New Student Fall Athlete Orientation

August 15–25, 2024

First-year and transfer student-athletes playing fall sports should plan to attend these sessions. Schedule is subject to change.

Fall Sports: Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Women's Volleyball, Women's Tennis, Field Hockey, and Rugby.


  • Online Onboarding Course: This is an asynchronous course, meaning it can be completed on your own time, at your own pace! Available beginning July 15, 2024, and due prior to orientation. If you do not have access to this course, please email Nicole Juersivich at
  • New Student Fall Athlete Orientation: Thursday, August 15 - Friday, August 16 andWednesday, August 21 - Sunday, August 25, 2024. See the full schedule below.

*Orientation Leaders will reach out to students via email at the end of July.


Thursday, August 15


8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Connect with your coach to find out your assigned move-in time and to pick up your keys at the Residential Life Office.

Welcome and Remarks

11:45 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Shults, Forum

Pete Bothner, Director of Athletics, enthusiastically welcomes you to the Golden Flyer Family.

Family Lunch

Noon – 1 p.m.
Forum Hallway

Enjoy one of our indoor locations or one of the beautiful outdoor areas on campus.  Indoor seating available in Forum, Cabaret, and Reading Lounge. Sponsored by Campus Life and Athletics.

Family Farewell

1:00 – 1:15 p.m

This concludes programming for our families and supporters. We look forward to seeing you again at Naz Weekend, September 20-22. Students will report to Peckham Hall for afternoon sessions.

The Student Athlete Experience

1:15 – 2:00 p.m
Peckham Hall 012-014 (basement)

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Naz? Get “in the know” at this important session led by Athletics staff.

Building a Culture of Safety and Respect

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014

Staff from Residential Life and the Community Standards Office and Campus Safety will address policies, procedures, and standards to cultivate an ethical and safe environment for all.

Ray Cruz, Director of Campus Safety
Vicky Gebel, Director of Residence Life & Community Standards in Residential Life

Mental Health, Self-Care, and the Student-Athlete

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014

John Rigney from Health and Counseling Services will tell you about the resources available to you and how they can be helpful during your time on campus.

StepUP Nazareth! & Title IX

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014.

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and didn’t know how to intervene? You are not alone! Students will learn tips and tricks to navigate any situation by using bystander intervention techniques.

Heather Sourwine, Title IX Coordinator

Dinner & Evening Activities

Friday, August 16

Center for Life’s Work and Finding a Job on Campus

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014

Meet some of the coaches and CFLW team and learn more about services and opportunities they offer.

Joshua Bauroth, Manager, Student Employment in Center for Life's Work
Jennifer Canning, Program Manager in Weider Community Engagement

Strategies for Academic Success

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014

Learn about the importance of connecting and communicating with your advisor(s) regularly, as well as other resources, tools, and strategies to begin the semester with an academically strong start!

Mary Anne Parker-Hancock, Coordinator of First Year Academic Advisement
Dillon Smith, Director of Student Success

Creating a Sense of Belonging at Nazareth: How to Build Community

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Peckham Hall 012-014

Join Kim Winden, Director for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Education, for a conversation around what belonging means at Nazareth and how we each have a role and responsibility in creating an equity minded campus community.

Wednesday, August 21

Meet the Orientation Group

4:00 – 5:15 p.m., Smyth Lawn

Ready to meet your orientation group and leader? Head to Smyth Lawn and match your number with the corresponding balloons.

Dinner with Orientation Group

5:15 – 6:45 p.m., Dining Commons, Lourdes main entrance

Enjoy dinner with your orientation group and debrief the days’ activities. Make sure you have your ID with you.

New Student Convocation

7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Join faculty and staff for this traditional event that celebrates the start of another academic year at Nazareth.

Community & Belonging Candlelight Ceremony

8:15 – 8:45 p.m., Garen Peace Garden (Fountain)

This tradition marks your first night as a Golden Flyer. This ceremony is a time to reflect on your role in living out the legacy of Nazareth’s Founders on our campus and throughout our world.

Flyer Fest (optional)

9 – 10 p.m., Shults, Gym

Join Residential Life and Student Engagement for Flyer Fest, a carnival-style event to jump start your Orientation experience and a great opportunity to get to know your peers, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, August 22

Living on Campus 101

9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Residence Halls

Resident students will meet with their floor Residential Life Student Leaders to learn the “ins and outs” of living on campus.

Commuting 101

9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Shults Center, Commuter Lounge

Commuter students will meet with their Commuter Assistant to learn more about valuable resources

Class Photo

10:15 – 10:45 a.m., Smyth Lawn

Slip on your Naz in Action t-shirt and get ready to create your first memento from your college experience.

Brunch on Your Own (optional)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy brunch on your own, with your roommate or with new friends.

Naz in Action (recommended)

12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

All new Naz students will participate in a community engagement project with their orientation group at a local organization in the Rochester area. Learn from community partners about issues and solutions in the areas of environment, food access, public health, education, and many more. Experience your new community of changemakers and be a part of the action!

Dinner with Orientation Group (optional)

5:00 – 6:45 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with your orientation group and debrief the days’ activities.

Affinity Spaces and Club Fair (optional)

8:15 – 9:15 p.m., Forum

Connect with others over shared identities and interests, while exploring the diverse array of clubs, organizations, and affinity groups at Nazareth.

Night time activity! (optional)

9:30 – 10:30 p.m., Shults Center, Gym

Friday, August 23

School of Education Meeting

10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Golisano Academic Center, Room 221 (INCH majors), Room 235 (ADOL majors)

Students majoring in Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education (INCH) and students pursuing an Adolescence Education certification program (ADOL) will meet with their program directors and education advisors. These students should also attend the meeting with their liberal arts and sciences department/program and major advisor at 11:00 a.m. (NOTE: Art Education and Music Education students do not need to attend this session.)

Pre-Health Minors Meeting

10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Peckham Hall Room 012

Students pursuing Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, or Pre-Dental minors must attend this session to discuss programs and requirements.

Meet your Academic “House”

11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Location listed on your check-in card

Meet the faculty and staff in your academic department/program and your major advisor, learn more about your program, and get to know other first year and transfer students in your program.

Click here to find out who your academic advisor is and the meeting location.

Lunch with Friends(optional)

12:00 – 1:15 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch on your own, with your roommate, or with new friends.

Understanding the Culture of Higher Education: Academic Workshop

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Location listed on your check-in card

From deciphering the cryptic language of syllabi to mastering Moodle, we'll equip you with all the tools you need to navigate the wild terrain of academia.

Dinner with Orientation Group (optional)

5:30 – 7 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with your orientation group.

Shabbat Table (optional)

5:30 – 7 p.m., Dining Commons

Join Nazareth Hillel to welcome Shabbat

Casino Night (optional)

9 – 11 p.m., Shults Center, Gym

Be on the lookout for faculty and staff as they serve as dealers. You'll have the opportunity to win college essentials and other fun prizes!

Saturday, August 24

Lunch with Friends (optional)

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch on your own, with your roommate, or with new friends.

On-Campus and Part-Time Job Fair

2:30 – 3:45 p.m., Shults Center, Gym

There are tons of opportunities to gain experience on campus, make connections, build skills, and get paid (and many jobs are only a few hours a week, so they won't interfere with the rest of your life)! Featuring both on and off-campus employers seeking to hire our students, this job fair offers students a chance to meet several potential employers at one place and time.

Dinner on your own (optional)

5:00– 6:30 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner on your own, with your roommate, or with new friends.

Maximize Your Buzz

6:30 – 7:30p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Through comedy, multimedia, and practical advice, students learn to make values-based choices about alcohol. Students will leave this session equipped with safe practices to make healthier choices and reduce high-risk drinking.

Movie Night on the Lawn (optional)

8 – 10 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

Bring a blanket and join us for snacks and a movie!

Sunday, August 25

Grab and Go Breakfast

8:45 – 9:30 a.m., Dining Commons

Grab a light breakfast before checking in with your Peer Leaders.

Check in with your Orientation Leader

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Take this time to check-in with your orientation leader.

Off-Campus Excursions (optional)

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arts Center, Glazer Hall

Meet outside Glazer Hall next to the Arts Center parking lot to take a shuttle to Brighton Farmers Market and Wegmans to get any last minute needs before the start of the semester.

Brunch with Naz Christian Fellowship (optional)

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., GAC 151

Meet members and student leaders from Naz Christian Fellowship. Learn more about transportation to church services on Sunday mornings and weekly on-campus gatherings and Bible Study.

Lunch with Friends (optional)

1:45– 1:00 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch on your own, with your roommate, or with new friends.

Off-Campus Excursions (optional)

1 – 3:45 p.m., Arts Center, Glazer Hall

Meet outside Glazer Hall next to the Arts Center parking lot to take a shuttle to Target and The International Plaza to get any last minute needs before the start of the semester.

Dinner on your own (optional)

4:30– 6:00 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner on your own, with your roommate, or with new friends.

Sundae Scaries (optional)

6 – 7 p.m., Shults Center, Forum

Build your own sundae then engage with Health & Counseling to find a great headspace to start your first day of classes! Fight the “Sunday Scaries” with information on sleep hygiene and stress management, then enjoy a guided relaxation exercise to wind down from the excitement of Orientation.

Catholic Mass and Welcome Coffee Hour (optional)

7 – 8 p.m., Linehan Chapel

Join us for the first Catholic Mass of the semester, followed by coffee and cupcakes. Learn about the various activities and offerings of the Nazareth Catholic Community. Choir rehearsal is at 6:00PM, and new members are welcome.

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