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Orientation Schedule

New First-Year Student Orientation begins on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, and includes three full days of activities, as well as orientation events throughout the week.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. All students will receive a printed copy of the orientation schedule when they arrive on campus.

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019


9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Student Arrival
 A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

  • 9-10 a.m. — Residential students, Last names A-K
  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Residential students, Last names L-R
  • 11 a.m.-Noon — Residential students, Last names S-Z
    Following orientation check-in, residential students proceed to residential hall move-in.
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Commuter students

Your first stop will be New Student Arrival, which is located in the A. W. Clausen Center on the north end of campus. See campus map. Here, you will need to present the Virtual Check-in Sticker you received upon completing all tasks in Carthage’s Online Check-in system. You may present this sticker on a mobile phone or other device, or you can show a print-out. While you navigate the arrival process, your parents can visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop for light refreshments.
* Parents and families: Only your student will be able to go through the check-in process. Please visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop during this time. We respectfully ask that family pets stay at home, with the exception of service animals.

9 a.m.-1 P.m.

Parent/Family Pit Stop
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
As parents wait for their students to complete the arrival process, they can enjoy food and beverages, pick up a schedule for parents/families, and sign up to receive Carthage’s parent e-newsletter. Learn how you can stay connected with Carthage all year long.

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Residential Student Move-In
All Residence Halls
After residential students complete the arrival process, they can move their belongings into their residence halls.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch Available for Purchase
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center); Campbell Student Union
Lunch will be available for purchase in the college cafeteria, located on the second floor of the Todd Wehr Center, or at one of the eateries in the Campbell Student Union. Learn more about campus dining options.

1:45-2:45 P.M.

Parent/Family Session: Supporting Students for Success at Carthage
A. F. Siebert Chapel
Parents are invited to a special session led by staff from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Learn how you can support your student for success at Carthage.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

For Residential Students: Community Living Meeting
TWC 128 A-C for Johnson and Madrigrano residents; TWC Jockey Rooms for Swenson, Tarble, Denhart, and Oaks residents
Residential students will convene to learn more about the expectations for and resources available to residential students. Johnson and Madrigrano residents will meet in the Todd Wehr Center 128 A-C rooms; and Swenson, Tarble, Denhart, and Oaks residents will meet in the Todd Wehr Center Jockey Club. 

1:45-2:45 P.M.

For Commuter Students: Commuter Meeting/Reception
Campbell Student Union Auditorium
All new students commuting from their parent/guardian’s homes will enjoy learning about college resources, tips for commuting, and community expectations.

3-4 p.m.

Community Welcome
TARC Field House
The Carthage community officially welcomes students and families to Carthage! 

4-4:15 p.m.

Say Goodbye to Families and Meet Orientation Small Groups
Tarble Arena and Campus Drive
It’s time for students to say goodbye to their families and begin New Student Orientation. Students will receive their assigned small groups with their orientation schedule at New Student Arrival.

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Small Group Session 1: Getting to Know You
Group Locations
Get to know your small group and enjoy a campus tour.

5:15-7:30 p.m. — Activity Rotation A: Getting Things Started

Orientation 2019 rotation A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:30-9 p.m. — Activity Rotation B: Being a Carthaginian

Orientation 2019 rotation B

 

 

 

 

 

9-10:15 p.m.

The Rock Star Meet and Greet
TARC Field House
It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to meet your classmates!

10:15 p.m.

Class Photo
TARC Field House
Capture a photo of the entire class of 2023 during your first day together for Carthage history!

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups 
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center)
Groups 1-11 meet at 7:45 a.m. Groups 12-23 meet at 8 a.m. Groups 24-34 meet at 8:15 a.m. 

8:45 a.m.

Meet Small Groups
 Group Locations

9-11:45 a.m. — Activity Rotation C: Involve, Engage, and Connect to Campus Life

Orientation 2019 rotation C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-11 meet at noon. Groups 12-23 meet at 12:30 p.m. Groups 24-34 meet at 1 p.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Small Group Session 2: Getting to Know You Part II — Cultural Identity
Group Locations

2:45-5 p.m. — Activity Rotation D: Next Steps 

Orientation 2019 rotation D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:15-7 p.m.

Dinner with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-11 meet at 5:15 p.m. Groups 12-23 meet at 6 p.m. Groups 24-34 meet at 6:30 p.m.

7-9 p.m. — Activity Rotation E: A Community of Respect

Orientation 2019 rotation E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-10:30 p.m.

VIP Night
Campbell Student Union
New students get exclusive run of the union. Enjoy late-night shopping in the bookstore, freebies, food samples from the retail food venues, billiards, and more! Sponsored by the Carthage Activities Board (CAB), Sodexo, and Barnes and Noble at Carthage.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019


7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-11 meet at 7:45 a.m. Groups 12-23 meet at 8 a.m. Groups 24-34 meet at 8:15 a.m.

9-9:30 a.m.

All Class Common Reflection Session
 A. F. Siebert Chapel

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Small Group Session 3: Putting It All Together 
Group Locations

11 a.m.-Noon

First-Year Read 
Various locations
Meet your faculty member and classmates for your Western Heritage Seminar, and discuss your reactions to this year’s First-Year Read. Please bring your book and bookmark to this session. 

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf 

1-2 p.m.

First-Year Read 
Various Locations 

Meet your faculty member and classmates for your Western Heritage Seminar, and discuss your reactions to this year’s First-Year Read. Please bring your book and bookmark to this session. 

Music Auditions


Before joining a choir or instrumental ensemble, students are required to audition. If you previously auditioned for a scholarship, you must still audition at this time to determine ensemble placement. Music auditions will be held at the following times:

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 — CHORAL AUDITIONS

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • 5:15-7 p.m.
  • 9-10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 — cHORAL AND BAND AUDITIONS

  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2019 — STRING AUDITIONS

  • 5-9 p.m.

Choir Auditions​ — Contact Professor Eduardo Garcia-Novelli at 262-551-5918 or egarcianovelli@carthage.edu
Sign up for a choral audition

​Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Auditions — ​Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor James Ripley at 262-551-5854 or jripley@carthage.edu.
Students can sign up for an audition on the sheet posted outside of the Band Room, JAC 142.

​Strings Auditions — Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor Edward Kawakami at ekawakami@carthage.edu or 262-551-6565.
Students can sign up for an audition on the sheet posted outside of the Band Room, JAC 142.

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