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Opening Day and Family Orientation

New Dates:

Family Orientation: August 10, 11, and 12 and September 3

All sessions will be presented remotely via Zoom. With questions about Family Orientation, please contact the Alumni and Family Relations office at or 413-559-6638.


Opening Day: August 20

With questions about New Student Orientation, what to bring, and move-in, please contact the New Student Experience office at 413.559.6392 or

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Family Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. ET
: Health, Wellness, and Safety

Hear how Hampshire fosters wellness and supports health and safety needs for new students.

Moderator: Zauyah Waite, vice president of student affairs and dean of students

  • Sara Aierstuck, director of health and counseling services

  • Chuck Furgal, director of campus safety and security

  • Eliza McArdle, director of counseling services

  • Voula O’Grady, community development coordinator - new student experience

  • Greg Narleski, Title IX coordinator, director of student rights and responsibilities

Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. ET: 
The Academic Program

Dive deeper into Hampshire’s unique academic program, such as the divisional system and various centers. We’ll tell you about all the resources that are available to our students, among them advising, evaluations, and the Five College Consortium. In the final 15 minutes of the session, families of first year students will have an opportunity to learn about the new Div I program while transfer students’ families will focus on their needs and questions.*

Moderator: Christoph Cox, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty

  • Rachel Conrad, professor of childhood studies and director of academic innovation

  • Zena Clift, senior associate dean of advising

  • Rachael Graham, director of central records

  • Madeline Peters, director of accessibility resources and services

  • Monsita Moorehead, assistant dean of advising

  • Hannah Mazzarino, associate director of central records

*Christoph Cox and Hannah Mazzarino will answer questions specific to transfer students and their families beginning at 7:40 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. ET
: Life Outside the Classroom

Learn more about how we facilitate student development and success outside the classroom. We’ll discuss the programs, resources, and services that support campus life, such as housing, student groups, recreation, and programs for new students. 

Moderator: Janine Knight, associate dean of students

  • Maria Cartagena, manager of diversity & inclusion initiatives

  • Brad King, director of outdoor programs, recreation and athletics

  • Carolyn Strycharz, director of campus leadership and activities

  • David Ko, director of spiritual life

  • Matt Lewis, director of residence life and housing

Thursday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ET: Separation and Transition Workshop

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 Counseling Services and Residence Life as they help you prepare for this next phase of your student’s life—and of yours.

  • Matt Lewis, director of residence life and housing

  • Eliza McArdle, director of counseling services
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