Orientation Schedule

August 25 — August 29, 2021

Please note: as public health conditions continue to evolve daily, we appreciate your patience and understanding in recognizing that the schedule may be adjusted in response to ever-changing circumstances, and to uphold our steadfast commitment to the health and safety of our community.

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Summer 2021 Zoom Series

Date and Time Event
Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m. EST

All About New Student OrientationVirtual

Join RFYP to learn about New Student Orientation. We will go over what you can expect and answer any questions you may have.

Living in Our Community

Part 1, Online Modules
Friday, August 6th – Monday, August 23rd
Alcohol education/awareness; honor code information and tutorial; Title IX/Clery information; Bias education/awareness; etc
engageGettysburg

Opening Day – Wednesday, August 25

Time Event
* 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Move-InEast and West Quads

New students move into their residence halls.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

G-TechWest Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Departments open across campus

Parents may wish to visit various offices on campus to learn more about what resources and opportunities are available to their student, as well as learn about how offices may work with parents throughout the year. All of these offices are staffed and open for regular business hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm, with some closing for lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

• Academic Advising & Student Support Services, College Union Building room 280
• Campus Recreation, Jaeger Center
• Center for Career Engagement, College Union Building room 204
• Department of Public Safety, 51 W. Stevens Street
• Eisenhower Institute, 157 N. Washington Street
• Garthwait Leadership Center, College Union Building room 202
• Health and Counseling Center, Broadway
• Musselman Library, Library

* 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hospitality and Information Tables for FamiliesTent on Breidenbaugh Hall North Lawn, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street

Stop by and connect with current Gettysburg College parents to answer any questions you may have. Information regarding the services Gettysburg College and the Borough of Gettysburg offer will also be available; pick up a campus map, open a bank account with PNC, or speak with representatives from ROTC, Career Engagement, and talk with a representative from the Dining Center. Water will be also available.

* 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Student and Family LunchDining Center

New students and their families are invited to attend lunch in Gettysburg’s dining hall, affectionately known as “Servo”.

* 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hospitality and Information for FamiliesCUB Lobby

Gettysburg College parents are available to answer questions, give directions to afternoon events, and share information about Family Weekend.

* 12:00 p.m.

Families of Athletes Welcome SessionBream Gymnasium

Families of Winter and Spring Student Athletes are invited to attend a Department of Athletics Welcome Session in Bream Gymnasium at 12:00pm. The coaching staff will be available and there will be brief remarks from the Director. Families are encouraged to have lunch in the Dining Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fall athletes will most likely be in practice or meetings, but families of those students are welcome to attend if they return to campus for Opening Day.

11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Recommended time rotation for AthletesDining Center

11:00 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Swimming, Baseball, Men’s Lacrosse

11:20 a.m. Softball, Women’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse, Wrestling, Men’s/Women’s Track & Field

* 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Just for Parents and Families: Transition to Gettysburg CollegeCollege Union Ballroom

This opening session, specifically for parents and family members, will help parents anticipate the Gettysburg College student experience, understand how Gettysburg interacts with students and parents, and determine how best to support their student’s growing independence.

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Orientation Group AssemblyMemorial Field & Stine Lake

This session for all new students will provide information about expectations during Orientation, an overview of the family welcome session, and details about Opening Convocation. It is also an opportunity to begin learning about living with a new group of people. Students will assemble in orientation groups to meet their First-Year Team (Orientation Leader & Resident Assistant). Your Orientation Group assignment is posted on the door of your room.

* 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sibling Social CUB Junction

This open house session is for siblings and family members of the Class of 2025. It is a great opportunity to get out of the heat and relax. There will be snacks, board games and crafts for siblings as parents will be attending an information session, and new students will be meeting with their orientation group. Please note this is not a daycare service; there will be limited supervision at this event.

* 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Welcome Reception for FamiliesNorris-Wachob Alumni House

Enjoy refreshments and social time with other Gettysburg families and College staff at the beautiful Alumni House, home of Alumni and Parent Relations

* 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Opening Convocation CeremonyPennsylvania Hall Lawn, North Side, Beachem Portico

All students and families will attend the formal welcoming ceremony for the Class of 2025 and other new students. The Faculty Processional will begin at 3:55 p.m. This event will be live-streamed.

* 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Farewell to FamiliesAlumni House Lawn

Take some time to say goodbye to your family while enjoying some light refreshments on the Old Quad (lawn between the Alumni House and Schmucker Hall).

5:45 p.m.

Dinner for the Class of 2025Dining Center

* 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Distance Dinner (by invitation)Mason Dixon Distillery

Buffet dinner for families traveling from a distance of more than 300 miles. Registration required. New students will attend their class dinner in Servo.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

First Building and Floor MeetingsVarious locations

The First-Year staff and representatives from various campus departments will present information on expectations of living in the residence halls, relationships with Facilities staff, and safety. First, students will meet as a building and then break into floor groups to discuss their community expectations for the year.

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday Evening SocialStine Lake & CUB Patio

Come join your classmates for Rita’s Italian Ice. Sit by the firepits, listen to music and relax after your first day at Gettysburg!

Thursday, August 26

Time Event
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

BreakfastDining Center

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

G-TechWest Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome from the Dean of StudentsCUB Ballroom

9:45 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Small Group Discussion with First-Year SeminarStudents meet in First-Year Seminar groups in various locations

A facilitated small group discussion led by your First-Year Seminar (FYS) instructor about what it means to be a member of the specific FYS course and the Gettysburg College community, getting connected (floor, faculty, staff, etc), exploring new ideas to learn – courses and activities, taking care of self, etc.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Topical Advising Information Sessions (choose one during each time block) - Session 1 or Session 2

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

LunchDining Center

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Explore Gettysburg EventsVarious Locations

Optional events students can participate in when they are not meeting with their advisor. More information about what events will be available coming soon.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Explore Gettysburg EventsVarious Locations

Optional events students can participate in when they are not meeting with their advisor. More information about what events will be available coming soon.

1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Individual Advising Sessions / On your ownVarious locations for advising appointments

Students will meet with their academic advisor to discuss their class schedule and goals for their time at Gettysburg College. Students will convene with their advisors in groups and schedule individual appointments. Each student MUST meet with their advisor in order to finalize registration for the fall semester.

4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

DinnerDining Center
Students will attend dinner at prescribed times in orientation groups in order to assemble for the First-Year Walk.

6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

First-Year Walk IntroductionChrist Chapel
The Class of 2025 and other new students will gather in the Chapel for an introduction of the First-Year Walk. After remarks from President Iuliano, all students will line up to begin the walk.

6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The First-Year WalkTown of Gettysburg and Gettysburg National Cemetery
Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members will escort the first-year class through the streets of historic Gettysburg. This Gettysburg College tradition, initiated by a student in 2003, commemorates the same journey taken by college students and community members in 1863, when they walked to the cemetery to hear President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address.

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Explore Gettysburg offeringsvarious locations

Optional events students can participate in when they are not meeting with their advisor. More information about what events will be available coming soon.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Night Activities coordinated by Student Activities & Greek Lifevarious locations

• Glow Golf- 9:00pm-12:00am on Jaeger Center Lawn
• Board Games- 9:00pm-12:00am in the HUB (1st floor of West Building, below the Attic)
• Trivia Night- 9:30pm-10:30pm in the Attic
• Bingo- 10:30pm-12:00am in the CUB Ballroom

Friday, August 27

Time Event
7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

BreakfastDining Hall

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

G-TechWest Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

GIV Day (Gettysburg Is Volunteering) • CUB Ballroom

Participate in the 28th annual Gettysburg is Volunteering (GIV) Day. GIV Day is the first opportunity for you to engage in the local community. Participants will learn about social justice issues while connecting with classmates, upperclass students, and members of the Gettysburg community. In order to participate, students had to indicate interest on their First-Year Dashboard and attendance will be confirmed via email.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Explore Gettysburg offeringsvarious locations

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Student Employment Information SessionCUB 208

Many students work on campus through a work-study, research, or an office job. Come find out what you need to do to get started!

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LunchDining Center

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Additional time to meet with your Faculty Advisor (if needed)Various locations
All Music Majors meet with their Conservatory Advisors
This is additional time for students to meet with their advisor or First-Year Seminar instructor in various departments and locations: music majors -should meet with their music advisor during this time. Students meet with music advisors (various locations, see faculty directory)

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Explore Gettysburg offerings, various locations

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Student Employment Information SessionCUB 208

Many students work on campus through a work-study, research, or an office job. Come find out what you need to do to get started!

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 2, It’s On Us – Bystander IntroductionsCUB Ballroom

Students will learn about bystander intervention on campus and how they can stand up together as community members to help one another and intervene if needed.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner in Orientation GroupsServo

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 3, Monologues (session 1)CUB Ballroom

These discussions will focus on important aspects of becoming a successful member of the Gettysburg College community. Teams of faculty, administrators, and students will lead these discussions. Your First-Year Team will have detailed information about time and location for your group.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Midnight Madness & Outdoor Dance Party Bullet Hole & Stine Lake

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Explore Gettysburg OfferingsVarious Locations

Saturday, August 28

Time Event
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

BreakfastDining Center

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Explore Gettysburg OfferingsVarious Locations

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 4, Monologues (session 2)CUB Ballroom

These discussions will focus on important aspects of becoming a successful member of the Gettysburg College community. Teams of faculty, administrators, and students will lead these discussions. Your First-Year Team will have detailed information about time and location for your group.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LunchDining Center

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 5, Small Group Follow UpVarious Locations

Meet with your Orientation group, your RA and/or OL, and a professional staff member to discuss the topics covered in the Monologues Friday night and Saturday morning. You will also discuss topics that were included in the Living in Our Community online modules and Bystander Awareness.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Explore Gettysburg OfferingsVarious Locations

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Regional Meet UpsVarious Locations

Meet up with other Gettysburg students from your home region (Northeast, West Coast, Mid West, South East, Mid Atlantic, and International Students)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Choral Auditions, Schmucker 212
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

DinnerDining Center

Enjoy dinner with your Orientation Group.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

“Experience Gettysburg” Majestic Theater, Carlisle Street

This presentation will give you a glimpse of everything Gettysburg has to offer. It’s up to you to get involved, but we’d love to show you how! Hear stories and experiences from upper-class students. This event will be live streamed.

9:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie, Jaeger Center Lawn
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Late Night at the Field House, Hauser Field House

Sunday, August 29

Time Event
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Religious Services throughout the community

11:00 a.m.

Service of Welcome and BlessingsOutside by the fountain

*Rain location is Christ Chapel

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

BrunchDining Center

A Gettysburg College tradition: Sunday morning Servo brunch

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class of 2025 Field Day Activities Memorial Field

An opportunity for first-year students to come together in their residence hall groups and bond through team building activities and games. Come out and join your building for a fun Field Day!

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Final Check-In by Orientation Group (questions answered, class preparations, etc.)Various Locations following Field Day

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Choral Auditions, Schmucker 212

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Catholic MassChrist Chapel

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

DinnerDining Center

Celebrate your successful completion of Orientation.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Choral Auditions, Schmucker 212