New Student Orientation

 

First-Year Student Orientation Schedule

Please note that each Orientation weekend starts on Friday (check in around 8am) and will end Saturday (usually no later than Noon/1pm). Please plan accordingly when making travel arrangements.

FRIDAY

8:00am – 9:30am: CHECK IN
Ernsthausen Hall (Residence Hall located on the corner of Tressel Street and Center Street)

Your first stop at Orientation is Ernsthausen Hall. You will be able to pick up a packet of helpful information, get keys to your room for the night, and get started on the right track for your Orientation experience. If you have parents or family members joining you, there is also information available for them to pick up including schedules, meal tickets, and more! Bring your overnight bags with you so you can drop them off in your room right away.

After you check in at Ernsthausen:

· Get your BW Student ID (You can get this at any time Friday before 4pm)

· Between 8:30am – 9:30am:  Stop by Bonds Hall for the Open House (Pick up a raffle ticket at each table!)

9:45am – 10:30am: WELCOME (Required for All New Students)
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)

10:30am – 11:30am: ACADEMIC CORE (Required for All New Students)
John Patrick Theatre / Kleist Art & Drama Center (Located on Bagley Road next to Finnie Stadium)
Students and families will learn about BW’s programs for academic advising and support, and will be introduced to liberal arts and the core curriculum.

10:45am – 11:15pm: Conservatory Break Out
Conservatory Students will move to one of our second floor classrooms in the Kleist Art & Drama Center to discuss the Conservatory requirements for all new Conservatory students.

11:30am: GATHER IN COLOR GROUP (Required for All New Students)
Outside Kleist Art & Drama Center
Please be on time to meet with your Color Group leaders, as you will be moving to various locations on campus for the next session.

11:35am: NAVIGATING TECHNOLOGY ON CAMPUS (Required for All New Students)
Various Campus Computer Labs
Your Orientation Leaders will introduce you to the technology side of BW; exploring email, blackboard, MyBW, the Virtual Desktop, and more.

12:45pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Union Ballroom
Parents/Family members will have already eaten lunch prior to this time period.

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Color Group Time (Required for All New Students)
Meet on the front steps of Strosacker Union

 

2:30pm – 3:00pm: THE CHOICE IS YOURS: EXPLORING ROADBLOCKS TO SUCCESS (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Union Ballroom
Each day we make choices that contribute to our success or detract from it.   This is a beginning conversation of what it means to make healthy and responsible choices and how BW is committed to helping you as you begin college life.  

3:15pm – 5:15pm: Break Out Sessions (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Union – Various Locations (See below)

Spend your afternoon in sessions geared towards your interests as a new BW student.
**PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to attend a CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & CAREER SUCCESS Session during one of the time slots. Alphabetically by last name.  See below for your specific session.
Sessions take place during the following time slots. Additional Descriptions noted after the schedule.

3:15pm – 3:45pm

·         CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & CAREER EXCELLENCE – LAST NAME A-G  (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 3)

·         WORK STUDY & STUDENT EMPLOYMENT ON CAMPUS (Math & Computer Science Building/Room 146)

·         FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 147)

·         WHY CAMPUS LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT MATTERS (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 148)

·         FINANCIAL AID (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Quarry Room)

·         BOOKSTORE 101 (Bookstore) Only offered during first & second time slot.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

·         CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & CAREER EXCELLENCE – LAST NAME H-O (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 3)

·         WORK STUDY & STUDENT EMPLOYMENT ON CAMPUS (Math & Computer Science Building/Room 146)

·         FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 147)

·         WHY CAMPUS LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT MATTERS (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 148)

·         FINANCIAL AID (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Quarry Room)

·         BOOKSTORE 101 (Bookstore) Only offered during first & second time slot.

·         LEARNING CENTER (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 2) Only offered at this time.

·         The BW 4-YEAR GUARANTEE (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 1) Only offered at this time.

4:45pm – 5:15pm

·         CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & CAREER EXCELLENCE – LAST NAME P-Z  (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 3)

·         WORK STUDY & STUDENT EMPLOYMENT ON CAMPUS (Math & Computer Science Building/Room 146)

·         FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 147)

·         WHY CAMPUS LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT MATTERS (Math & Computer Science Room Building/Room 148)

·         FINANCIAL AID (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Quarry Room)

·         DISABILITY SERVICES (Strosacker Union Lower Level/Sandstone 2) Only offered at this time.

Center for Academic & Career Excellence (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union

Achieve your full academic and professional potential with the support of the Center for Academic and Career Excellence. Attend this interactive session presented by the Offices of Academic Advising and Career Services to learn about the many resources available to help you explore, choose, and navigate your academic and career journey at Baldwin Wallace and beyond.

Work Study & Student Employment On Campus
Room 146 / Math & Computer Science Building)
If you are interested in learning more about Student Employment, attend this session for an overview of the BW Student Employment Center web page, along with information on how to apply for student work positions.

Financial Aid
Quarry Room / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
*This session may run an extra 5 minutes
Experts will answer questions and review important financial aid ‘next steps’.  Be sure to review and bring along the “Financial Aid Check List” information packet that was included in your Orientation folder.  If you are unable to attend this session, or if you have additional questions, Financial Aid staff members will also be available to meet one on one with students and their families on Saturday morning.

Fraternity & Sorority Life
Room 147 / Math & Computer Science Building
Students and Families will have a chance to meet the advisors of several Greek organizations on our campus. The advisors and members of Greek Council will be able to answer questions and quell fears brought on by Greek Life stereotypes.

Why Campus Leadership & Involvement Matters
Room 148 / Math & Computer Science Building
While you are coming to BW to learn in the academic classroom, there is a lot to learn outside the classroom by getting involved in the co-curricular life of the campus.  Come learn why getting involved on campus really matters and what it can do for you as a BW student.

The BW 4-Year Guarantee
Sandstone 1 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Only offered during the second time slot
At many universities, more than half of the students take five or six or more years to earn a bachelor’s degree. At Baldwin Wallace, we guarantee you'll graduate in four, or we'll pay the tuition for the extra time it takes you to finish. BW is offering its Graduation Guarantee as a way to help families avoid higher education costs associated with postponed graduation.

Bookstore 101
Bookstore / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Only offered during first & second time slot.
Plain talk about course materials and goods & services available at YOUR Campus Store. 

Learning Center
Sandstone 2 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Only offered during the second time slot
This presentation will discuss how to access and utilize available programs and services at The Learning Center, what students can expect during their first year and how to successfully transition to college. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Disability Services
Sandstone 2 / Lower Level of Strosacker Union
Only offered during the third time slot
This presentation will discuss Disability Services at Baldwin Wallace, highlighting the differences between high school and post-secondary education.  Included are tips to help students successfully transition to college.  There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

5:25pm: MID-DAY WRAP UP WITH PARENTS & FAMILIES (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Union Ballroom

5:30pm: GOOD BYE TIME
Meet with your families one last time before saying “Goodbye!” Be sure to plan a place to meet on Saturday.

5:30pm: COLOR GROUP MEETING (Required for All New Students)
Strosacker Union Ballroom
Please be on time to meet with your Color Group leaders, as you will be moving to various locations on campus for the next session.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: NEW STUDENT COOKOUT (Required for All New Students)
West Lawn of Strosacker Union (Rainsite: Strosacker Union Ballroom)

7:45pm – 8:15pm: THE ULTIMATE BW EXPERIENCE (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Highly interactive and motivational program designed to help you succeed as a BW student!

8:15pm – 8:45pm: CAMPUS LIFE AT BW (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Awww Jackets! Find out what BW offers outside the classroom. Campus organizations and activities are highlighted.

8:45pm – 10:00pm: SKITS! (Required for All New Students)
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union

Watch the orientation leader staff in these unforgettable skits! You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to see it again and again.

10:00pm – 12:00am: SUMMER O’DANCE
Student Activities Center (SAC)
Got some moves? Show them off at the dance! 
Pizza and pop available.
We will also have cornhole & a bonfire (weather permitting) at the Circle Of Warmth.

SATURDAY

7:30am – 9:00am: BREAKFAST AVAILABLE
Strosacker Union Ballroom

7:30am: FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMS
Only for Spanish, French, and German language courses.
Must have taken the language previously.

8:00am – 12:30pm: ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENTS (Required for All New Students)
Locations around campus – Check with Orientation Leaders for directions.
Be sure to be on time for your appointment!
See the last page of your booklet for time and location.

9:00am – 12:00pm: FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE
Durst Family Welcome Center
If you still have some questions that you would like answered, even on a more individual basis, then stop by and see one of our Financial Aid staff members. They will be available to answer your questions.

9:15am – 9:45am: STUDY ABROAD/EXPLORATIONS PRESENTATION
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Imagine receiving college credit while studying in Japan, England, Australia, Italy or Argentina. How about interning in Washington D.C. or traveling across the U.S. with a professor and fellow BW students? Does it sound too good to be true? Think again. The Explorations/Study Abroad Office can assist you in planning an affordable program almost anywhere in the world. This could possibly change your life. Stop by the session and learn more.

10:00am - 10:30am: COMMUTER SERVICES PRESENTATION
Sandstone 1/Strosacker Union
Do you commute to campus for class and know where to find good parking spaces and know where you can hang out in between classes? Do you want to know how to meet other commuters as well as resident students? Well, the Office of Commuter Services has these answers and more. Come hear about our services, programs, leadership opportunities and great ways to get involved in campus life!

10:45am - 11:30am: RESIDENCE LIFE PRESENTATION
Sandstone 3/Strosacker Union
Are you ready to live in a residence hall on campus? Do you want to know what you should bring? Have your questions answered about your future living environment.

10:00am – 12:00pm: RESOURCE FAIR
Lobby/Strosacker Union

Welcome to our community at BW. This is your opportunity to get information from the many offices, departments and organizations that make up BW. Please take advantage of this opportunity to connect.

10:30am – 12:45pm: CHECK OUT

PLEASE NOTE: Check out cannot begin until 10:30am due to staff availability. Students have to attend their advising appointment and fill out an evaluation before checking out.
(Required for All New Students)


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