Friday, August 23

8 a.m. - noon
Arrival and Check-In

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Technology Desk Consultants will be available in the halls to assist you if you have problems connecting to the network.

11 a.m. - noon
Writing Center Welcome Reception
Roberts Hall Lobby, Roberts Hall
You and your family are invited to meet the Writing Center staff. Come learn about one-on-one writing sessions, workshops on various kinds of writing and oral communication practice sessions.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Resource Fair
Ground floor, Elaine Langone Center
Learn about checking accounts from local banks, subscribe to The Bucknellian (the student newspaper), and get your questions answered by representatives from Psychological Services, Health Services, Public Safety, Bucknell Dining, Library and Information Technology, and Card Services and Student Transit.

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Terrace Room, Walls Lounge and Room 256, Elaine Langone Center
You, your family and friends are invited to a 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 C. Bravman as we celebrate Bucknell alumni legacy families and welcome alumni first-year sons and daughters to the Bucknell community.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Religious Life Open Houses
St. George Street and Rooke Chapel
You and your family are invited to drop by the Berelson Center (Jewish), Rooke Chapel (Protestant and Interfaith) and the Newman House (Roman Catholic) along St. George Street (just north of Smith Hall, across from Financial Aid) to meet Bucknell's chaplains, their staff and students from our University religious programs.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Intercultural, Equity and Advocacy (IEA) Open House
Ground floor, Elaine Langone Center
This is an opportunity to interact and connect with other students, faculty and staff while gaining insights about the resources available from the Office of Multicultural Student Services, International Student Services, LGBT Awareness and the Women's Resource Center. These offices are open and welcoming to all students.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Residence Hall Meetings with Resident Assistant, Orientation Assistant and Junior Fellows
Meet on your hall
During the first hall meeting you will meet the other residents on your floor, as well as your RA, OAs and JF. This meeting is required for all first-year students.

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Orientation for Parents, Family and Friends
Weis Center
President John C. Bravman and his senior administrative colleagues advise your family and friends on the first year at Bucknell.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
University Welcome Reception for Parents, Students, Family and Friends
Rooke Chapel lawn
(Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
This is an opportunity to meet President John C. Bravman as well as representatives of many academic and administrative departments.

5 - 6 p.m.
(Family and friends depart)

6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Class of 2017 Welcome Dinner
Dana/Olin Science Quadrangle
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Members of the faculty and staff will welcome the Class of 2017.

8 - 9 p.m. 
Matriculation Ceremony
Rooke Chapel
This ceremony officially marks the entrance of the Class of 2017 into the Bucknell community. You will receive your class pin and process along a pathway lighted by luminaria through the Christy Mathewson Gateway to symbolize your entrance into the University.

9 - 10 p.m.
Playfair
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium
(Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Meet your new classmates through the largest team-building exercise you've ever seen.

10:30 p.m. - midnight
Rock on the Block
7th Street Café and McDonnell Hall amphitheatre (Rain location: Uptown)
Listen to the sounds of some of Bucknell's favorite musicians.

Saturday, August 24

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center

9 - 10 a.m. 
Engineering College Meeting
Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature
Deans Keith Buffinton, Karen Marosi, and Margot Vigeant will meet with all Engineering students for an introductory meeting.

9 - 10:15 a.m. 
College Meeting: Arts and Sciences
Weis Center
Dean George Shields, Associate Dean Lynn Breyfogle, and Assistant Director Ivy Kepner-Shaner will meet with all College of Arts & Sciences students for an introductory meeting.

10:30 - 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. (You will receive your course schedule at this time.)

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

1 - 2 p.m.
Foreign Language Study at Bucknell: A Sound Investment
There are so many reasons to study a foreign language: because you love the sound of the language, you love the art and literature of a particular culture, or you want to work in another country and be a part of the community. You are encouraged to come to one or more of the following sessions to learn about the courses and study abroad opportunities that Bucknell offers.

Arabic Coleman 150
Chinese  Vaughan Lit. 101
Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) Coleman 118
French Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
German Coleman 119
Hebrew Coleman 251
Italian Coleman 120
Japanese Vaughan Lit. 102
Russian Coleman 219
Spanish Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Lit.

2:30 - 4:30 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. (Wear old clothes.)

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Many Nations One Bucknell
Sojka Lawn
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Enjoy delicious international food.

7 - 8 p.m. 
Community Expectations and Standards
The student who enrolls at Bucknell enters a private community that is committed to academic and personal excellence. To support that commitment, Bucknell sets forth clearly its expectations and standards (to which students concur) in the Pledge of Student Responsibility. This session presents a chance for you to reflect on that code.

Harris 1, 2 Forum, Elaine Langone Center
Harris 3,4 116 Rooke Science
Larison Cottage 1,2,3 232 O'Leary
McDonnell 1NE, 1SW, 2SE, Vedder 2SE Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center
McDonnell 2SW, 2NE, 3NE 102 Rooke Chemistry
McDonnell 3NW, 3SW, 3SE, Vedder 2NE Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center
McDonnell 4 SE, SW, NE, NW Center Room, Elaine Langone Center
Smith 2 A, B 101, Rooke Chemistry
Smith 2 C, D 214 Academic West
Smith 3 A, B 210 Academic West
Smith 3 C, D 268 Olin
Swartz - Malcolm 1, 2 Gardner Lecture Hall, Dana
Swartz - Malcolm 3, 4 116 Academic West
Swartz - Rainey 1, 2 112 Academic West
Swartz - Rainey 3, 4 108 Academic West
Vedder 2NW, 2SW, 4NE Hunt basement, Hunt Hall
Vedder 4 NW, SE, SW 221 Coleman Hall


8:15 - 9:15 p.m. 
Residence Hall Meetings with Resident Assistant and Junior Fellows - Part II
Meet on your hall
This meeting is required for all first-year students.

9:30 p.m. - midnight
Old Bison Street Festival
Walker Street in front of 7th Street House
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and 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 Craft Center - Room Essentials
Craft Center
Come to the Craft Center 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, door hangers 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
Get all of your shopping done at midnight. Buses leave at midnight from the Smith Hall parking lot and in front of the Weis Center.

Sunday, August 25

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Technology Desk Consultants will be available in the halls to assist you if you have problems connecting to the network.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jewish Student Bagel Brunch
Berelson Center, St. George Street
Enjoy a traditional bagel brunch, and meet other first-years and upperclass students from the Bucknell Hillel community.

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center

11 a.m. - noon
Worship Service
Rooke Chapel
Come and join us for worship at the Rooke Chapel on Sunday. It's a great place for spiritual growth and fellowship outside of the classroom. Everyone is welcome.

1 - 2 p.m. 
Health, Safety and Success
Weis Center
Learn about essential resources for success during your years at Bucknell. Student Health Services, Public Safety, Psychological Services, Library and Information Technology, the Writing Center, and Student Learning will share important information.

2 - 2:30 p.m. 
Class of 2017 Photograph
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
You and your classmates will gather for the ultimate group photo that will capture the excitement of your first days at Bucknell. To purchase a photo, please visit myBucknell.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
First-year Student Survey 
You are asked to complete a survey necessary for the assessment of the incoming first-year class.
Meet on your hall.

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

5 - 6 p.m
Academic Tour
Meet on your hall.
You have your course schedule; now your OAs will show you how to get to your classes, including some insider tips such as shortcuts for rainy days.

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner in the Grove
The Grove
(Rain location: Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the most beautiful places on campus. Relax with your classmates under the oak trees as you get to know one another.

7:30 - 9 p.m. 
Diversity Speaker: 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.

9 - 10 p.m. 
Breakout Discussions
Various locations - your OA will direct you
Meet with your OAs, RA and hallmates to talk about the diversity issues just presented in the previous session.

10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
The Library Unbound featuring We Brake for Nobody
Bertrand Library
Make a night of it at the Bertrand Library. Watch a movie with friends in the Library's Living Room. Play bingo to win prizes for your room. Listen to blues music from The Reverend Blue Jeans (featuring Mike Harvey '88). Enjoy a performance by Bucknell's comedy improv group, We Brake for Nobody. Most importantly, you'll learn about Library and IT's services and resources, enjoy some snacks and have the chance to win some great prizes.

10 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Glenn's Western Roundup
Olin Science/Engineering Quad
(Rain location: Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center)
Grab your boots and bandanas! Come learn how to line dance as you make many new friends. You will talk about this program long after orientation is over.

10:15 p.m. - midnight
Sunday Sundaes
Bertrand Library 
(Rain location: Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center)
Scoop your favorite flavor of ice cream and decorate it with lots of tasty toppings while you hang out with your classmates.

Monday, August 26

6 a.m. - midnight
Breakfast and Lunch
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
The Dining Hall is now open regular hours. Eat at your convenience.

8 - 8:30 a.m. 
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Group Meetings. You will meet with faculty in your respective departments to discuss degree requirements.

Animal Behavior   Biology 101
Biology  Gallery Theatre (ELC 306) 
Cell Biology/Biochemistry Rooke Chemistry 101
Chemistry Rooke Chemistry 102 
Computer Science Dana Engineering 113 
Economics and Mathematics Coleman Hall 150 
Environmental Studies Geology/
Environmental Geology         
O'Leary 232 
Mathematics Olin Science 372
Neuroscience  Biology 222 Seminar Room 
Physics   Olin Science 255  
Accounting & Financial Mgmt. Rooke Chem Aud. 116 
Global Management  Rooke Chem Aud. 116
Managing for Sustainability Rooke Chem Aud. 116 
Markets, Innovation & Design Rooke Chem Aud. 116
Early Childhood Education Olin Science 451
Composition Sigfried Weis Music Building 116
Music Education Sigfried Weis Music Building 116
Performance Sigfried Weis Music Building 116

                                      

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Arts and Sciences Students Individual Adviser Appointments
If you are in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will have the opportunity to meet with your faculty adviser(s) individually. Please check the Banner Web link in myBucknell for information regarding your adviser assignment. You will arrange individual appointments with your foundation seminar instructor/adviser and with your B.S. or B.Mus. adviser at the group meetings.

9 - 10 a.m.
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Student Group Meetings with Engineering Advisers
If you are in the College of Engineering, you will meet with your faculty adviser as a group according to engineering major. (You will receive your course schedule at this time.)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Declared Engineering Student

Biomedical Engineering Prof. Katie Bieryla Breakiron 264
Chemical Engineering Prof. Erin Jablonski  Dana 134
Civil Engineering Prof. James Orbison (A-L) Breakiron 65
Prof. Michael Toole (M-Z)  Breakiron 65
Environmental Engineering Prof. Thomas DiStefano Breakiron 65
Computer Science & Engineering Prof. Alan Marchiori Dana 132
Computer Engineering Prof. Matthew Watkins Dana 116
Electrical Engineering Prof. Alan Cheville Breakiron 366
Mechanical Engineering Prof. Craig Beal (A-L) Breakiron 165
Prof. Sarah Manoogian (M-Z) Breakiron 165

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

Prof. Laura Beninati Dana 319
Prof. James Orbison Breakiron 65
Prof. Margot Vigeant Breakiron 66
Prof. Daniel Hyde Breakiron 166
Prof. Joseph Hass Breakiron 366
Associate Dean Karen Marosi Dana 231


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

Noon - 5 p.m.
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Lewisburg Day
Downtown Lewisburg
The Lewisburg Downtown Partnership invites you to explore downtown Lewisburg. Downtown retailers welcome each first-year student with a small gift and restaurants offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg for free.

4 - 5 p.m.
Presidential Fellows Welcome Reception
Location TBD 
If you are a Presidential Fellow, this is the time to meet your mentor. You will also learn about the logistics of the program and meet other Presidential Fellows.

4 - 5 p.m.
Dean's Scholars Welcome Reception
Location TBD
If you are a Dean's Scholar, this is a reception to meet the Deans and Associate Deans for the College of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. You will also have the opportunity to mingle with other Dean's Scholars, including upperclass scholars, and faculty.

5 - 9 p.m.
Welcome Back Barbecue and Activities Unlimited
Elaine Langone Center uphill lawn
(Rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center)
Explore the over 150 student clubs and organizations Bucknell offers while enjoying a barbecue and sampling carnival foods such as cotton candy and snow cones. Challenge the inflatable games, have a caricature drawn or your hand writing analyzed. Activities Unlimited will be held from 5-7 p.m.

9 - 10 p.m. 
'Ray for the Orange and the Blue
Sojka Pavilion, Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and 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 as you experience what it means to be a Bucknellian.

10:15 - 11:30 p.m.
Hypnotist Keith Karkut
Weis Center
Do not miss the chance to see your classmates put under hypnosis. This program is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Tuesday, August 27

6 a.m. - midnight
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center
The Dining Hall is now open regular hours. Eat at your convenience.

10:30 a.m. - noon 
First-Year Reading Discussion Groups with Faculty
Join faculty members and upperclassmen to talk about the first-year reading.
Students will be directed to various locations by their Orientation Assistant.

Noon - 2 p.m.
First-year Hold Clearance
Registrar's Office, Marts Hall
You should attend only if you've been told by your adviser to make schedule changes or if you have an enrollment hold. You can check your hold status on Banner Web.

1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
ENGR 100 First Meeting: Douse the Deans
Dana/Olin Science Quadrangle
Come meet your classmates, TAs and professors to learn more about the course and for a challenging and fun first-shot at engineering problem solving. Note that 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.

3 - 5 p.m.
Meeting with your OAs
Meet on your hall.
If you are not a member of a Residential College you will meet with your OAs to bond with your hall through interactive activities. 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Residential College "First Common Hour" Reception
Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Lit.
Make connections with students on other residence hall floors in your Residential College while enjoying appetizers. The Junior Fellows and Seniors Fellows will give a brief overview of what to expect this year and answer any questions you may have.

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

10 - 11 p.m.
A Little Night Music
Smith Quad
(Rain location: Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature)
Enjoy the music of some of Bucknell's musical groups including Beyond Unison (co-ed a cappella), the Bison Chips (male a cappella), The Silhouettes (female a cappella), Two Past Midnight (co-ed a cappella), and The Offbeats (co-ed a cappella).

Wednesday, August 28

8 a.m.
Classes begin

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