Fall 2023 Orientation


  • 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 must be completed before on-campus orientation. If you do not have access to this course, please email Nicole Juersivich at njuersi9@naz.edu.
  • New Student Move-in: Wednesday, August 23, 2023 (Families and supporters are invited to remain on campus until 5 p.m.)
  • On-Campus Orientation: Wednesday, August 23 - Sunday, August 27, 2023.  See full schedule below.

*Orientation Leaders will outreach to students via email at the beginning of August.

On-Campus Orientation Schedule

Nazareth strives to be equitable and accessible in its programming. If accommodations are needed to participate, please fill out the Orientation Accommodations form.

           Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Wednesday, August 23: Welcome to Nazareth!

Mandatory events are marked with an asterisk (*)

*New Resident Students Move-In

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Arts Center, A Lot

Welcome to Nazareth University! Please enter at the Arts Center parking lot (campus map). 

*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.

*Fire Spraying for Tapestries, Curtains, Other Fabric Decor

9 a.m. – Noon, Front of Medaille

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

Campus Walking Tour

9 – 11 a.m., Walking Tour Map

Want to see everything Nazareth has to offer? Drop in to offices and meet the staff that will support you during your time at Nazareth! Departments will be open to answer questions. 

President’s Picnic

11:30 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 (campus map). Don’t forget to make time to attend the President’s Picnic!

Resource Fair

1 – 2:45 p.m., Arts Center Foyer & Sculpture Garden

The Resource Fair is an exciting opportunity to connect with services and resources that will help you throughout your time at Naz. Chat one-on-one with representatives from various campus departments.

Last-Minute Errands

1 – 2:45 p.m.

If you leave campus after checking-in, please be sure to use the French Road entrance.

*Welcome from President Paul & Orientation Kick-Off

3 – 3:15 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

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

*Nazareth University: A Century of Changemakers in Action

3:15 – 4 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

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

Family Farewell

4 – 4:15 p.m., Arts Center, Sculpture Garden

This concludes programming for our families & supporters. We look forward to seeing you again at Naz Weekend, September 22-24!

*Meet your 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 your 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: Finding your people

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

Grab and Go Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 a.m., Dining Commons

Grab a light breakfast before heading to your first meeting.

*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.

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

7 – 8 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 on what belonging means at Nazareth and how we each have a role and responsibility in creating an equity-minded campus community.

Affinity Spaces and Board Gaming 

8:15 – 9:15 p.m., Shults Center

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: Academics

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

Grab and Go Breakfast

7:30 – 8:45 a.m., Dining Commons

Grab a light breakfast before heading to your first event.

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 a.m. (NOTE: Art Education and Music Education students do not need to attend this session.) 

International Student Meeting

9 – 11 a.m., Golisano Academic Center Room 131

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

*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.

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

*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., Shults Center, Information Desk

Sponsored by the Nazareth Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Join members from the Nazareth College MSA for a catered halal lunch following Jumu’ah Salah. Learn more about the many activities Nazareth MSA sponsors and how you can become involved. The prayer and lunch will take place in the Sulam Center, Nazareth’s Muslim and Jewish community and prayer space. Please meet a MSA member in front of the Information Desk in the Shults Center, who will walk with you over to the Sulam Center in George Hall. Questions? Email msa@naz.edu 

*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.

The Student Athlete Experience

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

All 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.

Major Mixer

3:45 – 5 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

Everyone is welcome to stop by Hillel’s Shabbat table during dinner for a taste of Shabbat and a chance to learn about Naz Hillel. We’ll have candles, grape juice, and homemade challah and rugelach, along with information about Shabbat at Naz, High Holy Day celebrations, bagel brunches, and other opportunities to connect and celebrate with the Jewish community at Naz. We can’t wait to meet you!

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: #Adulting

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.

*StepUP Nazareth! 

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

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

Lunch on your own

Noon – 1:15 p.m., Dining Commons

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

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

1:30 – 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 a chance  to meet several potential employers at one place and time.

*Title IX and Campus Safety

3:45 – 4:30 p.m., Arts Center, Callahan Theater

Learn about community responsibility, healthy behaviors, staying safe, and important policies, resources and support that pertain to Title IX. 

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: Settling in

Note: Mandatory events are noted with an asterisk *

Grab and Go Breakfast

8:45 – 9:30 a.m., Dining Commons

Grab a light breakfast before checking in with your OLs.

*Check in with your Orientation Leader

9:30 – 10:15 a.m., TBD

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

Morning Mindfulness Stations

10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Lawn behind Golisano Academic Center 

Morning mindfulness is a great way to start your day with other members of the College community.  

    • Labyrinth walk is behind Linehan Chapel: A labyrinth walk is a wonderful way to find grounding and gain perspective, especially as you begin your Nazareth journey. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! 
    • Yoga: Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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.

Brunch with Naz Christian Fellowship

11 a.m. - Noon, Golisano Academic Center Room 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 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 p.m. – 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.