BEAR BEGINNINGS 2019 Family Orientation Schedule
WELCOME! Dear parent & family members, The First Year Center would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your student. We understand the transition from high school can be a major adjustment not only for students, but also for family members as well. The First Year Center is here to ensure those transitions are as easy and comfortable as possible for everyone involved. Our goal is to make sure each new student builds and sustains his or her academic and personal goals. We bring together people, programs, and resources to provide an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality, where we come to know each student by name and story and where we help them prepare for a life of purpose and meaning. We are here to help your student have an amazing experience at Washington University in St. Louis. The orientation experiences for students and families are intentionally planned separately to give each of you the opportunity to learn about the university and all we have to offer. While your student is meeting classmates and learning about life on campus, we strive to help you become familiar with the Washington University community. Your student will be very busy over the next few days and your time together will be limited. When making plans with your student, please refer to your student’s schedule to be sure they are on time for important Bear Beginnings programs. If you will still be in St. Louis, time has been set aside for dinner on Saturday evening and lunch on Sunday evening for you to enjoy meals together. Keep in mind that your student will be extraordinarily busy from this point onwards. During Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, both students and their family members will receive a lot of information about a wide variety of topics. We encourage you to speak with your student about your experiences and ask them about theirs as well. Bear Beginnings is organized to cover the following topics with your students: • • • •
Academic integrity Academic resources and support Alcohol and drugs Being a positive member of the Washington University community • Dining options • Diversity and inclusion
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Health and counseling services Living in St. Louis Living with a roommate/suitemate Preparing for classes Safety Sexual assault
Please talk to your students about these topics as they may have questions that you want to answer. We will also be providing you with an opportunity over the next two days to write a note to your student, which will then be mailed a few weeks into the semester. The “Letters from Home” notecards will be available for pick up and drop off at various parent and family events. Finally, always know the First Year Center is a resource for both you and for your student. We are here to answer any questions you have or provide any help that you need. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you so much and welcome to Washington University in St. Louis! Katharine Pei, Director Reggie Gacad, Assistant Director Dacoda Scarlett, Coordinator Miranda Kroeger, Administrative Coordinator FIRST YEAR CENTER families.wustl.edu | newstudents.wustl.edu | email@example.com | 314.935.5040
DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APP FOR BEAR BEGINNINGS! What is the WashUEvents Mobile App?
It’s an easy and convenient way to navigate FYC events on your Apple (iOS) and Android smartphones and tablets. It contains all of the event information that you’ll need to make the most out of your experience.
1. DOWNLOAD THE “WASHUEVENTS” APPLICATION through the app store on your phone or tablet. Search “WASHUEVENTS” in your app store. Select “Get” and “Install” to obtain on your phone. The application is free. 2. CLICK DOWNLOAD GUIDES AND SEARCH FOR “BEAR BEGINNINGS 2019” to access the schedule. 3. SELECT TRACK: Choose from the following to access the full schedule: • • • •
First-Year Student Transfer Student Exchange Student Parents & Families
4. ADD EVENTS TO YOUR PERSONAL SCHEDULE FOLLOW THE FYC 5. MOBILE APPLICATION RESOURCES: The resources listed below are only available on the WashUEvents app and not in this printed schedule. If you require a printed copy, please visit the Information Station. • • • •
Placement Exams and Auditions Religious Services Dining Hours and Information Additional Campus Resources
If you have any technical questions, please contact the First Year Center at 314.935.5040.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th WELCOME AND INFORMATION STATIONS 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, EDISON FAMILY COURTYARD SOUTH 40, CLOCKTOWER SUMERS WELCOME CENTER Staff from the First Year Center will be available to answer any questions. Printed schedules, resources, and maps, including directions to local St. Louis shipping and dining locations, will be available.
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND SERVICES OPEN OFFICE HOURS 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Many university departments and services will be open to answer questions, share resources, and help you become acquainted with WashU. Academic Support Services (Academic Mentoring/Writing Center)
Office for International Students & Scholars
Office of Scholar Programs
Office of Student Success
Campus Card/Bear Bucks
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dean of Students Disability Resources First Year Center Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Student Financial Services Student Technology Services Undergraduate Research WU Bookstore
Habif Health & Wellness Center
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BEAR FAIR 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, EDISON FAMILY COURTYARD Once you are settled, take some time to stop by and visit with additional campus departments and organizations that will be present. Alumni & Development: Alumni Association and Parent Programs
Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center
Athletics & Recreation
Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dining Services Emergency Management Habif Health & Wellness Interfaith Campus Ministries Association Parking & Transportation
Student Entrepreneurship Program (StEP) Businesses Sustainability Washington University Police Department (WUPD)
CAMPUS TOURS 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, GRAND STAIRCASE Tours of the Danforth Campus, not including the South 40, will be provided by the Washington University Student Associates (WUSAs). WUSAs work for the First Year Center serving as orientation leaders during Bear Beginnings, and then as academic mentors throughout the first year. Tours depart every hour. The last tour will leave at 3:00 PM.
SWAP: SHARING WITH A PURPOSE MOVE-IN SALE 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | SOUTH 40, BASKETBALL COURTS SWAP is holding a sale of reusable room items, including furniture, fridges, and microwaves. SWAP is a student-run nonprofit that works to keep items in reuse on campus. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Trading Post, an on-campus freecycling center.
STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES OPEN HOURS 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | NORTH BROOKINGS HALL, ROOM 75 Student Financial Services is open to answer questions and connect you with resources and information around financing options, scholarships, and student employment.
FREE TIME FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM | LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING After moving in, students are free to get settled. Your student has a required residential floor meeting at 5:30 PM followed by Convocation. Please remind your student to eat an early dinner. Optional programming for families begins at 4:00 PM
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LETTING GO, STAYING CONNECTED: A PREVIEW OF THE FIRST YEAR 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | MALLINCKRODT CENTER, EDISON THEATRE In a lively presentation, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori S. White and Karen Levin In a lively presentation, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori S. White and Karen Levin Coburn, Senior Consultant-in-Residence and co-author of the best selling Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years (2016)—along with two upperclass students—will give parents and families a preview of the ups and downs of the Washington University first-year experience and ways for parents and families to support their student’s success and evolving independence. This is an interactive session that will allow parents and families to ask questions about what to expect in the first year. This is an interactive session that will allow parents and families to ask questions about what to expect in the first year.
REQUIRED FOR YOUR STUDENT: RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY MEETING 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | STUDENT’S RESIDENTIAL FLOOR Please be sure your student is back in his or her residence house by 5:15 PM where they will meet with student leaders and their new community members. Your student is required to attend this meeting. Your student will walk to and attend Convocation with their residential community.
AFFINITY WELCOME RECEPTION FOR FAMILIES 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM | DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, TISCH COMMONS We are excited to welcome families from diverse backgrounds to the WashU community. Learn more about how WashU supports APIDA, Latinx, Black, LGBTQIA, first-generation, and low socioeconomiv status students. Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori S. White will share welcoming remarks and you will also have the opportunity to meet various members of the WashU community who are invested in helping your students.
CAREER PLANNING: A CRASH COURSE FOR FAMILIES 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM | MALLINCKRODT CENTER, EDISON THEATRE Although graduation is several years away, it’s never too soon to start thinking about how you can support your student in his or her career planning. Meet members of the WashU Career Center and learn about the many resources available to help your student explore different career options and land meaningful internships, cooperative education experiences, and research opportunities. Discover what you can do throughout your student’s college years to encourage success after graduation.
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENT-ATHLETES 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | GARY M. SUMERS RECREATION CENTER Join the athletic community at WashU to meet some other families of first year student athletes, learn more about the role of athletics in your student’s education, and to meet some of our staff in person.
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CONVOCATION 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ATHLETIC COMPLEX BROWN HALL, ROOM 100 DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, TISCH COMMONS GRAHAM CHAPEL MALLINCKRODT CENTER, EDISON THEATRE SIMON HALL, MAY AUDITORIUM SUMERS WELCOME CENTER, PRESENTATION ROOM Join students, faculty, and administrators at this memorable event as Chancellor Andrew D. Martin welcomes all new students and families to the university. Speakers will include the interim Provost, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and a Washington University senior. Doors will open at 6:45 PM for parent and family seating. Seating in the Athletic Complex for families and guests is extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, the majority of seating in the Athletic Complex is limited to bleachers and requires the ability to climb stairs. Additional viewing locations with a live televised broadcast of the ceremony are listed above. Guests with small children or mobility limitations, requiring the use of wheelchairs or chairs with back support, may want to consider these additional viewing areas. Families in the additional viewing areas will be closer to the East End where all new students will gather with their families to close the Convocation Ceremony.
PARTY IN THE PARK 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM | EAST END Immediately following Convocation, join the Chancellor’s procession to the newly renovated East End of Campus for entertainment, light snacks, and a fun time!
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th WELCOME AND INFORMATION STATIONS 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER SOUTH 40, CLOCKTOWER SUMERS WELCOME CENTER Staff from the First Year Center will be available to answer any questions. Printed schedules, resources, and maps, including directions to local St. Louis shipping and dining locations, will be available.
LUGGAGE STORAGE 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM | DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, ROOM 276 A free luggage check will be available.
REQUIRED FOR YOUR STUDENT: RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY MEETING 9:00 AM – NOON | STUDENT’S RESIDENTIAL FLOOR Your student has a required residential community meeting where they will meet with their Residential College Director and be introduced to community living.
RESOURCE FAIR & RECEPTION 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | ATHLETIC COMPLEX, FIELD HOUSE Join Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori S. White along with the First Year Center and Alumni & Development Parent Programs for a continental breakfast and resource fair. Representatives from the following offices will be available to answer questions and provide information about their programs and services. Chancellor Martin and Vice Chancellor White will provide remarks at 9:40 AM. Alumni & Parent Admissions Program Athletics & Recreation Bear Necessities pop-up Campus Life Career Center Center for Diversity & Inclusion Dean of Students Dining Services Disability Resources
Interfaith Campus Ministries Association (IFCMA) Office for International Students & Scholars Office of Scholar Programs Parent Programs Parking & Transportation (CarShare) Residential Life RSVP Center
Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
First Year Center/Parent & Family Weekend
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Student Technology Service
Habif Health & Wellness
Washington University Police Department (WUPD)
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CAREER PLANNING: A CRASH COURSE FOR FAMILIES 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM | SUMERS RECREATION CENTER, TEAM MEETING ROOM Although graduation is several years away, it’s never too soon to start thinking about how you can support your student in his or her career planning. Meet members of the WashU Career Center and learn about the many resources available to help your student explore different career options and land meaningful internships, cooperative education experiences, and research opportunities. Discover what you can do throughout your student’s college years to encourage success after graduation.
DEAN’S MEETINGS FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES 10:30 AM – NOON | VARIOUS LOCATIONS College of Architecture – Steinberg Hall, Steinberg Auditorium College of Art – Steinberg Hall, Steinberg Auditorium College of Arts & Sciences – Graham Chapel Olin Business School – Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium, KH 110 McKelvey School of Engineering – Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre Academic deans will discuss the academic requirements and resources within their schools.
SWAP: SHARING WITH A PURPOSE MOVE-IN SALE NOON – 4:00 PM | SOUTH 40, BASKETBALL COURTS SWAP is holding a sale of reusable room items, including furniture, fridges, and microwaves. SWAP is a student-run nonprofit that works to keep items in reuse on campus. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Trading Post, an on-campus freecycling center.
FAREWELL WITH YOUR STUDENT NOON – 6:45 PM | LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING This time is open on both student and family schedules. You may choose to spend time with your student or begin your travels home. For a listing of on- and off-campus dining options, please see the resources section of the WashUEvents app. Please be sure your student is back in time for his or her required residential community meeting at 7:00 PM.
STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES OPEN HOURS NOON – 3:00 PM | NORTH BROOKINGS HALL, ROOM 75 Student Financial Services is open to answer questions and connect you with resources and information around financing options, scholarships, and student employment.
REQUIRED FOR YOUR STUDENT: RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY MEETING 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | STUDENT’S RESIDENTIAL FLOOR Please be sure your student is back in his or her residence house by 6:45 PM for a residential community meeting where they will be introduced to university policies and expectations and learn about resources that will support their WashU experience.
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