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Family Orientation

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Family Orientation is an optional, in-depth series of workshops, panels, and informational events designed to give families a deeper understanding of Hampshire College and its resources.

Schedule subject to change

8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • HampStore
    Harold F. Johnson Library, lower level

    Don't miss Hampshire-imprinted clothing and gifts.

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Kern Kafé
    R.W. Kern Center, first floor

    Stop by and pick up one of our delicious made-from-scratch blondies, breakfast pastries, soft pretzels, cookies, hand crafted sandwiches, or salads. Thirsty? We’ve got an espresso, latte, or daily-drip brew (hot or cold) just for you!

8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Check-in
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
    Pick up name tags and lunch tickets.

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • Family Lounge
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty and Staff Lounge
    At any time families can take a break, enjoy light refreshments, relax, check e-mail, read Hampshire publications, or talk with staff and students.

9:00–9:45 a.m.

  • Division I: Creating a Strong Academic Foundation
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall

    What is Division I? How is an individualized academic program created by a student and supported by an adviser? What does the journey to academic success look like? Discover how students create their own programs of study from the people who provide support and guidance throughout the first year.
  • Academic Panel: Focus on Transfer Students
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

    Families of transfer students have their own set of questions and concerns: What is a Division II committee and how does a student get one? How do students transition to Hampshire’s academic style? What are the requirements? Academic support staff will talk about how they assist transfer students in moving along the Divisional path and help families understand everything from evaluations to graduation.

9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • New Student Orientation: Group Activities and Common Reading Discussion with Faculty
    New students participate in activities to introduce them to the College, then participate in a discussion of the year’s common reading.

10:00–11:30 a.m. 

  • Farm Center Tour
    Meet at Franklin Patterson Hall, at the Torrey Courtyard

    How does the Farm Center operate? How do students use the farm in their academic programs? How can students join its CSA? Meet the farm staff and see the vegetable fields, barns, greenhouses, and pastured livestock that make up this vital part of the Hampshire community. Farm-friendly footwear is encouraged.

10–11 a.m.

  • Separation and Transition Workshop
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
    What can you expect during your student’s transition to Hampshire? What transitions are common to all families and what else might occur? No matter what stage you’re in, come chat and laugh with the professionals from our counseling services as they help you prepare for this next phase of your student’s life—and of yours.

11:00–11:45 a.m. 

  • The New Student Experience
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall

    What happens outside the classroom? How are students supported in their adjustment to the residence halls? What opportunities do students have to build community and to get involved with classmates with similar interests? How will students find out about all of this? Staff on the front lines will answer these questions (and more) as they give you a sense of what to expect in your student’s first year.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Family Orientation Lunch
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty and Staff Lounge

    Pick up your bagged lunch, prepared by Bon Appétit, and enjoy it with new friends. Around campus there are several indoor places to eat or you can simply sit on the grass anywhere you choose. Note: At this time, your student will be participating in a discussion with faculty about the common reading.

1–2 p.m. 

  • Student and Family Resource Fair
    Longsworth Arts Village, under the solar canopy

    Where can students get involved? In what sports can a student participate? What on-campus activities, resources, and programs are available? Students and families can explore offices and meet staff from around the campus.

2:15–3:00 p.m.

  • R.W. Kern Center Tour
    R.W. Kern Center, Lobby

    Constructed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, the Kern is a statement of Hampshire values. Learn how its net-zero, self-contained systems work and hear about the process of sourcing sustainable, local materials.
  • Learning, Researching, and Creating
    Harold F. Johnson Library, Airport Lounge

    What do students do when they have due a research paper, project, film, art installation, or other academic project? How do students interact with source materials and create original content? Meet the professionals who help them with research and media production, using a wide variety of technologies and resources.

3:15–4:00 p.m. 

  • Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and Work-Study Panel
    Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

    What jobs are available on campus? Does your student have to apply for financial aid again next year? How do ID cards work? Hear from the staff of student financial services about what you should know to make paying bills and securing financial aid easier.

5–7 p.m. 

  • Dinner
    Families can eat in the dining hall (pick up meal passes in the Family Lounge) or take their students off campus.


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