Orientation-2013 Schedule

2013 New Student Orientation Schedule

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 21.

August 21:

  • Orientation Check-In • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • University Center Patio
    Representatives from Enrollment Services (Admissions & Financial Aid) and the Office of Student Affairs will also host tables in the University Center if you have additional questions for those offices.
  • Not sure where to go? Campus tours are scheduled every hour between noon and 3 p.m. leaving from the University Center Patio.
  • Residence Hall Check-In • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Assigned Residence Hall
  • Pick up your Mountaineer ID Card• 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • University Center 121
    You must have completed the online course Think About It before you can get your card. If you have not completed it, please go to www.campusclarity.com and login with your Western email address. Computers are available in the Leslie J. Savage Library.
  • If you have questions about your class schedule, visit with an Academic Advisor in the Academic Resource Center• Taylor 302
  • Swing by the Western Bookstore & pick up your Books-To-Go and some Western gear! • University Center
  • All Campus BBQ • 5-7 p.m. • University Center Patio 
  • Looking for the Parent & Family Orientation Schedule? Click here.
  • Residence Hall Meeting & Living/Learning Community Activities • 7 p.m. • Assigned Residence Hall
    Meet other students living in your Living/Learning community and learn about living in the residence halls at this meeting. REQUIRED SESSION

August 22:

  • Breakfast • 7-8:30 a.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • New Student Orientation & Headwaters 100 Welcome• 9-11:30 a.m. • Mountaineer Bowl (If rain: Paul Wright Gym) REQUIRED SESSION
  • Lunch & Campus Resource Fair • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center Patio
  • Group Programming Session #1:

Students will be assigned to one of four groups and will rotate through four different blocks of programming through New Student Orientation. Your personalized New Student Orientation Schedule will have specific time and room locations. REQUIRED SESSION

  1. Headwaters 100 Service Project: Start your first academic class at Western. You will meet your Headwaters 100 faculty and work beside them and other new students during a service project in the Gunnison community.  Your faculty member will tell you where to meet during your Headwaters 100 Welcome. 
  2. Academic Resources: During this workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of being a successful student at Western. You will plan for success with the Academic Resource Center, learn about DegreeWorks (a tool to help you monitor your academic progress toward degree completion), explore the Leslie J. Savage Library and discover how it will be an important resource for you.
  3. Life At Western: During this session, you will enjoy the popular Orientation Leader skit, which lightheartedly touches on many of the real issues that affect college students today, such as roommate issues, social gatherings, alcohol & substance use, sexual misconduct, homesickness and a healthy balanced lifestyle. Afterwards, Student Affairs staff will explore these issues with you in more depth and also give you resources, should any of these situations happen to you.
  4. Wilderness Pursuits/Community Trips: We want to introduce you to the many exciting activities that our current Western students love to do when they are at “home” in Gunnison. When you checked in for New Student Orientation on August 21, you chose an activity that you want¬ed to do. Now is your time to join other new Western students on the same adventure.
  • Family Farewell Reception • 4-5 p.m. • University Center Patio
  • New Recreation Center & Field House Tour • 4:30 p.m. • University Center Patio (down by the skatepark)
  • Dinner • 4:45-7 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Evening Programming:
  • Pool Party (Paul Wright Gym) from 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Movie for a $1 at Ruby Cinema. (Proceeds go to support Safe Ride) Time to be determined. Please check your New Student Orientation folder for updated information or ask at the University Center Front Desk.

August 23

  • Breakfast • 7-8:30 a.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Group Programming Session #2: REQUIRED SESSION
    See information in Aug. 22 for more details.
  • Lunch • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
    Lunch will showcase our student-led sustainability efforts on campus. Learn about the new greenhouse, meet our student Sustainability Coordinators and sign up to join the Sustainability Coalition or Gardening Club. Sodexo will also feature delicious and locally sourced food.
  • President's Address • 1 p.m. • Taylor Auditorium REQUIRED SESSION
  • Freshman Advising• 1:30 p.m. • Various locations REQUIRED SESSION
    Meet your faculty advisor. This meeting will give you important information about your academic area of interest. Check your class schedule in your New Student Orientation packet for your specific location. You will go to this meeting immediately after President Brad Baca’s Address.
  • Enhanced Programming• 3-5 p.m. • Various locations RECOMMENDED SESSIONS
    All sessions will be offered at 3 & 4 p.m., unless noted
    • Sex 101 • University Center South Ballroom: Join Dr. Suzy Coykendall, one of Western students’ favorite professors, for her famous Sex 101 Talk. Don’t worry ... it’s not a boring Safe-Sex-Talk, instead you’ll get a good laugh and leave the room smarter! Definitely worth going to and you’ll catch yourself talking about it months later.
    • Being Broke is No Joke • University Center North Conference Room: Learn the nuts and bolts about budgeting your money; it’s never too early to learn this information now that you are embarking on life on your own!
    • Finding a Job on Campus • University Center North Ballroom: This is suggested session for all new students who are awarded federal or state work-study funding. You will learn about how to find a job on campus and how to make your application stand out about others. Visit Western’s work-study webpage for more information about working on campus at www.western.edu/current-students/work-study-information.
    • Feeling Your Best In College• Escalante Fitness Center: Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Learn how to GET MOVING at Western, the benefits of regular exercise and the invisible dangers of a sedentary lifestyle.
    • Passport to Gunnison • University Center 120: Find out why Western students and alumni love Gunnison and don’t want to leave. There is always something to do, but sometimes you just need to know where to look.
    • Talking Student 2 Student • University Center Boardroom: Do you have questions that only another student can answer? Orientation Leaders will be on-hand to answer any of your questions and offer some final words of advice.
    • FreeCycle • Ute Hall Basement (access from Georgia St.): If you are looking for a thing or two to dress up your room, someone else’s trash could be your treasure! Western’s student-run FreeCycle room will be open this afternoon for taking.
  • Dinner • 4:45-7 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Evening Programming:
    • Crimson & Slate Volleyball Match at Paul Wright Gym) beginning at 7 p.m.
    • Smores on the University Center Patio beginning at 9 p.m.

August 24:

  • Breakfast • 7-8:30 a.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Group Programming Session #3: REQUIRED SESSION
    See information in Aug. 22 for more details.
  • Lunch • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
    Enjoy food from all over the world and meet students who are involved in the Multicultural Center and its many clubs.
  • Group Programming Session #4: REQUIRED SESSION
    See information in Aug. 22 for more details.
  • Dinner • 4:45-7 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Evening Programming:
    • Welcome Concert featuring Bop Skizzum beginning at 6 p.m. at the Quigley Band Shell.
    • Stop by the LEAD Photo Booth to kick of the LEAD Scavenger Hunt & pick up your CBMR ticket for Sunday’s event.
      • Get to know Western and get to know Gunnison—all while entering in a chance to win prizes like a Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) pass, townie bikes and other prizes that will aid your college career! The Scavenger Hunt begins on August 24 at the Welcome Concert featuring Bop Skizzum, a Coloradical band! The Hunt will continue through September 3 and prizes will be awarded after the Headwaters Convocation at 7 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium. New clues will be posted to the LEAD Facebook page every day, so don’t miss out on this great adventure, which can easily be done alone or with a group of friends.  So remember to come to the LEAD table at the Welcome Concert; you’ll be able to pick up your CBMR ticket for the following day, too.  Who knows, this could just be your first clue.

August 25:

  • Brunch • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Afternoon with Crested Butte Mountain Resort • Noon-5 p.m. • University Center North Entrance
    Enjoy live music, incredible scenery and new friends at the ski resort that has put this valley on the extreme skiing map. Free Adventure Park tickets and shuttles from Western will be provided. Shuttles will begin leaving from the University Center at 12:15 p.m. and return from CBMR beginning at 4:15 p.m.  More information about this event will be in your Orientation packet. Don't forget to complete your Orientation Evaluation by noon on 8/25! Ten lucky respondents will be randomly selected for a free zipline tour at CBMR! The evaluation will be available on August 24 at 4 p.m., so check your Western email account to complete the survey.
  • Dinner • 4:45-7 p.m. • Rare Air Cafe, University Center
  • Evening Activity:
    • Join your RA for an evening activity at 7 p.m.
    • Kick of the semester with an Ice Cream Social!  On the University Center Patio at 8 p.m.

Orientation Evaluations

Don’t forget to complete your Orientation evaluation before Sunday’s excursion to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Ten lucky respondents will be selected for a free zipline tour of the mountain! The evaluation will be available on August 24 at 4 p.m., so check your Western email account to complete the survey.
 

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