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Orientation Schedule

Day One
 
8:30-10 a.m.: Registration
Location: Robert V. LaPenta Student Union
Welcome to Orientation! Students can check-in in the food court of the LaPenta Student Union. You will receive the schedule for the day and a backpack filled with important information (and fun giveaways). After checking in, students can then get their photo I.D. picture taken, change their student account password and register for classes.

8:30-10 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium
Head into the gym to enjoy breakfast and coffee before meeting your Orientation Leaders.
 
10-10:30 a.m.: Meet your OL and Group
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Get to know the other students in your group and learn more about your OL.
 
10:45-11:15 a.m.: An Iona Welcome
Location: Hynes East Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Time to welcome the Class of 2021 to campus.
 
11:30-12:25 p.m.: Class of 2021 Team Builder
Location: LaPenta Lot and East Hill
Join the Class of 2021 for fun-filled games and activities to break the ice.
 
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Time for lunch! Students will sit at the tables designated for the academic area they may be interested in and are intending to study. Tables will also be designated for students who are undecided. Look for your table, have a seat and meet students within that major.
 
1:45-3:05 p.m.: Peer Theatre: The College Years
Location; Murphy Auditorium, Murphy Center
We take care of each other in Gael Nation. Entertaining and honest performances address topics such as alcohol use, diversity, mental health and sexual assault to help you consider how to make smart choices in challenging situations.
 
3:15-4:30 p.m.: Keepin’ It Real
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Keep it real with your OL group as you learn more about each other and discuss diversity in your lives, while competing to win the title of Keepin’ It Real champion.
 
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Downtime in the Residence Halls with your OLs
Location: Residence Halls and EndZone, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union
Rest up before dinner and a night full of fun.
 
4:30-6:30 p.m.: Self-Registration for Classes
Location: Computer Labs (ground floor), Robert V. LaPenta Student Union
Have you still not registered for classes? Head over to the LaPenta Student Union to register and to speak with an advisor.
 
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Grab dinner with your group and your OL to debrief about what you learned throughout the day.
 
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Ice Cream & Music
Location: Residence Hall Courtyard (Parents Plaza)
Grab ice cream while hanging out in the courtyard with your groups before heading over to the Variety Show.
 
7:45-9 p.m.: Variety Show
Location: Murphy Auditorium, Murphy Center
Compete against other members of the Class of 2021 in a trivia game show to win awesome prizes.
 
9-11 p.m.: Iona After Dark: Blacklight Zone
Location: Hynes East Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Time to glow in the Blacklight Zone. Join a team for a Blacklight Dodgeball tournament, play some mini golf, make a wax hand and more.

 
Day Two
 
9:15-10 a.m.: Breakfast with OLs
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Good morning, Class of 2021! Enjoy breakfast with your OLs and your groups before heading into a full day of activities!
 
10:05-11:05 a.m.: The Real World…Life in the Residence Halls (for residential students)
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Learn more about living on campus. Meet the Residential Life staff and hear about residence hall policies and important information you need to know before moving into your new home.
 
10:05-11:05 a.m.: Road Rules…Commuting to Iona (for commuter students)
Location: McGrath Room, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union
Meet the staff of the Office of Off-Campus & Commuter Services to learn more about what it is like to commute to Iona and some helpful tips for your first semester.
 
11:15-11:45 a.m. Workshop Session I 
11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Workshop Session II
 
Choose from these sessions to attend during Workshop I & II:
 
1. Academic Resources and Calendar
Location: Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library
Kick-off your first semester at Iona with the keys to success. Learn about the many resources available on campus to ensure you have a smooth transition to Iona and excel academically. Hear from the Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center, Office of Student Success and Ryan Library. You will also learn about the important dates that will be coming up throughout your first semester.
 
2. Iona FIT!
Location: End Zone, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union
Learn more about Iona’s wellness and health programs. Hear from members of the Counseling & Health Centers, as well as learn about our fitness center, intramurals and wellness class offerings.
 
3. Getting the Scoop on College Affordability & Finances
Location: Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall
Learn about available financial aid programs and financing options.  
                                                             
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Location: Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Enjoy lunch with your OLs and take the orientation survey. Each student must complete the survey at this time.
 
1:45-2:30 p.m.: Rotation 1
Group A: Stories from the Margins
Location: Murphy Auditorium, Murphy Center
In this session, listen to the inspiring stories of those with whom the Edmund Rice family stands in solidarity. Learn how an Iona College education invites you into relationships with people on the margins throughout the world. You will also be introduced to the class read and receive your book.
 
Group B: Gael Life: Student Life at Iona
Location: Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library
Hear from our student leaders about their Iona experience including their transition to college, how they got involved, their internship experiences and some of their insider tips for success.
 
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Rotation 2
Group B: Stories from the Margins
Location: Murphy Auditorium, Murphy Center
In this session, listen to the inspiring stories of those with whom the Edmund Rice family stands in solidarity. Learn how an Iona College education invites you into relationships with people on the margins throughout the world. You will also be introduced to the class read and receive your book.
 
Group A: Gael Life: Student Life at Iona
Location: Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library
Hear from our student leaders about their Iona experience including their transition to college, how they got involved, their internship experiences and some of their insider tips for success.
 
3:30-3:50 p.m.: Wrapping It Up with Killian
Location: Spellman Steps and Mulcahy Gymnasium, Hynes Athletics Center
Time to wrap up Orientation! Say goodbye to your OLs, learn more about Weeks of Welcome and view a slideshow of photos from your orientation. Following the closing, please head to the steps of Spellman Hall for a class picture.