Orientation

Orientation 2020

New Student Orientation Fall 2020

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 1-Sunday, August 2
 
Residence Life Staff Arrival
Please coordinate arrival day and time with Ms. Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator, (Airport Shuttle on Saturday, August 1).
Across Campus: All residence halls
 
Monday, August 3-Friday, August 7
 
Residence Life (R.A./R.D.) Training Week
Detailed schedule T.B.A.
This important training will be conducted virtually and in small groups.
 
Monday, August 3-Friday, August 7
 
Phased Move-In Process Begins
International students (who are residential) and residential students requiring quarantine upon arrival (based on home area and documented concern).
Across Campus: All residence halls
Schedule your move-in time here if you haven't already done so.
 
Monday, August 10-Friday, August 14
 
Phased Move-In Process Continues
All residential students
Across Campus: All residence halls
Schedule your move-in time here if you haven't already done so.
 
Saturday, August 15
 
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Bridge of the Booth Library
Orientation Check-In
 
In order to maintain social distancing, this schedule will be followed according to the first letter of your last name:
 
A-F - 8:00 a.m.
G-L - 9:00 a.m.
M-R - 10:00 a.m.
S-Z - 11:00 a.m.
 
Special Note: Students/Families are encouraged to address the administrative check-in process in advance to expediate the exercise.

Check in and receive your Orientation materials and other important information. 

 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Madden Student Center
Bookstore Open
 
Buy your books and study supplies for the semester.  Parents get some D&E apparel to wear proudly throughout the year!
 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Booth Library
Drop by Booth Library for something special!
 
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheatre
Welcoming Picnic featuring live music by Steel Groovin’
 
Take some time to have lunch and meet other incoming students and parents. Connect and engage with faculty and staff as you sit back, relax and enjoy the family picnic atmosphere. Steel drum duo Steel Groovin’ will provide the soundtrack. Steel Groovin’ was founded in the spring of 2014 and performs Calypso, Latin, pop, and rock styles of music along with traditional music of the Caribbean.
 
Special Note: Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair for social distancing. Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.
 
2:30 p.m.
Resident Assistants Take Students to Library Bridge for
Matriculation Convocation Processional
 
All new students will gather in preparation for making a processional walk, down the hill, to the Outdoor Amphitheater stage, much like the walk they will take when they don caps and gowns at Commencement. Faculty will assemble in Liberal Arts Hall for the processional.
 
Special Note: All first-year students must attend.  Please bring and wear your cap and gown from High School.  Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.
 
2:45-4:00 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheatre
Matriculation Convocation
 
Matriculation Convocation is a time-honored and formal ceremony in which members of the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees, senior administrators, faculty and staff welcome first-year students to the Davis & Elkins College community. 
 
Special Note: Spectators please bring a blanket, lawn chair, and a camera to capture the memories.  Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.  Sadly, at the conclusion of the Matriculation Convocation at 4:00 p.m., this is the time for parents and families to say goodbye.
 
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
Dinner
 
Take a break from the day’s activities and visit Benedum Dining Room where you will enjoy a meal with your Resident Assistant.  Get to know him or her and find out more about life on campus and in the residence halls. Commuter students are encouraged to attend as well.
 
7:00 p.m.
Residence Life Meeting
 
This meeting is required for all new residential students.  It will be conducted virtually, login information to follow.
 
8:00 p.m. Start
Darby Hall & Roxanna Booth Hall
First Night Residence Hall Activities/Programs
 
The residence halls create a friendly environment that feels like home and enriches your education beyond the classroom.  Not only does it help to strengthen a sense of community, but living on campus can improve your grades, make it easier to meet new friends, and enable you to take part in fun campus activities that will enrich your college experience.  The Resident Assistants and Residence Directors have a fun evening planned in/around the residence halls.
 
Sunday, August 16
 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Booth Library
Drop by Booth Library for something special!
 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Madden Student Center
Bookstore Open
 
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bridge of the Booth Library
Check-in for Returning Students
 
In order to maintain social distancing, the following schedule will be followed according to the first letter of your last name:
 
A-D - 8:00 a.m.
E-H - 9:00 a.m.
I-L - 10:00 a.m.
M-O - 11:00 a.m.
P-S - 12:00 p.m.
T-Z - 1:00 p.m.
 
Special Note: Students/Families are encouraged to address the administrative check-in process in advance to expediate the exercise. 
 
Check-in and receive your welcome back materials and other important information.
 
11:00 a.m.
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church: Welcome to D&E Virtual Service
 
Our partner church invites you to a meaningful worship service and faith-filled community at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
 
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
Brunch
 
Breakfast? Lunch? Get the best of both worlds and fuel up for the day ahead of you.
 
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Myles Center for the Arts, Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
Leading the Way
 
First-year students will begin a day of interactive learning experiences designed to encourage thought and reflection about their purpose in life. The day will begin with students meeting their first-year seminar professors.  Opening remarks will be given by President Wood.
 
Special Note: All first-year students must attend, there is a service component to the day (in the Elkins City Park), please dress appropriately.
 
4:00 p.m.
Naylor Learning Center, Albert Hall
The Naylor Learning Center/Supported Learning Program Orientation
 
In order to maintain social distancing, this schedule will be followed according to the first letter of your last name:
 
A-M - 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
N-Z - 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
 
Special Note: This session is only for students participating in D&E’s Supported Learning Program.
 
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
Dinner
 
You should be getting the hang of things by now!  Classes start on Monday, so enjoy some good company (your First Year Seminar Class and Instructor) at dinner and relax for a bit.
 
8:00 p.m.
Robbins Memorial Chapel
Opening Chapel Service
 
This kick-off event for Chapel will feature upbeat music led by student musicians with a relevant message relating to new beginnings at Davis & Elkins College.
 
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheatre/Front Campus Lawn
Last Night of Summer Carnival
 
Presented by the Office of Student Life, Student Assembly, and Senator Entertainment. Get ready for a fun-filled festive evening with the D&E family. Enjoy carnival food, live music, interactive activities, and conversation. 
 
Special Note: Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair for social distancing. Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.
 
First Week of Classes-Week of Welcome:
 
Monday, August 17
 
8:00 a.m.
Across Campus
Classes Begin
 
Tuesday, August 18
 
Discount Movie Night; Evening Shows; Elkins Cinema 8 
 
Wednesday, August 19
 
6:30 p.m. Start
Front Campus Lawn
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Kick-off Picnic
 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes was an idea born in Don McClanen's heart in 1947 when he was a student at what is now Oklahoma State University. He believed that athletes could use their platform of influence to present Jesus Christ to the entire culture in a powerful way.  McClanen officially began F.C.A. in 1954. The first F.C.A. Camp was held in 1956 in Estes Park, Colorado, with 256 athletes and coaches attending. The campus ministry began with the formation of F.C.A. Huddles in 1966.  Since then, Fellowship of Christian Athletes has expanded into the largest sports ministry in the world. Everyone is welcome.
 
Thursday, August 20
 
Discount Bowling Night; 9:00-11:00 p.m.; Elkins Recreation Center
  • Students receive a 50 percent discount (picked up by Senator Entertainment) on a game of bowling and shoes, thus the cost is only $2.65. 
 
Friday, August 21-Get Connected Weekend
 
Last Day to drop/add classes
Office of the Registrar
 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Library Bridge
Leading the Way: Activities Fair
 
Student life at D&E leaves the typical college experience in the dust. Having fun, burning off steam, serving your community, expanding your network - however you decide to fill your time at D&E, you'll forge fast friendships and make lasting memories as part of our high-energy, yet laid-back community. The Activities Fair will provide a foundation for your extracurricular interests. Meet students from D&E's clubs and organizations...ask questions, see displays and sign up!  Presented by Student Assembly.
 
Special Note: Participation in the Activities Fair is required for all active clubs/organizations.
 
12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
Halliehurst Parking Lot
Free Friday: Jamaica Jay's Shaved Ice
 
East Coast natives call them snowballs or snow cones, but if you want to use the authentic lingo of an islander, ask for a "shaved ice" when you order from Jamaica Jay's Truck. The island-themed truck, operated by Elkins resident Kevin Jones, is hard to miss!  Presented by Senator Entertainment.
 
9:00 p.m. Start
Augusta Dance Pavilion (this event will be complimented by a virtual experience)
Boom Boom Bingo
 
Play bingo for a chance to win Follett gift cards, which can be used to buy textbooks, school supplies, and D&E swag.  Presented by Senator Entertainment.
 
Saturday, August 22-Get Connected Weekend
 
12:30 p.m.
Meet for lunch in the Benedum Dining Room before departure
Woods Orientation Program
 
Woods is an optional program that follows the first week of classes at Davis & Elkins College. It is designed to offer new students the opportunity to meet fellow first-year classmates and upper class student guides while spending quality time in the majestic mountains of West Virginia.  The program offers a wonderful beginning to the first-year student experience at Davis & Elkins College. We offer a unique and exciting dimension to your first weekend, an experience which will be especially enjoyable and rewarding. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 304-637-1211 or studentlife@dewv.edu
 
9:00 p.m. Start
Virtual Space
Esports Kick-Off
 
The Esports Club at Davis & Elkins College provides a competitive, yet friendly online gaming environment. When people think about gaming, they might imagine it as a solitary activity.  But, as members of the D&E Esports Club are quick to point out, gaming can be a very social activity that emphasizes teamwork and establishes close bonds between players.
 
Looking Ahead:
 
Wednesday, August 26
 
Dinner
Benedum Dining Room
D&E Dining Services: The Return of Wacky Wednesday (Theme Dinner-Mexican Fiesta)
 
6:00 p.m. Start
Eshleman Science Center Room 400
National Society of Leadership & Success Orientation
 
The National Society of Leadership and Success (N.S.L.S.) was founded in 2001 by Gary Tuerack who had a vision of building a community where like-minded, success-oriented people could come together to learn from and support each other.  Over the last ten years, N.S.L.S. has grown to include over 167,000 students worldwide and has been established on 270 campuses across the nation.  The mission of the Society is: "We Build Leaders Who Make a Better World."
 
Friday, August 28
 
 
12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
The Caboose Café
Free Friday: I Scream-You Scream-We all Scream-Free Ice Cream!
 
The retired Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Caboose C2504 has become a true gathering place on campus.  Enjoy a free ice cream novelty, compliments of Senator Entertainment.
 
8:30 p.m. Start
Outdoor Amphitheatre
A Movie on the Lawn
 
Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand.  This weekend on campus, you have two opportunities to partake in an old American pastime: drive-in and outdoor movies.  It's the perfect opportunity to get out of the residence hall, enjoy some snacks and maintain social distance.
 
Special Note: Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair for social distancing. Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.
 
Saturday, August 29
 
Time and Location T.B.A.
National Society of Leadership and Success (N.S.L.S.) Leadership Training Day
 
8:30 p.m. Start
McDonnell Center Parking Lot (Tentative, construction project dependent.  If necessary, this event will move to another area on campus)
Big Surf Drive-In Movie
 
Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand.  This weekend on campus, you have two opportunities to partake in an old American pastime: drive-in and outdoor movies.  It's the perfect opportunity to get out of the residence hall, enjoy some snacks and maintain social distance.
 
Special Note: Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair for social distancing. Inclement weather will unfortunately cancel this event.
 
Friday, September 4
 
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Free Friday: Ultimate Blowout! 
Madden Student Center
 
Make your own Mug, Tumbler, Mason Jar, or Street Sign sponsored by Senator Entertainment.
 
1:45 p.m.
Across Campus
Free Friday: First Visit of Nick’s Ice Cream Truck sponsored by Senator Entertainment
 
5:00 p.m. Start
Across Elkins
Elkins Main Street/Davis & Elkins College/City of Elkins: First Friday, D&E Night on the Town