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Freshmen Orientation Schedule of Events at SUNY Plattsburgh

First-Year Student Itinerary Summer 2016


Day One

3 - 5 p.m. Check- In - Whiteface

5 p.m. Meet Your Floor

Meet in the lounge on your floor to meet your orientation leader and learn what to expect from your orientation experience.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner - Clinton Dining Hall

6:45 - 7 p.m. Welcome to Cardinal Country - Yokum 202

Bryan Hartman, Vice President for Student Affairs, will welcome you to SUNY Plattsburgh and to the New Student Orientation experience.

7 – 7:45 p.m. Your First Class: What You Need to Know to Be Successful - Yokum 202

Join a faculty member as they teach your first college lecture with some added tips about how to be successful in the classroom.

8 – 10:30 p.m. Developing Relationships - Whiteface

Spend time getting to know your fellow classmates and talking about your goals for your years at SUNY Plattsburgh.

 

Day Two

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast - Clinton Dining Hall

8:30 - 9 a.m. English Proficiency Conversation - Yokum 202

A faculty member will review your English Placement Exam results and help you decide which English course to take.

9:15 – 10 a.m. The Essential Elements of Wellbeing in College - Yokum 202

Being a successful college student means maintaining a well-rounded sense of wellbeing. Meet staff members who will share what you need to know to thrive in the college setting.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Foreign Language Placement Exam - Yokum 200 and 202

This assessment for French and Spanish will determine appropriate course level placement. If you have taken ANY French or Spanish classes/courses prior to attending SUNY Plattsburgh, you will need to take this placement exam.

11:25 – 12:25 p.m. Understanding Academic Requirements - Ballrooms and Cardinal Lounge

Staff from Academic Advising will review everything you ever needed to know about preparing for your college learning experience including transitional issues, academic information and understanding what happens during course advisement and registration.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch - CLinton Dining Hall

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Exploring Your Hopes and Fears about College - ACC

College faculty and staff members, along with orientation leaders, will lead you in an activity and conversation to help you address your concerns and develop your goals as an incoming college student.

3 – 4:15 p.m. Beginning a Dialogue on Diversity - Yokum 202

This conversation with staff members from the Center for Diversity, Pluralism & Inclusion will be introduction to exploring diversity within our campus community.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. College, Alcohol and You - Yokum 202

Maybe you've already heard the adage--your four years of college may be the best years of your life! So how do you maximize your college experience while maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Join in on the conversation about how to make healthy choices regarding alcohol and drug use and personal safety. 

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Dinner - Clinton Dining Hall

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Step Up! to Prevent Sexual Assault - Yokum 202

Learn how you can make a difference in preventing sexual violence on your campus. This session will help you become educated and empowered to act. 

7:30 – 9:45 p.m. Getting Involved on Campus - Whiteface

College students spend approximately 45 hours per week on academic work. What should you do with the rest of your time? This session will teach you about ways to get involved outside the classroom and how this involvement can lead to your long-term success.

10 p.m. Group Activity

 

Day Three

7 a.m. Check Out - Whiteface

7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast - Clinton Dining Hall

9 – 10:30 a.m. Advisement - Ballrooms

College faculty members will be on hand to help you choose which classes to take this fall.

10 a.m. – noon Course Registration - Feinberg Library

10 – 11:30 a.m. Information Marketplace - ACC

Visit various booths to learn more about campus offices and services that may be helpful to you during your time at SUNY Plattsburgh. Examples include Study Abroad, Center for Student Involvement, the Student Association and more.

11 a.m. – noon Last Minute Check Out

 

First-Year Family Itinerary Summer 2016


Day One

3 – 5 p.m. Check- In - Whiteface

4 – 6 p.m. Campus Tour/Sample Residence Hall Room (Optional)

To take a tour of campus and/or to view a sample residence hall room, sign up for a tour time at Check-In.

5:15 – 6 p.m. Dinner (Optional) - Clinton Dining Hall or ACC

For those families interested in eating dinner on campus, you may purchase meals at Clinton Dining Hall (or you may eat on your own off campus).

6:15-7:30 p.m. Welcome to Cardinal Country - Yokum 208

Join Bryan Hartman, Vice President for Student Affairs, for a welcome to SUNY Plattsburgh and Family Orientation followed by some tips from faculty and staff members about how your student can be successful inside and outside the classroom.

 

Day Two

7:45-8:15 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall (Optional) - Clinton Dining Hall or ACC

For those families interested in eating breakfast on campus, you may purchase meals at Clinton Dining Hall or Griddles (located in the Angell College Center).

9 – 9:45 a.m. Your Guide to Meal Plans, Textbooks, Cardinal Cash and More - Yokum 208

College Auxiliary Services staff will explain what you need to know about their services.

10 – 12:15 p.m. Student Services Panel - Yokum 208

Join Student Affairs staff members as they share information about campus services available to your student including housing and residence life, campus safety and career development.

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch (Optional) - Clinton Dining Hall or ACC

For those families interested in eating lunch on campus, you may purchase meals at Clinton Dining Hall or Subway (located in the Angell College Center).

12:30–3:30 p.m. Free Time/Optional Tour

You can use this time to explore our campus or the City of Plattsburgh on your own or join a guided bus tour of the area. Bus tour departs at 1:15 p.m. from the Angell College Center. This is also a good opportunity to explore campus on your own and visit any offices that you may want to know more about or visit the College Store to purchase Plattsburgh souvenirs.

3:30-5:30 p.m. Exploring Your Hopes and Fears for Your Student - Alumni Conference Room

College staff members, along with orientation leaders, will lead you in an activity and conversation to help you address your hopes and concerns for your student as they head to college.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner in Dining Hall (Optional) - Clinton Dining Hall or ACC

For those families interested in eating dinner on campus, you may purchase meals at Clinton Dining Hall (or you may eat on your own off campus).

 

Day Three

7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall (Optional) - Clinton Dining Hall or ACC

For those families interested in eating breakfast on campus, you may purchase meals at Clinton Dining Hall or Griddles (located in the Angell College Center).

8:45-9:30 a.m. Information about Student Health and Counseling Services - Yokum 208

Staff members will share information about health and counseling services, insurance options, required paperwork and immunizations.

9:30-10:15 a.m. Financial Aid and Payment Information - Yokum 208

Financial Aid staff will guide you through what you need to know about billing, loans, scholarships and more.

10:15-11:30 a.m. Information Marketplace - ACC

Visit various booths to learn more about campus offices and services that may be helpful to your student during his/her time at SUNY Plattsburgh. Examples include Study Abroad, Center for Student Involvement, the Student Association and more.

Placement Assessments

Foreign Language Placement Assessment

Non-credit placement assessments for French and Spanish are given at each Orientation Session.

  • These assessments are optional and only for students who: 1) have had two or less years of high school foreign language; 2) wish to be placed beyond a level of language commensurate with their high school transcripts; and 3) have not taken college-level language courses. Any student with two or less years of a foreign language in high school will be placed in the entry level course.
  • Any student who has taken three consecutive years of a foreign language in grades 9-12 will be placed in Spanish, German, Italian, and Arabic 112 or 151, or in FRE 150.
  • Students having CAPP credit or foreign language credit from another college need not take the placement examination and will be placed based on the college level completed.

If a student does not wish to take the placement examination or already has college credit, other activities organized by the Orientation Staff will be arranged during that time. If you have any questions about this assessment, please contact the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at (518) 564-2829.

English Placement Assessment

ENG101 College Writing II meets the all-college composition requirement. ENG100 College Writing I is for students who want additional practice in writing for a college audience before enrolling in ENG101. Entering students without ENG101 credit take a Directed Self-Placement questionnaire that determines writing competency and indicates which of these two courses might best suit particular students' needs. Counsel by composition faculty regarding this registration decision is available on site. Based on what students conclude, they register for ENG100 or ENG101. In the first week of all sections of ENG100 and ENG101, students also take an in-class diagnostic; if faculty readers conclude students would be better served by being in another class, students will be thus informed before the unrestricted drop/add period ends. Students who register for ENG100 must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better before enrolling in ENG101. All students are required to obtain a grade of C (2.0) in ENG101 in order to qualify for graduation; grades of less than C (2.0) are not accepted for transfer credit. Questions about this requirement should be addressed to the English Department, (518) 564-2134.

Calculus (MAT 221, 224, or 228) and Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I (CHE 111) Placement Assessments

Individuals whose major will require them to take a calculus course (MAT 221, MAT 222, or MAT 224: majors include programs under the School of Business and Economics, science, nutrition, and mathematics) and or will require Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I – CHE 111 (majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cytotechnology, Ecology, Environmental Geology Study Option, Environmental Science (BS ), Geology (BS), Medical Technology, Nutrition, and Physics) are required to take either or both of the placement exams for these courses prior to coming to orientation. The examinations can be found at: https://moodle.plattsburgh.edu/mod/quiz/view.php?id=647663 – login is required. For questions regarding these two examinations, please contact the Associate Dean of Arts and Science: Phone: (518) 564-3150. Email: millerej@plattsburgh.edu.

Contact Information

For more information or questions about Student Orientation at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

New Student Orientation

Office: Kehoe 602
Phone: (518) 564-3282
Email: orientation@plattsburgh.edu