A full calendar of exciting orientation events awaits the Class of 2013. Arriving from as far away as Armenia, Hawaii and Hong Kong, first-year students will be greeted on Aug. 28 by an efficient, cheerful and helpful crew of movers.
“We have been told hundreds of times by parents that they were incredibly impressed by the quality of our move-in procedures,” says Bonchek College House Prefect David Stameshkin. On move-in day, more than 200 upper-class student volunteers will be waiting for their new classmates at the doors of their residence halls to help them unload their gear.
Later that evening, incoming first-year students are invited to join faculty and administrators in their homes for dinner. “Students have told us what a wonderful feeling it was to be invited into the welcoming atmosphere of the home of a member of the faculty or professional staff soon after they arrived at the College,” Stameshkin says “These dinners have become an important and distinctive custom at the College.”
Throughout orientation, students will be introduced to both the academic and extracurricular sides of college. They will meet with their academic advisers and learn about issues of “academic etiquette,” including lessons on how to interact with and address faculty and the meaning of a liberal arts education. They will begin to engage intellectually through “Third Space” discussions of shared readings held in informal locations such as the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House and Joseph International Center. Associate Dean of the Faculty Dick Fluck and a panel of faculty and student researchers will share information about the wide range of research opportunities available at the College and encourage students to get involved.
Students also will meet with extracurricular leaders, participate in a House-against-House competition to sing the alma mater most creatively and enjoy a one-hour musical comedy illustrating highlights of the history of the College, presented by House advisers and deans.
The festivities culminate on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Convocation, a ceremony honoring the incoming class and celebrating the beginning of their academic careers. The 640 members of the Class of 2013 will march, along with faculty, to Manning Alumni Green in front of Old Main. Students will follow their respective dons, holding their House banner while faculty look on, robed in full academic regalia.
According to Convocation tradition, President John Fry will welcome those in attendance and deliver an address. Dean of the College Kent Trachte will present the members of the class, and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ann Steiner will welcome them in a short speech. This year’s faculty speaker is Carol B. de Wet, associate dean of the faculty and professor of geosciences. The ceremony will conclude with the singing of the alma mater.