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Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014

1-8 p.m.
Parent Orientation Check-in/Information Desk
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, Bob and Vivian Smith Concourse
Check in and receive information that will help you navigate Parent Orientation Weekend.

2-7 p.m.
Residence Hall Move-in
Residence Halls
In the week prior to your arrival, your student will receive an email with a specific residence hall room assignment. Please mark all boxes and personal items with the building/room assignment. Upon arrival to campus at your student’s designated time (see below), your student will go to the assigned building/floor. A Resident Assistant will give him/her pertinent information and keys. Students with last names A–L may begin moving into the residence halls at 2 p.m., and last names M-Z at 3 p.m. Transfer students should report to the Residence Life Office in the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, suite #310, during the times listed above.

5-7:30 p.m.
Dinner in the Commons
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, J.E. and L. E. Mabee Commons
New Pirates and their parents require sustenance and nutrition for the heavy lifting that accompanies shipping off to college. The galley is open. Stop in for your evening meal.

7-8 p.m.
Athlete Meetings
The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater
All gather together first in The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater, then go to rooms as listed below.

F.W. Olin Building
Men’s Baseball, Room 105
Women’s Softball, Room 226
Women’s Basketball, Room 207
Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Room 111
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track, Room 324
Men’s Basketball, Room 209
Men’s Soccer, Room 305
Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Room 323
Men’s Lacrosse, Room 110
Women’s Volleyball, Room 222
Women’s Soccer, Room 322

Fine Arts Building
Men’s and Women’s Golf, Room 137
Women’s Lacrosse, Room 148
Football, Alma Thomas Theater

8-9:30 p.m.
Greetings from Georgetown!
The Williamson County Courthouse
The Greater Georgetown Association of Southwestern University Alumni invites new parents to enjoy a private event at the Williamson County Courthouse, located at the center of the Georgetown Square. Hear about Georgetown history, tour the courthouse and enjoy appetizers and drinks.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check-in/Information Desk
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, Bob and Vivian Smith Concourse
Check in and receive information that will help you navigate Parent Orientation Weekend.

9-9:15 a.m.
Orientation Welcome
The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater
Join us for an official welcome from University President Edward B. Burger.

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Academic Life Panel: Beyond the Grade
The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater
Degree plans. Study abroad. Advising. First-Year/Advanced-Entry Seminar. Paideia®. Faculty and academic administrators discuss the University’s educational program, academic enrichment opportunities and resources for academic success.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Student Life Panel: Making the Most of Southwestern’s Other Education
The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Alma Thomas Theater
Now that your sons or daughters are “settled” into their residence halls and have experienced their first meals in the Commons, it’s time to know what else happens outside the classroom. The professional Student Life staff will provide an overview of their programs and answer your questions. Parents’ first questions usually evolve around health services, counseling, campus safety and security, orientation week and other student activities. These are followed closely by career planning and internships, campus diversity, athletics, recreational activities, and spiritual and religious life.

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Brunch in the Commons
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, J.E. and L. E. Mabee Commons
Brunch: The Southwestern student’s favorite meal. Meet up with your student and share all you’ve learned about SU.

2-3 p.m.
Diversity and Inclusion Open House and Exhibit
Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning
The Office of Diversity Education, Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and the Diversity Enrichment Committee invite you to an open house and exhibit showcasing diversity initiatives on Southwestern’s campus. You will have the opportunity to engage and interact with other attendees around the University’s Core Values, which include: Cultivating Academic Excellence, Fostering Diverse Perspectives, Being True to Oneself and Others and Respecting the Worth and Dignity of Persons.

3:30-4:45 p.m.
Matriculation Convocation
Corbin J. Robertson Center, Robertson Courts
The defining event of Orientation Weekend, the matriculation ceremony, marks the official induction of students as members of the Southwestern community. Faculty dress in academic regalia for this formal ceremony. Casual dress is encouraged for families and students. Seating begins at 2:45 p.m.

4:45-5 p.m.
New Student Photo
Watch as your student joins his/her fellow students for a photo of all incoming Pirates immediately following the matriculation ceremony.

Parent Orientation concludes!

Thank you for attending Parent Orientation. We wish you safe travels as you journey home.

Your student’s orientation experience will continue during the course of the week. You are more than welcome to join us for our Saturday Dinner, Sunday Orientation Worship Service and Sunday Southwestern Traditions Brunch, all with details listed below.

 

Additional student programming, to which parents are invited:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Dinner in the Commons
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, J.E. and L. E. Mabee Commons

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brunch in the Commons
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, J.E. and L. E. Mabee Commons
11 a.m. to noon

11 a.m. to noon
Orientation Worship Service
Lois Perkins Chapel
Come enjoy Sunday morning worship in the beautiful Lois Perkins Chapel. This is a great opportunity for your son or daughter to meet other students in a friendly atmosphere. All are invited to lunch at the Commons in the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center following the service.