New Students

Fall 2022 Orientation

August 25–28, 2022

Welcome to Nazareth College! We are excited for your arrival and have a 4-day fun-filled, information-packed orientation program awaiting you. Orientation will help you meet new people and build connections, begin to explore the campus environment and resources, and learn about amazing opportunities that can become part of your Nazareth experience.

Nazareth College strives to be equitable and accessible in its programming. If accommodations are needed to participate in orientation please fill out this form.

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Thursday, August 25

Today you will take your first steps into the next phase of your academic and life journeys. You will:

  • Be introduced to the expectations, culture, and traditions of the institution and understand your membership in the Nazareth community;
  • Learn about campus services and resources that will enhance your academic success and overall college experience;
  • Engage in campus traditions to learn about the mission and culture of the Nazareth College and how you can carry on the Nazareth legacy.

New Resident Students Move In

7:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Arts Center, A lot

Welcome to Nazareth College! Please enter at the Arts Center parking lot. Find your assigned move-in time in your housing portal.

Orientation Check-In

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Echo Circle

After checking in with Residential Life staff and moving your belongings into your room, make your way to Orientation check-In. Bring a screenshot, pdf, or printed version of your certificate of completion of pre-orientation online modules.

Fire Spraying for Tapestries, Curtains, Other Fabric Decor

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Kearney Courtyard

Have tapestries, curtains, or any other fabric items you want to hang in your room? Make sure to get them approved and fireproofed beforehand.

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.

New Commuter Students Arrive

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Echo Circle

Enter on North Campus drive and make your way to Q Lot (near Golisano Academic Center). Follow signs to Orientation check-in to receive your materials, pick up your Naz swag, and connect with Nazareth offices and services. Don’t forget to make time to attend the President’s Picnic!

Mini Resource Kiosk

1-3:30 p.m., Golisano Training Center, Indoor turf

Stop by the GTC indoor turf to pick up brochures for more detailed information about the resources referred to in the upcoming sessions. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

Welcome from President Paul & Orientation Kick-Off

1:15-1:30 p.m., Golisano Training Center

President Paul, on behalf of the College, enthusiastically welcomes you to the Golden Flyer family.

The Nazareth Community Panel

1:30-2:30 p.m., Golisano Training Center

Staff from Health and Counseling, Residential Life, Title IX, and Campus Safety will address community standards, staying safe, and being a part of the community here at Naz.

  • Susan Quinn, Director of Health and Counseling
  • Kathryn DeVinney, Assistant Director/Head of Counseling
  • Vicky Gebel, Director of Residential Life and Community Standards
  • Heather Sourwine, Title IX Coordinator
  • Ray Cruz, Director of Campus Safety
  • Nicole Posluszny, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Leadership

Strategies and Support for Success

2:45-3:30 p.m., Golisano Training Center

Staff from the Academic Resource Center will share resources and tips to help new students get off to a strong start academically.

  • Andy Morris, Associate VP for Retention & Student Success
  • Linda Searing, Director of Academic Advisement
  • Erika Hess, Director of Student Accessibility Services
  • Amy Fisher, Director of the Office of Student Success

Class Photo

3:30-4:30 p.m., throwing field beside Golisano Training Center

Sponsored by Alumni Engagement and Campus Operations, create your first memento from your college experience.

  • Aldi Priyanto, Alumni Engagement Officer
  • Brian McGahan, Director of Campus Operations

Family Farewell

4:30-5 p.m., Garen Peace Garden (fountain)

This concludes programming for our families & supporters. We look forward to seeing you again at Naz Weekend, October 21–23!


Meet Your Orientation Leaders

5:00-5:15 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

Dinner with Orientation Group

5:15-6:45 p.m., Dining Commons

Connect with your Orientation Leaders (OLs) and meet your Orientation group for the weekend over dinner.

New Student Convocation

7:15-8:15 p.m., Golisano Training Center

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

8:45-10:30 p.m., Clock Tower Quad

Join Residential Life and Student Engagement for the first ever 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.

Friday, August 26

Today you will have multiple opportunities to interact with peers, faculty, staff, administration, and the larger Rochester area. By engaging in these communities, you will:

  • Establish meaningful connections with peers, staff, and faculty members dedicated to supporting you in your academic journey;
  • Become empowered to assume responsibility for your education objectives;
  • Develop an understanding of your individual identities living and learning in a community of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and establish a sense of commitment to self and others in those communities.

Breakfast with your Orientation Group

7:30-8:45 a.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy breakfast and prepare for the day’s activities with your orientation group.

Academic Life at Naz

9-9:45 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 through your academic experience.

  • Kelly Hutchinson-Anderson, Director of Core Curriculum, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Education, and Interim Chair of Biology Department

International Student Meeting

9:45-11:45 a.m., Golisano Academic Center, room 131

All new international students must attend this Orientation session with the Center for International Education staff.

Advisor Meetings

10-10:45 a.m., location listed on your check-in card

All new first-year and transfer students will meet with their major advisor.

School of Education Meeting

11-11:45 a.m., Golisano Academic Center, room 221 (INCH majors), room 235 (ADOL majors)

Students majoring in Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education and students pursuing Inclusive Adolescence Education are required to meet with their education advisors. Art Education and Music Education students do not need to attend.

Pre-Med/Vet/Dental Minors Interest Meeting

11–11:45 a.m., Peckham Hall, room 012

Students pursuing these minors are required to meet to discuss programs and requirements.

Great Expectations: Faculty Panel

11-11:45 a.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 at college. [Note: All education majors must attend the SOE advisor meeting at this time; all premed/vet/dental minors must attend the interest meeting at this time.]

  • Michael Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health
  • Devparna Roy, Director of the Global Sustainability Program, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Megan Tobin, Associate Professor and Chairperson in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Mark Weber, Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, Director of the Leadership and Organizational Change Graduate Program

Lunch on Your Own

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch on your own, with your roommate or new friends at the dining hall.

Naz Dining Information Table

11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Cabaret in Shults Center

Self-serve; grab materials related to all things dining on Nazareth's campus. Need more in depth help? Look for a manager in the Cabaret or the Dining Commons during a meal.

Performance Ensembles Interest Meeting for Non Music Majors

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Glazer Music Performance Center, lobby

Non-music majors who are looking to continue their interest in music through participation in ensembles such as Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Night Flyers Band, Symphony Orchestra, Treble Choir, Chamber Singers, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo should attend this meeting.

Naz in Action

1-4:45 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 much more. Experience your new community of changemakers and be a part of the action!

Dinner with Orientation Group

5-6:30 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with the members of your Orientation group at the dining hall and debrief the days’ activities.

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

6:45-7:45 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Join Dr. Wayne Hilson, Vice President for Culture, Community, and Belonging and several Naz student leaders 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.

Living on Campus 101

8-8:45 p.m., residence halls

Resident students will meet with their Resident Assistant (RA) on their floor to learn the “ins and outs” of living on campus.

Commuting 101

8–8:45 p.m., Shults Center, Commuter Lounge

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

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 27

Today you will learn about Nazareth’s expectations of students including policies, procedures, and programs that will allow you to make well-reasoned and well-informed academic and healthy social choices. You will:

  • Learn about skills, attitudes, and strategies to maximize your college experience and provide a foundation for success;
  • Learn about personal and social expectations, norms, standards, and critical health and safety issues, as well as your rights and responsibilities in the campus community;
  • Discover the value in community involvement and diverse global perspectives.

Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:45 a.m., Dining Commons

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

Academic and College Success (ACS) 101

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

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

StepUP Nazareth!

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., location listed on your check-in card

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.

Lunch On Your Own

12:15-1:30 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy lunch on your own, with your roommate, or new friends at the dining hall.

First Gen “Bootcamp”

12:15-1:30 p.m., Medaille Dining Room

Join Cathy Leverone to chat about differences between high school and college classes. It will be a comfortable space to ask questions and learn tips about how to be successful in the classroom. Students will grab their lunch from the Dining Commons before joining the group in the Medaille Formal Lounge.


1:30-5:30 p.m., throwing field beside Golisano Training Center

Join us for an olympic-esque campus event hosted by Grit & Wit. Work with your teammates to tackle obstacles across campus that require both grit and wit.

Small Group Activities

1:30-5:30 p.m., around Golisano Academic Center

Relax and get to know folks while enjoying some low-key activities such as face painting, lawn games, and ridiculously fun icebreakers.

Snack Break with President Paul and Cabinet

3-3:15 p.m., front of Golisano Training Center

After tackling the Olympic obstacle course, relax, grab a snack, and say hi to the College’s President and senior administration team.

Dinner with Orientation Group

5:30-6:30 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with the members of your Orientation group at the dining hall.

Maximize Your Buzz

7:30-8:30 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.

Community Circles

8:45-9:45 p.m., location TBD

Participate in a facilitated discussion using "The Circle Way" with your Orientation Group. Discuss the experiences you've had in your new communities so far — your Nazareth community and the greater Rochester community. Share with others how you hope to be a part of a community that is welcoming and inclusive for all.

Comedy Show

10-11 p.m., Shults Forum

Sunday, August 28

Today you will engage in activities that foster mindfulness and growth. You will:

  • Learn about Nazareth’s history, traditions and be introduced to the College’s cohesive student experience and the idea of “everyone a changemaker”;
  • Learn the importance of being involved on campus and taking responsibility and initiative for your own growth and development;
  • Learn strategies for holistic wellness and well-being.

Morning Mindfulness Stations

9:30-11 a.m., lawn behind Golisano Academic Center (labyrinth walk and yoga), lawn behind Peckham (headspace & stress management)

Morning mindfulness is a great way to start your day with other members of the College community. Each station will restart every 30 minutes. Choose 2 or more or repeat some.

  • Labyrinth walk path is behind the Linehan Chapel.
  • Yoga mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Headspace & Stress Management: Hosted by Health & Counseling, this station will help you get in a great headspace to start your first day of classes! (until 10:30 a.m.)

Zumba with Holly

9: 30a.m.-10:15 p.m., Shults 018

Brunch on your own

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy brunch on your own, with your roommate or new friends at the dining hall.

Occupational Therapy Majors Brunch

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Medaille Formal Lounge

Hosted by the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), this special session is for all fully accepted first-year occupational therapy majors to connect with faculty and others in the program before the first day of classes. Students should get their meal in the Dining Commons and then join the group in the Medaille Formal Lounge.

Nazareth Christian Fellowship Hour

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Golisano Academic Center 151

Nazareth Christian Fellowship is hosting a welcome breakfast in GAC 151. Come and learn about the various activities and offerings sponsored throughout the year, including Bible studies, worship nights, and a weekly fellowship group. For more information, please contact Kiley Cook,

Navigating Naz

12:45-1:45 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 & video challenges, and QR codes to orient you to Nazareth campus locations and resources.

How to Get a Job on Campus & Meet Your Career Coach

1:45-2:30 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Meet some current students in interesting positions and hear how to apply for any campus job. Connect with your career coach and get the details on the SPARK grant ($1500!), using Handshake, and helpful tips for making the most of your first year at Naz.

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 an opportunity to meet several potential employers at one place and time.

The Student Athlete Experience

3:45-4:45 p.m., Shults Center, Forum

All new incoming spring student-athletes are required to attend this session where Athletics staff will talk about what it is like to be an athlete at Naz.

Dinner with Orientation Group

4:45-6 p.m., Dining Commons

Enjoy dinner with the members of your orientation group at the dining hall.

Nazareth College: A Century of Changemakers in Action

6-7 p.m., Glazer Music Performance Center, Beston Hall

Nazareth College was founded on the principles of “quartering the city,” finding the needs of each community and then working with community members to pursue social and economic justice. This talk provides insights into that pursuit and calls on the class of 2026 to participate in this struggle.

  • Tim Kneeland, Professor & Chair of History, Politics, and Law Director, Museums, Archives & Public History Director, Center for Public History

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 College Catholic Community. Choir rehearses at 6 p.m., new members welcome.

Free Money Game Show

8-9 p.m., Medaille Formal Lounge

Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Undergraduate Association (UA), take part in one of Nazareth’s favorite activities and have the chance to win some cool cash.

Orientation 2022

    Orion and Rosie

    Orion & Rosie

    Throughout orientation, look for Orion and Rosie, two registered therapy dogs who are devoted members of the Golden Flyer family. They come to campus daily to interact with the students and love getting attention, so please come say hello when you see them during orientation. Continue to visit them at their faculty members' offices in the YWRI or at IPAW Collaborative and Club events all year long!


    Contact us at or 585-389-2320.