Scavenger hunts and group fitness challenges might seem like difficult experiences to pull off remotely, but the Ithaca College class of 2024 got to experience new twists on classic favorites during the college’s first-ever virtual orientation week, which took place from August 10 to 15.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision to move from an in-person orientation to a virtual one came in May, according to Kevin Perry, the college’s associate director of New Student and Transition Programs.
“Given the nature of all that would need to be addressed — including revising programming, staffing adjustments, the biggest challenges were really navigating something new, again,” he said. “This past year was a brand-new program — so we picked and chose things that worked well with a summer and fall orientation and blended them. Because the world is changing constantly right now, it was really about planning for multiple scenarios and ensuring that we would still be able to offer programs in a fun and engaging way.
“We worked with campus partners to create spaces where students could engage with one another, see one another, and have spaces to just unwind and socialize,” Perry added.
The week’s festivities kicked off on Monday with a virtual scavenger hunt, organized by IC After Dark, a student organization that hosts late-night activities and entertainment for members of the campus community.