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First-Year Orientation Schedule

This schedule provides an overview of the required and optional sessions designed to ensure your success at Ithaca College. Students build their schedule in their New Student Portal under the checklist item "Register for Orientation".

Monday, August 10

All Student Welcome | 11:00 am
Join us for an All Student Welcome from Ithaca College’s President Shirley M. Collado, followed by a question and answer session. You could also have the chance to ask a question live!

Small Group Meetings | Various Times
During Virtual Orientation, students will meet with their small group (led by two orientation staff members) on August 10th and August 14th or 15th to start and end their orientation program. They will also get to engage with their group in July as well as after Virtual Orientation through September.

IC After Dark Scavenger Hunt (optional) | 8:00 pm and 9:15 pm
IC After Dark (student organization) is hosting a scavenger hunt event where the clues come together to create a story about the “day in the life” of an IC student. Students will compete in Zoom breakout rooms to answer questions by finding clues online or around their homes. The participant who finds the most clues in their breakout room will win a prize! Everyone who attends the event will also be automatically entered into a raffle for a prize! 

Tuesday, August 11

Academic Block | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Students will attend the academic block(s) specific to their school, designed with your academic transition in mind. Please note that you will not be in programs the entire time; sessions will be scheduled within these time blocks and shared with you closer to Orientation, once finalized.
School of Business Recording
School of Humanities & Sciences Recording

Resource Rotations: Life on Campus | 3:30 pm & 6:30 pm
Students must select (at least) one of the workshops in the expanded menu below. If interested, students can select up to two live sessions. Recordings will also be posted on this site after Orientation.

Please see select the expanded selection below for recordings

Affinity Programs (optional) | 5:00 pm
Affinity Programs are spaces for folks who are looking to engage with others who hold similar identities. Within our virtual program, we have three optional sessions so students can select to attend one of each, or pick and choose, to connect with peers, faculty/staff, and current students.

Creating a Personal Mission
by Michele Lenhart

Watch the Recording Here

This session will provide you an opportunity to develop a personal mission statement that can be used to guide your decisions as a student and a leader on campus – everything ranging from small, daily decisions to major, life-changing decisions. You will learn the elements of a strong mission statement, and be given prompts to begin drafting your unique, individual statement that will frame how you journey through your IC experience! 

Finding Your Why: Getting Involved at IC
by Mary Holland-Bavis

Watch the Recording Here

From the first day you step onto campus as a first-year student, the endless opportunities at your feet can feel overwhelming. Between making new friends, choosing your classes, and exploring all the cool clubs you can join, there is so much to do! I’m sure you want to take advantage of as many things as you can to get the full college experience, but what you may not know is that getting involved comes with a bunch of perks you probably didn’t even think of. This workshop will explore how you can get the most out of your college experience by getting involved and how doing so will not only help you get out of your room, you’ll learn so much more along the way.

Learning Our Past to Leverage Our Liberation
by Luca Maurer
 

LGBTQ liberation must be intersectional, or it will not be liberation at all. Learn more about our LGBTQ ancestors, and about Ithaca's roles in making LGBTQ history. Alternative organizing, alternative musical genres, and creating services for our community as an alternative to existing ones that had been built on frameworks of power, privilege, and oppression: they're all part of our heritage and we can use their wisdom today in work that is anti-racist, just, and equitable.

Looking Power in the Eyes: Differentiating Social Justice from Reform
by Omega Hollies
 

In order to grasp at the roots, we must know what they are. Join Omega from the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change, as she breaks down the differences between an equity approach and a reformation approach to systems of oppression as well as how each can be a useful tool in their own right.

Identifying Your Calling as a First-Gen Student
by Lia Muñoz

Identifying your desired career and connecting it to what is learned in the classroom can be a daunting task. However, IC provides experiences, opportunities, and resources to help you not only pursue a career after college but be happy and balanced as a new professional in the world. Join this session to hear about tips when identifying your calling, resources, and connections you can make at IC, and how you can embrace the uncertainty and feel confident in your first-year of college.
Virtual Roundtable: POC Community Spaces
Hosted by Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change
What race-based organizations and spaces are there on campus?  How can you get involved and add to our community?  Who's here to support you and how can you find them? Join the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change, as well as some of our race-based student org. leaders, in this session about community building on campus.  From events to cohort programs to space to just 'be', we're here to welcome you from jump!
LGBTQ+ and Allies Community Welcome for New Students
Hosted by LGBT Center
Learn about the services of the campus LGBT Center, about the LGBTQ+ friendly campus culture here at Ithaca College, and our spectacular LGBTQ+ themed student groups. Learn more about our unique and supportive campus and the surrounding community, and find out how to get involved!
Ithaca FIRSTS Celebration
Hosted by New Student and Transition Programs
Ithaca College defines First-Gen as students who are the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year residential college in the United States. First Gen Students will have an opportunity to gather and celebrate the third year of Ithaca FIRSTS programming on campus. Join your peers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and celebrate alongside students, faculty, and staff as you engage with the FIRSTS community

Group Fitness Mash-Up! (optional) | 8:00 pm
Start the school year with the Fit Crew!  Get to know our instructors and each other through this fun, community building class featuring elements of Yoga, HIIT, Meditation, and more! 

Lights, Camera, Trivia With NSTP (optional) | 9:15 pm 
Join the Office of New Student Transition Programs for a fun night of interactive movie trivia!

Wednesday, August 12

Academic Block | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Students will attend the academic block(s) specific to their school. These are designed with your academic transition in mind. Please note that you will not be in programs the entire time; sessions will be scheduled within these time blocks and shared with you closer to Orientation.

Resource Rotations: Academic and Career Preparedness | 3:30 pm & 6:30 pm
Students must select (at least) one of the below workshops. If interested, students can select up to two live sessions. Recordings will be posted here after Orientation.

It's Not Just What You Know: It's Who You Know
by Kate Miller
The Office of the Registrar is proud to present what we do to help you succeed academically, along with the people that make it happen. Learn who does what and why (here's a hint, you're the why!). Join the Office of the Registrar as we walk through your first moments at Ithaca College all the way to the moment your diploma is sent. We're here to help, come learn how!
You Are The Author Of Your Life: Designing Your Future Through Storytelling
by John Fracchia
Human beings love stories.  Stories inspire us, challenge us, help us define our values, and enable us to make sense of our world.  On a fundamental level, regardless of differences in our individual identities, stories have the power to connect us.  This session will help you explore strategies for identifying the elements of your authentic story in order to help you shape the personal and professional life that you want.
Effective Communication in College
by Katie Burke
What do I need to know about sending emails to professors? How should I be using office hours? Have no fear, communication etiquette is here! In this session students will learn the answers to these questions along with the fundamental tools needed to communicate appropriately with faculty and staff in the college setting.
Top 10 IC Tech Hacks
by Robyn Leary
Come learn about free technology tools offered through IC that will help you up your academic game this year! This session offers ten tips related to technology including how to best leverage Office 365, Outlook, Calendar, Teams, Sakai, video hosting services, web conferencing tools, and more

Conversations with Faculty (optional) | 5:00 pm
Join some of IC’s beloved faculty for a discussion about academic life at IC, what it takes to be successful in college, and opportunities to engage with faculty as part of your IC education. You’ll also get to learn about our faculty as humans with fascinating research interests, pets, or hobbies! We love our IC faculty and know you’ll enjoy getting to know them a bit better before arriving on campus!

Virtual First-Year Student Organization Fair (optional) | 8:00 pm
Join us for a virtual student organization fair specifically dedicated for first-year students. Take this opportunity to network with student leaders, find your passion, and check out a variety of student organizations.

Thursday, August 13

Academic Block | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Students will attend the academic block(s) specific to their school. These are designed with your academic transition in mind. Please note that you will not be in programs the entire time; sessions will be scheduled within these time blocks and shared with you closer to Orientation. 

Resource Rotations: Safety on Campus | 3:30 pm & 6:30 pm*
Students must select (at least) one of the below workshops. If interested, students can select up to two live sessions. Recordings will be posted here after Orientation. (*please note that the Town Hall: Dialogue on Race and Community Policing at IC is only offered at 3:30 pm)

Don’t Stand by, STAND UP!
by Linda Koenig & Omar Stoute
Have you ever watched something happen and then wondered…could I have done something to prevent that from happening?  Join us for a short 15 minute talk about ways you can intervene safely when you notice a risky situation. 
Building Bridges: A Look Into Fostering Community Connections
by Elyse Nepa
Join Elyse from the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management to explore the concept of building bridges as a means of creating connections and fostering relationships within the IC community. It is critical that we create a space for all members of our community, from all walks of life, to be afforded the opportunity to connect with each other. A bridge cannot be built by one or two people, or one or two departments; it is built by the entire IC community, and your entire IC family.
Town Hall: Dialogue on Race and Community Policing at IC
Hosted by The Office of Public Safety and The Center for Inclusion Diversity, Equity, and Social Change (This session is only offered at 3:30p)
Join the Office of Public Safety and The Center for Inclusion Diversity, Equity, and Social Change on a meaningful dialogue around the topics of race, community engagement, police, and Ithaca College campus. You'll hear how Public Safety serves our campus through education and outreach, as well as how we are all engaging in the national discourse on police brutality. This town hall will include space for orientation attendees to add their voices to the conversation. Please note this session is only offered at 3:30pm. 

Affinity Programs (optional) | 5:00 pm

Pro Chef’s in the Kitchen: Tower’s Marketplace Edition (optional) | 8:00 pm
Follow along as some of IC Dining’s professional chefs take you behind the scenes into the Towers Marketplace kitchen where they’ll show you how to make some of their favorite IC signature dishes.

Sofa Singers: IC Edition (optional) | 9:15 pm
As a response to global self isolation during the Coronavirus outbreak, vocal leader James Sills launched the Sofa Singers bringing hundreds from around the world to connect online through song. The Sofa Singers have been featured on the BBC, NBC, The Telegraph, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping and more. This orientation we’re launching our own inaugural Sofa Singers event led by the founder James Sills. Join our Zoom call with other first year students in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing, learning a classic song with some optional harmonies/backing parts, from the comfort your own home.
Costumes will be optional! No singing experience necessary, all are welcome!

Friday, August 14

Small Group Meetings | Various Times
Students will meet with their small group on Friday or Saturday, depending on their designated small group.

Affinity Programs (optional) | 1:00 pm

Resource Rotations: Health and Wellness | 3:30 pm & 6:30 pm
Students must select (at least) one of the below workshops. If interested, students can select up to two live sessions. Recordings will be posted here after Orientation.

Your Health – Preparing for College!
by Ellyn Sellers-Selin
Join our Medical Director, for an overview of college health, the services Hammond Health Center offers, what to expect during the pandemic and some COVID-19 tips to keep safe!
Resource for the Revolution
by Hierald Osorto
How do we sustain the long-haul journey for systemic change? Drawing on the experiences of contemplative communities, Hierald (Director), will lift up how rituals, ancient and adapted, can center us and keep the flame burning for seeking justice and freedom for all.
How to Look and Feel Great at IC
by Nancy Reynolds
Do your college goals include getting, or staying, fit and healthy? Come learn some tips for being physically active, eating and sleeping well, and balancing stress at IC – and how these healthy practices will boost your energy, self-confidence, and your GPA too! Whether you’re already following a healthy lifestyle, or you’re just beginning a journey toward wellness, this session is for you. Campus resources for wellness, and how to access them, will also be shared.
Connection During Times of Isolation
by Emmy LoBrutto
Explore the possibilities of building and maintaining our connection to ourselves and the IC community. Join Emmy in a conversation about understanding your own mental health and receive an introduction to supportive resources on campus!
Rec-reate Yourself! Campus Recreation for Every Body
by Sean Reilley
Join Sean from the Office of Recreational Sports for a discussion on staying active outside the classroom and having fun while you're at it! We'll be discussing our core programs (Fitness Center, Intramurals, Clubs), previewing special events (workOUT, Neon Night), and attendees will get a sneak peek of what we have planned for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Alumni/Current Student Panels (optional) | 5:00 pm
Students can select between a panel of IC Alums or a panel of current IC students (or attend one of each) where folks will share stories of their leadership journey through IC and answer questions you might have about getting involved and making the most out of your time at IC.

Student Activities Board Presents: Game Show Mania  (optional) | 8:00 pm & 9:15 pm
The Student Activities Board is hosting Game Show Mania. Based on the Jeopardy television show, this game tests players’ knowledge with a series of trivia questions on tops such as history, literature, and pop culture. 

Saturday, August 15

Alumni/Current Student Panels (optional) | 11:00 am
Students can select between a panel of IC Alums or a panel of current IC students (or attend one of each) where folks will share stories of their leadership journey through IC and answer questions you might have about getting involved and making the most out of your time at IC.

Small Group Meetings | Various Times
Students will meet with their small group on Friday or Saturday, depending on their designated small group.