New Student Orientation Schedule

Fall 2017 Orientation Schedule
September 1 - September 5

Welcome | Friday, September 1

9:00 AM–1:00 PM

Check-In Greenwall

Welcome to Bennington! Pick up your Orientation materials and sign up for your faculty workshop. You will also pick up your room key, Bennington Card, and get other important information about the College. Please be sure to stop by all of the tables for important information from Bennington administrative offices and local businesses.

 

10:00–10:45 AM   

Optional Tour of Bennington College Meet at the small white tent by the flagpole across from Crossett Library  

Take a personalized, student-led tour of campus.

 

11:00–11:45 AM   

Optional Tour of Bennington College Meet at the small white tent by the flagpole across from Crossett Library  

Take a personalized, student-led tour of campus.

 

 Noon–1:30 PM

Lunch Dining Hall at the Student Center

Available for students, families, and friends.

 

1:00–1:45 PM   

Optional Tour of Bennington College Meet at the small white tent by the flagpole across from Crossett Library  

Take a personalized, student-led tour of campus.

 

2:00–4:00 PM

Meet Your Orientation Group Leader Commons Lawn

Break into Orientation Groups and meet your Orientation Leader and fellow incoming students. Be ready for an afternoon of lawn games, alternative campus tours, and the first question-and-answer session with upperclass students.

 

2:00–4:00 PM (For Families) 

Transitioning to Bennington | Martha Hill 

Provost and Dean of the College Isabel Roche will welcome parents and introduce presentations by Dean of Students Xenia Markowitt, Dean of Studies Laurie Kobik, and Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning Andrew Schlatter that frame students’ transition to independent living and college life and take families through the exciting changes underway on our campus.

After the talks, the presenters and the following staff members will be on hand to answer individual questions about the College and its educational structures and resources for students: Natalie Basil,  Assistant Dean of Students (for Residential Life/Housing), Faith McClellan, Director of Field Work Term, Ali Tartaglia, Director of Student Health Promotion, April Stein, Director of Psychological Services, Dr. Randy Anselmo, Director of Health Services, and Ken Collamore, Director of Campus Safety.

4:00 pm (For Families)        

Family Send-Off | Petrie Terrace (rain location Greenwall)

President Mariko Silver will officially welcome new students and families to the Bennington community.

 

5:00 PM

New Student Welcome | Martha Hill

Isabel Roche, Provost and Dean of the College, Laurie Kobik, Dean of Studies, and Xenia Markowitt, Dean of Students, will welcome the incoming class and kick off the Orientation program.

 

5:30 PM

Dinner | Dining Hall at the Student Center

Join your Orientation group for your first dinner on campus.

 

7:30 PM  

 In the Place Where You Live | Individual Houses

Head to your house to meet your housemates and your house chairs for your first “Coffee Hour” meeting.

 

9:00 PM     

DJ Dance Party | DownCaf Patio

 

Settling In | Saturday, September 2

 

8:00 AM

ѫ Breakfast | Dining Hall at the Student Center

ѫ  (ѫ – denotes meals that require your Bennington ID)

 

10:00-11:30 AM  

A Bennington Education | Usdan Gallery

Join President Mariko Silver and Provost and Dean of the College Isabel Roche for a conversation about Bennington’s educational values, philosophy and structures. We will read together the College’s Commencement Statement and talk about the capacities developed through a Bennington education.

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11:30 am–12:45 pm, Transfer Students   

Transfer Student Lunch | Deane Carriage Barn

Transfer students will join Dean of Studies Laurie Kobik, Dean of Students Xenia Markowitt, other members of the academic services staff, and upperclass transfer students over lunch to discuss academics and co-curricular life at Bennington.

 

 Noon, First-Year Students

ѫ Lunch Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

1:00–5:00 PM  

Rotating Sessions: Connect ED | Usdan

Ali Tartaglia, Director of Student Health Promotions along with a number of upper class students will lead new students in an interactive bystander intervention training that will invite both conversation and interactive learning around alcohol and sexual assault.

Interactive Campus Tour | See Orientation Leader for location

Maybe you visited campus your junior year and took a life changing tour with an admissions intern. Maybe you were able to attend BenningtonWorks last spring and tour the campus a second time. This interactive campus tour will be something different altogether! Join forces with another orientation group and visit Crossett Library, Campus Safety, Student Health Center, Office for Student Engagement, the FWT office, Student Post Office, and the Meyer Rec Barn. We want you to hit the ground running this term, and part of a successful transition to campus is knowing and utilizing your resources. None of us can do this alone and sometimes being independent means seeking out support and guidance.

 

 5:00 PM

ѫ Dinner Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

6:30–7:45 PM

Mapping North Bennington: A Spatial Scavenger Hunt Individual Houses

Get to know the Village of North Bennington while getting to know your housemates! You and your house will team up to make a map of locations in North Bennington based on historical clues and facts. You will meet some of our neighbors north of the wall and learn about North Bennington’s past and present.

 

8:30 PM

Rollerama Greenwall Auditorium

For one night, Greenwall Auditorium is transformed into a roller rink complete with disco ball! Bring your Bennington ID for free skate rental.

 

A Bennington Education | Sunday, September 3

Returning Students Check-In Today

 

8:00 AM

ѫ Breakfast | Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

10:00–11:15 AM     

Faculty Panel: What Is Original Work? | Usdan Gallery

In whatever we do—whether our work is in the arts, sciences, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, history, or almost any other field one could name—we inevitably draw upon the work done by others in the past, and by our peers in the present. By what process do we arrive at that thing to which we sign our own name? What makes what we do our own?  

After an introduction by Dean of Faculty, Terry Creach, faculty members Hugh Crowl, Stephen Shapiro, Dana Reitz, and Liz White will make brief presentations relating this question to their own work.

11:30 AM–12:30 PM 

“Fireside” Chats with Faculty Advisors and Upperclass Student Advisees | Locations in your Orientation folder

Though conversation with a Bennington faculty member and an upper-class advisee, students will explore more deeply the elements of a Bennington education and talk about how faculty advising works.

 

12:30 PM

ѫ Lunch Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

1:15-1:45 PM

Optional Premed Information Session | Dickinson 212

Students interested in pursuing premed requirements during their time at Bennington are invited to meet with faculty member Janet Foley to learn more about the program, shadowing at the hospital, and volunteer opportunities available to students.

 

2:00–5:00 PM

Faculty WorkshopsLocations will be provided at check-in on Friday, September 1

A window into the Bennington classroom experience. We encourage you to choose a workshop in an area outside of those you’ll be studying this fall. Signups will take place during check-in at Commons.        

 

 5:00 PM

ѫ Dinner Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

6:00 PM

Q&A on Academic Life, Transitioning to Bennington, and Other Topics Tishman Auditorium

By this time you may have some pressing questions and Kate Child, Director for the First-Year Experience, will help you find answers. Followed by an incoming student survey.

 

7:30 PM

Faculty Works Martha Hill Dance Theater / VAPA 

Featuring the current work of Hugh Crowl, Elena Demyanenko, Stuart Shugg, Anne Thompson, Philip Williams. 

 

10:00 PM

Open Mic Hosted by the Bennington Songwriters Circle Upcaf

Share your passion for music, poetry, and the performing arts, and hear what other Bennington students have been working on. A signup sheet will be available outside the Dining Hall at the Student Center throughout the day.

 Preparing for the Term | Monday, September 4    

 

8:00 AM

ѫ Breakfast | Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

9:00 AM

Orientation Picture | End of the World, Commons Lawn

An Orientation tradition—stick around after the large group picture for a photo with your Orientation group. You’ll have this to compare to the Senior Picture taken in the same location!

 

10:00 AM–Noon

Commitment to Community, in the Classroom and Beyond | Greenwall

Lydia Brassard, Director of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion will meet with new students to discuss the College's approach to inclusive thought, practice, and collaboration, in and out of the classroom. Students will participate in small groups, and have a short discussion about the session’s themes and transitioning into the college academic and social environment.

 

Noon

ѫ Lunch Dining Hall at the Student Center

 

12:00–5:00 PM

Open hours with first-year advisors in Academic Services | Barn 120

If you are planning to participate in add/drop and have questions about the process (or anything related to the curriculum), stop in to see your first-year advisor in Academic Services. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

12:45–1:30 PM

Optional Student Employment Information Sessions | Barn 100

An opportunity to learn more about on-campus employment and have your questions answered. This session is highly recommended for Federal Work Study (FWS) students and open to all students interested in working on campus.

 

2:00–4:00 PM

Meeting with Faculty Advisors | Location noted in your advising letter in your Orientation folder

Your initial meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss your academic interests and review your course schedule.

 

4:00–5:00 PM 

Language Placement | CAPA

Incoming students who have been registered for a language class and all students interested in studying a language at Bennington should plan to attend the Language Placement Gathering. This event will serve as an opportunity to meet with the entire language faculty, while also allowing time for students planning to take a language in the fall 2017 term to be placed at the appropriate level. Light refreshments provided.  

 

4:00–6:00 PM

Vocal Placement Auditions | Jennings 339

Students should prepare a short, simple, a capella song that shows their range and singing ability.

 

5:00 PM

ѫ Dinner Dining Hall at the Student Center

  

6:00–8:30 PM

SEPC Presents: Student Works | Various Locations

An evening of discipline-specific student performances in various locations around campus curated by the Student Educational Policies Committee (SEPC) featuring live music, dance, visual art, literature, poetry, and much more. A full schedule of event times  and locations in the new student orientation folder.

 

First Day of Classes | Tuesday, September 5

8:00–10:45 AM

Open hours with first-year advisors in Academic Services | Barn 120

If you are planning to participate in add/drop and have questions about the process (or anything related to the curriculum), stop in to see your first-year advisor. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

9:00–10:45 AM

Registration Completion (aka Add/Drop) | Faculty Offices

Starting today, you can make changes to your class schedules, as needed, in faculty offices. All students will be provided with add/drop forms, which course instructors and faculty advisors will need to sign in order to add or drop a course from your schedule.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Convocation | Greenwall Auditorium

A community tradition in celebration of the start of the academic year. This event is not to be missed!

 

Noon  

 

ѫ Lunch–Community Picnic | Common’s Lawn

Now that the year has officially been opened at Convocation, join fellow students, faculty, and staff as we share a meal together.

 

1:00–3:00 PM

Cello Auditions | Jennings 214

Further details regarding music auditions can be found in the new student orientation folder.

 

2:10 pm                            

Classes Begin