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Opening Day: Fall

Opening Day is designed to help new students move into their rooms and get settled; to provide an overview of the academic program and campus services; and to welcome your whole family into the Hampshire community.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Family and friends are invited to join new students on Opening Day. Please plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Families are also invited to stay on Friday for the optional Family Orientation (typically called "parent orientation" at other institutions).

Incoming students should check the new student website for new student orientation information.

Questions:
Opening Day or Family Orientation: Alumni and Family Relations 413.559.6638
New Student Orientation: Office of New Student Programs 413.559.5412

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Central Check-in
    Robert Crown Center
    This is where it all begins. Families can register for or pick up materials for Family Orientation at the Family Relations table. Students receive ID cards, keys, orientation schedules, and other important documents. Students and their families can speak with staff from financial aid, student accounts, and the student employment offices at this time. Vendors are also available for those who want to set up a bank account or purchase an assortment of items.  

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Moving In
    Residential houses
    Students move into their assigned houses. Orientation and residence life staff, who will be wearing t-shirts with the orientation logo, are available to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance!  

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Picnic Lunch*
    Dining tent, lawn between the Lemelson Building and Cole Science Center
    When you’ve finished moving in, or if you’d like to take a break, stop by the dining tent for lunch. New students, families, and friends are welcome: Lunch is on us!  

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
    Family Lounge
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty Staff Lounge
    At any time families can take a break and enjoy light refreshments, relax, check email, read Hampshire publications, or talk with staff and students.  

  • 1:30-2:20 p.m.
    The Academic Program
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
    Learn more about Hampshire’s unique academic program, such as the divisional system, the five interdisciplinary schools, and the academic centers and programs. We will also discuss all the resources that are available to our students, among them advising, evaluations, and the Five College consortium.
    • Moderator: Eva Rueschmann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, professor of cultural studies
    • Rene “Taco” Cruz F12
    • Laura Melbin, assistant dean of advising; Rachel Rubinstein, dean of academic support and associate professor of American literature and Jewish studies
    • Rachel Rubinstein, dean for academic support, associate professor of American literature and Jewish studies
    • Bobbie Stuart, director of central records

  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.
    Campus Tour
    Meet at the Torrey Courtyard, Franklin Patterson Hall
    For families who haven’t had a chance to take a tour of the College, enjoy a 45-minute walk around campus.  

  • 2:30-3:20 p.m.
    Life Outside the Classroom
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
    Learn more about the programming, resources, and an array of services we provide to help facilitate student development and success, such as residence life; community advocacy; programs for new students; student conduct, rights, and responsibilities; and campus leadership and activities. Moderator: Pam Tinto, associate dean of students
    • Jessica Fontaine, director of student conduct, rights, and responsibilities
    • Brad King, director of outdoor programs, recreation and athletics
    • Gretchen LaBonte, assistant dean of students; director of campus leadership and activities
    • Dylan Maccarone F13
    • Byron McCrae, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
    • Liza Neal 91F, director of spiritual life

  • 3:30-4:20 p.m.
    Student Orientation Groups Meet
    Sidewalk between Franklin Patterson Hall and Cole Science Center
    Students meet their orientation groups for the first time! This is mandatory for all new students.

  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.
    Campus Tour
    Meet at the Torrey Courtyard, Franklin Patterson Hall
    For families who haven’t had a chance to take a tour of the College, enjoy a 45-minute walk around campus.  

  • 3:30-4:20 p.m.
    Health and Safety Information Panel
    Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
    Discover the services provided by health and counseling services, campus police, and the Wellness Center.
    • Moderator: Byron McCrae, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
    • Sara Aierstuck, director of health and counseling services
    • Ray LaBarre, deputy chief
    • Eliza McArdle, director of counseling services
    • Jordan Perry, director of wellness promotion

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Welcome Ceremony
    Event tent, library quad
    All entering students, as well as their families and friends, are invited to join us as we all kick off the orientation program. Speakers will be President Jonathan Lash; Meredith Twombly, dean of enrollment and retention; and Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs.  

  • 5:30-6:45 p.m.
    Outdoor Dinner*
    Dining tent, lawn between the Lemelson Building and Cole Science Center
    Students, and their families and friends, can get acquainted with their orientation groups and make new friends during dinner.  

  • 6:45 p.m.
    Families and Friends Depart
    Family and friends say good-bye to new students before their 7 p.m. residence life meeting. The 7 o’clock meeting is mandatory for students who will be living on campus.

*Complimentary meals

Stay In Touch
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Snail Mail
Alumni and Family Relations
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone + Email
413.559.6638
Fax: 413.559.6764
alumni@hampshire.edu