Orientation-Parent & Family Schedule

2016 Parent & Family Orientation

Please keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and some details may change. More events will be listed once details confirmed; please check this webpage again or reference the schedule in your orientation packet once you arrive to campus on August 17.

Wednesday, Aug. 17:

  • Orientation Check-In • 9 am–2 pm • University Center
    • Other things to do today:
      • Check into assigned residence halls begins at 8 am. (Please go to your student's assigned residence hall by 1 pm.)
      • If your student has completed "Think About It", they may pick up their Mountaineer ID Card in University Center 122
      • Go to the Academic Resource Center (Taylor Hall 302) with any questions about class schedules
      • Swing by the Bookstore in the University Center & pick up Books-To-Go and some Western gear!
      • Not sure where to go? Campus tours are scheduled at 11 am and 1 pm, leaving from the University Center Patio
  • Parents of ALPS Students Meet & Greet • 1–2 pm • University Center North Ballroom

Has your student been invited to join the ALPS Leadership Program? This meeting is specifically for new freshmen (and their parents/guardians) who have been selected to participate in the ALPS Program for the 2016-17 academic year. There will be a program overview outlining expectations and requirements for participation and scholarship renewal along with an opportunity to ask questions. Hosted by Gary Pierson, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students & first year ALPS advisor.

  • Orientation Welcome • 2:30-4 pm • Mountaineer Bowl (If rain: Paul Wright Gym) 

This is the kick off to New Student Orientation! You will hear from President Greg Salsbury and new students will meet their Orientation Leader, who will escort them to their first Western class, Headwaters 100.

  • Intercollegiate Athletics • 4 – 5 pm • University Center North Ballroom

Is your student a NCAA athlete? Please attend this session so that you may meet Athletics Director Jason Carmichael and staff, hear about NCAA rules/regulations and expectations and what you can do to support your student as they learn to balance academics and athletics.

  • Welcome BBQ • 5-6:30 pm • University Center Patio

Western's own student Orientation Leaders, Skylar Marsh, Dominic Compoz and Lauren Hopp, will be the evening’s entertainment. Please wear your wristband that was given to you during Orientation Check-in, nametag and eat during your designated color time, which is indicated on the back of your nametag.

  • Parent Dessert Reception • 6:30-8 pm • West Wing of the Leslie J. Savage Library

Hosted by President Greg Salsbury, this is an opportunity for parents to meet Western faculty & staff who will play important roles in their student's time at Western.

Thursday, Aug. 18:

  • Breakfast • 7-8:30 am • Rare Air Cafe, University Center

(Please wear the wristband that was given to you during Orientation Check-in on 8/17.)

  • Student Life at Western • 9-9:30 am • University Center Ballroom

Student Orientation Coordinators (Flynn Guerrieri & Emily Schwartz) will set the tone for the day by giving you their perspective of what it means to be a student at Western.

  • Dean's Chat • 9:30-11:15 am • University Center Ballroom

Gary Pierson, Vice President for Student Affairs, will discuss academics, student engagement/co-curricular activities and parental rights in a presentation that is designed to strengthen your partnership with Western. You will also learn about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and what this means for you as a Western parent.

  • Lunch & Resource Fair • 11:30 am-1 pm • Rare Air Cafe, University Center

Come learn about the many programs, clubs and resources available to Western students. Western's own Greg Haynes & band will also be playing the steel pan, which is the national instrument of Trinidad & Tabago and traditionally constructed from 55-gallon barrels. (Please wear the wristband that was given to you during Orientation Check-in.)

  • Residence Life Session • 1-1:50 pm • University Center Ballroom

Meet the Residence Life staff, the people who will see your student daily over the academic year. Learn about the Living/Learning Communities along with departmental philosophy and policies specific to the residence halls. (If you have individual questions, the Residence Life Staff will be available later in the day from 3-5 pm in University Center 117.)

  • Academic Department Meeting • 2-3 pm • Various locations

Meet faculty members from your student’s academic major and learn more about the specific program. (Student Resident Assistants (RAs) will escort you to the Department Meeting from the Residence Life session.)

  • Campus Resources Meet & Great • 3-5 pm • Various locations

Staff will be able to meet with you if you have individual questions or would like more information about any of the following programs.

  • Academic Resource Center/Study Abroad/Disability Services/Career Services – Taylor Hall 302
    Learn how this office provides resources & support that can be critical to your student's success at Western. Also, learn how Western’s Career Services Office is available to support and assist your student with post graduate pursuits.
  • Campus Recreation (including Club Sports & Mountain Sports) – Mountaineer Field House
    Come learn about Club Sports/Mountain Sports/Intramurals and check out this gorgeous new facility, including a state of the art fitness center, climbing wall, foam pit & trampoline!
  • Financial Aid – Taylor Hall Lobby
    Financial Aid staff will be available to answer your specific questions and/or show you how to navigate your student's account.
  • Health & Counseling Center – University Center North Conference Room
    Medical & Counseling Center staff will be available for individual questions.
  • Honors Program – Taylor 104
    Honors Program Director Dr. Kelsey Bennett will be available to provide a Program overview and answer questions you may have.
  • LEAD/Mountaineer ID Card/Student Activities/On-Campus Work-Study Job Opportunities – University Center 118
    Stop by the LEAD Office to learn about how students find on-campus work-study positions, student leadership opportunities & campus activities and how using the Mountaineer ID Card might be a good financial resource for your family.
  • Multicultural Center – University Center 121
    Discover how  Western’s Multicultural Center celebrates the diversity of people in and around the Gunnison community and helps students develop academically, culturally and personally. This department also helps to support many of Western’s first general students; come learn how they may support you and your student too!
  • Residence Life – University Center 117
    Individual questions may be asked at this time.
  • Wilderness Pursuits – University Center 120
    Come learn about our student led outdoor program and about all the ways they support students in getting outside!


  • Parent & Family Orientation Closing • 4:30-5:30 pm • University Center North Ballroom

The Student Affairs leadership team, consisting of Gary Pierson & Chris Luekenga, and the Orientation leadership team will be available to answer any final questions to help your family with its transition to Western. (Light refreshments will be served.)

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Please call the LEAD & Orientation Office at (970) 943-2469 or email Orientation at orientation@western.edu if you have questions about this program.