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    Orientation Team (OT) leaders welcome students and assist with their move-ins.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Below is the 2017 Orientation schedule. Check back soon for the 2018 schedule.

Attendance is mandatory at starred (*) events.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main Street

5–7 p.m.
Dinner available – Vail Commons (cash, check or credit card)

6–9 p.m.
Optional Early Move-in – Residence Halls
You may choose to ease the busy pace of Orientation by placing your belongings in the residence hall during these hours. Please observe the signs that will direct you to the unloading area closest to your residence hall. You will be able to unload your car near the door of your residence hall. Immediately after unloading your car, please move your car to make room for other new students. New students will not sleep in the residence halls until Thursday night, August 17. Please park in the Baker Sports Complex parking lot when you return Thursday morning.

Helpful Hint: Cars will not be allowed to line up for unloading prior to 6 p.m., and the line tends to be at its longest at the start of the evening. You may prefer to enjoy a leisurely dinner and queue up later in the evening (move-in ends at 9 p.m.).

Warehouse open – 209 Ridge Road (to pick up shipped items)

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

7:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast available – Vail Commons or Davis Café (pay with cash, check or credit card). Note: the café opens at 8 a.m. in the Alvarez College Union.

8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main St.

*8:30–11 a.m.
Student Check-In – Alvarez College Union (use Richardson Stadium entrance)
You will receive important information and your Davidson College identification card (CatCard). Check-in may take up to 45 minutes. Parents’ check-in is located on the lower level of the same building, along with the Orientation Fair. After you check in, we recommend that you plan to meet your parents either at the Orientation Fair or in your residence hall.
Union doors will not open before 8:30 a.m.

Orientation Fair – Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium
After you check in, you and your parents may want to visit with representatives from different college departments and programs that will be available to answer questions and describe their services. Some of the participating departments include: Dining Services, Business Services, Computer Services, CatCard Services and area banks.

Move-In continues – Residence Halls
Hall counselors will distribute room keys and important information to new students once they have checked in at the union. If you move in Thursday morning, please follow the signs that direct you to the unloading area closest to your residence hall.

Warehouse open – 209 Ridge Road (to pick up shipped items)

10–11 a.m.
Kitchen Tour – Vail Commons
For students and parents of students with food allergies and special dietary needs, a tour of the kitchen and information on the Food Allergy Policy will be offered at Vail Commons.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch
Visit any of the wonderful restaurants in town or have lunch on campus at Vail Commons, Summit (located on Patterson Court across from Martin Court) or Davis Café (located in the Alvarez College Union).

*1 p.m.
Opening Session – Baker Sports Complex
New students and their families will receive a special welcome from President Carol Quillen and other campus leaders.

*2:45–5:30 p.m.
Davidson Resources
You will learn about campus resources. The packet you receive during check-in will contain your schedule and locations for each session.

5–7 p.m.
Dinner available – Vail Commons or Davis Café (café closes at 8 p.m.)
You may begin using your CatCard for meals.
Note: Transfer students gather for dinner together in The Annex in Vail Commons at 6 p.m.

*8–10 p.m.
Hall Meetings
Check with your hall counselor for the specific start time of your hall meeting. Meetings will last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

9:30–11 p.m.
Union Board Ice Cream Social

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

7:30–10 a.m.
Breakfast available – Vail Commons or Davis Café. Note: Café opens at 8 a.m. in the Alvarez College Union.

8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main St.

*9:30 a.m.
Group meeting with your academic adviser
Refer to information you pick up during check­in for location.

*10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Individual meetings with academic advisers
During your group meeting at 9:30 a.m., you and your adviser will schedule an individual meeting time.

11:30 a.m.
Farewell Picnic Lunch – Chambers Lawn (Rain location: Baker Sports Complex)
Be our guest for lunch under the trees with your parents before they head home. First-year hallmates and their families will sit together, as will transfer students and their families. Signs will direct you to your table. Come spend time with your new neighbors and friends!

Afternoon activities
Choose from a variety of activities offered by campus offices and programs:

12:30–4 p.m.
Computing@Davidson Setup Fair
Drop by the Belk main entrance, or lounges on the first floors of Richardson, Sentelle, or Watts for wireless and network configuration assistance. We ask that only students attend this fair.

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Connect@the Library – Lobby, E. H. Little Library
Take a tour of the library and meet the staff. Acquaint yourself with the resources and the people available to assist you.

*4:30–5:30 p.m.
A Community of Respect – Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
Davidson students and administrators reflect on the importance of respecting ourselves, each other, the law and campus rules.

5–6:30 p.m.
Dinner – Vail Commons

*5:30 p.m.
Class of 2021 Picture – Richardson Stadium
This one’s for posterity! Join your classmates for a class picture on the Smith Football Field. (rain cancels)

*7:30 p.m.
Wildcat Night – Richardson Stadium
Earn points for your team as you participate in events both serious and silly. Music, fun, and friendship!

7 p.m.
Transfer Student Social - Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre at the Alvarez College Union
Gather with your fellow transfer students and enjoy an evening together.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

7:30–11 a.m.
Breakfast – Vail Commons

*9–11 a.m.**
The Hook Up – Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
**Residents of Watts, Sentelle, and Richardson

*9 a.m.–11 a.m.**
Service Project – Lilly Family Gallery in Chambers
**Residents of Belk and transfer students

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open - 137 N. Main St.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lunch – Vail Commons
Gather with your OT and OT group for lunch.

*1–3 p.m.**
The Hook Up – Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
**Residents of Belk and transfer students

*1–3 p.m.**
Service Project – Lilly Family Gallery in Chambers
**Residents of Watts, Sentelle, and Richardson

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Fun at the Lake Campus!
Meet the shuttle buses in the circle in Baker Sports Complex parking lot for a trip out to the Lake Campus. Bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to swim.

3:30 p.m.
Guided Meditation
Prefer some quiet time? Join members of Student Health and Counseling Center and of the Religious Life Office for a guided meditation. Meet in the Oasis, located on the fourth floor of the Alvarez College Union.

3:30 p.m.
Fun and Games!
Come to the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice for board games, downtime, and an introduction to multicultural services at Davidson. 

5–7 p.m.
Dinner - Vail Commons

8:30 p.m.
Welcome Party hosted by Davidson College Union Board - Alvarez College Union

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

9:30–11 a.m.
Breakfast

11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Brunch –Vail Commons

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main St.

1 p.m.
OT Chat
Gather with your OT and OT group. Check with your OT for the location of your chat.

*2 p.m.
The Life of the Mind/Book Discussion - Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Wendy E. Raymond addresses new students with comments about the common reading. Immediately following her address, students will discuss Good Kings Bad Kings with author Susan Nussbaum.

5-6:30 p.m.
Dinner - Vail Commons

*7–9 p.m.
Honor Code and Code of Responsibility Commitment Ceremony - Meet on your hall at 7 p.m.
New students learn about the Honor Code and participate in the commitment ceremony. Attendance is mandatory and recorded.

For Transfer Students

Orientation begins on Thursday, Aug. 17. For your convenience, as a transfer student you may choose to move into your residence hall room from 6 to 9 p.m. and stay the night of Wednesday, Aug. 16. Move-in continues on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

On the above Orientation schedule there are special activities for transfer students throughout the weekend in addition to general Orientation activities.