Weekend of Welcome 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

8:00 am - 5:30 pm Staggered Check-In
McGlothlin Center for the Arts Entrance to the College

Students will check in at the time assigned by the E&H Housing Office. Check-in is designed to be a drive-through process where only students need to get out of their family’s car. Students will have a health check, receive facial coverings and goodies from the Orientation Staff, and have their picture taken for their Student ID before receiving their room key and heading to their residence hall.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall

The dining hall will be open for students who are already on campus. You won’t have a Student ID or a meal plan yet, so just let the staff know you’re a new student. Social distancing guidelines will be followed during mealtimes in the dining hall.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Walking Tacos Dinner
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall

We want to be sure you get fueled up before the start of Weekend of Welcome programs! Dining hall staff will be serving Walking Tacos in the Van Dyke Dining Hall. Pick up your food, and then take it with you to welcome session with your Orientation Pod for an informal picnic, which starts at 6 p.m.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Picnic & Welcome with Your Core 100 Orientation Pod
Various Locations, Check Your Orientation Folder Sticker

Meet in your pods for ice breakers and an overview of Orientation. Your pod is your Core 100 class; your pod locations are printed on your Orientation folder. If the weather is nice, meet at your outdoor pod location; if it’s rainy, meet at the indoor location. Check the campus map in your folder or online if you aren’t sure where the campus buildings are—or ask anyone wearing an Orientation Leader T-shirt!

7:00 - 7:45 pm Opening Ceremony
Fred Selfe Stadium (Rain location: Orientation Pod Indoor Locations)

Our opening ceremony will feature a welcome from the President of Emory & Henry College, Dr. John Wells, as well as Chaplain Sharon Wright and student leaders. We’ll hold this event socially distanced and outdoors in the football stadium, and we may throw in a bit of pep rally for fun!

8:00 - 9:30 pm Playfair!!
Residence Halls, Home, or in the Van Dyke Center

  • Get prepared for an interactive virtual experience with our friends from Playfair. This is a virtual version of an event new E&H students have been participating in for years! You will meet classmates, participate in activities, and talk about how you have adjusted your life to the current pandemic. This event is guaranteed to be fun and full of energy.
  • If you are a commuter who has more than a 15-minute drive to get home, find a comfortable spot in the Van Dyke Center to join us for this event. Just make sure you are sitting 6 feet away from each other and wearing your face coverings!

9:40 pm Residence Hall Meeting for Students Living on Campus
Residence Halls

Students who are living on campus this fall, tune into your first virtual residence hall meeting! Your Resident Advisor (RA) is someone the institution looks to as a leader, who is here to help you with your transition to college. In this meeting, you will learn about housing policies and procedures, as well as student policies that have been put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus this fall.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast (on your own)
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall

 

8:45 - 10:45 am Morning Orientation Sessions in Core 100 Orientation Pods
Core 100 Pod Locations

Report to your Core 100 indoor pod location for this morning’s information sessions. Commuters, we would love to have you join your pods on campus for these sessions. (Students who are at home can participate via Zoom. Check your email for the Virtual Weekend of Welcome Schedule.)

  • 8:45 - 9:10 am Academics at E&H

    • Hear from the E&H Provost, Dr. Michael Puglisi, who will set the stage for your academic experience, and share tips for how to get off to a great start as you pursue your educational and career goals.
  • 9:15 - 9:50 am The Amanda & Fred Show

    • Hear about different services on campus designed to help you throughout your time at Emory & Henry. Join us via Zoom for a fun and energetic introduction of student services!
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at E&H

    • Learn about the initiatives, programs, and policies to help E&H be a place that is welcoming to all students. Join us via Zoom to be part of this important conversation and to learn about different perspectives from the E&H student body. 

11:00 am - 1:30 pm Lunch & Unity Project
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall and French House Lawn

  • We will be eating lunch in shifts in order to maintain social distancing in the cafeteria. Your Orientation Leaders will let you know when your pod’s assigned lunch time is.
  • Several Orientation Pods will do the Unity Project during the lunch break. Your Orientation Leaders will tell you when to meet on the lawn of the J. Stuart French House (between the Duck Pond and the train tracks). The Unity Project encourages each of us to think about our identity, the things we have in common, and the things that give each of us a unique perspective.

2:00-5:00 pm Afternoon Orientation Sessions in Core 100 Orientation Pods
Core 100 Pod Locations

Return to your indoor pod locations for this afternoon’s interactive sessions. (Students who are at home can participate via Zoom. Check your email for the Virtual Weekend of Welcome Schedule.)

  • 2:00 - 2:40pm Powell Resource Center

    • Learn all about academic support, accommodations, personal counseling, and other student services offered through the PRC.
  • 2:45 - 3:25 pm E&H CARES

    • This session introduces ways you can join the movement to address gender-based violence (such as stalking, dating or domestic violence, and sexual assault), as well as providing an overview of Title IX policies at E&H.
  • 3:30 - 4:10 pm Student Success Panel

    • Hear from current students about their college experience and ways they have been able to succeed. Learn tips from students who were in your shoes not too long ago!
  • 4:20 - 5:00 pm Let’s Decompress

    • You have received a lot of information, so let’s take a moment to breathe and decompress. Orientation Leaders will host an informal hangout—hopefully outside—with your pods. 

5:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner & Unity Project
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall and French House Lawn

  • After that long day, you have probably developed an appetite! We’ve got you covered! We will eat in shifts to maintain social distancing. Your Orientation Leaders will tell you your assigned dinner time.
  • Several Orientation Pods will do the Unity Project during the dinner break. Your Orientation Leaders will tell you when to meet on the lawn of the J. Stuart French House (between the Duck Pond and the train tracks). The Unity Project encourages each of us to think about our identity, the things we have in common, and the things that give each of us a unique perspective.

8:00 - 9:00 pm    The Social Lives of College Students: Here’s the Tea
Residence Halls / Home

Join guest speaker Dr. Linda Hancock for an interactive program revealing your “genetic temperament” and helping you use that knowledge for success in academic and social situations. Audience participation helps you discover what you think other students do—versus what they really do. This is another favorite event of Orientation, so plan to tune in from your room and/or home.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

9:30 am Morning Worship
Outdoors at Memorial Chapel 

The Office of Spiritual Life and Emory United Methodist Church will host an outdoor worship service at 9:30 am on Sunday morning on the north lawn of Memorial Chapel. All students are welcome to join us. Seating (physically distanced) will be provided and masks are required.  There will be some light breakfast items and coffee available, as well. In the event of rain or storms, the service will not meet. Please contact Sharon Wright, swright@ehc.edu, or David Jackson, djackson@ehc.edu, with questions.

10:30 am - 1:30 pm Brunch / Grab Your Books
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall

Brunch on your own. This is also a time when you can go pick up your textbooks from the Merc, across train tracks from the main campus. If you pre-ordered your books, they will be able to have them pre-bundled for you. Your Orientation Leaders will tell you your assigned time to pick up books.

1:15-1:45 pm Commuter Student Information Session
Virtual Zoom Session

Commuters, we would like an opportunity to talk with you about your unique academic needs during a time of social distancing. Topics to be covered include parking, meal plans, the daily symptom check, places where you can hang out between classes or set up your laptop to participate in classes, and more.

2:00-2:15 pm Find Your One Thing
Residence Halls / Home

Dean of Students Ryan Bowyer introduced the importance of “Finding Your One Thing” during your Registration Week experience. Now, he’ll invite you to think more about how you can use your college years to define yourself and set up the future that you want—and how the sessions held this afternoon can help you get started on that path! Plan to participate in this session via Zoom from your room or home.

2:20 - 4:50 pm Campus Life Fair
Residence Halls / Home

Want more information on how to get involved? You cannot miss the campus life fair! Learn about different opportunities, clubs, and organizations at E&H. Campus offices and student groups will take turns presenting during the afternoon; we’ll provide details about the lineup as the event gets underway.

5:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner
Van Dyke Center Dining Hall

We’ve already reached our last meal of Orientation! We will eat dinner in shifts to maintain social distancing. Your Orientation Leaders will let you know when your assigned dinner time is.

8:00 - 9:00 pm   Emory & Henry Community & Honor Code
Core 100 Pod Locations

Each year, we mark the end of Orientation with the Honor Code Ceremony. (This year, we’ll hold the event virtually, but you can still dress up if you want to!) Dr. Jake Bova delivers the keynote address. Associate Provost Dr. Matt Frederick and Dean of Students Ryan Bowyer will discuss the honor pledge and the Strong-Safe-Together pledge.