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New Student Orientation

We will help students prepare for their first year at Carthage through a few pre-arrival orientation sessions held virtually in August and New Student Orientation, which will take place on campus Sept. 4-6. Orientation is all about getting you ready for success in your classes, answering your questions, making sure you know about campus resources, and helping you connect with your classmates and make friends. We’re going to do all that and more.

Carthage’s New Student Orientation has gone mobile! 
Students can now access the complete New Student Orientation schedule from their mobile device for free. To download, visit the Guidebook website on your device and tap the “download” button. Once the download is complete, search for “Carthage College New Student Orientation” and download the guide.

For questions about Orientation, contact studentinvolvement@carthage.edu or call 262-551-5800.

Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Pre-Arrival Orientation Activities (Virtual)

 

Aug. 11 and Aug. 19, 2021


Supporting Your Carthage Student: Resources for Parents and Families

Residential Life: Living in Community

Commuter Life at Carthage: Resources and Connections

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New Student Orientation Schedule (In Person)


You will be placed in a small group during New Student Orientation. Your small group will be led by two returning student Orientation Leaders. We call them OLs!

Please note: Students and families participating in in-person New Student Orientation, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside campus buildings. Read more about our mask requirements and COVID-19 protocols

Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021


8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Residential Student Arrival
See the full arrival schedule for your move-in time

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Commuter Student Arrival
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
New commuting students arrive on campus and check in at the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch available for purchase
The Caf and Campbell Student Union
Students and their families can purchase lunch in The Caf (2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center) and in the Campbell Student Union. 

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Parent/Family Session 
A. F. Siebert Chapel 
This session will feature the same content as the virtual pre-arrival sessions for parents and families.

3-3:45 p.m.

Commuter Connection Reception 
Straz Atrium, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences 
Join fellow commuter students for helpful information about commuting to Carthage.

4 p.m.

Community Welcome Session 1 
TARC Field House, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center 
This session is specifically for new student-athletes, commuting students, and early arriving residential students.

5 p.m.

Community Welcome Session 2 
TARC Field House, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
This session is for all new residential students, commuter students, and fall athletes who did not attend session 1.

6 p.m.

Parent/Family Reception 
Donna’s Bites, Hedberg Library 
After saying a final “see you later!” to your student, please join other parents and families for refreshments in the Hedberg Library.

6 p.m.

Meet Your Small Group 
Campus Drive 
Students will meet with their orientation small groups for the first time. 

6:15-8:30 p.m.

Activity Rotation A: Getting Things Started 

6:15 p.m.

  • Group 1-17: Dinner with Your Small Group, The Caf, 2nd Floor Todd Wehr Center
  • Group 18-36: Small Group Meeting, Assigned small group meeting space 

7 p.m.

  • Group 1-17: Small Group Meeting, Assigned small group meeting space 
  • Group 18-36: Dinner with Your Small Group, The Caf, 2nd Floor Todd Wehr Center

8:30 p.m.

Playfair 
TARC Field House, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center 
It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! Playfair is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on the members of your campus community.

Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast
The Caf, 2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center 
Students can eat breakfast in The Caf before beginning the day’s Orientation activities. 

8:45 a.m.

Meet with your small group 
Assigned small group meeting space 
Meet with your small group and get ready for a day of Orientation activities.

9 a.m.-Noon

Activity Rotation B: Engage and Connect to Campus Life

9-9:45 a.m.

  • Group 1-12: Engaging in Community, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
  • Group 13-24: Academic Support Services, Todd Wehr Center 128s
  • Group 25-36: The Aspire Center, A. F. Siebert Chapel

10-10:45 a.m.

  • Group 1-12: The Aspire Center, A. F. Siebert Chapel
  • Group 13-24: Engaging in Community, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
  • Group 25-36: Academic Support Services, Todd Wehr Center 128s 

11-11:45 a.m.

  • Group 1-12: Academic Support Services, Todd Wehr Center 128s
  • Group 13-24: The Aspire Center, A. F. Siebert Chapel
  • Group 25-36: Engaging in Community, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms

Noon-2 p.m.

Activity Rotation C: A Community of Respect

Noon-12:45 p.m.

  • Group 1-18: Lunch with Small Group, The Caf
  • Group 19-28: Students Fight Back, Todd Wehr Center 128s
  • Group 29-36: Students Fight Back, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms

1-1:45 p.m.

  • Group 1-9: Students Fight Back, Todd Wehr Center 128s
  • Group 10-18: Students Fight Back, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
  • Group 19-36: Lunch with Small Group, The Caf

2-3 p.m.

Small Group Session: Campus Safety
Assigned small group meeting space 
This important session will cover all that you need to know about staying safe at Carthage. This session will be hosted by Derek Ferguson, Director of Public Safety.

3-3:30 p.m.

Break 
Students are able to take a 30-minute break before they reconnect with their small groups for more Orientation activities. 

3:30-5 p.m.

Activity Rotation D: Our Carthage Community 

  • Group 1-12: You Belong Here, A. F. Siebert Chapel
  • Group 13-24: You Belong Here, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
  • Group 25-36: You Belong Here, Todd Wehr Center 128s

5-8 p.m.

Activity Rotation E: Being a Carthaginian

5-5:45 p.m.

  • Group 1-12: Dinner with Small Group, The Caf
  • Group 13-24: Finding Your Wings, Assigned small group meeting space 
  • Group 25-36: Campus Tour and Group Photo, Carthage Campus

5:45-6:30 p.m.

  • Group 1-12: Finding Your Wings, Assigned small group meeting space 
  • Group 13-24: Campus Tour and Group Photo, Carthage Campus
  • Group 25-36: Dinner with Small Group, The Caf

6:30-7:15 p.m.

  • Group 1-12: Campus Tour and Group Photo, Carthage Campus
  • Group 13-24: Dinner with Small Group, The Caf
  • Group 25-36: Finding Your Wings, Assigned small group meeting space 

8-9:30 p.m.

Social Event: VIP Night 
Campbell Student Union 
Join us for food, fun, and entertainment in the Campbell Student Union! Sample snacks from the vendors in the CSU food court and visit the Bookstore for textbooks and new Carthage gear. 
Group 1-18: 8 p.m.
Group 19-36: 8:45 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6, 2021


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast
The Caf, 2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center 
Students can eat breakfast in The Caf before beginning the day’s Orientation activities. 

8:45 a.m.

Meet Your Small Group
Campus Drive
Meet with your small group before beginning Orientation activities. 

9-9:30 a.m.

All Class Common Reflection 
A. F. Siebert Chapel
As a wrap-up to the New Student Orientation program, this session will provide an opportunity for reflection and goal setting.

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Small-Group Meeting 
Assigned small group meeting space 
During the final small group session, new students will have an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss the start of the semester with their Orientation Leaders.

11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Residential Hall Floor Meetings
Your residence hall floor
Your Resident Assistant will provide specific information about the time and location for hall meetings upon arrival.

Music Auditions by Appointment
 (more information below)

Music Auditions


Choral Auditions for New Students

Sunday, Sept. 5

  • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 1-5 p.m.
  • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Band Auditions for New Students

Monday, Sept. 6

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 1-5 p.m.
  • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

New woodwind, brass, and percussion students can arrange an audition time on Google Calendar. Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor Ripley at jripley@carthage.edu.

String Auditions for New Students

Wednesday, Sept. 8

  • 4-9 p.m.

Arrange an audition time on Google Calendar. Students needing orchestral excerpts for the audition or additional questions should contact Professor Kawakami at ekawakami@carthage.edu

Pep Band Auditions

Saturday, Sept. 11

  • 3:30-5 p.m.

Drum Line Auditions

Saturday, Sept. 11

  • 2-3 p.m.