Blue Jays Always Opening Days

Fall Orientation dates: August 24-28, 2018.

 

Momentum students arrive August 17, 2018.*

International students arrive August 21, 2018.*

Honors students arrive August 23, 2018.*

First Year Undergraduate Fellows arrive August 23, 2018.*

 parents and students moving in at Elizabethtown College with welcome new students sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Registration and move-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

Important 2018 Fall Orientation Dates

  Arrival and Residence
Hall Check-in
Fall Orientation First Day of Classes
First-year and Transfer Students Friday, August 24 Friday, August 24 Monday, August 27
First-year Honor Students Thursday, August 23 Friday, August 24 Monday, August 27
First-year Undergraduate Fellows Thursday, August 23 Friday, August 24 Monday, August 27
International Students* Tuesday, August 21 Friday, August 24 Monday, August 27
  *International Student Orientation is Wednesday and Thursday, August 22nd and 23rd

Fall Orientation 2018 Schedule (Subject to change)

You can find a printable PDF of the schedule here.

Thursday, August 23 (Honors Students Only)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Honors Registration & Move into Schlosser Residence Hall - Schlosser Lobby

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Complimentary Lunch for Students and Parents - Marketplace, Brossman Commons

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Honors First Year Seminar Meetings - Various locations

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Honors Parent Welcome Session - Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel & Performance Center

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Stamps Students Meet & Greet - Brossman Commons Blue Bean Cafe

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Honors Welcome from Elizabethtown- College President, VP of Student Life and Dean of Students - Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel & Performance Center

2:30-3:00 pm 
Stamps Scholars Meet & Greet- Blue Bean Cafe, Brossman Commons

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Honors Free Time- Families, please depart from campus by 3:30 p.m.

5:00-5:50 pm             
Honors Nuts & Bolts with Prestigious Scholarships Presentations- Steinman Hall Brinser Lecture Hall No. 114

6:00-7:15 pm
Honors Students and Peer Mentors Dinner- Marketplace, Brossman Commons

 7:30-9:00 pm
Honors Pre-HOOT Meeting (Mandatory)
Required Meeting with Honors Program Director, for last minute HOOT instructions, followed by an evening of fun and activities with Peer Mentors- Schlosser Residence Hall Lobby       

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Computer Assistance Available - Nicarry 125
Please see ITS information sheet in packet for instructions on how to set up your computer. If you need assistance, ITS will be available at this time. Please bring your laptops to Nicarry No. 125

Friday, August 24 (All First-Year and Transfer Students)

8:00 am – 11:00 am       
REGISTRATION & MOVE INTO RESIDENCE HALLS- Leffler Chapel Parking Lot

8:00 am             
HONORS STUDENTS DEPART FOR HOOT - Meet at Brown Lot (across from Leffler Chapel, Lake Placida)

8:00 – 11:30 am              
STUDENT PHOTO ID CARDS - Campus Security Orchard Hall (For students who need to make an ID card)

9:00 - 11:30 am       
COLLEGE BOOKSTORE - (opens at 8am)
COMPUTER NETWORK CONNECTION ASSISTANCE-
Nicarry Hall 125
STUDY ABROAD OPEN HOUSE - Nicarry Hall 117
LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE - High Library
WRITERS HOUSE OPEN HOUSEBowers Writers House
MOSAIC HOUSE OPEN HOUSE  - Mosaic House; Corner of Orange Street & South Mount Joy Streets
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT CENTER OPEN HOUSE - Baugher Student Center
CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE - Baugher Student Center 201
CENTER FOR STUDENT SUCCESS OPEN HOUSE - Baugher Student Center 216
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPEN HOUSE- Human Resources; Myer Hall 2200
PSECU OPEN HOUSE- Brossman Commons
BLUE JAYS SIBLINGS, COUSINS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, VISITORS ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE- Leffler House
WELLNESS FAIR- Thompson Gymnasium Athletic Quad

11:30 am – 1:00 pm       
OPENING DAYS PICNIC- The Dell -

1:00 pm-1:30 pm
BLUE JAYS ALWAYS OPENING DAYS WELCOME- The Dell
Welcome by President Dr. Carl J. Strikwerda

1:30 – 2:00 pm
FAMILY & FRIENDS FAREWELL
Families and Friends please depart by 2:00 PM

2:00-3:00 pm
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR PEER GROUP MEETINGS- Academic Quad
Review Fall Schedule & Locate Classroom Assignments

3:00 – 3:20 pm
PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS & EC SWAG- Brossman Commons

3:30 – 4:30 pm
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR MEETINGS - Various Locations 

3:30 pm             
HONORS STUDENTS RETURN FROM HOOT.
Free time until dinner.

4:30-5:00 pm
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW NEST: MEET YOUR ROOMMATES/FLOORMATES
Resident Assistant Floor Meetings

5:00 – 6:30 pm
DINNER- Marketplace; Brossman Commons
Join your First Year Seminar Flock and Peer Mentors for Dinner

6:40-10:30 pm
CAMPUS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS -
Presentations and discussions by Student Life staff - Various Locations

11:00 pm- Midnight
FREE TIME

Midnight- 1:30 am
MIDNIGHT CHOCOLATE BUFFET - KAV Brossman Commons

Saturday, August 25

7:00 – 8:30 am
BLUE JAYS WELLNESS BREAKFAST (optional) Marketplace; Brossman Commons
Optional small flock discussions about wellness

9:00 - 9:50 am
EDUCATE FOR SERVICE- Gibble Auditorium; Esbenshade Hall
Explore options for Civic Engagement, Global Citizenship, & Study Abroad

10:00 – 11:20 am
ACADEMIC CONVERSATIONS- Musser Auditorium of Leffler Chapel 
Understanding the Core curriculum, accessible education, and FERPA

11:30 am-12:30 pm
STRENGTHS LUNCHEON- Marketplace; Brossman Commons
Exploring your top five strengths discussion

12:30-2:00 pm    
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR FLOCKS STRENGTHS CHALLENGE- Thompson Gymnasium Athletic Quad

2:00 - 2:30 pm              
HIGH LIBRARY HIGH TEA: FACULTY & STAFF RECEPTION AND LIBRARY TOURS- High Library

2:30 - 6:00 pm
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: BLUE JAYS TAKE FLIGHT! - Musser Auditorium of Leffler Chapel

4:00 - 9:00 pm 
BLUE JAYS ALUMNI GAMES - (participating athletes are dismissed) Various Playing Fields

6:00-7:30 pm 
CHICKEN BAR B QUE TAILGATING PICNIC & YOUNG CENTER OPEN HOUSE - Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

7:30-9:00 pm
BLUE JAYS ALWAYS OPENING DAYS GAMES - Brinser Field

9:30 - 11:30 pm
BLUE JAYS MOCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH STUDENT PERFORMANCE GROUPS AND CAMPAIGN 2018- Leffler Chapel & Performance Center

Sunday, August 26

7:00 – 8:30 am
BREAKFAST INTERFAITH DISCUSSIONS (OPTIONAL)- Marketplace; Brossman Commons

8:00 – 11:00 am
BODY SHOP OPEN (optional)- Brossman Commons

9:00-11:30 am
ALL FAITHS & NO FAITHS PERSONAL REFLECTIONS NATURE HIKE ON THE CONEWAGO RECREATIONAL TRAIL
(optional)- Meet at Myer Hall

9:30 – 11:00 am              
DINING SERVICES STUDENT EMPLOYEE MEETING - Marketplace; Brossman Commons
This meeting is required of all first-year students who will be working for Dining Services.

10:00 am-1:00 pm
PARKING PERMIT DISTRIBUTION-
Campus Security; Orchard Hall

10:30 am - Noon
Local Worship Services within  Walking Distance
(optional) View nearby locations
If you wish to experience the Anabaptist traditions of Elizabethtown College's heritage, you are welcome to worship at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren or the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Both churches are within walking distance on the perimeter of campus. The Brethren church is behind Myer Hall on the corner of Cedar Street and South Mount Joy Street. The Mennonite church is just past the President's House on the corner of South Spruce Street and Apple Alley.

10:30-11:30 am
INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE (optional)- Musser Auditorium; Leffler Chapel        
    

Noon-1:20 pm
SUNDAY LUNCH & LEARN: RELIGIOUS LIFE, PURPOSEFUL LIFE WORK, AND ETHICAL LEADERSHIP- Marketplace; Brossman Commons

1:30-2:15 pm
BLUE JAYS ALWAYS RALLY - Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel
Learn and reflect on the history of Elizabethtown College. Blue Jays learn to sing the Alma Mater & fight song.

2:30-4:30 pm
BLUE JAYS TAKE FLIGHT- FIRST YEAR WALK & FYS TEAM CHALLENGE- The Dell & Elizabethtown Borough
Welcome by Mark Clapper; Executive director of College Engagement Opportunities

4:30 – 5:30 pm
CLASS OF 2022 BLUE JAYS ALWAYS FLOCK PHOTO- Wolf Field

5:30 – 6:30 pm
LANCASTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH SUNDAY DINNERMarketplace; Brossman Commons
Experience and taste local traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food & culture

6:30-7:30 pm
FREE TIME
Dress for the induction ceremony

7:30-8:00 pm
BLUE JAYS CHARACTER, HONOR, INTEGRITY, CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY- 
Gibble Auditorium; Esbenshade Hall

8:00-9:00 pm
INDUCTION CEREMONY - The Dell

9:00-10:30 pm
FIRST YEAR FESTIVAL FLOCK PARTY - 
KAV; Brossman Commons

Monday, August 27

8:00 am
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

6:00-7:30 pm
FIRST YEAR PEER MENTORS AND FLOCKS MONDAY MEAL -
Marketplace; Brossman Commons
First Year Seminars meet for dinner with Peer Mentors

7:45 pm
BLUE JAYS ALWAYS SING THE ALMA MATER AT THE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE
First Year Seminar Flocks sing the Alma Matter to Dr. Strikwerda and Dr. Bossenga

Tuesday, August 28

3:30 pm
Convocation
Peer Mentors & All New Students Assemble - KAV
First-year, Transfer, & International Students

4:00 pm
Convocation - Leffler Chapel

5:00 pm
All Campus Picnic - Brinser Field

Wednesday, August 29

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Year Seminar Round Table: Electronic Resources
Navigation of campus electronic resources, with a focus on Jay Web, Canvas & Starfish.

Wednesday, September 5

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Academic Department Welcome Sessions
Students are expected to visit the department in which they intend to declare a major. If you are a double major, please begin at one department and then proceed to the other. If you are undecided, please visit a department(s) in which you have an interest as a potential major.

Wednesday, September 5

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Student Involvement Fair - Thompson Gym