Parent and Family Orientation

2021 Kalamazoo College Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, September 8

1:00-4:00 p.m. Student Move-In (Residence Halls) Resident Assistants (RAs) and Peer Leaders will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome your student. Students will pick up their orientation folder from the Peer Leaders. Then see the Residential Life staff to get their student ID, room key, check into their room, and get settled. Health verification must be completed before students can check in. Students with incomplete health requirements will be directed to the Health Center to complete any necessary requirements before they are permitted to check in.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Health Center Open (Main Floor, Hicks Student Center) Health Center staff is available for health information verification as well as general consultation with students and families.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Book Club Cafe Open (Upjohn Library) Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches, and sides.

1:00-5:00 p.m. Information Table (Hicks Student Center) Stop by for schedules, maps, directions, resource handouts, and answers to your questions.

1:00-5:00 p.m. Bookstore Open (Hicks Student Center) Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

1:00-5:00 p.m. Richardson Room Open (Hicks Student Center) The Richardson Room offers a variety of options including an extensive deli line with a wide variety of toppings and homemade soup. Also available is a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and beverages.

4:00-4:45 p.m. Understanding Billing and Financial Aid (Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall) Join Director of Financial Aid, Becca Murphy, and Student Accounts Coordinator, Juan Muniz, for a session to help understand the financial side of sending your student to college. This program will be repeated twice on Thursday.

5:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner (Dining Center in Hicks Student Center or off campus) Students and their families are welcome to have dinner together on campus at the Dining Center in the Hicks Student Center, or venture off campus to one of Kalamazoo’s excellent eating establishments (a list of restaurants is available at the information table). New students can use their student ID (which also serves as their meal card) for entrance to the Dining Center. Families may purchase tickets at the Dining Center entrance ($11.15 per person).

5:00-7:00 p.m. First-Generation Welcome Dinner (by invitation only) (Hicks Banquet Room) A welcome for first-generation students and their families. Dinner buffet will be served and important information specifically for first-generation students and their families will be shared. 

Evening Relax or Explore the Campus and the City of Kalamazoo Families are welcome to just relax after a day of moving their students in or explore Kalamazoo. Information about downtown Kalamazoo is available at the information table in the Hicks Student Center. Take your student shopping for last minute items, or explore campus (self-guided walking tour directions are available at the information table in Hicks). Get to know the area your student will call home for the next four years!

Thursday, September 9

Check in continues in the morning. A variety of sessions for parents and families are available today and we hope you take advantage of them! Students will have different sessions occurring at the same time which are listed on their orientation schedule. Those sessions are for students only and we ask that parents and families please attend the sessions designed for them listed on this schedule. Thanks!

7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Dining Center) Families may pay at the Dining Center entrance ($5.95 per person). New students can use their student ID (which also serves as their meal card) to access the Dining Center.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Information Table (Hicks Student Center) Stop by for schedules, maps, directions, resource handouts, and answers to your questions.

9:00 a.m.-Noon Student Move-In (Residence Halls) Resident Assistants (RAs) and Peer Leaders will be stationed at check-in tables at each residence hall to welcome your student. Students will pick up their orientation folder from the Peer Leaders. Then see the Residential Life staff to get their student ID, room key, check into their room, and get settled. Health verification must be completed before students can check in. Students with incomplete health requirements will be directed to the Health Center to complete any necessary requirements before they are permitted to check in.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Health Center Open (Main Floor, Hicks Student Center) Health Center staff is available for health information verification as well as general consultation with students and families.

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Bookstore Open (Hicks Student Center) Go Hornets! 20% off Kalamazoo College imprinted items.

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Book Club Cafe Open (Upjohn Library) Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides.

10:00-10:45 a.m. Parent and Family Information Sessions I (Various Locations) Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions (some sessions will be repeated and those are indicated with a * after the title)

Understanding Billing and Financial Aid: The financial side of sending your student to college* (Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall)

-The K Curriculum and the Liberal Arts: Classes, requirements, and the 10-week quarter system* (Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center)

-Supporting your Student’s Transition: A Conversation with the Dean of Students and Student Development Staff* (103 Dewing Hall)

-All About Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away* (Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts)-Campus Walking Tour* (Meet outside of the Hicks Student Center)

11:00-11:45 a.m. Parent and Family Information Sessions II (Various Locations) Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions (some sessions will be repeated and those are indicated with a * after the title):

-Meeting for Families of New Hornet Athletes (103 Dewing Hall, athlete parents only)

-Faculty Panel: A discussion with faculty from a variety of disciplines (Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall)

-More After 4: Preparing your student for life after K with the Office of Career and Professional Development* (Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts)

-Academic Resources and Support for Student Success* (Upjohn Library, Room 213)

-College Student Mental Health* (Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center)

11:00 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Lunch (on or off campus) Families are welcome to purchase lunch on campus at the Book Club Café in Upjohn Library, the Richardson Room in Hicks Student Center, or Dining Center ($7.90 at the entrance), or venture off campus (a list of restaurants is available at the Information Table).

Noon-3:00 p.m. Intercultural Center Open House (110 Hicks Student Center) Visit the Intercultural Center, and learn more about this important campus resource! Priorities for the Intercultural Center include being: A place with a focus on students who have experienced marginalization that is welcoming to all students; A place where students can have a sense of refuge, where they can simply “be”; A place, among others on campus, that will support broader intercultural education and programming; A gathering place.

1:00-1:45 p.m. Parent and Family Information Sessions III (Various Locations) Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

-Understanding Billing and Financial Aid: The financial side of sending your student to college (Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall)

-The K Curriculum and the Liberal Arts: Classes, requirements, and the 10-week quarter system (Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center)

-College Student Mental Health (103 Dewing Hall)

-Academic Resources and Support for Student Success (Upjohn Library, Room 213)

-Campus Walking Tour (Meet outside of the Hicks Student Center)

2:00-2:45 p.m. Parent and Family Information Sessions IV (Various Locations) Parents and families are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

-Supporting your Student’s Transition: A Conversation with the Dean of Students and Student Development Staff (Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center)

-All About Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away (Dalton Theater, Light Fine Arts)

– More After 4: Preparing your student for life after K with the Office of Career and Professional Development (Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall)

-Civic Engagement: Learning, Working, Contributing to Community (103 Dewing Hall)-Tour of the Fitness & Wellness Center (Fitness & Wellness Center)

3:00-4:00 p.m. Convocation (Lower Quad; Rain Site: Stetson Chapel) President Jorge Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith, Provost Danette Ifert Johnson, Chaplain Elizabeth Candido, the Convocation speaker, faculty, staff, and President’s Student Ambassadors welcome students and their families. Convocation concludes with all new students signing the Matriculation Registry.

Immediately Following Hugs and Farewell Reception (Upper Quad; Rain Site: Hicks Student Center) Parents and families depart campus when the reception concludes at 5:00PM.