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2015 Summer Orientation Schedule

Attendance is required by new students to all applicable events. Transfer students are highly encouraged to attend.



Sunday, July 26

8:30 a.m.

Parent Orientation, Thatcher Hall Chapel

Parents: come learn how to adjust to your child’s first year at college. Discover what they will need from you and how you can support them from home.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enrollment Activities, Wright Hall

This is when you can pick up your student ID card, receive calendars, schedules, and important documents, take care of finances, and other enrollment requirements. Please note that you are required to present photo ID when you pick up your student ID card.

7 p.m.

SmartStart Welcome Party,Taylor Circle

An icebreaker and kickoff to a great year!

Monday, July 27

7 p.m.

New Student Thatcher Orientation, Thatcher Hall Chapel

(Thatcher Dorm residents only)
An opportunity to worship with fellow students and with your deans.

10 p.m.

New Student Talge Orientation, Talge Hall Chapel

(Talge Dorm residents only)
An opportunity to worship with fellow students and with your deans.

Tuesday, July 28

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Home School Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room

Wednesday, July 29

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Public School Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room

7 p.m.

New Student Orientation,"You're In College Now", Thatcher Hall Chapel

Monday, August 3

7 p.m.

New Student Orientation, "Student Services", Thatcher Hall Chapel

Campus Ministries, Career Advising, Counseling, Disability Support, Student Life, and Tutoring - 
Come and learn what we offer to support our students.

Tuesday, August 4

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

New Community Student Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room

An orientation for students who will not be living in the Residence Halls.

Wednesday, August 5

7 p.m.

New Student Orientation, "Academic Support", Thatcher Hall Chapel

Presentations on Academic Success, Academic Technology, Info Systems, McKee library.

Monday, August 10

7 p.m.

New Student Orientation, "Campus Safety", Thatcher Hall Chapel

Wednesday, August 12

7 p.m.

New Student Orientation, "Enrollment Services", Thatcher Hall Chapel

Campus employment, financial aid tips, and meal plans, come and learn the answers to commonly asked questions.

Tuesday, August 18

7 p.m.

New Student Welcome Party & Scavenger Hunt, Taylor Circle 

Wednesday, August 19
8 a.m.

Freshmen Community Service, Iles P. E. Center

Your first college class. You will meet with your professor, mentor, and classmates. Attendance is required of all registered freshmen.

1 p.m.

Lunch, Iles P.E. Center

2 p.m.

Major/Minor Fair, Iles P.E. Center

Each department on campus will have a display of the programs that they offer. Come and discover firsthand all of the majors and minors that Southern offers. Professors will be there to provide information and to answer questions.

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Student Department/School Orientation, Various Locations 

4:30 p.m.

Secondary Education Majors Orientation, Summerour Hall

4:30 p.m.

Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room


Sunday, August 23

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Organization Showcase, Iles P.E. Center

The ultimate stuff-to-do extravaganza. Here’s where you can see what your options are for getting involved on campus—in clubs, student organizations, music groups, department activities, the Southern Scholars—you name it. Supper will be available for purchase.

Monday, August 24
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Transfer Student Orientation, Presidential Banquet Room, Wright Hall

Thursday, August 27

11 a.m.

Convocation: Student Dedication, President Gordon Bietz, Collegedale Church

7 p.m.

Department/Schools Welcome Parties, Various Locations

An opportunity for fellowship with the professors and other students in your academic department. Take this time to socialize with your professors and peers outside of class.


Attendance is required at all applicable events.