2018 New Student Orientation Schedule

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Orientation Check-in, Springs Student Center, 1st Floor
Check-in in Springs 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.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Optional Campus Tour, Springs Student Center Porch
Students and/or guests may join Admissions for a quick campus tour before Opening Session. Golf carts may be available as needed upon request.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Campus IDs and Parking Pass Registration, Campus Police Office & Springs Student Center
Make sure you’ve taken your photo for your PC ID at the Campus Police Office and registered for your parking pass in Springs Student Center.

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Opening Session and Welcome, Belk Auditorium
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 a.m. – Noon

Meet your Orientation Group (Students Only), West Plaza (Outside Belk)

  • 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.
  • Connect with other students in your Orientation Group to review the schedule and join the Spirit Competition to start earning points for your team. Will your team be the champions?

11 a.m. – Noon

Parents Council Welcome (Guests Only), Belk Auditorium

  • Welcome from staff and the PC Parents Council
  • Hear from our Parents Council about opportunities to get involved

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch with Orientation Groups, Greenville Dining Hall
Students and guests may eat with their Orientation Groups to hear about life at PC from a student perspective.

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Academic Interest Sessions, Harrington-Peachtree (HP) and Jacobs
Connect with potential faculty and staff from academic areas that you may be interested to hear about the field of study, expectations for students, important coursework and resources, and ask questions. You may choose two sessions to attend.

Session 1: 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Session 2: 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Session Title Session Leader Location
Art  Mr. Mark Anderson Neville 103
Biology and Environmental Sciences Dr. Rachel Pigg Kuhne Auditorium (Neville 102)
Business and Economics Dr. Jerry Slice Neville 121
Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Latha Gearheart Neville 105
Dual Degree Engineering/ Physics and Mathematics Dr. Eli Owens & Dr. Greg Geockel Neville 106
Education Dr. Patti Jones Neville 109
English and Modern Foreign Languages Dr. Patrick Kiley Neville 110
Exploring Majors and Career Paths Ms. Kim Lane Neville 205
Health Sciences: PA, PT, OT, Nursing Dr. Ron Zimmerman Neville 122
History Dr. Michael Nelson Neville 206
Music Dr. Ron Davis Neville 221
Political Science Dr. Justin Lance Neville 222
Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental Dr. Austin Shull Neville 305
Pre-Law Dr. Erin McAdams Neville 306
Pre-Pharmacy, Pharmacy Dr. Mike Rischbieter & Dr. Nancy Goodbar Edmunds Auditorium
Psychology Dr. Stephanie Freis Neville 321
Religion/ Philosophy and Christian Education and Pre-Theology Dr. Kirk Nolan Neville 322

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Recharge & Refresh 
Take a couple minutes to relax or grab refreshments on West Plaza. Mingle with PC faculty, staff, and returning students to ask questions you may still have.

Rain location: Cornelson Center (behind Neville Hall)

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Preparing for Success, Various Classrooms
Choose two sessions to attend.

Session 1: 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Session 2: 3:30 p.m.– 4 p.m.

Session Title  Session Leaders  Location
Career Exploration: Career Development & Internships  Ms. Kim Lane & Ms. Lynn Downie  Neville 102
First Scholars 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, PC vocabulary, and keys to success. Mr. Drew Peterson, Ms. Kaley Lindquist, & Staff Neville 109
Money Matters: Paying for College Financial Aid  Belk Auditorium
Pathways to First Year Success: Writing Center, Tutoring, and Library. Mr. Jonathan Butler, Ms. Brittany Goodson, & Ms. Betsy Byrd  Edmunds Auditorium
Study Abroad 101: Explore the World Through Your Studies  Ms. Adriana Smith  Chapman Auditorium (Jacobs 205)
Technology at PC: Bannerweb and More Hear about important technology that you will need to utilize at PC. Dr. Rob Howiler & Ms. Penny Ginn  Neville 122
Undergraduate Research  Dr. Latha Gearheart Harrington-Peachtree (HP) 214
Compass: Chart Your Course The COLS 1000 course will help you put your best foot forward on the path to a successful academic transition to college. Dr. Sharon Knight Neville 121

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Diversity and Community Standards (Students and Guests), Belk Auditorium
The transition to college life can have its challenges, but by utilizing campus resources and understanding community standards students can not only survive but thrive. Learn more about life at PC through the eyes of our student leaders.

5:30 p.m.

Dinner, Greenville Dining Hall

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Drop-In Reception at the President’s Home (Guests Only)
All guests are welcome to join President and Mrs. Staton at their home for a very casual drop-in. Small dessert selection provided.

6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Orientation Group Meeting #2 (Students Only), Various Locations
Meet up with your Orientation Group to debrief what you’ve learned so far and ask questions that you may not have gotten answered.

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

PC  Tie Dye Tees Extravaganza (Students Only), Cornelson Center Stairs
Dress in your 70’s era best if you’d like! Join your class for some memorable fun. You won’t want to miss this!

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

70’s Party! (Students Only), Springs Student Center, 1st and 2nd Floors
Enjoy a 70’s themed evening with treats and fun programming sponsored by The Office of Student Involvement and New Student Orientation. Please note that underage drinking is not permitted at any time and that PC is a dry campus during the summer. Conduct violations will result in appropriate conduct procedures.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

BreakfastGreenville Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

IMPORTANT: Turn in your room key and check-out of your residence hall
Please return your key to the Residence Life staff in the Georgia Hall 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. – 11:15 a.m.

Co-Curricular Interest SessionsVarious Classrooms
Please choose two sessions to attend.

Session One: 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Session Two: 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session Title  Session Leader Location
Fine Arts Opportunities  Mr. Mark Anderson  Neville 122
Fraternity & Sorority Life  Ms. Lisa McCoy  Edmunds Auditorium
Leadership & Involvement  Student Leaders  Neville 109
Multicultural Programs at PC  Ms. Jacqui Chiari  Harrington-Peachtree (HP) 214
Recreation  Mr. Jonas Ha & Ms. Zoe Montague  Chapman Auditorium (Jacobs 205)
Religious Life & Service  Rev. Rachel Parsons-Wells  Kuhne Auditorium (Neville 102)
Staying Healthy and Safe in College  Mr. Larry Mulhall & Staff  Belk Auditorium

11: 15 a.m. – Noon

Academic Success (Students Only), Edmunds Hall
Come hear about important keys to academic success at PC including the Honor Code, Starfish, using BannerWeb for course registration, utilizing your academic advisor, and what to expect from the college classroom.

11:15 a.m. – Noon

The Parent or Family Transition (Guests Only), Belk 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.

Noon – 12:30 p.m.

The Final Countdown, Belk Auditorium
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.

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 and Guests), Edmunds Hall