New Student Fall Athlete Orientation

August 17–27, 2023

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


  • Online Onboarding Course: This is an asynchronous course, meaning it can be completed on your own time, at your own pace! Available beginning July 19, 2023, 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 17 - Friday, August 18 & Wednesday, August 23 - Sunday, August 27, 2023. See full schedule below.

*Orientation Leaders will outreach to students via email at the end of July



Thursday, August 17

All sessions will be held in Peckham Hall 012-014 unless otherwise noted.

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk 


8 a.m. – Noon

Connect with your coach to find out your assigned move-in time and to pick up your room key.

*Family Lunch

Noon – 1 p.m.

Kim Harvey, Associate Vice President for Student and Campus Life and Dean of Students, and Pete Bothner, Director of Athletics

*The Student Athlete Experience

1:15 – 2:15 p.m

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

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Staff from Residential Life and the Community Standards Office, Campus Safety, and Title IX 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

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

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Join Dr. Wayne Hilson, Vice President for Culture, Community, and Belonging 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.

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

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

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.


6 p.m.

Friday, August 18

All sessions will be held in Peckham Hall 012-014 unless otherwise noted.

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk

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

9 – 9:45 a.m

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

Stretch break

9:45 – 10 a.m.

*Strategies for Academic Success

10 – 10:45 a.m.

Sarah Denis, Tutoring & Student Success Coordinator, will go over strategies and campus resources that can help ensure you have a successful academic experience at Naz.

*StepUP Nazareth!

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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.

Nicole Posluszny, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership

Wednesday, August 23

Mandatory events are marked with an asterisk (*)

President’s Picnic

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Dining Commons and Shults Center

The President, Dr. Beth Paul, invites you to celebrate this important day with a welcome picnic. Enjoy one of our indoor locations or one of the beautiful outdoor areas on campus.

Meet the Orientation Group

4:15 – 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 – 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

9 – 11 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 24

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

Living on Campus 101

9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Residence Halls

Resident students will meet with their floor Resident Assistant (RA) 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.

Brian McGahan, Director of Campus Operations

Brunch on Your Own

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

12:30 – 5 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

5 – 6:45 p.m., Dining Commons

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

Affinity Spaces and Board Gaming

8:15 – 9:15 p.m., TBA

Relax and connect with others over shared identities and interests while playing some fun board games!

GLOW Party!

9:30 – 10:30 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

Shine bright and lets glow! Join your orientation team as we bring our 1st ever glow party to campus! Be on the lookout for inflatables, food trucks, activities, and more!

Friday, August 25

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

*School of Education Meeting

8:45 – 9:30 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.)

Academic Life at Naz

9:45 – 10:45 a.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Before heading to your advisor meetings, learn more about the Core Curriculum and the importance of connecting and communicating with your advisor(s) regularly. They are here to guide and support you throughout your academic experience.

*Meet your Academic “House”

11 – 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.


11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Dining Commons

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

Jumu’ah Salah with Halal Lunch

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Dining Commons

Sponsored by the Nazareth Muslim Student Association

Great Expectations: Faculty Panel

1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Glazer Music Performance Center, Beston Hall

Get to know some instructors from across the college as they share advice and tips for academic success and candidly answer your burning questions about classroom culture and expectations.

  • Joseph Porter, Clinical Assistant Professor in Business and Leadership, Director of the Global Business Leadership Graduate Program
  • Devparna Roy, Director of the Global Sustainability Program, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Megan Tobin, Associate Professor and Chairperson in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Ed Wiltse, Professor in English & Communication, Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Learning in Center for Life’s Work and Weider Community Engagement

Navigating Naz

3 – 3:45 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

Work with your orientation group to climb the leaderboard in this digitally enhanced scavenger hunt that combines trivia, GPS check-ins, photo and video challenges, and QR codes to orient you with Nazareth campus locations and resources.

Major Mixer

3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater (to begin)

Join your fellow majors, faculty, and staff in this fast-paced and creative competition to craft a signature drink that captures the unique essence of your major.

Dinner with Orientation Group

5:30 – 7 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with your orientation group.

Shabbat Table

5:30 – 7 p.m., Dining Commons

Join Nazareth Hillel to welcome Shabbat

Casino Night

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 26

Note: Mandatory events are notated with an asterisk (*)

Grab and Go Breakfast

8 – 9 a.m., Dining Commons

Grab a light breakfast before heading off to your first class of ACS 101.

*Academic and College Success (ACS) 101

9 – 11 a.m., Location listed on your check-in card

ACS 101 is all about helping you make the most of your college experience. Discover the value in community involvement and diverse global perspectives, develop your capacity for growth, and acquire skills to successfully navigate this important time of transition. Note: Transfer students take Academic and College Success for Transfer Students (ACS 090 - 0 credits) their first semester and will not meet at this time.

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 with Orientation Group

4:45 – 6 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with your orientation group.

*Maximize Your Buzz

6:15 – 7:15 p.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

8 – 10 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

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

Sunday, August 27

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

*Check in with your Orientation Leader
Off-Campus Excursions

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.

Lunch on your own

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Dining Commons

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

Off-Campus Excursions

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.

Sundae Scaries

4 – 5 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.

Dinner on your own

5:15 – 6:45 p.m., Dining Commons

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

Catholic Mass and Welcome Coffee Hour

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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