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Activities for Commuters


*** 2014 schedule is still being determined.  This is last year's schedule (2013). We anticipate that 2014's schedule will be very similar, if not the same.  Please use this for planning purposes only.


Q: I’m a new commuter student. Do I need to participate in all the Welcome Week activities?

A: Though there are a few parts of the schedule that are specific to residential students (e.g. Residence Hall meetings, etc.), a majority of Welcome Week activities are geared toward all incoming students.


Q: When should I come to campus?

A: Many of the activities on Thursday, Aug. 29 occur in the afternoon and evening, so we recommend that commuter students plan to arrive between Noon and 2pm to check in at Brubaker Auditorium. There you will receive a number of important materials, can pick up your student ID, register for parking, and take care of a number of other logistics. There are also sessions throughout the afternoon that we invite students and families to attend (see schedule below). We also highly recommend attending the Candlelight Service, which is followed by an opportunity to connect with your Orientation Group - a place to get to know fellow incoming students and connect with a few upper-class student leaders.


Q: What about the rest of the schedule?

A: Below, we highlight a number of events that are critical to orientation at Messiah, and we hope to see you there! If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Complimentary Meal Service

Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, Second Floor of the Eisenhower Campus Center

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Check-In
Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center
Pick up Welcome Week schedule, T-shirt, mailbox key, Photo ID, Confim Work-Study, receive parking permit and meet with staff from the Engle Center.
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. PC Configuration by Information Technology Services (ITS)
Fry Apartment Building (B1)
Any student who has brought a computer to Messiah College and desires to have it connected to the Internet from their residence hall or apartment must drop off their computer to have it configured. Additional times are available Thursday through Tuesday.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Reception for Participants in the College Honors Program and their Families
Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall

All incoming CHP participants and their families are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshments, as well as a short program featuring President Kim Phipps and Dr. Dean Curry, CHP Director.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Parent Open House and Info Session

Larsen Student Union

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations invites you to this informal Open House to discover resources, programs, and services provided by Messiah College Educators that foster a Christian community and holistic student development. Enjoy light refreshments, meet other families, or write a note to your student at the letter writing station.


4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Making the Transition: An Orientation for  Students with Disabilities

Murray Library 115

Parents are welcome to attend this session.

6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Candlelight Service of Worship
Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center (doors open at 5:45pm)

Students and family members or guests should sit together to experience this Messiah College annual tradition.

8:15 p.m - 9:30 p.m. Meet Your Orientation Group
Brubaker Auditorium
When you enter the Auditorium look for your Orientation Group (you will receive a group number at the check-in table). Orienation groups are small groups intentionally designed to give you a support base of information and relationships as you begin the college experience at Messiah. Don't miss this chance to connect with your group.

Friday, August 30, 2013

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Latecomers Check-In
Student Involvement & Leadership Programs Office
Larsen Student Union, 2nd floor


8:45 a.m.

Foreign Language Placement Exams

French..................................Frey 110

German................................Jordan 159

Spanish............................Miller Auditorium in Climenhaga

Bldg (A-M)

Parmer Cinema in Boyer (N-S)

Boyer 131 (T-Z)

Latin......................................Boyer 235

Chinese.................................Boyer 138

This standardized exam is designed for students who have taken French, German, Spanish, Latin or Chinese in high school and have not earned college-level credit. Test results will be used to place students in the appropriate language level and will be available for advising sessions on Monday.


10:30 a.m.

Into the Streets
Meet your Group near Hitchcock Arena.

Come bond with your Orientation Group by learning more about the Harrisburg area through an afternoon of community service projects. Hear about the Agape Center for Service and Learning and how to get involved with others beyond Messiah College.

8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Campus Block Party

There is something for everyone! Check out what’s happening at all of these locations:

Larsen Student Union

SAB’s Caribbean Beach Party: A beach blast with music, dancing, coconut smashing and more.


Climb at the bouldering wall, try slack-lining, play games, or just chill in the relaxed atmosphere.

Rafiki House

Enjoy international flavors of music, dance, games, and food with students from around the world.

South Side Cafe

Enjoy free ice cream and play board games as you listen to Pulse 90.7's live broadcast of music and prize giveaways.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

8 a.m.

Optional Music Theory Placement Exam

High Center 024


8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

General Chemistry 1 Placement Exam

Frey 110 (Alexander Aud.)

Kline 120

Kline 327

Jordan 374

Refer to the email you received in August regarding which room to go to.


9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Orientation for Students with Food Allergy, Intolerance and Special Dietary Needs

Sollenberger Sports Center 165

For students who have a food allergy, intolerance or special dietary needs to receive information on dining services which meet special nutrition requirements. Tour Lottie Nelson Dining Hall to learn about the nutrition labeling system, meet the Dining staff, and locate specialty foods.


10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

First Year Testing

Required of all First Year Students
Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center.

Bring a #2 pencil and a hard surface notebook or portfolio

11 a.m. - Noon

Mandatory Library Orientation
Murray Library, Learning Commons (inside main entrance to right)

This session is invaluable because you will learn the essentials for doing library research at Messiah. Instruction will include the use of electronic resources and a brief tour of the Murray Library.

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Games (wear your Welcome Week T-shirt)

Starry Field

Join your classmates as you compete for the coveted Golden Torch! This is a classic Messiah tradition.

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Game Night & Ice Cream Sundaes

The Loft

Build your favorite sundae and enjoy fellowship with other transfer students in the comfort of the Loft Great Room.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Coffee House Auditions

Hitchcock Arena

Come and try out for Coffee House, where Messiah students showcase their many talents - open for all new First-Year and Transfer students.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Global Fusion

Larsen Student Union (inside and outside)

To kick off your first full week at Messiah College, the Multicultural Council invites first year and transfer students to Global Fusion. Travel the world through music, henna tattoos, DIY room decorations and more



4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Living in Community (for commuter students only)

Commuter Lounge in Hoffman basement

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

New Student and Transfer Student Coffee House
Hitchock Arena

Messiah student showcase their many talents - open for all new First-Year and Transfer students.


Monday, September 2, 2013

All Day

Department of Music Audition Sign-Ups

High Center Lobby

Open to the entire student community; all majors welcome. Audition locations as well as exact times and other necessary details will be listed on the sign-up sheets. A short, prepared piece is encouraged but music will be provided during the audition if necessary.


All Day

Department of Theater & Dance - Messiah College Performance Dance Ensemble Sign-Ups

Climenhaga Bldg Lobby

GiViM (God's Instruments Visualized in Motion) is open to all students, but a dance audition is required in order to perform in any of the dance opportunities such as the Humanitarian Symposium and the Spring Dance Concert.

9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling
Boyer 137, Parmer Cinema

All students who were awarded their first Stafford Loan as part of their financial aid package are required to attend a short loan entrance counseling session. If you have not completed this yet, this is your last group opportunity to do so. You may still complete the counseling online using the instructions sent to you earlier in the summer, or come to the Financial Aid Office individually.

10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Welcome to Campus: An Introduction to Campus Services

Hitchock Arena

Sit with your Orienation Group

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Academic Support & Advising Overview

Hitchcock Arena

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Meeting with Academic Advisors by Department

Department Location
Biblical, Religious Studies & Christian Ministries Boyer 331
Biological Sciences Kline 120
Chemistry & Biochemistry Kline 327
Communication Boyer 274
Education Boyer 137 (Parmer Cin.)
Engineering Frey 150
English Boyer 230
Health and Human Performance Sollenberger 125
History Boyer 234
Human Development & Family Sciences Boyer 334
Information and Mathematical Sciences / Physics Frey 343
Management & Business Frey 110 (Alexander Aud.)
Modern Language Boyer 134
Music Frey 349
Nursing Jordan 150 (lounge)
Nutrition Kline 235
Peace & Conflict Studies Boyer 430
Philosophy Boyer 422
Politics Boyer 432
Psychology Boyer 336
Social Work Boyer 322
Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice Boyer 222
Theater & Dance Climenhaga Bldg 029
Undeclared Hitchcock Arena
Visual Arts Climenhaga Bldg 111
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Academic Schedule Adjustments

Boyer 237 computer lab

Make changes to your fall academic schedule at this time.

2:30 p.m. - 5p.m.

Student Organization Opportunities Fair

Larsen Student Union

This is a great opportunity to learn about the over 80 clubs, groups and organizations to get involved in on campus.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of Classes

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


Hitchcock Arena

This first chapel of the year - Join the entire Messiah College community as we celebrate the official start to the 2013-14 academic year.



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