Student and Academic Support Services (SASS)

Orientation Week Overview

Required Sessions for All New Students
Family and Friends Weekend
Day-by-Day Schedule of Activities

 

Required Sessions for All New Students


All Campus Convocation:  A Convening Moment
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:00 am - noon

Convocation is Evergreen’s celebration marking the start of the academic year and an opportunity to welcome new students to the campus community. Join students, faculty and staff for festivities and music. Our featured guest speaker will be Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.

Writing the Academic Statement: Learning With Faculty at Evergreen
Monday, Sept. 17, Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept.  20, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

During these three sessions, you will meet in small groups with other new students and a faculty member to learn about academics at Evergreen.  You will learn about the Academic Statement, a new college-wide initiative to support students in articulating and reaching their educational goals.  Activities will include an overview of Evergreen’s philosophy of teaching and learning, and discussions of Convocation and A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.  You’ll also begin to write about your experiences with education thus far and your college plans, hopes, and dreams. New students are required to attend all three sessions.

Diversity at Evergreen:  An Inclusive Community
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1:00-3:00 pm

Evergreen values the importance of diversity and respect. This session introduces new students to how learning across significant differences promotes a healthy and inclusive community inside and outside of the classroom. Learn about the resources and programs available to students.

Taking Care of Self and Others: Thinking Outside the Bottle--Alcohol and Other Drug Information
Safety and the Red Zone
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1:00-3:00 pm

Learn about new research on alcohol and other drugs, including information on ways to reduce risk associated with use. Also, the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator will talk about the “Red Zone,” the first 5 weeks of fall quarter, and what you can do to keep you and your friends safe.

Academic Planning Workshop
Choose from Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, 10:00 am-noon

In this required workshop you’ll meet academic advisors and begin the academic planning process. You’ll learn about how Evergreen works and get insiders’ advice on how to succeed here.

 

Family and Friends Weekend

The start of your academic career at Evergreen is important not only for you, but also for those who will support you over the years. Over these two days your family and friends will have opportunities to talk with staff and currently enrolled Evergreen students, tour the campus, and participate in workshops and special interest sessions. A special brunch will feature Evergreen President Thomas Purce, Vice President Art Costantino, and Academic Dean Andrew Reece.

Saturday, Sept. 15

9:00 am-4:00 pm Housing Resident Check-In  (Late check-in will be available 4 - 6 pm) 

Family and Friends Residential and Dining Services Welcome Center • Meet other Evergreen students and parents, enjoy conversation and refreshments.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Utilities and Services Fair • You will be able to purchase services and open accounts from representatives of college services and local businesses. Campus Tours • Look for tour groups at the Geoduck Information Booth on Red Square.
1:00-2:30 pm Welcome Reception for New Transfer and Evening & Weekend Students • Staff from Student Academic Support Services and Admissions will welcome new transfer and evening & weekend students, and will answer questions about transfer credits, academic planning, student support resources, and Orientation Week events of particular interest to you.
3:00-5:00 pm Opening Orientation Session • The opening session is dedicated to welcoming new students and their families and friends. You will learn the history of the Evergreen community, and meet faculty, staff and students. Student Affairs practitioners will discuss various aspects of campus life, expectations and values, safety concerns and rights and responsibilities of all members of the community.
5:00-7:00 pm Dinner in the Greenery (Evergreen's campus cafeteria) • Meal cards, cash or credit cards accepted.
7:30 pm   Heart Sparkle Players Evening Performance • A local theater company will provide a special evening of theater for new students and their families and friends.
8:00-10:00 pm Ice Cream Social and Board Games for Housing Residents.

Sunday, Sept. 16

9:00-10:00 am

Concurrent Special Interest Sessions

  • Financing Your Education: Learn about financial aid procedures and deadlines as well as scholarships available to Evergreen students in 2012-13.
  • Learning at Evergreen:  Family and friends will have the opportunity to participate in an actual seminar led by faculty members.
  • Student Leadership & Activities:  This session will focus on the many opportunities students have to get involved in co-curricular activities.
  • Health & Counseling Services and Access Services for Students with Disabilities:  An opportunity to learn about the scope of health care available for all students and services for students with disabilities.
10:00 am-5:00 pm Housing Resident Check-In (for Sunday arrivals)
11:00 am-1:00 pm President's Brunch • Evergreen President Thomas “Les” Purce, Vice President Art Costantino and Academic Dean Andrew Reece will welcome and address new students, their families and friends at this traditional gathering. The President’s Orientation Brunch requires advance reservations and payment. Order and pre-pay your tickets here.  
6:30-9:30 pm Greener Spirit Night • All housing event. Get to know members of your community, find ways to get connected, and learn about leadership in the housing community. Dinner will be provided for all residential community members. 
9:30-10:30 pm Tea, cupcakes and coffee • Sponsored by the Greener Organization for residential community members.

 

Daily Schedule of Activities

Monday, Sept. 17
7:15-9:30 am Tai Chi (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
8:15-8:45 am Fundamentals of Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:15-9:45 Experienced Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00-1:00 am Family and Friends Welcome Hour • For family and friends that were unable to attend the weekend program, we would like to welcome you to Evergreen.
9:00-10:00 am So You Want to Register for a Program • Come find out which programs still have openings and how the registration, waitlist, and faculty-signature system works. Presented by Academic Advising, Registration and Records, and the Academic Deans Office. (Repeated Wednesday)
9:00-10:00 am Student Employment Workshop • Come join the Student Employment Office as we explore the ins & outs of how to get a student job! The workshop will cover job search strategies and work study opportunities, hiring paperwork, getting paid, and also provide resources for coupling your academics with your career goals. (Repeated Wednesday and Friday)
10:00 am-noon Academic Planning Workshop • In this required workshop you’ll meet academic advisors and begin the academic planning process. You’ll learn about how Evergreen works and get insiders’ advice on how to succeed here.  (Also offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
10:00 am-noon Learning to Learn at Evergreen: Cultivating Your Writing Power • Using Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School as one example of powerful writing, this session will introduce you to the historical significance of writing at Evergreen, to the types of assignments you'll likely encounter, and to the places on campus you can utilize to support this almighty skill.  We'll also participate in a writing activity designed to unleash your untapped writing potential.  Sponsored by the Evergreen Writing Center.
10:00 am-noon Learning to Learn at Evergreen (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning [QuaSR]): What does the data tell us about Equity and Justice Then and Now? • One of the six expectations of an Evergreen graduate is to be able to apply quantitative modes of inquiry appropriately across disciplines.  In this workshop we will use the text A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier as a springboard to look quantitatively at segregation in 1957 and in 2012, both in Little Rock, Arkansas and right here in Thurston County, Washington.  We will also talk about Evergreen support structures that can help you be successful in the quantitative work you will encounter in your programs and in your life.  (Repeated Wednesday)
11:00 am-1:00 pm Tour of the Campus Recreation Center • Stop by the CRC for a tour of your facilities and get a sample of some of the activities and programs available to you, including the Indoor Climbing Wall, Cardio Room, Gymnasium, Equipment Rental, Frisbees for Disc Golf, Intramurals, and Activity Classes.
12:00-2:00 pm Student Activities Open House
12:00-2:45 pm International Students Orientation • Learn about support services, academics at Evergreen, and federal laws affecting international students. This is a required session for all new International students.
1:00-2:30 pm Access Services for New Students with Disabilities • Students with disabilities are invited to attend this information session to meet our staff and learn about support services offered.
3:00-5:00 pm
Required event 
Writing the Academic Statement: Learning with Faculty at Evergreen (First Session) • Faculty will introduce you to Evergreen’s philosophy and to the key components of the Orientation Week course on A Mighty Long Way:  My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. New students are required to attend this session.
5:00-7:00 pm College Recreation Center Clubs Fair
6:00-8:00 pm Evening and Weekend Studies Orientation • Introduction to the Evening and Weekend Studies resources and an Academic Planning Workshop for new students.
6:00 pm Create Your Own "Green" Cleaning Products • For residential community members.
7:00-9:00 pm Beach Walk • Join fellow students and Outdoor Program staff as they lead you on an introductory tour of a couple of Evergreen's greatest assets: our forest and our beach. Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes. (Repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00-10:30 pm   Movie Night
Tuesday, Sept. 18
7:15-9:30 am Tai Chi (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
8:15-8:45 am Fundamentals of Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:15-9:45 am Experienced Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
10:00 am-noon
Required event
All-Campus Convocation • Convocation is Evergreen’s celebration marking the start of the academic year and an opportunity to welcome new students to the campus community. Join students, faculty and staff for festivities and music. Our featured guest speaker will be Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.
1:00-3:00 pm
Required event
Diversity at Evergreen: An Inclusive Community • Evergreen values the importance of diversity and respect. This session introduces new students to how learning across significant differences promotes a healthy and inclusive community inside and outside of the classroom. Learn about the resources and programs available to students. 
3:00-5:00 pm
Required event 
Writing the Academic Statement: Learning with Faculty at Evergreen (Second Session) • Faculty will introduce you to seminars, and you’ll discuss LaNier’s Convocation speech and book with your seminar group.     Students begin writing about their education.  New students are required to attend this session.
6:00 pm Planter Painting
7:00-9:00 pm Beach Walk • Join fellow students and Outdoor Program staff as they lead you on an introductory tour of a couple of Evergreen's greatest assets: our forest and our beach. Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes. (Repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00 pm Karaoke Night
Wednesday, Sept. 19
7:15-9:30 am Tai Chi (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
8:15-8:45 am Fundamentals of Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:15-9:45 Experienced Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00-10:00 am Student Employment Workshop • Come join the Student Employment Office as we explore the ins & outs of how to get a student job! The workshop will cover job search strategies and work study opportunities, hiring paperwork, getting paid, and also provide resources for coupling your academics with your career goals. (Also offered on Monday and Friday)
9:30-11:30 am KEY Student Services Reception • Learn about KEY Student Services, a TRIO program at Evergreen that provides support for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities.
10:00 am-noon Learning to Learn at EvergreenQuantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QuaSRWhat does the data tell us about Equity and Justice Then and Now? • One of the six expectations of an Evergreen graduate is to be able to apply quantitative modes of inquiry appropriately across disciplines.  In this workshop we will use the text A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier as a springboard to look quantitatively at segregation in 1957 and in 2012 both in Little Rock, Arkansas and right here in Thurston County, Washington.  We will also talk about Evergreen support structures that can help you be successful in the quantitative work you will encounter in your programs and in your life.  (Also offered on Monday)
10:00 am-noon Academic Planning Workshop • In this required workshop you’ll meet academic advisors and begin the academic planning process. You’ll learn about how Evergreen works and get insiders’ advice on how to succeed here.  (Also offered Monday, Thursday, and Friday)
1:00-2:30 pm Farm Walk • Visit Evergreen's Organic Farm and find out about ongoing projects such as the recycling program and composting.
1:00-3:00 pm
Required event 
Taking Care of Self and Others: Thinking Outside the Bottle--Alcohol and Other Drug Information • Learn about new research on alcohol and other drugs, including information on ways to reduce risk associated with use. 
Safety and the Red Zone --  The Coordinator for Sexual Assault Prevention and Police Services team up to talk about the “Red Zone” (the first 5 weeks of fall quarter) and what you can do to keep you and your friends safe.
4:00 pm Men's Soccer vs. Concordia University
4:00-6:00 pm Downtown Olympia Walking Tours • Take a tour of downtown Olympia. Find out where to shop, run errands, hang out and meet Greener business owners.
4:30-6:00 pm Welcome Reception for Queer and Transgender Students • Queer and Transgender new students are invited to attend this reception to learn about the programs and resources available at Evergreen.
6:00-7:00 pm So You Want to Register for a Program • Come find out which programs still have openings and how the registration, waitlist, and faculty-signature system works. Presented by Academic Advising, Registration and Records, and the Academic Deans Office. (Also offered Monday)
7:00-9:00 pm Beach Walk • Join fellow students and Outdoor Program staff as they lead you on an introductory tour of a couple of Evergreen's greatest assets: our forest and our beach. Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes. (Repeated daily during Orientation Week)
7:00-9:00 pm Evening Activities • Make your own doorstop for your room or apartment: we’ll provide the supplies, you bring your creativity.
8:00-10:00 pm Karaoke Night
9:00 pm Pajamas and Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Thursday, Sept. 20
7:15-9:30 am Tai Chi (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
8:15-8:45 am Fundamentals of Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:15-9:45 am Experienced Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00-10:00 am Developing Your Career Pathways • Learn how to align your career aspirations with your academic work at Evergreen.
10:00 am-noon Learning to Learn at Evergreen: Getting Organized and Time Awareness • Evergreen faculty and Student Affairs staff will share practical tips on how to prepare for lectures and seminar.
10:00 am-noon Academic Planning Workshop • In this required workshop you’ll meet academic advisors and begin the academic planning process. You’ll learn about how Evergreen works and get insiders’ advice on how to succeed here. (Also offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
12:30-2:30 pm Taking Care of this Place: Sustainability 101 at Evergreen • This informational session will provide an overview of the current sustainability initiatives on campus. It will also provide an opportunity for students to learn how they can get involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
1:00-2:30 pm First Peoples' Advising Services Reception • Join us for ice cream and learn how our office can support you.
3:00-5:00 pm
Required event 
Writing the Academic Statement: Learning with Faculty at Evergreen (Third Session) • Students share their writing, and faculty introduce the Academic Statement.  There will be time for Q & A with faculty.  New students are required to attend this session. 
6:00-7:30 pm Taking Care of Self and Others: Developing Healthy Relationships •  Come join in for a discussion on consent and expectations of healthy relationships. Sponsored by Coalition Against Sexual Violence, a registered student organization at Evergreen. (Repeated Friday)
7:00-8:00 pm Arts & Crafts •  Make your own clock
7:00-9:00 pm Beach Walk • Join fellow students and Outdoor Program staff as they lead you on an introductory tour of a couple of Evergreen's greatest assets: our forest and our beach. Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes.(Repeated daily during Orientation Week)
7:30 pm Movie NightThe Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, Sept. 21
7:15-9:30 am Tai Chi (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
8:15-8:45 am Fundamentals of Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:15-9:45 am Experienced Yoga (repeated daily during Orientation Week)
9:00-10:00 am Student Employment Workshop • Come join the Student Employment Office as we explore the ins & outs of how to get a student job! The workshop will cover job search strategies and work study opportunities, hiring paperwork, getting paid, and also provide resources for coupling your academics with your career goals. (Also offered Monday and Wednesday)
10:00-11:30 am Taking Care of Self and Others: Developing Healthy Relationships • Come join in for a discussion on consent and expectations of healthy relationships. Sponsored by Coalition Against Sexual Violence, a registered student organization at Evergreen. (Also offered Thursday)
10:30 am-noon Residency--Ask the Experts! • Come with any and all questions about the regulations and process associated with meeting Washington State residency requirements.
10:00 am-noon Academic Planning Workshop • In this required workshop you’ll meet academic advisors and begin the academic planning process. You’ll learn about how  Evergreen works and get insiders’ advice on how to succeed here. (Also offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
1:00-3:00 pm Welcome Reception for Veterans and Veterans' Dependents • President Thomas L. Purce requests your presence at a Welcome Reception in honor of Evergreen’s newly enrolled veterans and veterans’ dependents. Each newly enrolled veteran will be presented with an Evergreen Veterans Medallion. Family members and the Evergreen community are encouraged to attend.
1:00-5:00 pm Community to Community Day of Caring: National Problems, Local Solutions • Organized by Evergreen’s Center for Community Based Learning and Action, in collaboration with United Way and Day of Caring. Pre-registration recommended for a space in the van. To register or for more information, call (360)867-6137 or email CCBLA. To participate:
  • Meet at Red Square by 1:00 pm for transportation to sites.
  • Wear sturdy clothes, shoes and sunscreen, as these are primarily outdoor projects.
4:00-6:00 pm Teaching Gardens Tour and Workshop • Join the campus walking tour to learn about native, prairie, and primitive plants, edible species, and those that attract beneficial insects.
5:00-7:00 pm Four Square Tournament
7:00 pm Women's Volleyball vs Southern Oregon University
7:00-9:00 pm Beach Walk • Join fellow students and Outdoor Program staff as they lead you on an introductory tour of a couple of Evergreen's greatest assets: our forest and our beach. Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes.(Repeated daily during Orientation Week)
Saturday, Sept. 22
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Nisqually Wildlife Trip • Join the Outdoor Program on a day trip to the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Bring a lunch, dress for possible foul weather and wear comfortable shoes. Register for this event at room 210 at the CRC.  For questions contact Rob Healy, Student Coordinator of the Outdoor Program at The Evergreen State College Campus Recreation Center at (360) 867-6770.