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Orientation

2019 New Student Orientation Schedule

9-11:30 a.m.Student Check-In

Residential Students receive their keys and orientation packets.
Commuter students may pick up orientation packets until 1 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
9 a.m.-1 p.m.Whitaker Resource Reception & Refreshers

Welcome to the Hood family! Tour campus, grab a cup of coffee and relax. You will also have the opportunity to visit with offices on campus, including:

  • Academic Services
  • Accessibility Services
  • Accounting and Student Billing
  • Alumni and Constituent Engagement
  • Career Center
  • Financial Aid
  • FMH Toll House
  • Health Services
  • Residence Life

And local banks, including:

  • Bank of America
  • BB&T
  • M&T Bank
  • Revere Bank
  • Suntrust Bank
Whitaker Campus Center
11 a.m.-1p.m.Complimentary Lunch for all new students and familiesCoblentz Dining Hall
1:15 p.m.Class Photo

New students will meet for a class picture. Families join in, too!
Chapel Steps
1:45 p.m.Orientation Kickoff for New Students and Families

A big Hood Hello and welcome to all of our new students and guests.
Volpe Athletic Center
2:15 p.m.Send-Off for Families

This concludes programming for our families.
Volpe Athletic Center
2:45 p.m.Orientation Groups Meet

Students will meet their orientation group; orientation assistants will lead groups to a sampling of food and drink from some of our favorite downtown spots.

(Groups assignments are printed on the student’s name tag.)

Residential Quad
3:45 p.m.Academic Adviser Meet-and-Greet Receptions

Students will meet with and discuss advising and on-campus involvement with faculty advisers.

Across Campus
5:15 p.m.Dinner for Groups 5-16

Welcome dinner for groups 5-16!
Coblentz Dining Hall
6 p.m.Dinner for Groups 1-4

Meet Hood’s Pres. Chapdelaine and her family for a cookout and yard games! Take selfies and #snapwithchap.

East Cottage
7 p.m.

Commuter Meeting and Activities

We have planned fun activities for you and your fellow commuters to begin building connections. A great introduction to commuter life at Hood.

Whitaker Campus Center, Commuter Lounge
7 p.m.

Residence Hall Meeting and Activities

We have planned fun activities for you and your new neighbors to begin building connections. A great introduction to residence life at Hood!

With your Resident Adviser
8:25 p.m.Orientation Group MeetingResidential Quad
8:30 p.m.

Whitaker Game Night

Carnival style games, prizes and food! Come celebrate with your new classmates!

Whitaker Campus Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-9 a.m.

Orientation Breakfast

Our first breakfast together in orientation groups!

Coblentz Dining Hall

9 a.m.

Orientation Groups-Morning Session

Coblentz Dining Hall

9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Welcome to the  Neighborhood

An in-depth dialogue exploring civility, creating community expectations to guide us as new members of the Hood family into the new year.

Across Campus

Noon

Neighborhood Lunch
Debrief conversations with orientation groups, faculty and staff.

Coblentz Dining Hall

1 p.m.

Downtown Frederick Intro

Hear from a local enthusiast from the Frederick Visitor’s Center about your new city!

Whitaker Campus Center

1:15- 3:15 p.m.

Group 1 – 8: Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Each new student will receive a gift card for shops located in Downtown Frederick. Groups will participate in a scavenger hunt around Frederick— starting at City Hall, where you'll meet Mayor Michael O'Connor. Be ready for pop up competitions along the way!

Group 9 – 16: Campus Support Services Exploration

A chance to visit with the dean of students, dining services, library/ academic services, IT, campus safety, career center, student life suite, dean of the chapel, and health and counseling services.

Downtown Frederick

Across Campus

3:15- 5:15 p.m.

Group 1-8: Campus Support Services Exploration

A chance to visit with the dean of students, dining services, library/ academic services, IT, campus safety, career center, student life suite, dean of the chapel, and health and counseling services.

Group 9 – 16: Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Each new student will receive a gift card for shops located in Downtown Frederick. Groups will participate in a scavenger hunt around Frederick— starting at City Hall, where you'll meet Mayor Michael O'Connor. Be ready for pop up competitions along the way!

Across Campus

Downtown Frederick

5:30 p.m.

Groups 5-10: East Cottage

Meet Hood’s Pres. Chap and her family for a cookout and yard games! Take selfies and #snapwithchap.

Groups 1-4, 11-16: Coblentz Dining Hall

East Cottage

Coblentz Dining Hall

7 p.m.

Commuter Student Meeting

An introduction to important policies, staff, resource and other aspects of commuter life at Hood.

Whitaker Campus Center, Commuter Lounge

7 p.m.

Residence Life Meeting

An introduction to important policies, staff, resources, and other aspects of living in the residence halls.

Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall

8:30 p.m.

Zero Shades of Grey

A comedic, interactive show by Collegiate Empowerment on Sexual Assault and Rape Culture and our community expectations here at Hood.

Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall

 

10 a.m.

Orientation Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast to be served.

Coblentz Dining Hall

11 a.m.-noon

Community Service Projects

Blessings in a Backpack, Project Linus and Stuff the Bus among the opportunities to participate in. We ARE the community, welcome to the family!

Whitaker Campus Center

Noon

Orientation Group Lunch

Coblentz Dining Hall

1 p.m.

Blazer Block Party

Students will participate in outdoor activities, inflatables and games with indoor options. Ice cream and Sno-cone truck! Win prizes!

Residential Quad

(Rain location in Whitaker Campus Center)

5:30 p.m.

Group 1-10: Coblentz Dining Hall Groups

Group 11-16: East Cottage

Meet Hood’s Pres. Chap and her family for a cookout and yard games! Take selfies and #snapwithchap.

Coblentz Dining

 

Hall East Cottage

7 p.m.

Commuter Student Meeting and Activities

Community building activities and games with your fellow commuter students.

Whitaker Campus Center, Commuter Lounge

7 p.m.

Residence Life Meeting and Activities

Community building activities and games with your fellow resident students.

Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall

8:30 p.m.

Think Fast

An interactive game show where students will compete against each other for gift certificates and cash!

Whitaker Campus Center Commons

 

11 a.m.

Brunch

Coblentz Dining Hall

11:40 a.m.

Orientation Groups

Coblentz Dining Hall

12:15 p.m.

“Essentials” Shopping Trip

A chance to visit popular retail establishments (Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart and the FSK Mall)

Classroom and campus tours for Monday prep!

Whitaker Campus Center Atrium

3:30 p.m.

Campus Employment Session

Required for all students who have campus employment as part of their financial aid package. (Employment fair to happen the second week of classes for job opportunities across campus)

Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall

5 p.m.

Convocation Dinner

Campus-wide dinner

Coblentz Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.

Orientation Groups and Dinking Ceremony

Participate in a time-honored Hood tradition and receive a Hood Dink, worn at special Hood occasions.

Residential Quad

(Rain location in BB&T Arena)

7 p.m.

Convocation

Celebrate the opening of the academic year.

Hodson Outdoor Theater

9-10 p.m.

Residence Hall Community Meeting

With your Resident Assistant