2021 Orientation Schedule At A Glance

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2025 to campus on August 26. Students, faculty, and staff have been collaborating all summer long to put together an Orientation schedule that introduces you to Bates and provides you with opportunities to form meaningful connections in your initial days on campus.

Please find the Orientation schedule below, on which times and events may still be adjusted as the summer progresses.

Thursday, August 26th – Opening Day

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
8:00 AM – 2:00 PMNew Student Check-In/ Move-InUnderhill Ice Arena/Merrill GymnasiumStudents should arrive at Underhill Arena (145 Russell Street) to complete arrival testing and check-in, while parents and support tams wait in their vehicles. Campus maps will be provided with parking noted.
10:00 AM – 2:30 PMArrival Day Grab & Go BBQ for Parents, Support Team, and StudentsOutside Commons
10:00 AM – 3:00 PMTD Bank – Open a Bank AccountOutside Commons – Cole TerraceFor students who wish to have a bank account in the local area, swing on by to open an account.
2:00 PM – 2:30 PMTransfer Student and Family WelcomeMuskie Gardens –
Rain Site Commons 226
All new transfer students and families are welcome.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PMInternational Student Group GreetingCole Terrace-
Rain Site Commons 211
All new international students and families are welcome.
3:15 PMPresident’s Welcome Address Historic QuadStudents and guests must wear a mask at all times during this event. This is due to being in close proximity with each other & travelling from a wide variety of locations.
4:00 PMParent and Support Team DepartureAll parents and support team members depart campus, and first-year students move on to Orientation Week Leader Events.
4:15 PM – 6:00 PMOrientation Week Leader (OWL) EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
This event and the remainder of Orientation are intended for new students.
6:00 PM – 7:15 PMFirst-Year Center Dinner with Junior Advisor (JA)Commons
6:00 PM – 7:15 PMTransfer Student DinnerCommons 226Please get food through the line and go to Commons 226.
7:15 PM – 7:30 PMWelcome to the OIE VideoResidence Hall FloorAll first-year students should watch the Welcome to the OIE video on their Online Resources Lyceum Portal.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PMJunior Advisors Available on Floors to Support First-Year Students
9:00 PM – 12:00 MidnightOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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Friday, August 27th – Orientation & AESOP Dinner

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
7:00 AMOWL Get UP and Move EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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8:00 AM – 9:00 AMBreakfast with your JA & First Floor MeetingCommons
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

280, Rand, Transfer Students
Green Dot Bystander Intervention OverviewLibrary Quad TentGreen Dot is our community approach to bystander intervention and preventing interpersonal violence on campus. We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that forms of violence like sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence are not tolerated at Bates, and Green Dot will give you tools to intervene in a potentially harmful situation.
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Adams, Page
Green Dot Bystander Intervention OverviewMemorial CommonsGreen Dot is our community approach to bystander intervention and preventing interpersonal violence on campus. We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that forms of violence like sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence are not tolerated at Bates, and Green Dot will give you tools to intervene in a potentially harmful situation.
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM-

Chu, Clason, Frye House, Milliken, Parker, Kalperis
Harward Center for Community PartnershipsBardwell Field TentCommunity engagement is a hallmark of a Bates education. This program invites learning and conversation about that proud tradition.
10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon

280, Rand, Transfer Students, Adams, Page
Harward Center for Community PartnershipsBardwell Field TentCommunity engagement is a hallmark of a Bates education. This program invites learning and conversation about that proud tradition.
10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon

Chu, Clason, Frye House, Milliken
Green Dot Bystander Intervention OverviewLibrary Quad TentGreen Dot is our community approach to bystander intervention and preventing interpersonal violence on campus. We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that forms of violence like sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence are not tolerated at Bates, and Green Dot will give you tools to intervene in a potentially harmful situation.
10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon

Parker, Kalperis
Green Dot Bystander Intervention OverviewMemorial CommonsGreen Dot is our community approach to bystander intervention and preventing interpersonal violence on campus. We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that forms of violence like sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence are not tolerated at Bates, and Green Dot will give you tools to intervene in a potentially harmful situation.
12:05 PM – 1:10 PMLunchCommons
1:20 PM – 2:15 PM

Chu, Clason, Frye House, Milliken, Parker, Kalperis
Living Our ValuesBardwell Field TentBates is committed to creating a community where every individual can thrive. This interactive session will introduce you to the Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy, and familiarize you with the resources & staff members available for support on campus.
1:45 PM – 2:35 PM

280, Rand, Transfer Students, Adams, Page
Living Our ValuesLibrary Quad TentBates is committed to creating a community where every individual can thrive. This interactive session will introduce you to the Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy, and familiarize you with the resources & staff members available for support on campus.
2:45 PM – 3:45 PMZoom Webinar – LGBTQ+ Equity and EngagementYour residence hall room.
4:00 PM – 5:15 PMOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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5:15 PM – 5:30 PMGo to AESOP WelcomeKeigwin Amphitheater
5:30 PM – 6:30 PMAESOP WelcomeKeigwin Amphitheater
6:30 PM – 8:00 PMDinner with AESOP LeadersBBQ Outside Commons
8:00 PM – 11:00 PMAESOP Leader Event

Saturday, August 28th – AESOP Day 1

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
All DayAESOP TripsFollow the schedule set by your AESOP Leaders.
All DayFall Pre-Season Athletes Follow Coaches’ Schedules
9:00 PM – 12:00 MidnightOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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Sunday, August 29th – AESOP Day 2

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
All DayAESOP TripsFollow the schedule set by your AESOP Leaders.
All DayFall Pre-Season Athletes Follow Coaches’ Schedules
9:00 PM – 12:00 MidnightOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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Monday, August 30th – Orientation

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
7:00 AMOWL Get Up and Move Event – Morning Walk, Jog, or RunThe PuddleFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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8:00 AM – 8:45 AMBreakfast with JACommons
9:00 AM – 12:00 NoonFirst-Year Seminar Meeting and AdvisingFollow the schedule in the next drop down The first gathering of your FYS classmates with your instructor and First Year Advisor. Time will be spent discussing the course as well as academic advising.
Follow the schedule in the next drop down
10:30 AM – 12:00 NoonTransfer Student Group AdvisingFire Place Lounge in CommonsTime will be spent discussing academic advising and informal advising as well as life at Bates.
12:00:00 NoonLunch with JACommons
1:00 PM – 2:15 PMAcademic & Resource FairLibrary Quad Tent-Information and Library Services (ILS)
-Ladd Library (Library Resources)
-Bates Health Services (BHS)
-Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
-Academic Resource Commons (ARC)
-Math and Statistics Workshop
-Writing @ Bates–place near ARC
-Dining, Conferences, and Campus Events
-Student Employment
-Athletics
-American Studies
-Africana
-Anthropology
-Asian Studies
-Classical and Medieval Studies
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Academic & Resource Fair Bardwell Field Tent-Economics
-Education
-Environmental Studies
-European Studies
-Latin American and Latinx Studies
-Philosophy
-Politics
-Religious Studies
-Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies
-Sociology
-Theater and Dance
-Bates Art Museum
2:45 PM – 4:00 PMAcademic & Resource FairLibrary Quad Tent-OIE (Office of Intercultural Education)
-Office of Sustainability
-Office of Accessible Education
-Center for Global Education
-Harward Center for Community Partnerships
-Multifaith Chaplaincy
-Center for Purposeful Work
-Facility Services
-Environmental Health and Safety
-Campus Safety and Transportation
-Biology
-Chemistry and Biochemistry
-Neuroscience
-Psychology
-Pre-Health Professions
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Academic & Resource Fair Bardwell Field Tent-Art and Visual Culture
-Digital and Computational Studies
-Earth and Climate Sciences
-English
-French and Francophone Studies
-Gender and Sexuality Studies
-German and Russian Studies
-Hispanic Studies
-History
-Math
-Music
-Physics and Astronomy
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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5:00 PM – 6:30 PMLetter to My Future Self Dinner with JAsCommons
5:45 PM – 7:00 PMBates EMS and Ice CreamOutside CommonsCome meet Bates EMS and snag an ice cream as a bonus!
8:00 PM – 12:00 MidnightOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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Monday, August 30th – First-Year Seminar Meeting and Advising LOCATIONS

Faculty NameFYS 2021 Course Number and NameMeeting Location
Aimee BessireFYS 381 Visualizing IdentitiesHATHOR 100
Akwete RomanFYS 535 P.E.O.P.L.E Together Peers Eliminating Prejudice and OppressionHATHOR 104
Andrea AlfordFYS 533 Paperfolding: A Blend of Art, Mathematics, and EngineeringHEDGE 106
Asha TamirisaFYS 528 Noise/SilenceCARNEG 111
Bev JohnsonFYS 476 Coasta Hazards / LabCARNEG 113
Bill WallaceFYS 460 Environment and Social JusticeLadd Library 306
Bridget FullertonFYS 489 Writing Ourselves, Writing with OthersPGILL 151
Britanny LongsdorfFYS 532 Arts and SpiritualityPGILL 127
Bronwyn SaleFYS 510 Creativity: Theory and PracticePGILL 162
Caitlin CleaverFYS 534 Managing the Gulf of Maine: Climate Change & ImpactsPGREW 200
Carol DilleyFYS 437 Arts in PerformanceHATHOR 207
Carrie Diaz EatonFYS 505a STEM ScholarsHEDGE 208
Charles NeroFYS 527 African American Religion in American FilmROGERW 215
Francesco DuinaFYS 249 Global Economy and Nation-StateCARNEG 225
Geneva LauritaFYS 505b STEM ScholarsPGILL 227
Ian EllasanteFYS 523 Poetry and Resistance beyond the Gender BinaryPGILL 257
Jason CastroFYS 478 The History of the BrainPGREW 300
Jennifer BlanchardFYS 530 Making Meaning of MaineCARNEG 301
Josh RubinFYS 484 Making Sense: Social Significance of Sense PerceptionHATHOR 303
Kati VecseyFYS 457 Holocaust on StageHATHOR 305
Laura SewallFYS 427 EcopsychologyPGILL 312
Lauren AshwellFYS 429 Thinking and FeelingROGERW 315
Lisa MaurizioFYS 345 Classical Myths and Contemp. ArtHedge G18
Marcus BruceFYS 152 Religion and Civil RightsPGILL 329
Margaret CreightonFYS 529 Ages of PlaguesCARNEG 339
Martin MontgomeryFYS 446 The Communication Equation: A Mathematical Media TourROGERW 413
Melinda PlastasFYS 419 Tobacco in History and CultureCARNEG 429
Michael SargentFYS 308 Searching for the Good LifePGILL G10
Myra WrightFYS 504 Crows and Ravens: Feathered Minds, Lettered VoicesROGERW G18
Nathan LundbladFYS 511 Information is Physical: From Classical to Quantum ComputersCarnegie 339**Meeting on Tuesday Aug 31 2:15–3:45
Nicholas TrautzFYS 506 Ways of Knowing: Contemplative Practice, East-WestPGILL G21
Ryan BavisFYS 521 Physiology of Climate ChangePGILL G50
Sam BossFYS 507 Lewiston: A Local Lens on Global IssuesPGILL G52
Stephanie PridgeonFYS 526 Revolutionary Writing in Latin AmericaPGILL G54
Stephen EngelFYS 522 The Least Dangerous Branch?Judicial Power in USPGILL G63
Steve DillonFYS 524 International CinemaPGILL G65
Su LangdonFYS 395 The Sporting LifeHathorn 314
TherÍ PickensFYS 531 Contemporary American EssayPettengill 116
Wes ChaneyFYS 513 Out of Order: Justice and Injustice in World Legal HistoriesCarnegie 204

Tuesday, August 31st – Convocation

TimeEventLocationDescription of Event
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMMorning Yoga

Dance w/ 2BEATS
Puddle

Merrill Gym
For More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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9:00 AM – 10:00 AMBreakfast with JACommons
10:30 AM Convocation Line-upAlumni Walk
11:00 AM ConvocationHistoric QuadA welcome to the start of the academic year!
11:30 AM – 12:50 PMCampus BarbecueAlumni Walk Outside Commons
1:30 PM – 3:45 PMOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 

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2:15 PM – 3:45 PMTheater and Dance Open House and Information SessionSchaeffer TheaterInterested in the world of the theater? Theater and Dance Department information session offers news of performing and backstage opportunities and auditions, as well as performance oriented clubs, set and costume shops, and the academic program options in Theater and Dance. OPEN TO ALL. No Experience Necessary.
5:00 PM – 8:00 PMDinnerCommons
6:00 PMInternational Circle Student DinnerCommons 221/222
6:30 PM – 8:30 PMA Night at the MuseumOlin Arts Center
7:00 PM – 8:00 PMChaplain’s First Welcome: S’Mores and CiderMultifaith Chaplaincy Building –

163 Wood St.
Come to a cozy gathering at the Multifaith Chaplaincy. We will roast some gourmet s’mores (think Reese’s, Nutella, all the good stuff), sip on cider, and have a warm conversation and a centering activity.
8:00 PMMoonlight aCapella ConcertKegwin Ampatheater
7:00 PM -9:00 PMOWL EventsFor More info check out @batesorientation on Instagram or batesowl on snapchat 
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9:00 PM – 11:00 PMLate Night at the RonjThe Ronj Coffee House on Frye Street

Wednesday, September 1st – Classes Begin