Orientation Coordinators Caroline Dosky ’12 and Brian Horn ’12 have spent their summer on campus diligently planning every activity of Orientation weekend and are looking forward to finally meeting the Classes of 2015 in person on Friday, Aug. 26. The itinerary they’ve created for first year students offers everything from team-building activities and barbeques, to pizza wars and a midnight breakfast.
“It is our goal that the first year students are graciously welcomed to the HWS community by our 130 student leaders, as well as the professional staff and faculty,” says Dosky.
Among the special events planned are “Worlds of Food,” designed to explore international cuisine from many of the countries where HWS students study abroad, and the “First Year, First Night” carnival on the Quad featuring games, food and fun. Dosky and Horn also planned residence hall activities, campus tours and shopping shuttles- for students who are eager to check out the local fare or who forgot anything in a packing flurry.
Over the past several years, it has become HWS tradition for the incoming classes to spend part of their orientation volunteering within the Geneva community. These projects serve as their introduction to the many community groups with which they’ll be involved during the course of their four years, from churches and charitable organizations to the Smith Opera House and the Geneva Community Center.
On Saturday, students will take part in the first of two Geneva-based projects with the nationally acclaimed non-profit KaBOOM! Started in 1995, KaBOOM! brings together community members in an effort to provide children with a safe place to play. Since its inception, the organization has built thousands of playgrounds throughout the U.S. A few days later, on Monday, August 29, the organization’s founder, Darell Hammond will share his inspiring story as this year’s Convocation speaker opening the academic year.
“We want incoming students to understand that when they arrive at HWS, they are not only becoming a member of the HWS family, but also the Geneva community where there are plentiful resources and opportunities to get involved,” explains Dosky.
The full schedule is located at http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/orientation/schedule.aspx