Download a pdf version of the Class of 2021 Orientation Schedule.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16

8 a.m. – noon
Arrival and Check-In
Smith Hall, Vedder Hall, McDonnell Hall and Swartz Hall

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Technology Assistance
Technology Desk consultants will be available in the halls for assistance if you have problems connecting to the network.

10 – 11 a.m.
Family Meetings with Residential Education Community Directors

Smith Hall — Smith TV Lounge
Vedder Hall — Vedder Pit
McDonnell Hall — McDonnell Ski Lodge
Swartz Hall — Swartz Fireplace Lounge

Families are invited to meet the professional staff who live in the first-year residence halls.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Resource Fair
Ground floor, Elaine Langone Center
Learn about checking accounts from local banks, subscribe to The Bucknellian (our student newspaper), and get your questions answered by representatives from a variety of campus offices and resources including Bucknell Student Health, the Counseling & Student Development Center, Bursar & Payroll, Campus & Dining Dollars, Dining Services, Family Programs, Library & Information Technology, Card Services & Student Transit and Bucknell Nutrition.

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Terrace Room, Room 256, Elaine Langone Center
New students, their families and friends are invited to lunch as guests of the University (no charge).

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
"Chips Off the Ol' Block" Alumni Parent and Student Reception
Hunt Formal Living Room, Hunt Hall
Meet President John Bravman as we celebrate Bucknell alumni legacy families and welcome alumni first-year students to the Bucknell community.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion Open House
Multi-Purpose Room, Elaine Langone Center

Multicultural Student Services, International Student Services, the Office of LGBTQ Resources and the Women's Resource Center invite new students and their families to stop by their shared space, the Intercultural Equity & Advocacy Multi-Purpose Room. We welcome this opportunity for you to meet the staff and other campus allies, become acquainted with affiliated student groups and learn about available resources. Light refreshments will be served.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Religious Life Open Houses
St. George Street and Rooke Chapel
New students and their families are invited to drop by and meet Bucknell's chaplains at the Meditation Chapel in Rooke Chapel (Protestant and inter-faith); Berelson Center, 628 St. George St. (Jewish); and Newman House, 610 St. George St. (Roman Catholic). The St. George Street houses are just north of Smith Hall, across from Financial Aid.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Parent and Family Orientation Break-out Session 1 (choose one)

Family-to-Family
Forum, Elaine Langone Center
Is this your first student or last student headed to college? Join us as seasoned current family members provide advice about transitioning your student to Bucknell and how siblings may react to this change.

Keeping Your Student Healthy
Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
This session introduces parents to the directors of the Counseling & Student Development Center, Bucknell Student Health and Bucknell Nutrition. They will explain common mental and physical health conditions that affect college students and provide information about services that are available on and off campus.

College Student Finance: B-bill, Campus Dollars and More
116 Rooke Chemistry
Join us and learn about Campus Dollars, how to navigate your student's B-bill account, your student's meal plan and much more.

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Hall Meetings
The Class of 2021 will have their first hall meeting with their orientation assistant (OA), residential adviser (RA) and junior fellow (JF). Students should report to their residence hall floor.

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.
Parent and Family Orientation Break-out Session 2 (choose one)

Parents and families will meet with the deans within each of the colleges:
College of Arts & Sciences — Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature
College of Engineering — Harvey M. Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall
College of Management — Room 268, Olin Science Building

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Being Bucknellians
Students will be directed to various locations by their OA.
As the newest members of Bucknell, students will have an opportunity to discuss community expectations and what it means to be a Bucknellian.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presidential Welcome for Parents and Families
Weis Center
President John Bravman, Provost Barbara Altmann and Dean of Students Amy Badal welcome and advise family members on the first year at Bucknell.

5 – 6 p.m.
Family and friends depart

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Class of 2021 Welcome Dinner
Dana/Olin Science Quadrangle (Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
The Class of 2021 will enjoy their first meal as a class and be officially welcomed by the University.

8 – 9 p.m.
Matriculation Ceremony
Rooke Chapel Lawn (Rain location: Weis Center)
This ceremony officially marks the entrance of the Class of 2021 into the Bucknell community. Students receive their class pin and process along a pathway lighted by luminaria through the Christy Mathewson–Memorial Gateway to symbolize their entrance into the University.

9 – 10 p.m.
Playfair
Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium (Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Don't miss this Bucknell favorite. Meet your new classmates through the largest team-building exercise you've ever seen.

10:30 p.m. – midnight
Brownies, Sprinkles and More
McDonnell Amphitheatre and Vedder Volleyball Court (Rain location: Uptown and Vedder Pit)
Make a brownie sundae while hanging out with your new classmates.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

9 – 10 a.m.
College of Engineering Meeting
Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature
Dean Patrick Mather will hold an introductory meeting with all College of Engineering students.

9 – 10 a.m.
College of Arts & Sciences Meeting
Weis Center
Deans Karl Voss and Lynn Breyfogle will hold an introductory meeting with all College of Arts & Sciences students.

9 – 10 a.m.
College of Management Meeting
Rooke Chemistry 116
Deans Raquel Alexander and Ivy Kepner will hold an introductory meeting with all College of Management students.

10:30 a.m. – noon
Achieving Academic Success at Bucknell: First Meeting of Foundation Seminars
You will meet with your Foundation Seminar instructor for an introduction to academic life and discuss the transition to college-level work.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

Members of Residential Colleges will eat lunch at the following locations:

Arts — Center Room, Elaine Langone Center
Discovery — Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center
Environmental — Environmental Center
Global — Traditional Reading Room, Bertrand Library
Humanities — Arches Lounge, Elaine Langone Center
Languages & Cultures — Refectory, Elaine Langone Center
Social Justice — Arches Lounge, Elaine Langone Center
Society & Technology — Rooms 241 ABCD, Elaine Langone Center

1 – 3 p.m.
Speak About It
McDonnell and Swartz residents report to Weis Center.
Speak About It is an educational performance based on students' life experiences around relationships, sex and alcohol, with the goal of empowering Bucknell students to create and sustain change on campus. The program is performed by five actors with extensive training in sexual assault awareness and prevention who use skits, monologues and educational dialogue to demonstrate the characteristics of healthy relationships, define consent, show ways to ask for consent and illustrate effective bystander intervention techniques. After the performance, students will participate in a group conversation with their OAs to talk about the messages and information presented.

1 – 3 p.m.
Community Meetings with OA, RA and JF
Smith and Vedder residents report to your hall

3:45 – 5 p.m.
Color Games
Intramural Fields
Join in field games and relay races with your classmates, all while covered with various colors of washable paint.

5:45 – 7 p.m.
Many Nations, One Bucknell
Sojka Lawn (Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
Enjoy delicious international food and relax with your classmates.

7 – 9 p.m.
Speak About It
Smith and Vedder residents and Transfer Students report to the Weis Center
Speak About It is an educational performance based on students' life experiences around relationships, sex and alcohol, with the goal of empowering Bucknell students to create and sustain change on campus. The program is performed by five actors with extensive training in sexual assault awareness and prevention who use skits, monologues and educational dialogue to demonstrate the characteristics of healthy relationships, define consent, show ways to ask for consent and illustrate effective bystander intervention techniques. After the performance, students will participate in a group conversation with their OAs to talk about the messages and information presented.

7 – 9 p.m.
Community Meetings with OA, RA and JF
McDonnell and Swartz residents report to your hall

9 – 11 p.m.
The Library Unbound
Bertrand Library
Make a night of it at the Bertrand Library. Compete for prizes, such as a Fitbit and GoPro, by completing your passport to library and IT resources. Play bingo for more fun giveaways while listening to music and enjoying snacks.

9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Glenn's Western Roundup
Outside Bertrand Library's front entrance (Rain location: Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center)
Grab your boots and bandannas. Come learn how to line dance as you make many new friends. You will talk about this program long after Orientation is over.

10 p.m. – midnight
VIP Night at Barnes & Noble
Shuttles available at Freas Hall
The bookstore will open to offer an exclusive shopping night for new students. Stop by and enjoy music, photo-booth fun, refreshments, prize raffles and games. Enter to win a $250 shopping spree at the bookstore. Bookstore staff will help new students find their textbooks in a one-on-one environment or pick up pre-ordered books. You'll learn about the benefits of rental textbooks, digital books, charging to your B-bill and refund and exchange policies. You can also check out the latest Bucknell merchandise and much more.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

7 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

8 – 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts & Sciences Group Adviser Meetings
You will meet with faculty in your respective departments to discuss degree requirements.

Animal Behavior — Biology 101
Art & Art History — Art Building 302
Biology — Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
Cell Biology/Biochemistry — Rooke Chemistry 101
Chemistry — Rooke Chemistry 102
Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies — Vaughan Literature 101
Computer Science — Academic West 108
Early Childhood Education — Olin Science 451
Economics and Mathematics — Academic West 112
English — Coleman 119
Geology & Environmental Geosciences — O'Leary 232
Mathematics — Olin Science 372
Music — Sigfried Weis Music Building 117
Music Composition — Sigfried Weis Music Building 116
Music Education — Sigfried Weis Music Building 116
Music Performance — Sigfried Weis Music Building 116
Neuroscience — Biology 222
Physics — Olin Science 255

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Presidential Fellows Reception
Traditional Reading Room, Bertrand Library
If you are an incoming presidential fellow, this is the time to learn about the logistics of the program, and meet your mentor and other presidential fellows.

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Arts & Sciences Students Individual Adviser Appointments
If you are in the College of Arts & Sciences, you will meet with your faculty adviser(s) individually too and have the opportunity to discuss or change your course schedule. Be sure to check the Reminders in myBucknell for a link to your Academic Advising Sheet, which contains information regarding your adviser assignment.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
College of Management Advising Meeting
Rooke Chemistry 116
If you are in the College of Management, you will meet with Dean Ivy Kepner as a group to discuss degree requirements.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Student Group Meetings with Engineering Advisers
Breakiron and Dana Engineering
If you are in the College of Engineering, you will meet with your faculty adviser in a group according to your engineering major.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Declared Engineering Students

Biomedical Engineering — Breakiron 264
Chemical Engineering — Dana Engineering 134
Civil Engineering — Breakiron 65
Environmental Engineering — Breakiron 65
Computer Science & Engineering — Dana Engineering 132
Computer Engineering — Dana Engineering 111
Electrical Engineering — Dana Engineering 111
Mechanical Engineering — Dana Engineering 113

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Undeclared Engineering Students

Prof. Dabrina Dutcher — Dana Engineering 134
Prof. Richard Crago — Breakiron 65
Prof. Douglas Gabauer — Breakiron 65
Prof. Lea Wittie — Dana Engineering 132
Prof. Alan Cheville — Dana Engineering 111
Prof. Laura Beninati — Dana Engineering 113
Associate Dean Ronald Ziemian — Dana Engineering 235

Undeclared students are welcome to attend any department session at 9:30 a.m. for declared engineering students. However, if you are undeclared, you MUST attend your scheduled 10:30 a.m. session. The location of your session can be found online in myBucknell.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Schedule Changes for Management Students
Taylor 105
Students in the College of Management may make course schedule changes at this time.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

1 – 4 p.m.
Course Schedule Changes for Engineering Students
Dana 235
Students in the College of Engineering may make course schedule changes at this time.

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Just Mercy First-Year Reading Discussion Groups
Various locations (Your OA will direct you.)
Students will participate in two 40-minute discussions led by faculty and staff.

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner in the Grove
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the most beautiful places on campus.

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Maura Cullen
Weis Center
We are caught in times of political correctness where "saying" the right thing is worlds away from "doing" the right thing. You will explore race, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, religion, ability and size discrimination in an interactive format.

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Follow Up: Discussion Breakout Sessions
Various locations (Your OA will direct you.)
Meet with your OA, RA, JF and hallmates to discuss Maura Cullen's presentation.

9:30 p.m. – Midnight
Old Bison Street Festival
Walker Street, in front of the 7th Street House (Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
Experience the atmosphere of a street festival on campus with live music and festival snacks.

9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Late Night at the 7th Street Studio and MakerSpace
7th Street Studio
Visit 7th Street Studio and the MakerSpace and discover all the creative resources available to you. Choose from a selection of projects that will help make your residence hall room feel more like a home. Personalize mirrors, frames and waste-paper cans. All projects are free.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Pancakes and Eggs Late-night Breakfast
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Your OAs are cooking delicious late-night chocolate chip pancakes and hearty omelets for you.

Midnight – 2 a.m.
Midnight Madness at Walmart
Buses leave at midnight from the Smith Hall parking lot and in front of the Weis Center
Get all of your shopping done at midnight.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

7 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you..

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
College of Management Welcome Brunch
Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center
This welcome brunch provides an opportunity for declared management majors to meet and mingle with classmates, faculty and staff of the College of Management.

10 – 11 a.m.
Pre-law and Pre-health Information Sessions
Any student interested in law or the health professions is welcome to attend one of these information sessions. If you have a conflict during this time, individual appointments will be available through the Career Development Center. Please call 570.577.1238 to set up an appointment with Dr. Alison Patterson (pre-health) or Dianne McDonald (pre-law).

  • Pre-law information session — Coleman 054
  • Pre-health information session — Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center

10 a.m. – noon
ENGR 100 First Meeting
Dana/Olin Science Quadrangle (Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Athletics Center)
Come meet your classmates, teaching assistants (TAs) and professors to learn more about the course and for a challenging and fun first shot at engineering problem-solving. Note: You may get wet and/or dirty, so dress appropriately. This session is required for all engineering students and Arts & Sciences students enrolled in ENGR 100.

11 a.m. – noon
Exploring Foreign Language Opportunities
There are many reasons to study a foreign language. You may love the sound of the language, appreciate the art and literature of a particular culture, or want to work in another country. You are encouraged to attend a session to learn about foreign language courses and study abroad opportunities.

  • Arabic — Coleman 150
  • Chinese — Vaughan Literature 101
  • Classics (ancient Greek and Latin) — Vaughan Literature 201
  • French — Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
  • German — Coleman 119
  • Hebrew — Coleman 251
  • Italian — Coleman 120
  • Japanese — Vaughan Literature 102
  • Russian — Coleman 219
  • Spanish — Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature

11 a.m. – noon
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

1 – 4 p.m.
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Lewisburg Day
Downtown Lewisburg
The Lewisburg Downtown Partnership invites you to explore Lewisburg. Downtown retailers welcome each new student with a small gift and restaurants offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg for free.

6 – 8 p.m.
Picnic and Activities Unlimited
Dent Drive (Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
Explore the more than 150 student clubs and organizations while enjoying a picnic-style dinner with your classmates.

8 – 9 p.m.
'Ray for the Orange and the Blue
Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center
Paint yourself orange and blue before you head over to Sojka Pavilion to learn about Bucknell pride and spirit through this University tradition. You will learn the Alma Mater and our University fight song, "'ray Bucknell."

9 – 11 p.m.
Late Night at the KLARC
Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center
Enjoy lawn games, pick-up sports, laser tag and more. You'll be introduced to group fitness classes and intramural sports, and learn about the many resources available within Recreation Services.


Sunday, August 20

7 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

8:30 – 11 a.m.
Bucknell University Student-Athlete Orientation
Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center
Please join us for a welcome breakfast and an opportunity to meet Athletics administration, coaches and peers. We will review strategic goals for the department and discuss how to succeed as a Division I student-athlete at Bucknell. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Program begins promptly at 9 a.m.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jewish Student Bagel Brunch
Berelson Center for Jewish Life
Enjoy our legendary Bagel Brunch and meet students from the Bucknell Hillel community. It's a great opportunity to socialize, explore the Berelson Center and find out more about Jewish life at Bucknell. Our doors are open to everyone — come check us out.

11 a.m. – noon
Protestant Worship Service
Rooke Chapel
Please join the Rev. Dr. John Patrick Colatch, University chaplain, for an ecumenical celebration of Christian worship. The Rooke Chapel congregation is an open, welcoming, intergenerational faith community. It's a great place for spiritual growth and fellowship outside the classroom. Everyone is welcome.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Class of 2021 Photograph
Christy Mathewson–Memorial Stadium (Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
You and your classmates will gather for the ultimate group photo that will capture the excitement of your first days at Bucknell.

2 – 4 p.m.
Academic Tour and Free Time with Your OAs
Meet on your hall.

3 – 4 p.m.
Theatre & Dance Open House
Harvey M. Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall
Welcome to the performing arts at Bucknell. Join the Theatre faculty and students as well as hear about the opportunities available for the coming year. Some of the topics that will be discussed include the upcoming artistic season; auditions for theatre & dance shows (including the first-year student show); backstage opportunities; and majors and potential minors. For more information, call the Department of Theatre & Dance at 570.577.1235.

4 – 5 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Rooke Chapel
All are welcome to attend the first Mass of the academic year.

5 – 7 p.m.
Dinner
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
The Dining Hall is open regular hours. Eat at your convenience. Make sure you have your student ID card with you.

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Convocation and Candlelighting
Weis Center and Malesardi Quadrangle
Convocation officially opens the academic year at Bucknell. After convocation, you will process up to the Malesardi Quadrangle for the traditional candlelighting ceremony.


MONDAY, AUGUST 21

8 a.m.
Classes Begin

Music Department Ensemble Auditions
For further information about ensemble auditions, please visit the Music Office on the second floor of the Sigfried Weis Music Building.

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