Orientation for New Students


Welcome to Roberts!

You made the right choice! We have designed the Orientation weekend with you in mind. Whether we are meeting you virtually on a screen, or face to face in person, 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 our student leaders for help.

All new first-year and transfer students are expected to participate in the New Student Orientation program. It will be very beneficial to you and your new beginnings at Roberts!

If you have questions about anything related to the Orientation and your new adventure at Roberts, please call us at 585-594-6096. We look forward to having you on campus!

~Orientation Staff

See below for the Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule! 

FALL 2020 SCHEDULE - August 21-23, 2020


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


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

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

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | 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!

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 helpful student leaders with smiles under their face coverings!

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 closed, but family members may purchase tickets on-site in Garlock on Friday.

1:30 p.m. | Kick-off Event for New Students and Parents!

Location: Virtual on ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84460032593
Welcome to Roberts! Enjoy this opening tradition for all new students and parents. Parents are encouraged to depart campus following this Virtual Kick-Off.

2:45 p.m. | Parents are free to depart campus

Parents are encouraged to depart campus prior to dinner.

3:00 p.m. | Commuter Student Tech Talk & Safety

Location: Golisano Library Café
Designed for commuters to learn about campus resources and safety, as well as technology including email, Intranet, Moodle, R-Serve, and printing. Face coverings are expected.

4:00 p.m. | Multi-Ethnic Impact Experience

Location: Virtual on ​ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88440178294
The Multi-Ethnic Impact Experience is designed to help students explore how they can make an impact while valuing multiple cultures and perspectives. This session will be specifically helpful for students of color and people who are curious and passionate about diversity. Join us for a virtual panel featuring alumni, current students and faculty, as they give you practical tools on how to make an impact during your time at Roberts Wesleyan College. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Equity.

4:15 p.m. | Commuter Classroom Search

Location: Golisano Library Café
Bring your class schedule and upperclass students will show you where your classrooms are located so you'll be best prepared for next week!

4:45 p.m. | Commuter Pre-Dinner Meet Up

Location: Golisano Library Patio
All commuter students are invited to meet up at the Goliano Library Café, then walk over to the Dinner at the Arch as a group. (Resident students will be gathering in their residence hall.)

5:00 p.m. – 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.

7:00 p.m. | Tech Talk for Resident Students

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
This session is specific to the resident student experience. Learn about your email, Intranet, Moodle, R-Serve, and printing on campus. Sponsored by ITS and the Office of Student Life.

8:00 p.m. | Variety Show

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


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 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. | 16th annual Roberts Day of Service

Garlock Dining Commons
Service is an important aspect of our mission. Participate, Learn, and Serve!

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Brunch

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

11:00 a.m. | Online Parent Session with President Porterfield

Location: Zoom link to join this meeting: www.roberts.edu/newparent
Parents, this is just for you! You are invited to hear a special message from President Porterfield and to learn more about strategies for student success.  We look forward to meeting and hearing from you in this online format!  Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

4:00 p.m. | Street Smarts for Students

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

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Dinner

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

8:30 p.m. | Mystery Late Night Adventure

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

9:00 p.m. |  Party on the Patio

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


Morning | Attend a Worship Service in-person or online

Location: your choice!

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 between 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the last bus departing the Chili-Paul Plaza at 4:45 p.m. Limited seating is available.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Explore North Chili Walking Tour

Departure Location: Garlock/upper Rinker parking loop
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.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Explore North Chili Walking Tour

Departure Location: Garlock/upper Rinker parking loop
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.

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Campus Welcome Back Dinner

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Classes start tomorrow! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy some outdoor games. Sponsored by Residence Life and Metz Culinary Management.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Chorale Auditions

Location: Cox Hall
Auditions are required to participate in the Chorale. Please sign up for an audition time and learn more at www.therobertschorale.com.  Contact Potter_Adam@roberts.edu for more information. Other dates and times are available upon request.

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 & Campus Safety Meetings

Location: Your Residence Hall
Please connect with your RA regarding the specific time of your hall meeting and enjoy meeting others in your building! This meeting will include safety and campus resources and is required for all resident students. Sponsored by Campus Safety and Office of Student Life.


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 Interim Dean Brenda Myrthil.

*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 on Sunday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. on GoogleMeet. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting should contact the Office of International Engagement at globalscholars@roberts.edu.


The Orientation experience for our students who are taking classes virtually will be unique! Below are some ways you can start the learning about our resources. More details to come!

GoogleMeet Wednesday Chat with the Dean!


Brenda Myrthil, Interim Dean of Students, will be inviting you to a series of GoogleMeet chats throughout the semester on Wednesdays at 12noon. This will be a time to gather with other students taking classes virtually, ask questions about Student Life, and keep connected with the Roberts campus.

Online Resources


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


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


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

Learning Center


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

College Success Tips


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.



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...

Brenda J. Myrthil
Interim Dean of Students
Office of Student Life
Phone: 585-594-6096

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