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Orientation 2014 Schedule

If you’re new to SPU, don’t miss these Orientation events! They have been designed to inform you, encourage you, and introduce you to important contacts among faculty, staff, and students. Note that some events are for new students, some are specifically for transfer students, others are part of a program for parents and guests, and others for everyone.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. Check back for updates and revisions.

Thursday, September 25

Time/Location Event Details
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Ashton Hall, Hill Hall, Emerson Hall, Moyer Hall, New Residence Hall
New Student Check-in/Move-in
Check in in the main lobby of your assigned building.

Campus Apartments and Commuter Students: Check in at Orientation Central (located at Unicom on the first floor of the Student Union Building — building 24 on the campus map)
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
University Services
Sea Pac Pass Pictures
Did you register by phone, or at an off-site session? Then you probably didn’t get your picture taken for your Sea Pac Pass. University Services is open for you to get this very important piece of business taken care of today.
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lower Marston Hall
Computer Network Hookup
Computer and Information Systems (CIS) staff will be available to assist you in the “Get Connected” program. If you need assistance or have any questions:
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Meet at Admissions Office
(Demaray Hall 120)
Campus Tours
One-hour campus tours will be offered for those arriving to campus for the first time.
12–2 p.m.
Alumni Center
Legacy Lunch Reception: Alumni and Their New Students
(In the event of rain, lunch will be hosted in Otto Miller Hall Lobby) Alumni whose children are new SPU students this fall are invited to connect with fellow legacy families. Enjoy a sandwich with old and new friends, peruse yearbooks from your days on campus, and share favorite SPU stories. If possible, RSVP to alumni@spu.edu.
1–2:30 p.m.
Watson Hall
Student Counseling and Health Services Open House
Meet staff members from the Student Counseling Center and Health Services, and ask any questions you might have about their services.
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Collegium, Student Union Building (SUB)
Collegium Open House
Are you a new student commuting from home? Come check out the Collegium, SPU’s “home base” for students not living on campus. Join us in the SUB to sign up for Collegium membership, enjoy light refreshments, and meet current commuters.
2–3 p.m.
Demaray Hall 150
Special Presentation for Parents of Pre-Health Science Students
As a parent of a student interested in health sciences, there are things you can do to help your student. Come find out how to be supportive and what to expect as your student embarks on the health sciences journey.
4–5 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion
Opening Welcome
Welcome to the SPU community! Join us for an official introduction and welcome from President Daniel Martin.
5–6:15 p.m.
Tiffany Loop
Dinner in the Loop
Enjoy a variety of local flavors as you meet other students and families at this complimentary dinner.
6:30–7 p.m.
Tiffany Loop
Meet your USEM
Come meet your USEM group and start building lifelong relationships!
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Ashton Main Lounge, Emerson Main Lounge, New Residence Hall Main Lounge, Hill and Moyer together at Hill Hall Main Lounge, Apartments in SUB Gazebo Room
Residence Life Welcome for Parents
Residence life coordinators meet and greet resident students’ families, highlight the educational benefits of community living at SPU, and answer questions.
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Collegium (SUB)
Commuter Life Welcome for Parents
Collegium staff will meet and greet the parents and families of commuter students, and talk about the benefits and services available to support commuter students.
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Lounges; Campus Houses and Apartments — Check with PA for location
On-campus Resident Community Meetings
At this required residential student gathering, meet your neighbors and floor-mates, receive important information about your housing area, and learn more about what you can expect and what is expected of you while living in community.
8:30–9:30 p.m.
Meet in Residence Hall Lobbies
Residence Life Traditions
Resident students won’t want to miss these fun and funky annual kickoff events, which are always a highlight. Bring your camera for snapshots of this unforgettable night.

Friday, September 26

7–9 a.m.
Gwinn Commons
Breakfast
No cost to students on a meal plan — just bring your Sea Pac Pass!
9–10 a.m.
Falcon Experience: Session 1
The secrets you need to know to thrive and be successful at SPU.

Group A
Upper Gwinn
“Cross Training: Diversity and Reconciliation at SPU”

Group B
Student Union Building
“Mapping Out the SPU Community”

Group C
Location: TBD
“Tips for Success”
10–11 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Academic Forum
Provost Jeff Van Duzer invites parents and guests to learn more about the purpose and unique qualities of an SPU education.
10–11 a.m.
Falcon Experience: Session 2
The secrets you need to know to thrive and be successful at SPU.

Group A
Location: TBD
“Tips for Success”

Group B
Upper Gwinn
“Cross Training: Diversity and Reconciliation at SPU”

Group C
Student Union Building
“Mapping Out the SPU Community”
11–11:45 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Coffee and Conversations
Take the opportunity to connect with faculty after the Academic Forum! Refreshments provided.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Falcon Experience: Session 3
The secrets you need to know to thrive and be successful at SPU.

Group A
Student Union Building
“Mapping Out the SPU Community”

Group B
Location: TBD
“Tips for Success”

Group C
Upper Gwinn
“Cross Training: Diversity and Reconciliation at SPU”
12–1:30 p.m.
Tiffany Loop
Lunch and Student Services Fair
Pick up a complimentary lunch in Tiffany Loop and peruse the student services fair.
1:30–3 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Plenary Session
Come learn about the resources available to your student and how to stay plugged in.
2–3 p.m.
Check Posted Lists for Classroom Locations
University Seminar Meet and Greet
What is University Seminar (USEM) anyway? Come meet your USEM professor and your student academic mentor, and learn more about what academics will be like at SPU.
3–3:45 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Leaving the Nest
Dr. Steve Maybell shares a heart-to-heart reflection on the transition that parents, families, and students face as the college years begin. An open time for discussion follows.
3–3:45 p.m.
University Seminar Classroom — Check posted lists for classroom locations
BCSSE Beginning College Survey
The results from these surveys provide a comprehensive portrait of new SPU students and American society at large.
3:45 p.m.
Tiffany Loop
Reconnect With Your Family and Guests
Meet up with your family and guests in Tiffany Loop, then head over to Royal Brougham Pavilion for New Student Convocation.
4–5 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion
New Student Convocation
Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of initiation and adoption into the SPU community.
5–7 p.m.
Gwinn Commons
Dinner
No cost to students on a meal plan — just bring your Sea Pac Pass!
7–8 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Lounges; Campus Houses and Apartments — Check with PA for location
On-Campus Resident Community Meetings
“I hope he’s not too messy!” “I hope she’s not too neat!” What thoughts do you have about sharing your space with roommates? Come ready to work out the nuts and bolts needed for a great year together as you discuss preferences with your roommates. Attendance is required for all campus residents.
8–10 p.m.
Martin Square, Weter Lounge, and Upper Gwinn
Campus Social
Join the line dance in Martin Square, sit back and play board games in Upper Gwinn, or check out the performances in Weter Lounge at Nu Expressions. Whatever you choose, you are sure to meet new people and have a great time! Oh, and need we say that there will be food at this harvest party?

Saturday, September 27

7–8:30 a.m.
Gwinn Commons
Breakfast
No cost to students on a meal plan — just bring your Sea Pac Pass!
8:30–9 a.m.
Martin Square
USEM Prep
Meet with your USEM to enjoy the pre-rally entertainment and get a briefing on the day’s events. Wear your CityQuest t-shirt.
9–9:30 a.m.
Martin Square
CityQuest Rally
Want to make a difference in your new hometown? Join in worship and consider what it takes to really change the world. Then embark on an eye-opening, community-serving adventure that promises to expand your understanding of Seattle and introduce you to new friendships in your USEMs and across town.
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Various Sites Around Seattle
CityQuest
USEMs join with service organizations around Seattle to learn about their work and to serve for a day.
5–6:30 p.m.
Gwinn Commons
Dinner
No cost to students on a meal plan — just bring your Sea Pac Pass!
5:30–9 p.m.
Martin Square and Royal Brougham Pavilion
Pep Rally for Women’s Volleyball Game
You are a Falcon now, so get that Falcon Spirit and take part in your first SPU pep rally!
10 p.m.–12 a.m.
Buses Leave From Tiffany Loop
Ninth Annual Fred Meyer Extravaganza
Our neighborhood Fred Meyer store is opening its doors just for the SPU community with live music, food, prizes, and great deals on the stuff you need for your room and school! Transportation provided to and from Tiffany Loop. Fred Meyer is located at 915 NW 45th Street in Ballard.

Sunday, September 28

7:30–9 a.m.
Gwinn Commons
Breakfast
Meal plans in effect today — bring your Sea Pac Pass!
Sunday Morning Sunday Morning Worship
You’re encouraged to attend morning services at the church of your choice. First Free Methodist Church, across from SPU, has services at 9:15 a.m. (Contemporary) and 11 a.m. (Traditional). For more options, visit SPU’s local church guide.
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Gwinn Commons
Lunch
Meal plans in effect today — bring your Sea Pac Pass!
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Meet in Tiffany Loop; Then Carpool to Magnolia Park
Mu Kappa’s 16th Annual Kickoff BBQ
Calling all Missionary Kids and Third Culture Kids! Mu Kappa was created to connect and support MKs and TCKs, but is open to all. Swap stories, get oriented to life in the United States, and fellowship together.
2:30–4 p.m.
Upper Gwinn
Transfer Express
For transfer and/or non-traditionally aged students only. This program will provide you with the valuable resources and information you need to be successful as an SPU student! Get connected with the SPU community; meet faculty, staff, and other transfer students; and learn about involvement opportunities. Although childcare is not provided during this program, families are invited to join us for the Big Party and Involve-O-Rama.
4–5:30 p.m.
TBD
Student Life
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Martin Square
The Big Party and Involve-O-Rama
Have you been waiting to find out all the details of how you can get involved at SPU this year? Then this is the event for you! Representatives from more than 50 clubs and organizations, including University Ministries, will be present to tell you about their group and how you can join them. Dinner is provided courtesy of ASSP.
8:30–10:30 p.m.
Check With PA for Location
On-campus Resident Community Meetings
New and returning students get acquainted and start creating an exciting community together during these introductory meetings. Attendance required for all campus residents.

Tuesday, September 30

11:10 a.m.–12 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Opening Academic Chapel
Join the entire SPU community as we celebrate the beginning of a new school year together.
12–2:30 p.m.
Martin Square
Church Fair
Representatives will be gathered to introduce you to their local church. Learn about gatherings and opportunities to get involved.

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