Orientation for Parents & Families (Sunday, August 31)

Poet Family As family members of a new Whittier College Poet, you must be very proud. Attending a private, select, national liberal arts college speaks for the accomplishments of your student and the role you played in guiding him/her to this point. Our goal is to continue to support your student's academic success and personal development at Whittier.

Orientation is geared to prepare new students for seamless transition to college. Part of that transition involves the encouragement and understanding of families. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling, you are an important source of support that enables your student to be successful. The adjustment to college life and the academic challenges of a new learning environment require greater personal independence, motivation, and responsibility.

As a part of New Student Orientation, Family Orientation is designed to provide you with essential information that promotes student success and help you understand our curriculum at the College, academic policies, graduation requirements, and student life programs and services.

Schedule

A memorable and enjoyable Orientation experience awaits our parents and families. You are invited to join your student at the events highlighted below:

Sunday August 31, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Residential Student Check-In. Required for Residential Students 

Students who are living on campus have a two-part check-in process. Students should first go to the North Lawn to pick up orientation materials including orientation schedule, mailbox information, and their mentor group assignments. ID pictures will be taken and parking permits are available. After checking in at the North Lawn, residential students should proceed to the Johnson-Stauffer courtyard to officially check into their residence hall rooms.

North Lawn

10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Commuter Student Check-In. Required for Commuter Students

Commuters should go to the North Lawn to pick up Orientation materials including Orientation schedule, mailbox information, and mentor group assignments. ID pictures will be taken and parking permits are available.

North Lawn

8:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Business, Financial Aid, and Admissions Office Are Open

The Business Office and Financial Aid staff will be available for new students and families to answer your questions.

Mendenhall/Weingart Hall

8:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

CAAS and First Year Experience Open House

Families and students are encouraged to visit the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) in the lower level of the Library to learn more about the free academic resources and services available to students. CAAS staff and Melissa Diaz, Director of CAAS and the First-Year Experience Program, will be available to answer your questions. Note: From 11-Noon, Disability Services will be holding an information session.

Library, Lower Level

11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Welcome Session for Students and Families of African Descent

Students who identify as Black, African-American, Pan-African, Caribbean, and/or multiracial are welcome to join this session. Families and students will learn about the history, mission, and values of Whittier College and will be able to identify the resources (financial, academic, and social) available to them. The role of the Cultural Center as a hub for students from all backgrounds will be explained.

Villalobos Hall

11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Asian and Pacific Islander Student and Family Welcome

Families and students will learn about the history, mission, and values of Whittier College and will be able to identify the resources (financial, academic, and social) available to them. The role of the Cultural Center as a hub for students from all backgrounds will be explained.

Club 88

11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Latino/Latina Student and Family Welcome

Families and students will learn about the history, mission, and values of Whittier College and will be able to identify the resources (financial, academic, and social) available to them. Members of Amigos Unidos and MEChA will describe the various ways in which the students and their families can get involved. Faculty and administrators from the offices of Financial Aid and Student Life will be on hand to greet the families.

Shannon Center

11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Disability Services Meeting

Families and students with documented disabilities are invited to have questions answered and to learn the process used to receive accommodations.

Library, Lower Level

11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Need a place to get a quick bite to eat? Join us in the Campus Inn for a buffet lunch.
Adults: $10.00
Children ages 7-11: $8.00
Ages 4-6: $6.50
Ages 3 and under: Free.
New students eat free with the vouchers provided.

Campus Inn

1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.

Sesión Informativa en Español       

En esta sesión se dará a conocer la historia y misión de los Programas Ortiz. Profesores y administradores darán información sobre recursos financieros, académicos y sociales disponibles para los alumnos y sus familias. También se explicará el papel clave que tiene el Centro Cultural como centro de apoyo para todos los estudiantes.

Villalobos Hall

2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Family Sessions

Family members will learn about academic programs and services available to their students: Residential Life, FERPA, Health Services, Financial Aid, Campus Safety, the Business Office, Career Planning & Internships, Study Abroad, new student transitions, and on-campus employment.

Shannon Center

2:15 p.m. –3:15 p.m.

Families in the Classroom

An alternative event for those families who have attended Family Sessions in the past. Dr. Joseph Price will speak on the topic of "Sports as Religion".

Hoover 203

3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

Tour of the Nixon Room

Come hear the stories and see the many items gifted to our 37th President and alumnus, Richard M. Nixon. The tour will be led by Whittier College librarian, Joe Dmohowski.

Wardman Library

4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Family Reception

President Sharon Herzberger will welcome all new family members at a reception hosted by Whittier College's Faculty Masters.

Stauffer-Johnson Courtyard

5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Family Dinner Available On Campus

While students are getting to know other new Poets, families are invited to eat a buffet dinner at the Spot.
Adults: $10.00
Children ages 7-11: $8.00
Ages 4-6: $6.50
Ages 3 and under: Free
A listing of other Uptown Whittier restaurants is included in the Family Orientation folder.

The Spot

7:15 p.m.—8:15 p.m.

President's Welcome and Convocation. Required for All New Students

President Sharon Herzberger and the faculty will welcome new students and their families to Whittier College in a traditional ceremony. This convocation celebrates new students' matriculation into the Whittier College community. Families are encouraged to attend. Poets are required to wear their new Poet t-shirts.

Harris Amphitheatre

8:15 p.m. –9:15 p.m.

Family Goodbyes

This light dessert reception will be an excellent opportunity for last-minute hugs and good wishes as students go on to special evening events. Families and students will also enjoy a slideshow of pictures taken throughout the day.

Campus Center Courtyard

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