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Activities for Commuters


Q: I’m a new commuter student. Do I need to participate in all the Winter Orienation Weekend 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, January 30 occur in the afternoon and evening, so we recommend that commuter students plan to arrive between 1-3pm to check in at Larsen Student Union. 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 Opening Session & Worship and Prayer of Dedication 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, January 30

1:00 – 3:00pm

Arrival and Check-In: Larsen Student Union

Pick-up your Orientation Packet, Student ID Cards, Residence Life Keys, etc.

Larsen Student Union 2nd Floor

3:00 – 4:00pm

Optional Campus Tour

Leaving from Larsen Student Union 2nd Floor

4:00 – 5:00pm

Optional Meet and Greet for Students and Families

Larsen Student Union – Fireplace Alcove

5:00 – 6:00pm

Complimentary Dinner at Lottie Nelson Dining Hall

Students and Families – look for designated seating areas (far left of Dining Room)

6:30 – 7:30pm

Opening Session & Worship and Prayer of Dedication for Students and Families

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema

8:00 – 10:00pm

Evening Social Time / Make Your Own Sundae

The LOFT Great Room

Friday, January 31

9:00 – 9:40am

Education Messiah Style

Dr. Randy Basinger, Provost, Messiah College

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema

9:40 – 10:00am

Computing Services

Chad Keene, Assnt Manager of Student Technology Services

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema

10:00 – 10:15am

Break & Hello from Multicultural Programs

Representative from Multicultural Programs

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema


Chapel at Messiah

Evie Telfer, Assoc College Pastor

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema

10:30 – 11:15am

Overview of Academic Policies, Curriculum and Academic Support Programs

Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson, Director of Academic Advising

Boyer 137 - Parmer Cinema

11:15 – 12:00pm

Individual Academic Advising & Schedule Adjustments

Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson, Director of Academic Advising

Carrie Widdowson, Associate Registrar

Boyer 237 Computer Lab

12:00 – 1:00pm


Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, 2nd floor Eisenhower Campus Center

1:00 – 2:00pm

Introduction and Orientation to Library

Michael Rice, Librarian/Electronic Resources Coordinator

Murray Library

2:00 – 5:00pm

Free Time

Purchase books and visit misc. campus offices while they are open

3:30 – 5:00pm

Language Placement Test (Recommended)

Boyer 130 - Classroom

Saturday, February 1

11:15 – 11:45am

Health, Safety and Campus Services Information

The LOFT Great Room



Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, 2nd floor Eisenhower Campus Center

12:30 – 5:00pm

Off-Campus Service Project

Meet at the Eisenhower Circle

5:00 – 6:00pm


Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, 2nd floor Eisenhower Campus Center

7:00 - 10:00pm

Bowling at Trindle Bowl, Mechanicsburg, PA

Meet at the LOFT Great Room

Sunday, February 2

Day is FREE!


Monday, February 3

Classes Begin

Tuesday, February 4

2:30 - 5:00pm

Student Opportunities Fair

Larsen Student Union

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

Larsen Student Union

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