter the call-out culture.
Friday, August 27 Family Orientation 8– 11 a.m. Central Check-In and Move In for 2:30– Seeyle Tent new students 6 p.m. See family orientation schedule for Indoor Track and Tennis Facility details and locations. (No students.) (ITT) The Family Orientation Schedule will All students must visit central check-in be available on the For New Students before arriving at their houses to move website in late August. in. In addition to receiving your room keys, course registration materials and college ID card, you will have the oppor- 2:30– Class Dean’s Welcome for tunity to connect with various campus 4 p.m. transfers, Ada’s, visiting and departments and services. exchange students* (students only) 11:30 a.m.– Lunch for all new students and Graham Hall, Hillyer Hall 1 p.m. families Class Deans Andrea Rossi-Reder and Davis Lawn Susanna Howe will share important New students and families are invited academic information. The meeting will to join us! Lunch will be served buffet conclude with the official Ada Com- style, so feel free to come at any point stock Scholars class photo. Attendance is during this time. mandatory. Lunch for incoming Adas with Class Dean’s Welcome for first-year Ada coordinator* students (students only) Chase House John M. Greene Hall (JMG) Join Ada Coordinator Sam Wentworth Jane Stangl, dean of the first-year class, for lunch. welcomes the Class of 2025 into the Smith College academic community. 1 p.m. President’s Welcome This meeting is critical to your aca- Seeyle Tent demic success at Smith! Attendance is All entering students and their families mandatory. are invited to the president’s first com- munity address of the academic year. 4–5 p.m. ASSETS (parents and students Speakers and guests include: welcome) • Kathleen McCartney, President of Chapin Tent the College Jane Stangl, dean of the first-year • Baishakhi Taylor, Vice President class, and Laura Rauscher, director of for Campus Life and Dean of disability services will help students the College understand the services available to • Paige Graham, Lecturer, Music them for physical and learning disabili- Department ties as well as ADHD, mental health and • Jonathan Hirsh, Senior Lecturer, other conditions. Parents will discover Music Department ways to enhance their children’s suc- • Grant Moss, Accompanist and cess in the Smith learning environ- Senior Lecturer, Music Department ment. This session will cover academic • Emma Tierney ’22, Student Govern- requirements, social expectations, ment Association President Smith’s academic support services and residential program, disability services 1:30– Welcome Reception and accommodations at Smith, require- 2:30 p.m. Seelye Lawn ments for disability documentation, and New students and their families are students’ rights and responsibilities. invited to an informal mixer to meet Optional for those interested. members of the faculty, administration, staff, returning students and each other. Light refreshments will be served until 2:15 p.m. when you will want to start heading to your separate sessions.
Campus Tours by your Head of New 10– Coffee and Pastry in the Ada Student (HONS) 10:30 a.m. Lounge* Meet your HONS in front of your house Hopkins Lounge if you want to walk around and talk Check out the Ada lounge and meet your about the campus. coordinator, Sam Wentworth, for coffee and pastry. We will walk to JMG together 5:30– Dinner for residential board-paying for the party bus tour after. 7 p.m. students and families Chase/Duckett, Cushing/Emerson, 10:30 a.m.– Party Bus: Tour of the Valley* Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Lamont, 12:30 p.m. John M. Greene Hall (JMG) and Tyler house dining rooms Join your fellow Ada and transfer stu- New students and families are invited dents to see what the Pioneer Valley has to join us! Dinner will be served in to-go to offer. Current Ada scholars will show containers. Your student will be invited you all the special spots on campus that to enter the dining hall and pack your will make you feel at home, from res- meal for you. You are welcome to picnic taurants to swimming areas and all the outdoors on campus. necessities in between. 7:30 p.m. Parents and Families Depart noon– Lunch for residential board-paying 1:30 p.m. students 8–9 p.m Nuts and Bolts of Living on Campus Open dining rooms All first-years should attend. Please refer to the end of this program House living room for a list of open dining rooms. Gather with your fellow housemates for this multifaceted information session. 12:30– Picnic Lunch for Ada Comstock House reps will cover: 1:30 p.m. Scholars* • Campus life resources–Heads of Capen Lawn New Students (HONS) Get to know your entering Ada class- • Academic resources and policies– mates and have lunch in the beautiful Student Academic Advisers (SAA) Capen gardens. • Residential policies and procedures– Head Resident (HR) 1:30– Campus Tour for transfers* • House Life: House Community 2:30 p.m. Clark Hall porch Adviser (HCA) and House A chance for transfer students to become President (HP) familiar with campus and with each other. Saturday, August 28 5:30– 7 p.m. Dinner for residential board-paying students Open dining rooms 7:30– Breakfast for residential board- Please refer to the end of this program 8 a.m. paying students for a list of open dining rooms. Open dining rooms Please refer to the end of this program 7–9 p.m. Drag Bingo for a list of open dining rooms. Davis Ballroom Not your grandmother’s bingo! Drag 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Bingo is a louder, rowdier and spicier Orientation Groups version of an old favorite. New students Program locations will be made available to you are invited to join in the chance to win before you arrive on campus. Check the time prizes and meet new friends! for your group as they may vary for beginning or end times. Trivia Night Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall 9:30– Meet and Greet for transfers* All new students are invited to put their 10:15 a.m. Seelye Hall, Room 201 stores of meaningless information to Meet your fellow transfer students and the test for Trivia Night. Join in an eve- walk to JMG for a tour of the valley. ning of informal team competition, the chance to win prizes, meet new friends and have a great time!
Sunday, August 29 7–9 p.m. Smith To Do Seeyle Tent Looking to get a little crafty? The Office 7:30– Breakfast for residential board- of Student Engagement Programming 8 a.m. paying students Team will be on hand with supplies Open dining rooms and snacks to help you get creative and Please refer to the end of this program personalize your new Smith space. for a list of open dining rooms. 8:30 a.m.–noon Monday, August 30 Orientation Groups Program locations will be made available 7:30– Breakfast for residential board to you before you arrive on campus. Check 9 a.m. paying students the time for your group as they may vary for Open dining rooms beginning or end times. Please refer to the end of this program for a list of open dining rooms. 10 a.m.– Ada and Transfer Info Session noon With Karen Sise and Student Panel* 9– Meet Your Student Academic Seelye Hall, Room 201 9:45 a.m. Adviser (SAA) Required for all Ada and transfer students. House Living Rooms Join us for a transfer and Ada infor- Your student academic advisers will mation session followed by a panel of be invaluable in providing help for current Ada students to answer any navigating your registration process as lingering questions. you chart your academic path. This is required for all first-year students. noon– Lunch for residential board-paying 1:30 p.m. students 10– How to Be an Effective Advisee Open dining rooms 10:45 a.m. John M. Greene Hall (JMG) Please refer to the end of this program The faculty director of liberal arts advis- for a list of open dining rooms. ing (Professor Sarah Moore) will help you to learn about our academic advis- ing system, providing perspectives on 1:30– Playfair for all new students how to best work with your faculty lib- 3 p.m. Chapin Lawn eral arts adviser in exploring the many It’s time to play! Come together on the learning opportunities at Smith. lawn for some fun and festivities. Required for all new students. 3:30– Living in a Diverse Community 10:45– Provost Michael Thurston will offer 5:30 p.m. John M. Greene Hall (JMG) 10:55 a.m. greetings to the Class of 2025 Smith is a global community. You are John M. Greene Hall (JMG) joining a community of people from a variety of backgrounds. This is a chance 11–noon Smith Reads to hear from Floyd Cheung, vice presi- John M. Greene Hall (JMG) dent for equity and inclusion, Professor Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West, will Loretta Ross from the Department for speak to our incoming students the Study of Women and Gender, and a about his book, collections and work panel of current students who will share as an author. Students will have an their experiences and advice for joining opportunity to question Hamid before this community of Smithies. There will his presentation and Ambreen Hai, pro- also be an opportunity to reflect on your fessor and chair, Department of English own experiences and make some new Language and Literature, will interview connections! Attendance is mandatory for him. The author’s works have been trans- all students. lated into 40 languages, featured on best- seller lists and adapted for the cinema. 5:30– Dinner for residential board-paying 7 p.m. students Open dining rooms Please refer to the end of this program for a list of open dining rooms.
noon– 1:30 p.m. Lunch for residential board-paying students Tuesday, August 31 Open dining rooms 7:30– Breakfast for residential board- Please refer to the end of this program 9:30 a.m. paying students for a list of open dining rooms. Open dining rooms Please refer to the end of this program 1:30– Group Advising Meeting for a list of open dining rooms. 2:30 p.m. Various locations shared by advisers Faculty liberal arts advisers will meet 9:30– Online Registration Opens with their cohort of liberal arts advi- noon Students will register for courses sees in groups. Location will be shared through Workday. Seelye 212 is in your individual advising meetings. reserved for students who need computer access. 2:45– Conversations With Faculty 4 p.m. Zoom links for departments and 10–noon Adas Library Tour* programs will be on Moodle Welcome to your exclusive sneak peek Individual academic departments and of the libraries. Meet Cat Hannula, programs will hold synchronous Zoom first-year's experience and engagement sessions for entering students. These librarian, at the Nielson Seelye lawn en- sessions give students and faculty mem- trance for a tour of the libraries: Neilson bers a chance to discuss the particulars Library, Josten Performing Arts Library of their programs and departments. and Hillyer Art Library. 4:15– Getting Help Helps noon– Lunch for residential board-paying 5:30 p.m. John M. Greene 1:00 p.m. students We all need help sometimes. Wellness Open dining rooms Services and the Office of Disability Ser- Please refer to the end of this program vices staff will discuss campus resources for a list of open dining rooms. and options for support. Required for all new students. 1–2 p.m. Pathways—Facilitated Activity House living rooms 5:30– Dinner for residential board-paying There are many possible pathways you 7 p.m. students can create in your learning at and Open dining rooms beyond Smith. Students will meet in Please refer to the end of this program their houses with their student academ- for a list of open dining rooms. ic advisers for a session facilitated by the faculty director of liberal arts advis- ASSETS Pizza Party ing to start to design the many pathways Campus Center 103/104 you might want to start exploring. Meet and greet opportunity for students with all types of disabilities such as Ada Drop-In* mobility, chronic health, mental health Hopkins Lounge or other conditions. Get to know other Bring your lunch and ask any questions. students and meet upper-class students and alums. We are a supportive commu- 2–3 p.m. Summer Reading Discussions nity who invite you to share your ideas House living rooms and interests and who want to offer sup- Adas: Hopkins lounge* port and suggestions, and do everything Join a faculty facilitator and your fellow we can to help you feel welcome, share students for a conversation about Exit ideas, interests, offer support, sugges- West, our summer reading. Required for tions and do everything we can to get all new students. you connected and make sure your time at Smith is the best. 3:30– Concentrations and centers 4:30 p.m. Seelye Tent 8–10 p.m. Movie Night The centers at Smith are unique re- Seelye Tent sources to support your learning, offer- Join us for popcorn and a movie. ing both curricular and co-curricular Optional.
programming. Concentrations present in taking the next steps in your learn- an opportunity to integrate coursework ing at Smith, inside and outside of the with practical experiences and indepen- classroom. dent work, often using the resources of Smith’s centers. Come learn how to 11:30 a.m– Lunch for residential board-paying explore these opportunities. 1 p.m. students Open dining rooms 5:30– Transfer and Ada Q&A with STEM Please refer to the end of this program 7 p.m. faculty* for a list of open dining rooms. Sabin-Reed 220 Come prepared to ask questions and to 1–2 p.m. Resource Fair meet faculty from various departments. Seelye tent Topics to be discussed include: navigat- Need academic help or help with writ- ing STEM majors, shopping appropriate ing or public speaking? Have a question first courses, and finding positions in about dining that you've been too busy research labs. A light meal will be pro- to ask? Join us for an informal look at vided. offices, departments and programs that are here to support and enhance your 5:30– Dinner for residential board-paying Smith experience. 7 p.m. students Open dining rooms 3–4 p.m. Getting Help Helps Please refer to the end of this program Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall for a list of open dining rooms. We all need help sometimes. Wellness Services and the Office of Disability Ser- 7– Playfair for Returners (Returning vices staff will discuss campus resources 8:30 p.m. students to include sophomores and options for support. and Adas) Recommended for all returning students. Chapin lawn It’s time to play! Come together on the 5– Convocation lawn for some fun and festivities. 5:30 p.m. Seeyle Lawn Students, faculty and staff gather for this long-standing Smith tradition to Wednesday, September 1 signal the start of the academic year. 7:30– Breakfast for residential board- 5– Convocation Dinner 9:30 a.m. paying students 7:30 p.m. Chapin Lawn Open dining rooms Join together for Food Truck themed Please refer to the end of this program dinner on the lawn. for a list of open dining rooms. 5:30– Convocation Carnival 9:30– Open House 8:30 p.m. Chapin Lawn 10:30 a.m. A list of open offices will be provided Join the Office of Student Engagement, on the Smith social network. SGA, Dining Services, the Dean of the Offices will be waiting to welcome College and Division of Student Affairs new students. Take some time to as we kick-off the beginning of another get acquainted with Smith’s friendly wonderful academic year! The evening community and beautiful campus. will be filled with games, music and of course lots of food as we celebrate our 10– Returners’ Reboot for sophomores community together. 11:15 a.m. and Adas Seeyle tent Welcome back! The sophomore and Ada class deans, Susannah Howe and Andrea Rossi-Reder, and the faculty director of advising, Sarah Moore, will help you to connect and reconnect with your peers while you support each other
Open Dining Rooms Students may dine in any open dining room by using their OneCard IDs. Check for meal times and menus at: smith.edu/diningservices. Unless noted otherwise, meal times are: breakfast, 7:30–9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; dinner, 5–7 p.m. Friday, August 27 Tuesday, August 31 Chase/Duckett lunch, dinner* Chase/Duckett grab and go site** Cushing/Emerson lunch, dinner Cushing/Emerson grab and go breakfast, Cutter/Ziskind breakfast, lunch, dinner dinner*** Dawes lunch, dinner Cutter/Ziskind breakfast, lunch dinner King/Scales breakfast, lunch, dinner Dawes breakfast, lunch, dinner Lamont lunch, dinner King/Scales breakfast, lunch, dinner Tyler lunch, dinner Lamont lunch, dinner Tyler breakfast, lunch dinner Saturday, August 28 Wednesday, September 1: Convocation Chase/Duckett grab and go site** Cushing/Emerson brunch, dinner*** Chase/Duckett grab and go site** Cutter/Ziskind brunch, dinner Cutter/Ziskind breakfast, lunch Dawes continental breakfast Dawes breakfast, lunch brunch, dinner Emerson grab and go breakfast King/Scales continental breakfast brunch, dinner King/Scales breakfast, lunch Lamont lunch, dinner Lamont lunch Tyler continental breakfast Tyler breakfast, lunch brunch, dinner Convocation Dinner on Chapin Lawn Sunday, August 29 Thursday, September 2: First Day of Classes Chase/Duckett grab and go site** Chapin grab and go breakfast, lunch Cushing/Emerson brunch, dinner*** Chase/Duckett grab and go site** Cutter/Ziskind brunch, dinner Comstock dinner Dawes continental breakfast brunch, dinner Cushing/Emerson grab and go breakfast dinner*** King/Scales continental breakfast brunch, dinner Cutter/Ziskind breakfast, lunch dinner Lamont lunch, dinner Dawes breakfast, lunch dinner Tyler continental breakfast King/Scales breakfast, lunch, dinner brunch, dinner Lamont lunch, dinner Tyler breakfast, lunch dinner Monday, August 30 Chase/Duckett grab and go site** *grab and go dinner Cushing/Emerson grab and go breakfast, dinner*** **Chase open 7:15 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday Cutter/Ziskind breakfast, lunch dinner Meals and snacks all day Dawes breakfast, lunch, dinner Kosher opens Friday 8/27 lunch and will be open for King/Scales breakfast, lunch, dinner lunch and dinner, Monday–Friday Lamont lunch, dinner ***Emerson open for grab and go breakfast and Tyler breakfast, lunch dinner buffet dinner/ Cushing open for buffet dinner only Notice of Nondiscrimination Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, age, disability, or service in the military or other uniformed services. Smith’s admission policies and practices are guided by the same principle, concerning applicants to the undergraduate program who identify as women, and all applicants to the graduate programs. For more information, please contact the adviser for equity complaints, College Hall 302, 413-585-2141, or visit smith.edu/diversity. .7M-8/2021
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