Orientation

New Student Orientation 2014 begins Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (move-in day).  Classes begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  

The events planned for your first few days at Vassar will familiarize you with some important aspects of college life. Some events are intended for all new students, while others address specific needs and interests. We encourage you to see these events as opportunities to meet new people and learn more about your new home.

New Student Orientation is the first component of the Vassar First Year, a series of events meant to introduce new students to Vassar College.  A mix of academic events, cultural happenings and discussions about campus issues, the programs are designed to get students talking about the big ideas they face in their scholarship and their social life on campus.

Tentative Orientation Schedule

Note: A printed version of the schedule will be provided to every student on arrival.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All day International Students Orientation
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8:00 am - 2:00 pm New Student Move-In
 

Residential Houses
New students must first move into their respective rooms where they will be greeted by House Team members and other student leaders. In your house, you will pick up your room key and Check-In card to bring with you to the Villard Room.

8:00 am - 2:00 pm New Student Check-In: Red Card Offices
 

Main Building C120
If you received a Red "Check-In Card” you will need to meet with a Representative from the Office of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, or Health Services. Once you have cleared your hold, you will be allowed to enter Check-In at the Villard Room.

8:00 am - 2:00 pm New Student Check-In
 

Villard Room (Main Building, 2nd Floor)
After moving into your room, you will need to head to the Villard Room to receive your V-Card and post office key.  Representatives from Safety and Security, Career Development, Student Employment, Religious and Spiritual Life, CIS, the Computer Store, Card Office and Campus Life/Vassar First Year, among others, will be available to distribute vital information and answer questions in the Villard Room.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm Lunch
 
1:00 - 2:30 pm Parents and Families Information Meeting
 

Christopher Roellke; Dean of the College, Jon Chenette; Dean of the Faculty, Susan Zlotnick; Dean of Freshmen, and DB Brown; Dean of Students, will give parents and families an overview of what is to come during Orientation and answer questions.

3:00 - 4:00 pm Family and Friends: President’s Welcome
 

Chapel
President Catharine Hill will address the fami-lies of new students. Also welcoming new families and friends will be Susan Zlotnick, Dean of Freshmen; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Jon Chenette, Dean of the Faculty; DB Brown, Dean of Students; Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese, this year’s Convocation speaker; and Carolina Gustafson, Vassar Student Association President.

3:00 pm New Students: Meet with Student Fellow Groups
 

Residential Houses
This time is set aside for new students to meet with their Student Fellow groups. Student Fellows act as peer advisors to help new students in their adjustment to college life. The meetings will take place in your residential house. Your Student Fellow will contact you regarding exact location.

4:00 - 5:00 pm Family and Friends Farewell
 

Residential Houses

5:00 - 6:30 pm Barbecue with Student Fellows
 

Noyes Circle

7:00 - 8:15 pm New Students: President’s Welcome
 

Chapel
Class of 2018 and transfer students will be welcomed by Catharine Hill, President; Jon Chenette, Dean of the Faculty; Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College; Susan Zlotnick, Dean of Freshmen; DB Brown, Dean of Students; Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College; Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese, this year’s Convocation speaker; and Carolina Gustason, the Vassar Student Association President.

8:45 pm Residential House Meetings
 

This meeting will take place in your House.
Please see your Student Fellow for more information. All new students will meet the house leadership, which includes the Student Advisor, House President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, House Fellow Intern, House Fellows, and House Advisor. Important information about house/college policies and procedures will be discussed. Any questions about the house can be answered during this time.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9:00 – 10:00 am Meeting for students interested in varsity sports/Signups for Physicals
 

Kenyon Hall 216
Interested in Intercollegiate Athletics and you were not recruited by one of the coaches?  Come to this meeting and speak with coaches or stu-dent athletes from the teams (please see the Athletics website for a list of varsity programs).  You'll have an opportunity to make an appointment for the on campus physical needed in order to try-out. 

Please be sure that your appointment does not conflict with the faculty presentation or any important meetings and/or sessions you need to attend.

9:00 – 10:15 am House Team Breakfast
 

Residence Halls
Come meet your House Fellows and the in-house staff from Buildings and Grounds.

10:30 - 11:30 am Group Meetings with Pre-major Advisors
 

Advisors’ Offices
In your Orientation packet you will find a letter from the Dean of Freshmen telling you who your pre-major advisor is, where to find him or her, and when your meeting is scheduled. In this meeting your advisor will discuss some important aspects of academic life at Vassar, including the transition from high school to college; expectations for class attendance, laboratories, and the submission of written work; examination policies; and academic integrity. You will also learn when and how to contact your professors, and where to go for help when you need it. Your advisor will then give you your preliminary fall schedule (the results of your summer pre-registration) and answer any questions you may have about the registration process.

If you need help finding your advisor’s office, ask your Student Fellow for directions or stop by the Dean of Freshmen Office (Main North, Room 128).

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
 

 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Transfer, Visiting and Exchange (T/V/E) Students Meet and Greet
 

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor
Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange students are invited to meet the class advisors and administrators of the various offices and services that comprise the Dean of Studies Offices.  Issues briefly discussed will include college regulations, degree requirements and support services.  T/V/E students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting and to the advising meeting on Thursday. 

1:00 – 4:00 pm Sports Physicals
 

Baldwin House
For those who attended the information meeting earlier, you have been assigned a time to report to Baldwin House to complete your physical examination.  Please be prompt! If you do not have an appointment, please contact the head coach of your sport of interest.

1:30 - 4:15 pm Faculty Research Presentations
 

Various Locations
Wondering what your professors will be like? Curious about a subject you’ve never studied before? This is your chance to find out. Members of Vassar's faculty will give informal talks about their current research.  There will be three 45-minute sessions beginning at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, each offering a diverse array of presentations.  A complete program can be found at the back of this schedule.
Faculty Research Presentations Program

4:30 – 5:30 pm Receptions with Departments and Programs
 

Come learn more about a department of particular interest to you in an informal setting.  Meet the professors and enjoy refreshments and conversation. Please contact the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity AEO) if you wish to attend a departmental reception and need wheelchair access or other accommodations.  The locations are listed below:
Academic Reception Locations

5:30 – 6:30 pm Campus Life/Women's Center Open House
 

Women's Center (College Center 235, Main Building, 2nd floor)
The Campus Life Women's Center supports and celebrates women's leadership, provides empowering spaces for female-identified people, takes action to address gender inequity on campus, provides programming and resources on local, national and global gender issues, honors Vassar College's unique history, and promotes understanding among people of different genders, cultures, beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, abilities and sexual orientations.

5:30 - 7:00 pm Dinner
 

 

7:00 - 9:00 pm I Am Vassar/This is Vassar
 

Chapel
This event is an introduction to the Vassar College experience.  As Vassar students you are joining a series of communities: Poughkeepsie, the College, the class of 2018, your house, your hall, and those of particular identities, expressions and stories.  As a member of the College community you will be frequently challenged, surprised, and encouraged to learn about yourself and others, all while creating a lasting legacy around you.  "I AM VASSAR" will highlight how, as a member of these various communities, you will find yourself taking responsibility for your neighbor and neighborhood. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

9:00 – 11:00 am Bagel Breakfast
 

Rose Parlor (Main Building, 2nd floor)
Sponsored by the Vassar Christian Fellowship

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Professional Advising
 

Department and Program Offices
Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations.  If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need.  Be sure to bring your registration form with you.  Click here for a list of department and program office locations for departmental advising.

Additional advising meetings for specific topics of interest are listed as follows.


9:00 am – 12:00 pm Music Theory Placement Advising
 

Skinner Hall, Room 105
Michael Pisani will meet with students interested in taking Harmony (Music 105/106), and an advanced course placement test for qualified students who wish to place out of Music 105 (Harmony) will be administered.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Foreign Language Course Placement Advising
 

Chicago Hall
All foreign language departments will be open to students for placement advising in Chicago Hall except Chinese and Japanese, which will be in Sanders Classroom 322 and Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 119.
Academic Departments and Programs Office Locations for Departmental Advanced Course Placement Advising

9:00 - 9:30 am Pre-Law Advising
 

Sanders Classroom Auditorium
Stacy Bingham, Director of the Career Development Office, and Jamie Kelly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will give an overview of the suggested curriculum relevant to a career in law.  After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

9:30 - 10:15 am Pre-Health Advising
 

Sanders Classroom Auditorium
Members of the Pre-Med Advisory Committee will give an overview of the requirements for preparation to apply to medical and other schools in the health professions. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

10:15 – 11:45 am Natural Science and Math Advising
 

Ely Lawn (Rain location: Aula)
Faculty members will give an overview of the programs and departments in natural science and math at Vassar.  They will discuss curricular offerings and answer questions.  Math advising will also take place in the Math Department lounge, Rockefeller 305.

10:30 – 11:00 am English Department AP and General Information Meeting
 

Sanders Classroom Auditorium
Mark C. Amodio, department chair, will explain policies and procedures for advanced course placement in English, in addition to providing a general introduction to the Department of English. Students wishing to take a 200-level English course in their first year should attend this meeting.  Students with questions about the department or the major are encouraged to attend as well.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Art 105-106 Information Meeting
 

Taylor Hall, Room 203
Art Department faculty will describe the content of this course and explain how to register. All students currently pre-registered for Art 105, wishing to enroll, or just curious about Art 105-106, are invited to attend.

11:15 – 11:45 am Education Certificate Advising
 

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212
Erin McCloskey will give a short presentation about the requirements for education certification and answer any questions about the process.

1:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch
 

 

1:00 – 3:30 pm Individual Meetings with Pre-major Advisors
 

Advisors’ Offices
Now that you’ve had a chance to reflect on your choice of courses and to obtain information and advice on placement, you will meet again with your advisor to discuss your schedule in detail and make any desired changes (add or drop courses, change sections, etc.). This is the time to add any intermediate or advanced courses that were not included in the summer pre-registration, except for special permission courses that require the instructor’s signature (these can be added during the first two weeks of classes). Since you may not be able to register for some of the classes you have chosen, you should also discuss some alternative selections with your advisor and put them down on your form. At the end of your meeting, your advisor will sign your registration form, signifying that you have consulted with him or her.

Note: Do not leave your advisor's office before he or she signs your form! You cannot register for classes on Friday without a completed and signed form.

1:00 – 4:00 pm T/V/E Registration and Advising
 

Advising takes place in the Dean of Studies Office (Main North 128) and the Study Abroad Office (Main North 172)
The Office of the Dean of Studies will coordinate the advising and registration process for all Transfer, Visiting, and Exchange students. Please consult your Student Fellow for more information about this meeting.

3:15 – 5:15 pm Safety at Vassar
 

3:15 - 4:00 pm Safety Walks
Main, Strong, Raymond, Noyes, Cushing
Safety walks of each house with your respective student fellows.

4:15 - 5:00 pm Safety Walks
Josselyn, Davison, Jewett, Lathrop
Safety walks of each house with your respective student fellows.

3:15 - 4:00 pm Life Safety at Vassar
Josselyn, Davison, Jewett, Lathrop
Students' Building (1st floor West Wing)
Members of Safety and Security, Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life, Arlington Fire District and Town Police will discuss life safety on campus, personal safety, blue phones, and emergency notification in the event of a campus wide emergency.

4:15 - 5:00 pm Life Safety at Vassar
Main, Strong, Raymond, Noyes and Cushing
Students’ Building (2nd Floor)
Members of Safety and Security, Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life, Arlington Fire District and Town Police will discuss life safety on campus, personal safety, blue phones, and emergency notification in the event of a campus wide emergency.

5:15 - 7:30 pm Arlington Amble
 

Explore your new neighborhood in your student fellow groups. There are lots of coffee shops, delis, restaurants, and stores you need to know about, including some brand new businesses that just opened up. Get your first taste of the Arlington Farmer's Market, which is held 3-7 pm on Thursdays, June through October. Find out which Arlington merchants accept VCash. Win some great prizes too! Check with your Student Fellow for details.

7:30 - 9:00 pm Transfer/Visiting/Exchange Student Dinner
 

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor

7:30 - 11:00 pm The Hook-Up: When It's Hot and When It's Not.
 

Students' Building, 2nd floor
Everybody's talking about hooking up, but we don't all agree on the definition.  This presentation uses humor and authentic voice to help students understand the differences between good hook-ups, bad hook-ups, and rape, and how good people can step in and prevent sexual violence.

7:30-9pm  Cushing, Jewett, Davison, Lathrop, Strong
9:30-11pm  Main, Raymond, Josselyn, Noyes **Freshmen Men Soccer**

9:00 pm - 12:00 am Afterhours Coffee House at the Art Center
 

Hildegarde Krause Baker '11 Sculpture Garden, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Take a moment after your busy day of orientation to relax in a Coffee House at the Art Center.  Come listen to some music presented by one of our talented student bands.  Tour the wonderful Loeb galleries, while you get some last minute peer advising from our Residential House Teams before registering for your classes on Friday morning.  Coffee and refreshments provided.

Friday, August 29, 2014

8:30 am - 2:00 pm Registration/Matriculation Book Signing
 

College Center 240 and 237
All entering students must come to College Center 240 (2nd Floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered (those with no units go first, then those with .5 units, 1 unit, etc.) and on a random draw number.  The time for your registration is printed on your schedule form located in your packet.  Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you! On the way out, head to College Center 237 (above the Retreat) and be sure to sign the Matriculation Book! Signing this book signifies that you are an official candidate for a degree at Vassar College.  US Citizens will also have the opportunity to register to vote either here at your new Vassar home or your old home.  Student members of Democracy Matters will be there to assist you.

IMPORTANT: If you do not come to College Center 240 on Friday, your registration will be canceled and you will lose your place in the courses for which you were pre-registered.

9:00 - 10:45 am Financial Aid/Student Accounts Information Sessions
 

Rockefeller Hall 200
9:00 – 9:45 am (Last names A-L)
10:00 – 10:45 am (Last names M-Z)
Renee Behnke, Manager of Student Accounts, will provide general information about the Office of Student Accounts, which includes e-bill/e-payment and e-refund system. Jessica Bernier, Director of Financial Aid, will discuss & provide general information about the Financial Aid & Student Employment process and answer questions.

NOTE: If your scheduled time for registering for classes conflicts with your Financial Aid/Student Accounts Information Session, you may attend the other session.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Wellness Open House
  Metcalf House
Begin your open house tour in the “big top”, followed by a walk through Baldwin Health Services, the home of our on-campus medical clinic and women’s health services, and Metcalf House, home to the Health Education Office, the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity and Counseling Service. Use this time to ask questions, receive informational brochures, and meet staff from each office. Additionally, each office will have giveaways that promote peace of mind and wellness. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the resources that will help you to thrive at Vassar!
12:30 - 2:30 pm Jummah Prayers (Muslim)
 

Meet in front of Main Building for a ride to Friday prayers at a local mosque (both Muslim and non-Muslim students are welcome)
Sponsored by the Vassar Muslim Students Union
(Please email vis@vassar.edu if you plan to go)

1:00 - 3:00 pm Lunch
 

 

3:00 - 5:00 pm Choral and Voice Lesson Information Meeting
 

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
All students interested in auditioning for Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Madrigals, and/or voice lessons should attend one of these sessions.  There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A. (Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105) Sessions beginning at 3:00 and again at 4:00.

2:30 - 5:30 pm Library Tour and Information Fair
 

Main Library
Come for an informal introduction to services offered by the Vassar College Libraries, as well as other student resources housed in the Main Library.  Take an optional tour, grab some freebies, and enter to win one of our raffles with a chance to win great prizes!  Library staff will be on hand to answer questions for incoming students. 

Arrival Schedule:

        2:30   Josselyn
        3:00   Strong
        3:15   Main
        3:45   Lathrop
        4:00   Raymond
        4:30   Noyes
        4:45   Cushing
        5:10   Jewett
        5:30   Davison
       

3:00 - 8:00 pm Athletic Events
 

Prentiss Field and Kenyon Hall
Men's Soccer vs. SUNY Maritime - 3:30 pm Gordon Field
Field Hockey vs. Coby-Sawyer College - 3:30pm Weinberg Turf
Women's Soccer vs. Mount St. Mary College - 5:30pm Gordon Field

All first-year students attending any of the Vassar Athletic games on Friday, August 29th will be given a free t-shirt with the submission of the ticket enclosed in your orientation information packet.  Come watch the Brewers as they open their fall seasons-be an avid supporter!

5:00 – 6:30 pm Campus Life/LGBTQ Center Open House
 

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213, 2nd floor)
The LGBTQ Center enhances the campus life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies by providing social, cultural and academic programming, fostering strong leaders, highlighting Vassar's unique history, and engaging the entire campus in discussions of social justice and inclusion.  Visit the Center for more information on resources and events.

5:30 pm Catholics and Conversation
 

Jade Parlor (Main Building, 2nd floor)
Sponsored by the Vassar Catholic Community

5:30 - 7:00 pm Office of International Services Dinner
 

Dodge Room (Students' Building, 1st floor East Wing)

All first year international students are invited to bring dinner into the Dodge room in the Students' Building for a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with new students and peers.  OIS interns and staff will be present to informally check-in and to answer any questions.

6:00 - 8:30 pm Shabbat Service & Dinner
 

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)
Sponsored by the Vassar Jewish Union

9:00 - 11:00 pm ThinkFast
 

Students' Building, 2nd floor
Test your trivia skills and ThinkFast in an off the chain, bravo, exciting game show experience right here at Vassar.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

10:00 am – 4:30 pm Day of Health and Wellness
 

This is the day to get all your questions answered about what college life is like by your upper class peers, how to make the best choices for yourself, and how to intervene and where to go for help when a friend is in trouble.  Please see the schedule below to know when programs will be.  Student fellows will accompany you to the "Altered States" and "Being a Bystander" programs.  For the wellness activities you can choose to attend any that are listed in your wellness activities time.

Group 1: Cushing, Strong, Raymond **Freshmen Men Soccer**                                
10-11:30am
11:45am-1pm
1-2pm
2-4pm
Altered States
Being a Bystander
Lunch
Wellness Activities - see list below

UpC
House Lounges 

  

Group 2: Main, Davison, Noyes    
10-11am
12-1pm
1-2:30pm
3-4pm
Wellness Activities - see list below
Lunch
Altered States
Being a Bystander


UpC
House Lounges
Group 3: Lathrop, Josselyn, Jewett

10am-12pm
12-1pm
1-2:30pm
3-4:30

Wellness Activities - see list below
Lunch
Being a Bystander
Altered States


House Lounges - see your student fellow
UpC

Altered States

This program will help you gain information to make the best decisions about your academics and personal health.  During this program you will be engaging in an open dialogue with wellness peer educators and other student leaders about the potential impact of alcohol and other drugs on your experience at Vassar.

Being a Bystander

You've watched the online videos and you've attended The Hook-Up, but how can you really intervene if you see a risky situation? In this interactive workshop, peer educators will teach students bystander intervention tools and give them an opportunity to practice the skills that they've learned.

Wellness Activities-Cushing, Davison, Josselyn, Lathrop, Noyes, Raymond
Walker Fitness Center and Kenyon (for exact locations, see your student fellow or the online schedule)

10am Hip Hoppin Aerobics
Swing Dancing
Self Defense for Women
Fit Camp the Ultimate Workout
Tai Chi
Rowing for Men & Women of All Levels
Rugby for Men & Women of All Levels
Yoga
Tibetan Meditation
Squash
Table Tennis

Wellness Activities-Main, Strong, and Jewett
Walker Fitness Center and Kenyon (for exact locations, see your student fellow or the online schedule)

2pm Swing Dancing
Self Defense for Men
Fit Camp the Ultimate Workout
Aerobic Kickboxing
Rowing for Men & Women of All Levels
Rugby for Men & Women of All Levels
Yoga
Tibetan Meditation
Squash


1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
 
5:00 – 6:30 pm Campus Life/ALANA Open House
 

ALANA Center (adjacent to the Powerhouse Theater)
The ALANA Center is the Campus Life Center for African American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Asian American, and Native American communities on campus. The Center supports and engages all students interested in exploring issues of cultural and racial identity. The Center hosts social and cultural programs, collaborates with faculty and student organizations, and provides leadership opportunities to enhance the campus life experiences of ALANA students. Visit the Center for more information on resources, leadership opportunities, and programs.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Ice Cream Social
 

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)
Sponsored by the Vassar Jewish Union

7:15 - 8:45 pm Brewer Games
 

Walker Field House
(Noyes House is the defending champion)
Enough sitting around!  Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show dorm spirit and get involved.  Houses will compete in "Brewer Games" for House Cup points and bragging rights.  Make sure you have your dorm shirts, colors, and cheers ready!  Coaches, faculty, student athletes, and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

9:00 - 11:00 pm Freshmen Fun Filled Frenzy
 

Main Building, College Center
Show us what you've got by participating in an evening filled with friendly competition!  Featuring Cup Cake Wars Vassar style, large interactive games, Bingo, and Vassar trivia.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Shuttles to Mall
 

Main Circle

1:00 - 5:00 pm Choral Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)
Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language and it should be memorized.  Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment as an accompanist will be provided.  Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
 

 

2:00 - 3:30 pm Campus Life/RSL Open House
 

Chapel Lawn with music by the Chris Connor Underground
Interested in mindfulness and practices of mediation?  Want to get involved in inter-religious discussion?  Wondering how to find (or start) a group for your spiritual community?  Come learn about the many other campus and community programs of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, including the ten different student groups that relate to the RSL office.  Refreshments provided.  All are welcome.
Sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

3:30 pm Pipe Dreams: An Introduction to the Vassar Organs
 

Vassar Chapel
All students are cordially invited to a brief lecture and demonstration of the Vassar Chapel and Skinner Hall of Music organs.  Students will have hands-on time at the organs, no experience necessary.
Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

4:00 pm Sunday Worship
 

Vassar Chapel
Sponsored by the Episcopal Church at Vassar College

4:30 pm Orchestra Information Meeting with Auditions to Follow
 

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

5:00 pm Catholic Mass
 

Chapel
Sponsored by the Vassar Catholic Community

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Engaging Vassar
 

Residential Houses
“Engaging Vassar” serves as the second event in a series brought to you by the Office of Residential Life, Office of Campus Life and Diversity, and the Vassar First Year. What does it mean to be a part of a residential community that asks you to commit to being “socially conscious, responsible, and empowering of self and for others and society"? “Engaging Vassar” will explore values, expectations and practices that help to establish a residential environment that is not only safe, but brave. 

9:00pm - 12:00am House Love Lockdown
 

This is a great opportunity to meet people from other fellow groups, bond with upperclass students arriving on campus and get to know your house team better. Snacks will be provided! House teams will provide details about what activities will occur in your house.

Monday, September 1, 2014

1:00 - 6:00 pm Voice Lesson Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105)
Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language and it should be memorized.  Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment as an accompanist will be provided.  Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

5:00 - 7:30 pm Barbecue and Live Music (with the Roundabout Ramblers)
 

Noyes Circle

8:00 - 9:00 pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2018
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Martel Recital Hall
Presented by members of the music department faculty

8:00 pm Sitting Meditation
 

Chapel
Sponsored by the Buddhist Sangha

9:00 pm Walking Meditation Among Paper Lanterns
 

Library Lawn
Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

8:00 am Classes Begin
 
4:00 – 5:00 pm Foreign Language Proficiency Exams
 
Chinese Sanders Classroom Building, Room 322
French Sanders Classroom Building, Room 006
German Chicago Hall, Room 134
Hebrew Contact Tzach Yoked of the Religion Department at (845) 437-5379 for time and location
Italian Chicago Hall, Room 126
Japanese Sanders Classroom Building, Rooms 322
Latin & Greek Exams will not be offered during this time.  Please contact Rachel Friedman directly at (845) 437-5602 should you wish to make an appointment to take one of the exams later on in the week.
Russian Chicago Hall, Room 116
Spanish Chicago Hall, Room 143

Take the appropriate exam if you want to satisfy the foreign language requirement by examination. If you want to take a foreign language course, but are not sure which one is appropriate for you, consult the department during the Departmental and Advanced Course Placement Advising session on Thursday, August 28.

5:00 - 8:00 pm Piano Lesson Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105)
Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces.

6:00 - 8:00 pm Guitar Lesson Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 325
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105)

6:00 - 7:00 pm First Year LGBTQ and Allies Dinner
 

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213)
The Campus Life LGBTQ Center hosts free dinners for first year LGBTQ students and strong allies every Tuesday first semester from 6-7pm starting tonight!  Join us for good food, a relaxing atmosphere and interesting discussions with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally first year students.
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and Vassar First Year

7:00 pm Wind Ensemble Information Meeting
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall
(Please prepare a short solo piece or etude for the auditions to be held on September 4 and 5)

7:30 pm Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall
(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3:00 pm Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre General Interest Meeting
 

Kenyon Hall, Studio 3
For anyone interested in finding out more about the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

3:30 - 9:00 pm Jazz and Wind Ensemble Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

6:00 - 8:00 pm Viola Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)

TBA Violin Auditions
 

Location TBA
(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)

Friday, September 5, 2014

1:30 - 4:30 pm Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Ballet Audition
 

Kenyon Hall, Studio 1
Open to all Vassar students with strong ballet technique (women must have at least 3 years of pointe training) who will be auditioning for VRDT on the following day Saturday, September 6th.

Dress: Women should wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers - bring pointe shoes.  Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine.  Men must wear ballet slippers.

Audition will consist of Intermediate Ballet class from 1:30-3pm followed by ballet phrases taught by the ballet faculty and guest choreographer.  It may also include partnering.

All auditionees must attend the VRDT audition on September 6th.

3:30 - 5:30 pm Jazz and Wind Ensemble Auditions
 

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

5:00 - 7:00 pm International Host Program Reception
 

Students' Building, 2nd floor
The International Host program pairs individual members of the faculty, administration and staff with new international students and language fellows. International students will receive a special invitation to this event in their orientation packets.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

11:00 am - 2:00 pm The Student Activities Fair
 

Residential Quad (rain location: College Center, North Atrium)
Get involved!!!  Come and learn about all the different student organizations that Vassar has to offer.  Whether you are interested in finding your dream role in a student theater production, singing your heart out, making people laugh or just plain raising your voice to make a difference, you are bound to find something here!  Representatives from organizations will be present with information on what they do and how to get involved.  Make sure that you stop by and learn all about the exciting opportunities!

12:00 - 4:00 pm Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Annual Audition
 

Kenyon Hall, Studio I
Women 12:00-2:00pm; Men 2:30-4:00pm

Who:
Open to all Vassar students
Dress: Women should wear leotards and tights and bring jazz shoes, if they have them; however, barefoot is fine.  Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine.  Bring jazz shoes, if you have them.
Content and info:  There will be a 30-minute modern warm-up followed by three separate sections with movement phrases taught by dance faculty.  One of the three sections will be jazz. If you have any questions, visit the Dance Office in Kenyon Hall, call (845) 437-7470 during business hours, or write to the Director of VRDT, John Meehan, at: jomeehan@vassar.edu

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Gays of Our Lives
  Walker Field House
Are you worried that your gay-dar isn't ready to take on the small liberal arts college experience? Well, fear not, because trying to label someone's identity based on appearances and social constructs is actually just a load of bull.  Join us for the annual fun and raucous panel, Gays of Our Lives, which addresses assumptions and stereotypes about sexuality and gender identity through the candid humor and personal stories of Vassar students.  Sponsored by Queer Coalition Vassar College (QCVC) and the LGBTQ Center.

Monday, September 8, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 pm Vassar Devils
 

Alumnae House
6pm - Jewett and Lathrop Houses
7pm - Raymond and Strong Houses
8pm - Main House

Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college's Alumnae House.  Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction).
Co-sponsored by the Vassar First Year, the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 pm Vassar Devils
 

Alumnae House
6pm - Davison and Josselyn Houses
7pm - Noyes House
8pm - Cushing House

Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college's Alumnae House.  Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction).
Co-sponsored by the Vassar First Year, the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3:30 pm Convocation
 

Chapel
Fall Convocation is the official culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year. 

5:00 pm Official Group Photograph of the Class of 2018 and New Transfer Students
 

Main Circle