2017 New Student Orientation

June 22-23, 2017  & June 29-30, 2017

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Orientation Check-in, Springs Student Center – 1st Floor

Check-in in Springs Student Center to receive your Orientation materials and room information. A New Student Mentor will help you find the residence hall you’ll be staying in tonight.

  • Check-in with Campus Police for your Student ID card photo and register for your Parking Pass. You’ll find your ID number in your check-in materials
  • Drop off your bags in your room
  • Check out the Scotsman’s Corner and get some spirit gear

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Campus IDs and Parking Pass Registration, Campus Police Office

Make sure you’ve taken your photo for your PC ID and registered for your parking pass

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Opening Session and Welcome, Edmunds Hall

Welcome to New Student Orientation! Hear from the administration and get excited for what’s in store at Orientation and during your career at PC!

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Meet your Orientation Group (Students Only), Outside Edmunds

Connect with other students in your Orientation Group and review the schedule!

  • Each new student is assigned to a small group facilitated by a New Student Mentor (NSM). You can find your group name on your nametag.
  • Join the Spirit Competition to start earning points for your team. Will your team be the Champions?

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Parents Council Welcome (Guests Only), Edmunds Hall

Welcome from staff and the PC Parents Council!

  • Hear from our Parents Council about opportunities to get involved

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch with Orientation Groups, Location: TBD

Students and their guests can sit with their Orientation Groups to hear about life at PC from a student perspective. Also, hear about what to expect from Academic Interest and Preparedness sessions.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Interest Sessions, Harrington-Peachtree and Jacobs Classrooms
Session 1: 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Session 2: 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Connect with potential faculty and staff from academic areas that you may be interested in at PC.

  • Hear about the field of study, expectations for students in this academic area, important coursework, and resources, and ask questions.
  • Choose two sessions to attend. Sessions are still to be determined
Session Title Session Leader A Session Leader B
Art Mark Anderson Mark Anderson
Biology and Environmental Sciences Dr. Rachel Pigg Dr. Rachel Pigg
Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental Dr. Wally Ott Dr. Wally Ott
Pre-Pharmacy, Pharmacy Dr. Mike Rischbieter Dr. Mike Rischbieter
Health Sciences: PA, PT, OT, Nursing Dr. Austin Shull Dr. Austin Shull
Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Evelyn Swain Dr. Evelyn Swain
Business and Economics Dr. Jerry Slice Dr. Jerry Slice
English and Modern Foreign Languages Dr. Jerry Alexander and Dr. Sharon Knight Dr. Jerry Alexander and Dr. Sharon Knight
Music Dr. Ron Davis Dr. Ron Davis
Dual Degree Engineering/ Physics and Mathematics Dr. Eli Owens and Dr. Kara Shavo Dr. Eli Owens and Dr. Greg Goeckel
Political Science Dr. Justin Lance Dr. Justin Lance
Pre-Law Dr. Erin McAdams Dr. Erin McAdams
Religion/ Philosophy and Christian Education and Pre-Theology Dr. Bec Davis Dr. Bec Davis
Exploring Majors and Career Paths Ms. Kim Lane Ms. Kim Lane
Theatre Ms. Lesley Preston Ms. Lesley Preston

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Recharge & Refresh, West Plaza (Rain location: Edmunds)

Take a couple minutes to relax, check your phone, or grab some refreshments. Mingle with faculty and feel free to ask questions you may still have.

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Academic Preparedness, Harrington-Peachtree and Jacobs Classrooms
Session 1: 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m., Session 2: 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Choose two sessions to attend
Session Title Session Leader A Session Leader B
Technology at PC: Bannerweb and More Hear about important technology that you will need to utilize at PC. Dr. Rob Howiler and Penny Ginn Dr. Rob Howiler and Penny Ginn
Pathways to First Year Success: Writing Center, Tutoring, and Library. Jonathan Butler, Brittany Goodson, Betsy Byrd Jonathan Butler, Dr. Alicia Askew, Betsy Byrd
Undergraduate Research Dr. Evelyn Swain Dr. Evelyn Swain
Money Matters: Paying for College Financial Aid Financial Aid
Career Exploration: Career Development & Internships Kim Lane and Lynn Downie Kim Lane and Lynn Downie
First Generation College Students and Families: College can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are the first in your family to attend college. Learn more about the basics, college and PC vocabulary, and keys to success at PC. TBD TBD

5 p.m.
Dinner location: TBD

Students and their guests can sit with their Orientation Groups to hear about life at PC from a student perspective. Also, hear about what to expect from Together We Can: Community Standards sessions and late night activities.

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Orientation Mentor Group Meeting #2

Meet up with your Orientation Group to debrief what you’ve learned so far and ask questions that you may not have gotten answered.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Parents Reception at the President’s Home

6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Community Standards, Edmunds Auditorium

This is a required session for students only! We will discuss the PC community standards and learn critical information about key issues that may arise on college campuses. Together We Can: Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion, Understand Consent and Sexual Assault, Destigmatize Mental Health and seeking help, and Prevent Unhealthy Drug and Alcohol Use.

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Late Night Activities!, Springs Student Center, Floors 1-2

Enjoy an evening with dessert, pizza, and fun programming sponsored by The Office of Student Involvement and New Student Orientation.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Orientation Groups (Students & Guests), Greenville Dining Hall (GDH)

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
IMPORTANT: Turn in your room key and check-out of your residence hall room

  • Please return your key to the Residence Life staff in the lobby. It is only by returning your room key that you will receive your Campus ID.
  • If you are not able to store your items in your car, no problem! Drop them off in the Prayer Room on the first floor of Springs and pick them back up before you leave this afternoon.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Visit a room in the residence hall!, Location: your residence hall

Take pictures, write down room dimensions (you will receive your very own PC tape measure), and picture yourself in your new space!

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Co-Curricular Interest Sessions, Harrington-Peachtree and Jacobs Classrooms
Session 1: 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Session 2: 10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

  • Choose two sessions to attend
Session Title Session Leader A Session Leader B
Fraternity & Sorority Life Staff Staff
Diversity & Inclusion Staff Staff
Recreation Staff Staff
Religious Life & Service Rev. Rachel Parsons-Wells Rev. Rachel Parsons-Wells
Leadership & Involvement Student Government Association Student Government Association
Staying Healthy and Safe in College Larry Mulhall and Staff Larry Mulhall and Staff
Fine Arts Opportunities Miriam Ragland and Mark Anderson Miriam Ragland and Mark Anderson
Residence Life Q&A Residence Life Staff Residence Life Staff

11: 15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Academic Success (Students Only), Belk Auditorium

Come hear from our Dean of Academics and Provost regarding important keys to academic success at PC including using BannerWeb for course registration, Advising, and what to expect from the college classroom.

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Parent or Family Transition (Guests Only), Edmunds Auditorium

Whether you are sending your first or your last child off to college, the transition comes with challenges. Come hear from PC administration and staff about how you can support your student in their transition to PC and find comfort in your own transition.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Final Countdown, Location: Edmunds Hall

Welcome to the family! Find out which group has won the Spirit Points Competition, countdown to Fall semester, and Get Your Blue On!

12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Optional Lunch available, Outside Edmunds Hall

Offices on campus will be open for you to talk to staff about any questions you may still have. Check in with Financial Aid, see the Registrar, or check out some of the opportunities you’re interested in. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time and drop-ins will be accommodated based on volume.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Athletics Meeting (Student Athletes & Families Only)