Orientation-Parent & Family Schedule

Tentative 2015 Parent & Family 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 19.

Wednesday, August 19:

  • Orientation Check-In • 9 am–2 pm • University Center
    • Other things to do today:
      • Check into assigned residence halls begins at 9 am. (Please go to your assigned residence hall.)
      • If your student has completed "Think About It", they may pick up their Mountaineer ID Card in University Center 121
      • Go to the Academic Resource Center 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 every hour between 11 am and 1 pm, leaving from the University Center Patio
  • Parents of ALPS Students Meet & Greet • 1–2 pm • University Center South 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 2015-16 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 • 3-4 pm • Mountaineer Bowl (If rain: Paul Wright Gym) 
  • Intercollegiate Athletics • 4 – 5 pm • University Center North Conference Room

Is your student a NCAA athlete? Please attend this session so that you may meet Athletics department 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 & Campus Resource Fair • 5-6:30 pm • University Center Patio

Please join us for dinner and learn about the many programs and resources available to students. Many Western clubs & organizations will be present, as well as local businesses. 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.

  • 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, August 20:

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

(Please wear the wristband that was given to you during Orientation Check-in on 8/19)

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

Student Orientation Coordinators, Justin Hebert & Lindsay Weaver, 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, VP for Student Affairs, will discuss academics, co-curricular activities and parental rights. Chris Luekenga, AVP for Student Affairs, will discuss campus safety, health & wellness.

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

(Please wear the wristband that was given to you during Orientation Check-in on 8/19)

  • 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, department philosophy and policies specific to the residence halls. (If you have individual questions, you may meet with Residence Life staff 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 Residence Assistants (RAs) will escort you 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 & Disability Services: Support & Programs • Taylor Hall 302
Learn how this office provides resources & support that can be critical to your student's success at Western.
...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!.
…Career Services • University Center Boardroom
Learn how Western’s Career Services Office is available to support and assist your student with post graduate pursuits.
…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 Information Session, North Conference Room • University Center
Individual health/insurance questions may be asked at this time.
…LEAD (Leadership, Engagement and Development) & On-Campus Work Study Job Opportunities • University Center 118
…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.

  • Western Alumni Reception • 4:30 pm • Alumni Relations lawn • Crystal Hall

Are a Western alum? If so, please join the Office of Alumni Relations for a special reception to welcome you back and your legacy to Western.

  • Mountaineer Field House Open House • 4:30 pm • Mountaineer Field House

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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.