August 22, 2012


Happy orientation everyone! I'm on campus today for campus ministry & I'll be around tomorrow during move-in. I hope you're all almost done with packing & are excited to start your Saint Mike's adventure!

Here are some links in case you've missed em:

New Student Orientation Info:

New Student Orientation Schedule:

The most important info for your first years to keep in mind is that, due to construction, move-in will be a little crazy. Since there will be limited parking, students will move in during two separate blocks. Here's the announcement from the SMC site:

So now about the orientation schedule - when you first arrive you'll park and go to the Ross Sports Center to check in. Orientation leaders will be stationed around campus to show you your way. Park your car and go into Ross. There you'll get an info packet, sign up for work study if you need to, and stop by some tables to learn about certain clubs and organizations on campus. There will also be some local business there, like People's United Bank, who has an ATM located in Alliot. You can sign up for a bank account with them right then if you like. When you're done you can drive to your dorm to move in.

When you pull up to your dorm, you'll first need to grab your key from a tent outside. It should be located by the dorms, but if you can't find it orientation leaders will help you. After you have your key, your orientation leaders will grab EVERYTHING from your car & bring it all up to your room! Then you get to move in, talk to your floor-mates, and meet your RA. When you're done, make sure you move your car so other students can have access to the dorms.

If you can't move in right away (or when you're done moving in) go down to the post office to get your mail key. Find your mailbox and grab your class schedule. This is a great time to wander around campus, find your classes, check out the library, and basically get comfortable at Saint Mike's.

From 11:30 - 2:00, Alliot offers a free lunch for everyone. You get to experience your first meal in Alliot with your parents! Soon after lunch your parents will probably head out on their own to explore campus or go to their hotel/head home. They're welcome to join the 'New Student Convocation' later in the evening, and if they're around for a couple days they can definitely find time to come back the next day, but after lunch you should finish moving in, bond with your roommate, and then go to your residence hall meeting.

At 5:30, head over to the lawn behind the library with your roomie to find your orientation group & have dinner. If you don't know which group you're in you can ask any o-leader. You have some more time to chill until 7:00 when you'll go to the 'New Student Convocation' at the church. Basically you'll get big welcome from President Neuhauser, as well as other Saint Mike's staff & students.

From here you'll walk over to Ross again for the 'Fun For All' (believe me, it is a blast!), then do any more room organizing until 10:00 when you'll have a floor meeting with your RA and floor-mates. Finally, spend some time with your roomie meeting all the guys or gals on your floor.

Move-in day is a long, chaotic, stressful, & busy day, but it's a blast and you'll have tons of fun. Hope you all have an amazing orientation - I can't wait to meet you all and welcome you to the Saint Mike's family!

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