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Early Transition Program (ETP) Fall 2014
(leadership program for underrepresented students)

The Early Transition Program (ETP) is a leadership experience that takes place before the opening of the university and extends throughout the school year. All underrepresented students are encouraged to participate. Your mentors are upper-class students who are ready and willing to show you the ropes and make your transition into college easier and fun. It is a support group, a network, a sisterhood.

Below is a tentative schedule. You will receive an updated schedule upon arrival on campus. All events, times, and locations are subject to change. Please check back often for updates.


Why ETP?

  • You'll arrive early to campus
  • You'll enjoy a fun-filled and informative first experience as a college student
  • You'll meet other new students from underrepresented groups, along with current student leaders, faculty, and staff
  • You'll become familiar with campus locations, programs, services, and opportunities
  • You'll get to know the Roanoke Valley
  • You'll meet with the group weekly throughout the term
  • You'll participate in ETP-sponsored service projects
  • You'll attend a leadership retreat at a rustic mountain center mid term
  • You'll be part of a strong support system that lasts throughout the year
  • You'll establish lifelong relationships



Thursday, August 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-in: A special university check-in is set up to greet the ETP students when you arrive. Once you have completed the process, you will be given your keys for your residence hall room (if applicable). The peer mentors will be there to greet you and will assist students that need help locating their residence hall: Moody Center Lobby
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Informal discussion with Parents/Guardians For parents/guardians that need to get back on the road, Jeri will hold a session to answer questions that parents may have about Hollins or the college life experience. Moody Center
3:00 p.m. "Meet and Greet" Icebreakers, team building exercises, and informal introductions with peer mentors and associate dean: Botetourt Reading Room

Welcome to Hollins and Cultural & Community Engagement. Welcome and opening discussion about the ETP and how to get involved in Cultural & Community Engagement at Hollins, Jeri Suarez, associate dean: Botetourt Reading Room
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors (bring socks for roller skating to dinner): Moody Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. Roller skating. A night of fun in Roanoke with peer mentors, participants in the ISOP & ETP and Jeri Suarez
Friday, August 29, 2014
8:00 a.m. ETP wake up call! Peer mentors and MIT's go and wake up students! (one peer mentor meets commuter students in Moody lobby)
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
8:45 a.m. Campus tour with mentors (2 groups) - end up at the Free Store
9:50 a.m. Greetings from Dean Patty O’Toole: Botetourt Reading Room
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Leading by Example & Reaching Success" informal discussion led by student leaders of the importance of your voice in student government and campus organizations. Also, getting in seems easy, but staying in takes work. Learn how to make the grades to stay at Hollins. Botetourt Reading Room
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Informal discussion with parents/guardians. Jeri Suarez will lead a session to answer questions that parents may have about Hollins or the college life experience: Gordh Room, Chapel Annex
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Welcome by Rev. Jenny Call, University Chaplain. Botetourt Reading Room

Free time ~ re-group

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Informal luncheon discussion with President Nancy Gray. President Gray will join us as we enjoy an informal discussion and lunch together: Botetourt Reading Room
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Peer Mentor Activity: Botetourt Reading Room
Wrap up session with Jeri and Peer Mentors
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. Mall/Stores or Karaoke/Wii Games. Students may choose to go to the mall or stay back on campus for Karaoke and Wii Games. Meet at the Moody Center (mentors staying back with escort to the Gordh Room)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tour of Roanoke!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with Peer Mentor (optional) Moody Dining Hall
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. University Check-In, Moody Center
ETP members completed the majority of the check-in upon arrival. Proceed directly upstairs to the Ballator Gallery to complete the check-in process. University Orientation
Monday, September 1, 2014
5:15 p.m.

First ETP Dinner Meeting
Our team will meet on a weekly basis at dinner time to check in with each other, provide updates and socialize. The first meeting will be Game Night with ISOP! Glass Dining Room, Moody Center

All future weekly ETP meetings will be at 6:00pm in Goodwin Private Dining Room, Moody

Friday, September 5, 2014
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cultural & Community Engagement Opening Celebration. Opening reception to kick off the year. Beale Garden
Friday, September 26 - 28  
4:00 p.m. ETP Leadership Retreat, Camp Alta Mons, VA