Hollins University is planning a variety of activities this week to celebrate the arrival of new students on campus.
Throughout the morning and into mid-afternoon on Thursday, August 30, faculty, staff, and returning students will lend a hand as “Movers and Shakers” to help new students and their families move into the residence halls. Then, members of the class of 2016 will officially begin their journey at Hollins at a welcoming ceremony on Front Quad, “Looking Ahead: The Road to Commencement.” President Nancy Gray, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeanine Stewart, Dean of Academic Services Trish Hammer, and SGA President Kelsey DeForest ’13 will speak, and new students will for the first time meet their Student Success Leaders and Orientation Team Leaders, upper-class Hollins women who will help them with their transition into Hollins. A busy and exciting first day concludes with a picnic on Front Quad, followed by dessert at the President’s House and residence hall meetings.
On Friday morning, August 31, first-year students are encouraged to attend the Academic Fair in the Athletic Complex, where faculty representatives from all departments, including education, pre-law, pre-med, and pre-vet, will answer questions about classes and academic interests. Also highlighting the day’s activities are a presentation and conversation by the Diversity Monologue Troupe on the importance of recognizing and honoring individual differences ; “Navigating Your Academic Path,” a look at the nuts and bolts of the academic program at Hollins; and “Let’s Talk about Sexual Misconduct,” an interactive discussion.
New students are invited to “Celebrate Your Spirituality” at duPont Chapel on Saturday morning, September 1. Throughout the afternoon, they can explore all Roanoke has to offer by taking advantage of the shuttle services from campus to the downtown area and Valley View Mall.
On Sunday, September 2, students can have “F-U-N with H-O-P,” engaging in activities facilitated by the Hollins Outdoor Program, and then cheer on the Hollins soccer team against Ferrum College. That night, guest speaker Linda Hancock will lead “Molecules that Monkey with Your Mind,” a fast-paced, humorous program that opens the eyes of college students about alcohol.
Monday, September 3, will feature a discussion of this year’s common reading for first-year students, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, and a conversation about the importance of environmental sustainability on the Hollins campus, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Three R’s of Sustainability.”
On the final day of First-Year Orientation, new students will have the opportunity to give back to their new home and embrace community outreach through Hollins’ Day of Service, where they can participate in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the Roanoke Valley. The 2012-13 academic year officially kicks off that afternoon at one of the university’s most cherished traditions, Opening Convocation.
Fall Term 2012 classes begin on Wednesday, September 5.