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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
2:30 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 bowling to dinner): Moody Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. Bowling. A night of bowling with peer mentors, new international students and Jeri Suarez: Roanoke
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)
9:50 a.m. Greetings from Dean Patty O’Toole: Botetourt Reading Room
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. "Leading by Example" informal discussion led by student leaders of the importance of your voice in student government and campus organizations: 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, duPont Chapel
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Success Skills. Getting in seems easy, but staying in takes work. Learn how to make the grades to stay at Hollins University: Botetourt Reading Room
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
1:15 p.m. Introduction to the Batten Leadership Institute with Abrina Schnurman-Crook, director: Botetourt Reading Room
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Peer Mentor Activity: Botetourt Reading Room
2:45 p.m. Wrap up session with Jeri Suarez and peer mentors
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. Trip to the mall/stores. (meet at Moody Center): Roanoke
Saturday, August 30, 2014
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentor (optional): Moody Dining Hall
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. University Check-in: Moody Center

University Orientation
Monday, September 1, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 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: Intercultural Center, lower level, Moody Student Center
Friday, September 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cultural & Community Engagement Opening Celebration. Join us so we may introduce you to other upper class students, faculty, and staff on campus: duPont Chapel Patio