Orientation for New Students

New Student Orientation

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 the many of our volunteer students for help.

All new first-year and transfer students are expected to attend 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

2020-2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
See below for a draft of the Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule! We will be updating the information as needed throughout the Summer, so please stay tuned for possible changes to the schedule.

FALL 2020 SCHEDULE - August 21-23, 2020

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

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

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Rinker Community Service Center

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

  • Campus Safety: ID cards, Parking Permits
    Mail Room: Mailbox Information
  • Bookstore: Textbooks, Redhawk 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 smiling faces and volunteer shirts!

10:00 a.m. | Mandatory International Student Meeting

Location: Golisano Library Conference Room 202
This mandatory meeting for all new F-1 international students will include important updated information regarding immigration regulations, social security numbers, and bank accounts. For more information, contact the Office of International Engagement at globalscholars@roberts.edu.

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. Family members may purchase tickets online in advance through the Office of Student Life.

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

Location: TBD
Parents, this is just for you! You are invited to hear a special message from President Porterfield and meet other parents. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

1:00 p.m. | First-Year Student Experience

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Meet your Redhawk Guide and guide-mates!

1:00 p.m. | Transfer Student Experience

Location: Golisano Library Café
Meet upper-class students and faculty from your academic major.

1:30 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.

2:45 p.m. | Alumni Legacy Photo

Location: Stadium Entrance
Celebrate the Roberts Legacy with a photo of Roberts Alumni parents and their students.

3:00 p.m. | Kick-off Event for New Students and Parents!

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

4:15 p.m. | Parents are free to depart campus

Parents are encouraged to depart campus prior to dinner.

4:15 p.m. | Multi-Ethnic Impact Experience

Location: Ellen Stowe Roberts Dining Room (Garlock)
Student gathering 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 Café
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.

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

Location: Golisano Library Courtyard
Enjoy a late night campus-wide adventure brought to you by the Student Association Leadership Team (SALT).

9:00 p.m. |  Party on the Patio

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

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. Please wear a Roberts shirt, if you have one, for this service project.

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.

1:30 p.m. | Where's Waldo?

Location: 2nd floor, Crothers Science & Nursing Center
Math and Science Majors: Get to know your professors and fellow students! Join us for a fun "Where's Waldo?" style scavenger hunt in Crothers and Smith Hall where you'll meet some of your professors and see where your classes and labs will be held. Free snacks and prizes! Sponsored by the Society of Physics Students.

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.

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. 

8:00 p.m. | Variety Show

Location: Garlock Dining Commons
Laugh and win prizes! Sponsored by SALT.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

10:00 a.m. | Worship Service

Location: Pearce Memorial Church Sanctuary

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Brunch

Location: Garlock Dining Commons

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

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.

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. 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. Tours led by knowledgeable students.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Wind Ensemble and Orchestra Auditions

Location: Cox Hall Room 201
Auditions are required to participate in Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Auditions consist of 1-2 pages of a prepared piece and sight-reading. A sign-up sheet will be posted on Dr. Paul Shewan's office door in Cox Hall Room 201. Contact ShewanP@roberts.edu for more information. Other dates and times are available upon request.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Bookstore VIP Party

Location: Bookstore, Upper VAC
You are a VIP! Enjoy snacks and win prizes while checking out the Bookstore.

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.

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.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24

Classes begin – Consult your class schedule

*Special Note to Transfer Students:
Transfer students should plan to stop by the “Grab & Go” 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 Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library Conference Room 202. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting should contact the Office of International Engagement at globalscholars@roberts.edu.

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FIRST 40 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS

Look for the First 40 Days schedules upon your arrival to campus!

For more information, contact...

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

Office of Student Life Texting Number:
coming soon!

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