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Orientation Schedule - 2014

Sunday, August 24 - DAY ONE

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Residence Halls Open
*Welcome and Check-In for Students
Outside Sumner Hall 

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Parent’s Orientation, Check-in and Information
Outside Sumner Hall

8:00 a.m. - Noon
*Orientation Adventure Check-in and Registration
Outdoor Education Center

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Luncheon for Parents and Students
Marston Quad

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
*President’s Welcome for Parents and Students
Bridges Auditorium

2:15 p.m.
*Class Picture
Carnegie Hall 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*Sponsor Group Meetings
Residence Halls

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Last check-in with Parents and farewells
Residence Halls

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
*New Student Dinner with Sponsors and Mentors
Marston Quad

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
President’s Reception for Parents and Family Members Only
Richardson Garden

6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
*"Enter Here...”
College Avenue and Sixth Street

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
*Welcome to Pomona College
With Miriam Feldblum, VP and Dean of Students, and student speakers
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Introduce students to learning and development that will happen throughout their collegiate experience

Journal Entry (required)
This session features Dean Feldblum and Sophomore Speakers. The sophomores are reflecting on their first year at Pomona. What were your impressions? What part of their speeches will you take to heart and follow? What surprised you?

Assessment Survey

9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
New Student Ice Cream Socials
Mudd-Blaisdell, Gibson and Wig Hall Residents - Bridges Auditorium, North Patio
Harwood and Lyon Residents - Bridges Auditorium, South Patio

Monday, August 25 - DAY TWO

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
*Language Placement Examinations and Placement Information Meetings
Visit the Placement Examinations schedule.

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*Appreciating Diversity – Community Building: Living and Learning Together
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Understand and appreciate diversity; treat others with respect

Journal Entry (required)
Before listening to the speakers, how did you define diversity? How do you define it now? What did you learn from this session?

Assessment Survey

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Advanced Calculus Advisory Placement Examination
Seaver North Auditorium

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Transfer/Exchange Academic Information Meeting
Smith Campus Center, Room 217

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
*Social Responsibility Presentation
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Understand and appreciate diversity; treat others with respect

Journal Entry (required)
Before listening to the speakers, how did you define diversity? How do you define it now? What did you learn from this session?

Assessment Survey

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Drawing the Shades Performance
Bridges Auditorium
Trigger Warning: This session contains information about and descriptions of sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. Please feel free to leave the auditorium at any time during the performance. You may also speak to a peer counselor in the lobby.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
*Drawing the Shades Discussions
As assigned in classrooms

Learning Outcome
Develop a respect for others, identify power differentials in relationships, demonstrate the ability to listen to others point of view

Journal Entry (required)
Sexual assault and misconduct is a major concern for the nation. Dean Mooko informed you about the federal laws, guidelines, and issues and Drawing the Shades makes it personal. How did the stories impact you? Thinking about how the discussion went, how did you feel, what did you take away from it?

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
*Dinner with your Orientation Adventure (OA) group and Mug Passing, sponsored by the Alumni Association
Sontag Greek Theatre

Tuesday, August 26 - DAY THREE

Orientation Adventure Trips Depart
Please consult your OA schedule for specific information and departure times and locations.

Journal Entry (required)
Orientation Adventure strives to promote the following specific learning outcomes: reflective thinking, problem solving, adaptability, resiliency, collaboration, bonding, and new engagements. Please reflect on any of these skills or other skills you gained from your OA trip. How can you use these skills at Pomona College?

While on your OA trip, and/or participating in the scheduled community engagement activity, what did you learn about the local communities in and around your location? How are these local communities connected to your new Pomona College community?

Wednesday, August 27 - DAY FOUR

Orientation Adventure in progress

Thursday, August 28 - DAY FIVE

Orientation Adventure in progress

Friday, August 29 - DAY SIX

Orientation Adventure trips return – times will vary

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Frary Dining Hall

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Scripps Carnival
Scripps College, Sallie Tiernan Field House Alumnae Field

Saturday, August 30 - DAY SEVEN

7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Frary Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
*Academic Advising & Academic Resources Information panel discussion
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Understand the requirements of  academic major; identify and develop educational goals; communicate ideas and information to faculty advisors; develop a realistic first year plan

Journal Entry (required)
How do you plan to explore the five areas of study at Pomona? After listening to the discussion, what area of study would be most familiar to you? What will challenge you?  How will you use the academic resources to enhance your learning experience?

Assessment Survey

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Faculty Advisors
Stover Walk

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*Academic Advising to be arranged with your advisor
Faculty offices

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Department Fair
Stover Walk

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Preparing for the Health Sciences
Smith Campus Center, Rose Hills Theatre

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
3-2 Engineering Program Information Meeting
Smith Campus Center, Room 208

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Advanced Chemistry (Chemistry 51) Advisory Placement Examination
Seaver North Auditorium

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
*Leadership and Personal Development
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Demonstrate awareness of leadership development opportunities; connect leadership with personal and career development

Journal Entry (required)
Research strongly supports students who make the connection between what goes on inside the classroom and outside the classroom have a more satisfying and effective learning. How do you anticipate making that connection? What will be your first leadership step at Pomona?

Assessment Survey

8:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
*5-C Transfer Student Social (Mandatory for all new Transfer students)
Harrison Ave, parking lot (event is off campus, transportation will be provided)

9:00 p.m.
Pitzer Welcome Dance
Pitzer College - Pellissier Mall

Sunday, August 31 - DAY EIGHT

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Frary Dining Hall

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Intentional Reflection Time
Utilize this time for some intentional reflection on this week’s Orientation activities, and be sure to use your journal.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Academic Advising to be Arranged with your Advisor
Faculty Offices

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brunch
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Healthy Behavior
Bridges Auditorium

Learning Outcome
Identify personal behaviors that promote health and reduce risk; understand the relationship between physical and mental  health and academic success

Journal Entry (required)
College students are a distinct population with unique physical and mental health needs. Alcohol and drug use, sexual health, personal safety, mental health and interpersonal health are areas that college professionals must address. Describe one health habit that you feel is positive and on track. Name a health habit that you are concerned about and how you can learn more or change.

Assessment Survey

2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Walker Wall Painting
Walker Wall

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Food Truck Picnic
Walker Beach

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
*First-Year Book Discussion on Americanah
Bridges Auditorium

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*First-Year Book Break-Out Discussions on Americanah
Various Locations Assigned

9:00 p.m. - Midnight
Frosh-Aid
Donate school supplies for admission - Proceeds of the school supply drive will benefit Inland Valley Hope Partners
Bixby Plaza

Monday, September 1 - DAY NINE

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Frary Dining Hall

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Intentional Downtime

8:00 a.m. – Noon
*Course Enrollment: By Appointment
Cowart Information Technology Building

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brunch
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Course Enrollment: By Appointment 
Cowart Information Technology Building

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
*Picnic with President and Mrs. Oxtoby
President’s House

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Five-College Improv Comedy Show featuring Without a Box and Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
Claremont McKenna College - “The Court” (Adjacent to Pritzlaff Field)

Tuesday, September 2 - DAY TEN

8:10 a.m.
Classes Begin

11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*Pomona College Convocation
Bridges Hall of Music

Beyond Orientation Week - Mandatory Events

Financial Aid Info Session
Smith Campus Center, 208
All students on Financial Aid must go to one of these meetings

  • Wednesday, September 3, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 4, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 4, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

South Campus Emergency Drill
Wednesday, September 3 - 6:00 p.m.
All South Campus Residence Halls
RHS Will conduct the drill

North Campus Emergency Drill
Thursday, September 4 - 6:00 p.m.
All North Campus Residence Halls
RHS Will conduct the drill

5-C Turf Dinner
Tuesday, September 16, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Pitzer Mounds   

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Each day, a small number of schedules will be printed, and schedules will be posted around campus. You may also download our free Orientation app for schedules, maps and other information (link TBA in July). Information on placement exams can be found here, and a separate schedule for parents and family is located here.

Mandatory schedule items are denoted with an asterisk and italics.