Student and Parent Orientation 2010
New student orientation for first-year students at St. Catherine University begins Sunday, Sept. 5. Visit the Parents and Family Association website for download-friendly lists of what to bring if you're living on campus and the schedules for check-in and orientation activities and events.
Students attending the Minneapolis campus and students transferring or returning to the University's St. Paul campus will check-in Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Parent and Family Association website has check-in schedules you can also download.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Orientation check-in for all students and families will be held from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. in the student center, Coeur de Catherine. The St. Paul campus bookstore on the second floor of Coeur de Catherine will be open 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
A reception for commuter students and their families will take place from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Coffee Shop on the second floor of Coeur de Catherine.
From 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m., the President's Picnic will be on the south lawn of Coeur de Catherine, and in case of rain, it will be held in the Dining Hall on the first floor of Coeur de Catherine. Also at this time, students of color are invited to learn about the services and enjoy lunch with the staff of the Multicultural and International Programs & Services Office at the Pulse, inside the Dining Hall.
Opening Ceremony and Welcome, 2-3 p.m.
St. Catherine University staff and faculty will welcome new students and their families and share University history and traditions in The O'Shaughnessy auditorium.
"Prepare to Launch!"
Following the opening ceremony, separate orientation programs for both parents/families and students will occur simultaneously.
Families and parents will enjoy a witty and heartfelt monologue about the transition to college life everyone experiences from Shanan Custer '92. She is not only an accomplished comedian and actress in the Twin Cities, but also teaches core curriculum courses at St. Kate's.
The program will also give parents hands-on resources to encourage and assist their student's successful transition to university life.
At 4:30 p.m., students rejoin their parents and families for a "send-off" ceremony that includes traditional lighting of orientation candles, music, and a blessing. All faith traditions welcome and encouraged to participate.
For first-year students, the initial step to a successful college career is attendance and active participation in First-Year Orientation.
The St. Kate's program will provide students with all of the information they need to have a successful transition to campus life.
The St. Kate's community wants to ensure that new students are welcomed and feel supported during the orientation process. Successful orientation helps students prepare for life on campus both academically and socially.
E-mail or call Director of Student Retention and Co-chair of the Parent and Family Association,âï¿½¨ Ellen Richter-Norgel, 651-690-8730.
See also: Students