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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Welcome to Roberts!

You made the right choice! We have designed New Student Orientation with you in mind. We want you to become more familiar with the campus and your new home before you start classes. When you arrive on campus, feel free to ask one of the many of our student leaders for help.

All new freshmen and transfer students are expected to attend the New Student Orientation August 25-28. 

If you have questions about anything related to New Student Orientation, please contact donleavy_celeste@roberts.edu. We look forward to having you on campus soon!

~Orientation Staff

MEET THE STAFF

FALL 2022 SCHEDULE - August 25-28

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.| Administrative Office Hours

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Rinker Community Service Center

  • Human Resources: Student Employment
  • Registration: Course Schedule Changes
  • Student Life: Meal plans, Residence Life, Student Activities, Diversity & Equity
  • Financial Services: Financial Aid, Billing, Loans, Cashier
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Voller Athletic Center (VAC)

  • Campus Safety: ID cards, Parking Permits
  • Mail Room: Mailbox Information
  • Bookstore: Textbooks, Redhawks Merchandise
  • Health Services: Health Information Forms
  • Spiritual Life: Campus Pastor

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | RESIDENT STUDENT Check-In at the Welcome Tent

Location: Lower Rinker Community Service Center Lawn
Pick up your Orientation schedule, guest meal tickets, residence hall room key, meet other parents, and enjoy a free cup of coffee!

8:30 a.m. | Residence Halls Open

Location: Your Residence Hall
Student leaders are available to help you move into your home away from home. Look for the smiling faces and volunteer shirts!

11:00 a.m. | COMMUTER STUDENT Check-In at the Welcome Tent

Location: Lower Rinker Community Service Center Lawn
Pick up your Orientation schedule, guest meal tickets, meet other parents, and enjoy a free cup of coffee!

11:30 a.m. | First Generation Student Meet & Greet

Location: Golisano Library Upstairs Fireside Room 235
Pick This session orients new college students and families to the issues that first-gen students encounter, the notion of college culture shock, and the people and places they can go to ask questions.

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass. Online advance ticket sales are now available for $9.25 each. In addition, family members may purchase tickets on-site in Garlock on Friday.

1:00 p.m. | Parent Conversation with President Porterfield

Location: Shewan Recital Hall, CLC
Parents! You are invited to hear a special message from President Porterfield and meet other parents. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Student Life.

​1:00 p.m. | First-Year Student Redhawk Guide Meet & Greet

Location: Library Courtyard
All first-year students are invited to meet their Redhawk Guide and other first-year students.

​1:00 p.m. | Transfer Student Faculty Meet & Greet

Location: Golisano Library Café
All transfer students are invited to meet upperclass students and faculty from their academic major.

1:30 p.m. | Commuter Student Meet & Greet

Location: Golisano Library Café
This session is specific to the commuter student experience. Learn about Student Clubs/Organizations, hear from the Commuter Student Senator Reps. Make connections with other commuter students!

1:30 p.m. | International Meet & Greet

Location: Garlock Lawn (Look for the flags!)
Are you an international student OR have you lived outside the US for an extended period of time (missionary kid, TCK, military parents, permanent resident, dual citizen, etc.)? The Office of International Engagement would like to meet you! Come meet the OIE staff as well as new and upper-class students who share similar international backgrounds and cross-cultural experiences.

2:15 p.m. | Alumni Legacy Photo

Location: upper entrance of the CLC
Celebrate the Roberts Legacy with a photo of Roberts Alumni families. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

2:30 p.m. | Chapel & Commissioning for New Students and Parents!

Location: Hale Auditorium, CLC
Welcome to Roberts! Enjoy this opening tradition for all new students and parents. Parents are encouraged to depart campus following this Kick-Off.

4:00 p.m. Parents are free to depart campus at this time

4:00 p.m. | Men's Varsity Soccer Home Opener Game

Location: RWC Stadium
Meet up with your Residence Floor or fellow Commuters and come support your Redhawks. Popcorn! Half time competitions and giveaways!

6:00 p.m. | President's Dinner at the Arch

Location: Golisano Library Lawn
Enjoy dinner with President Porterfield at the Arch in front of the Golisano Library. Students will then participate in the College tradition of walking through the Arch, signifying the beginning of their Roberts journey. Dress is very casual! Rain site is Garlock Dining Commons.

7:15 p.m. | First Things First

Location: Hale Auditorium, CLC
This session is an overview of significant resources for all new students. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

8:00 p.m. | First Residence Hall Meeting

Location: Residence Area
First year students can meet with their floor mates, RA and RD!

8:00 p.m. | Commuter Connect!

Location: Golisano Library Courtyard
Commuter students will meet together through interactive games!

9:00 p.m. | Variety Show

Location: Golisano Library Front Steps
Laugh and win prizes! Limited seating available. Sponsored by the Student Association Leadership Team (SALT).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | Breakfast

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Learn Campus Basics

Location: Hale Auditorium
Learn about Spiritual Life Credits, Email, Moodle, R-Serve, Library Resources, The Learning Center and student support services.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch with your FYS Section

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Have lunch with your FYS section!

1:00 p.m. | New F1 Student Meeting

Location: Golisano Library Room 134

International students are required to attend a Mandatory International Students Meeting every year. This mandatory meeting will include important updated information regarding immigration regulations, social security numbers, and bank accounts.

1:30 p.m. | Diversity & Belonging

Location: Golisano Library Cafe
Meet and connect with BIPOC faculty, staff and students. All are welcome!

3:00 p.m. | Roberts Venture Games

Location: Golisano Library Patio
Watch or compete in unique games and meet your Redhawk class. Rainsite: Voller Athletic Center (VAC).

4:00 p.m. | Insider Guide to Campus Life

Location: Lake Auditorium, Smith Hall
Hear from upper class students how to navigate campus life including student activities, safety, accountability, Chapel requirements, and learn about the city of Rochester.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Dinner with Your Major

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Dine with professors and students from your academic major! Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass.

8:30 p.m. | Late Night Adventure

Location: Golisano Library Courtyard
Enjoy a late night campus-wide adventure brought to you by SALT. Running shoes recommended.

9:15 p.m. |  Party on the Patio

Location: Golisano Library Patio
Top off your evening with late night pizza and music! Sponsored by SALT.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | Breakfast

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass.

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 18th annual Roberts Day of Service

Garlock Dining Commons
Service is an important aspect of our mission. Participate, Learn, and Serve! Wear a Roberts shirt (if you have one) and durable shoes for this service activity.

12:00 p.m.| Lunch

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Rest or Caffeine. Your choice!

Use this time to rest from the morning of service, or stop by the Library Patio for a free drink and explore the campus.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Cold Treats at the Beach 

Location: Rinker Parking Loop
The Offices of Diversity & Belonging and International Engagement are sponsoring a trip to Charlotte Beach. Fill out this form to RSVP your spot on the bus: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesC7Ru5iCpsPbvX3xXsVaR0A1zJ-nSc0vIMNqUnPLQM_ZOEA/viewform?usp=sf_link  (You must be signed into your Roberts email to complete the form). Student Organization leaders from SMAC and Global Club will also be joining!

3:00 p.m. | North Chili Walking Tour

Location: Tour departs from the Library Patio

Take a walking tour of North Chili and see what the community offers including coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy, and the post office. Tours led by knowledgeable students.

4:00 p.m. | Commuter Classroom Search and Meet up for Dinner

Location: Golisano Library Steps
Bring your class schedule and upperclass students will help you be prepared!


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Dinner in Garlock with your floor! 

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Bring your ID and dine with your RA and floor residents! Each new student not on a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal pass. Commuters are invited to sign-in for a complimentary meal!

7:00 p.m. | Karaoke and Mingle

Location: Golisano Library Courtyard
Come try out your singing talents, meet new people and enjoy snow cones! Sponsored by SALT Multi-Ethnic Affairs Director.

9:00 p.m. |  Glow Games

Location: Golisano Library Patio (rain site VAC Arena)
Glow Games. Need we say more? Get ready to have a blast and celebrate the beginning of the school year!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

9:30 a.m. | Worship Service 

Location: Pearce Memorial Church

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Chorale Auditions

Location: Cox Hall 207
To see the audition requirements visit www.roberts.edu/chorale. For more information, contact Dr. Adam Potter (Potter_Adam@roberts.edu)

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Brunch

Location: Garlock Dining Commons

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Bookstore Open

Location: Bookstore, Upper VAC
Stop by the Bookstore on this day before classes begin.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Bus to Chili-Plaza: Target and Wegmans

Departure Location: Garlock/upper Rinker parking loop
Need to pick up a few essentials? A bus to the Chili-Paul Plaza will depart every 30 minutes from the Garlock/upper Rinker parking loop starting at 1:00 p.m. with the last bus departing the Chili-Paul Plaza at 4:45 p.m. Limited seating is available.

1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. | Explore Rochester Bus Tour 

Departure Location: Garlock/upper Rinker parking loop
Take a bus tour of Rochester and see what the city offers. Tours led by knowledgeable students.

4:00 p.m. | Resident Student Classroom Search 

Location: Library Patio. Bring your class schedule and upper class students will help you be prepared!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Bookstore VIP Experience 

Location: Bookstore, Upper VAC
You are a VIP! Enjoy appetizers, learn how to order books and win prizes while checking out the Bookstore.

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Dinner

Location: Garlock Dining Commons

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Choral Music Program Meet & Greet

Location: Cox Auditorium

Are you interested in joining a choir? Come enjoy pizza and games with the current and future members. Audition preparation and information will be provided.

7:00 p.m. | Outdoor Worship Event

Location: Golisano Library Courtyard
Join us for this student-led worship event. Rain site is Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by SALT and the Office of Spiritual Life.

8:00 p.m. | Residence Hall Meetings

Location: Your Residence Hall
Connect with your RA and enjoy meeting others on your residence floor!

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

Classes begin – Consult your class schedule

*Special Note to Transfer Students:
Transfer students should plan to stop by the Coffee and Donuts reception in the lower Rinker atrium anytime between 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. You will receive more information from Director of Student Leadership & Engagement Celeste Donleavy.

*Special Note to International Students:
International students are required to attend a Mandatory International Students Meeting every year. This mandatory meeting will include important updated information regarding immigration regulations, social security numbers, and bank accounts. All new F-1 students must attend this meeting to be scheduled by the Office of International Engagement. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting should contact the Office of International Engagement at globalscholars@roberts.edu.

Campus Tour Video

https://youtu.be/WreFi600d74  

Want another look at campus before the semester starts? Join former student and current Admissions Counselor Becca Gartland for a 15 minute walk through campus.

VIRTUAL ORIENTATION OPPORTUNITY

For students beginning their chapter at Roberts in today's world of advance technology, the Orientation experience can be multi-faceted! In addition to hosting in-person experiences, we are happy to provide virtual avenues for your transition to Roberts! Below are some ways you can start the learning about our resources.

Campus Tour Video

https://youtu.be/WreFi600d74  

Want another look at campus before the semester starts? Join former student and current Admissions Counselor Becca Gartland for a 15 minute walk through campus.

Online Resources

https://rwc.roberts.edu/online-resources-for-students/

As you prepare to take your classes online, the following information should help! We will be updating this site as more questions arise and more tutorials become available.

Student Accounts and Moodle

https://youtu.be/N7TOp9ca4zo

To help you better understand your Student Account and Moodle, watch this video by Patrick Glantz, Director of Instructional Technology & Training. He’ll help you access your Roberts login and complete information forms. R-Serve is the online student information system, located on the Roberts Intranet site (rwc.roberts.edu). This is the place where you can access your class schedule, grades, an unofficial copy of your transcript, interact with your Advisor, register for classes, and view your financial and other student account information. For help in navigating this important lifeline, visit https://rwc.roberts.edu/it-services/training/r-serve.aspx.

Financial Aid and Student Bills

https://youtu.be/ClEF-OawBe4

Our Director of Student Accounts, Amy Schmalfuss, will walk you through our financial aid and billing process in this video.

Learning Center

https://youtu.be/gcPchbOHpUk

Curious about academic support and resources available? Hear the answer from Ashley Cooper in our Learning Center.

College Success Tips

https://youtu.be/x1QTgFnDdLs

Want to know the secret in succeeding in college? Here’s another video with Ashley Cooper who serves as an adjunct professor and a staff member in our Learning Center.

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FIRST 40 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS

Check out the Campus Calendar at www.roberts.edu/calendar for information on events and activities occurring during the First 40 Days of the semester!

For more information, contact...

Celeste Donleavy
Director of Student Leadership and Engagement
Donleavy_Celeste@Roberts.edu
Office of Student Life
Phone: 585-594-6567

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

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