2021 Student Orientation Schedule

Attendance is mandatory at starred (*) events.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

8:30 a.m.–1 p.m
Student Employment Paperwork

Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union
The Human Resources Office will be helping students who have federal work study process their I-9 forms in the Union Atrium. Please bring necessary documents.

*10 a.m.–11 a.m.
OTM Chat

New students will meet their Orientation Team Mentor (OTM) and Orientation group in the space assigned to them on their nametag.

1 p.m.
Opening Session

Baker Sports Complex
New students and their families will kick-off orientation with a special welcome from President Carol Quillen and other campus leaders.

*2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Davidson Resources

New Students will learn about campus resources from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Police, The Center for Health and Well-Being, The Chaplain’s Office, and the Center for Career Development
OTM Groups 1-10: 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
OTM Groups 11-35: Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union
OTM Groups 36-55: Lilly Gallery, Chambers Building

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Visit The Hurt Hub@Davidson
210 Delburg Street, Davidson
An opportunity for students and families to visit the Hurt Hub and meet the staff. Learn about the incredible resources we offer budding innovators and entrepreneurs, and check out the space. We hope you'll join us!

9 p.m.–11 p.m.
Ice Cream Social

Alvarez College Union
Get to know your classmates over ice cream, crafts, games, and a movie under the stars.

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Friday, August 20, 2021

*9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Academic Life at Davidson

Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union
Learn about academic expectations and support resources at Davidson. This session will prepare you for your group and individual meetings with your holistic advisor.

*10 a.m. 
Group meeting with your holistic adviser
Refer to your name tag for location information

*11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Individual meeting with your holistic adviser
During your group meeting at 10 a.m., you and your adviser will schedule an individual meeting time for later in the day.

11:30 a.m.
Farewell Picnic
Chambers Lawn
Rain Location: Baker Sports Complex

Be our guest for lunch under the trees before your family goes home.

Afternoon Activities

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

1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Student Employment Paperwork

Alvarez College Union Atrium
The Human Resources Office will be helping students who have federal work study process their I-9 forms in the Union Atrium. Please bring necessary documents.

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Computer and Device Set Up Assistance
Residence Halls and Technology and Innovation on Main (213 N. Main St)
Drop by the Belk main entrance, the lounge on the first floor of Richardson, or T&I headquarters on Main St for wireless and network configuration assistance.

1:30 p.m.–2 p.m.
Kitchen Tour

Vail Commons
For students and family members 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

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Explore A Little (Library)
Lobby, E. H. Little Library
Check out places to study, browse treasures in archives and special collections, connect with library staff, and discover the unique features of the library!

*4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Student Academic Panel

OTMs will help to break down the information received earlier in the day and provide their own personal experiences with Academics at Davidson, such as choosing a major and the class selection process. Your OTM will let you know which location to go to at this time.

*5:45 p.m.
Class of 2025 Group Picture

Smith Football Field, Richardson Stadium
Join your classmates for a class picture on the Smith Football Field.

8 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Party A Little (Library)

E. H. Little Library
You’ve never seen a library like this before! Come explore a different side of the library while enjoying sweet treats, music, screenprinting, and more!

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation

The Oasis, Fourth Floor of Alvarez College Union
Begin your day with mindfulness! Join Ivan Mayerhofer, Associate Buddhist and Interfaith Chaplain, for some mindfulness practices that support peace of body and mind. Meet in the Oasis, located inside the Chaplain’s Office.

*10 a.m.–11 a.m.
The Hook-Up or Davidson Serves: An Introduction to Civic Engagement

*1 p.m.–2 p.m.
The Hook-Up or Davidson Serves: An Introduction to Civic Engagement

*2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
A Community of Respect

Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union
Davidson students and administrators reflect on the importance of respecting ourselves, each other, the law, and campus rules.

*3:45 p.m.
OTM Chat

New students will meet their Orientation Team Mentor (OTM) and Orientation group in the space assigned to them on their nametag.

7:30 p.m.
Davidson College Theatre Department presents ‘The Refugees’

Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Center
This world premiere production features an ensemble of professional and student actors and is presented by New York City's Adjusted Realists in association with Davidson College. Tickets are free for Davidson students with CatCard.

9 p.m.–11 p.m.
Orientation Party

Alvarez College Union
You’ve made it through day three of orientation! Come celebrate BIG with games, music, treats, putt-putt, and more!

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation

The Oasis, Fourth Floor of Alvarez College Union
Begin your day with mindfulness! Join Ivan Mayerhofer, Associate Buddhist and Interfaith Chaplain, for some mindfulness practices that support peace of body and mind. Meet in the Oasis, located inside the Chaplain’s Office.

*10:30 a.m.
OTM Chat

New students will meet their Orientation Team Mentor (OTM) and Orientation group in the space assigned to them on their nametag.

*2 p.m.
2021 Common Read: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi

Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union
Yaa Gyasi will be virtually joining us for a discussion about identity and her book, Transcendent Kingdom, which is this year's Common Read selection. Questions can be presubmitted online and through the New Student Orientation moodle page.

*3:30 p.m.
OTM Chat

New students will meet their Orientation Team Mentor (OTM) and Orientation group in the space assigned to them on their nametag.

*7 p.m.–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.

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