We are thrilled that you are becoming part of the Lebanon Valley College community. You are joining an engaged community of globally-minded learners who are here to help you excel academically, socially, and personally.
It is our hope that you will achieve success through the many offerings that LVC puts in place to help you attain your goals. Take advantage of all that we offer; attend events, meet new people, ask questions, and challenge yourself to become the person you have always wanted to be.
We understand that starting the college experience can be both exciting and worrisome. Our orientation program is filled with activities to help you navigate campus. We encourage you to browse the new student pages of the website, engage in FYE 099: College Rocks, connect on the Class of 2021 Facebook page, and utilize your peer leadership networks, FYE instructors, and staff members that are here to help you.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Again, welcome to LVC. We are so very proud to have you as a member of the community.
Todd C. Snovel
Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion
Students are encouraged to attend all orientation events.
Please note events that are required of all new students.
Although all Orientation activities are open to every new student, the following keys will note group-specific events:
“C” events specifically for commuting students
“T” events specifically for transfer students
Thursday, August 24: Orientation Begins
|8 a.m.–Noon||Residence Halls Open for 2021 Students
Residence hall keys, student ID cards, and peer mentor information will be distributed to students outside of their residence hall. Students will also receive a coupon for their Orientation T-shirt which will be available in the Mund College Center.
|8 a.m.–Noon||Information Tables | Main Concourse, Mund College Center
All students are invited to visit the tables located inside the main concourse of the Mund College Center for vehicle registration, local banking information, IT support, Comcast cable information and to pick up their Orientation t-shirt.
|8 a.m.–1 p.m.||ID Photos | Tweedie Meeting Rooms, Mund College Center
Students who have not had a photo taken for their ID card should go to the Mund College Center. Students must have an ID card to gain access to their assigned residence hall, the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, Arnold Sports Center, and dining facilities.
|10 a.m.||New Commuting Students Check-In (C)| Main Concourse, Mund College Center
All new commuting students should report to the Mund College Center for vehicle registration, peer mentor information, an Orientation T-shirt, and their ID card. Commuting students are invited to be our guests at meals through Sunday’s dinner.
|10:30–11 a.m.||New Commuting Students Welcome (C)| Leedy Theater, Mund College Center
All new commuters will meet with peer mentors and College administrators before going to lunch on the Social Quad.
|11–11:30 a.m.||Office of Intercultural Affairs Student Meeting (ALANA, Fellowship Recipients, LVEP, and Milton Hershey Students) | Leedy Theater, Mund College Center
Welcome and informational meeting for new students and their families.
|11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.||Water Ceremony | Peace Garden
All are invited to participate in a traditional water ceremony. Please bring a small amount of water representative of home, pour it in one of four urns that have been placed in the Peace Garden, and sign the registry. Once collected, all water will be poured into the pond as a symbol of our extended LVC community.
|11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.||Luncheon for All New Students and Families | Social Quad (Rain location: Dining Hall, Mund College Center)
All new students and families are invited to join members of the College community at an outdoor barbecue luncheon on the Social Quad. Music provided by the Jay Umble Trio.
|12 p.m.||Annual Children of Alumni Photos (Legacies) | Porch, Mund College Center
All children of parents or grandparents who attended LVC are invited to participate in this annual tradition. We will take a group photo of all new legacies and photos with any of their family members who attended LVC.
|1:30 p.m.||Pre-Convocation Instructions | Indoor Arena, Arnold Sports Center
All new students will receive information related to the Opening Convocation. This program is required of all new students. Students are encouraged to leave their backpacks or other possession in their rooms or with family members for the ceremony.
|2–3 p.m.||Opening Convocation | Sorrentino Gymnasium, Arnold Sports Center
The tradition of the Opening Convocation marks the formal opening of the academic year. Students are led through a receiving line of Lebanon Valley College’s faculty, administration, and trustees in full academic regalia. This program is required of all new students. Parents and family members are invited to attend the ceremony.
|3–3:30 p.m.||Class Photos and Farewells | Arnold Field (Rain Location: Sorrentino Gymnasium, Arnold Sports Center)
The Class of 2021 will gather for their first LVC Class photo. Following the photo, parents and families bid farewell to their students. This time may also be used to visit the College Store. Don’t forget that Homecoming and Family Weekend is Oct. 13 and 14!
|3:30 p.m.||Welcome to Students and Peer Mentor Introductions | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center
Students will be welcomed by Gregory Krikorian, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and Theresa Messenger ’18, student government president, before meeting their peer mentors.
|4–5 p.m.||Peer Mentor Introductory Meetings | Various Locations
All students will meet with their peer mentors for introductions and group discussion.
|5–6:30 p.m.||Dinner | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|7–8:30 p.m.||Commuter Students Social Event | Commuter Lounge, Mund College Center
Commuting students are invited to attend this social event to network with fellow commuters. There will also be a chance to win great prizes!
|7:30–8:30 p.m.||Resident Assistants Meeting | Respective Residence Halls
Meet your resident assistants and your neighbors living on your floor.
|8:30–9:30 p.m.||Block Party | LVC Arnold Stadium (Rain Location: Indoor Arena, Arnold Sports Center)
Join us for LVC’s own mega-networking party. This event is one you do not want to miss. Plan to be there!
|9:30–11 p.m.||Pizza Party | Dining Hall, Mund College Center
Enjoy pizza and socialize with your new classmates.
|9:30–11 p.m.||VIP Event | College Store, Mund College Center
You are invited to an exclusive VIP shopping event! During this special event, new students can take advantage of our VIP discount, enjoy snacks, enter our raffle for prizes and much more! It's a great opportunity to shop and meet your bookstore staff.
Friday, August 25
|8-10 a.m.||Transfer Student Check-In (T) | Main Concourse, Mund College Center
All new transfer students should report to the Mund College Center. This includes students enrolled in FYE 112, FYE 113 and any transfer students not enrolled in an FYE.
|10–11:30 a.m.||Transfer Student Orientation (T) | Underground, Mund College Center
All transfer students will engage with key campus offices and meet their Peer Mentors.
|10 a.m.||Kickoff to the First Year Experience | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center
All students enrolled in FYE 111 will be introduced to their classmates, mentors, and instructors of their First Year Experience course. All new students are required to attend.
|10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||FYE Meetings/Brunches | Various Locations and Dining Hall, Mund College Center
All students will have an introductory FYE meeting and enjoy brunch with their classmates, mentors, and instructors. All new students are required to attend.
|11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Transfer Student Brunch (T) | Dining Hall, Mund College Center
All transfer students will enjoy brunch with their classmates, peer mentors, and staff members.
|12:30–4 p.m.||Academic Orientations | Various Locations (Check email and post listings)
All students will meet with their department faculty for an orientation related to their major field of study. All students are required to attend.
|4:30–5:30 p.m.||Peer Mentor Meetings | Various Locations|
|5:30–7 p.m.||Dinner & Dining Hall Orientation | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|7–8:30 p.m.||Ultimate Lip Sync Battle | Leedy Theater, Mund College Center
Do you think you have what it takes to win the title? Perform in the ultimate Lip Sinc Battle to start showing your Dutchmen Pride. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
|9 p.m.||Comedian, Jay Black | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center
Join the Student Programing Board as they kick off their entertainment line-up with comedian Jay Black. Having been named "College Performer of the Year" award once and the "College Comedian of the Year" award three times, you will not want to miss Adam’s hilarious and interactive comedy show.
|10–Midnight||Dance Party | Underground, Mund College Center
Get ready to move and receive an introduction to The Underground, LVC’s late-night Saturday dance club.
Saturday, August 26
|9:30–10:30 a.m.||Intro to the Arnold Sports Center | Main Desk, Arnold Sports Center
Experience a walk-through orientation of the weight room, pool, and group fitness offerings available to all students.
|10–11:30 a.m.||Brunch | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|11:30 a.m.||Load Buses for Service Projects | Sheridan Avenue along Miller Chapel|
|12–1:30 p.m.||Service Projects | Various locations
Join your FYE cohort in service projects located at sites throughout the greater community.
|3–4:30 p.m.||Presentation of Incognito the Play | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center
Incognito the play profoundly stimulates personal dialogues embracing diversity to change perceptions and organizational cultures. Through narrative, humor and dramatization, the actors help create insights that reach beyond biases and prejudices to foster inclusion and engagement. You will be inspired to recognize that commonalities are stronger than differences.
|5–6:15 p.m.||Dinner | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|6:15–7:30 p.m.||Tailgate with the President | Lawn Adjacent to the Shankroff Tennis Center
Join President Lewis E. Thayne and Mrs. Dorry Thayne as they host a tailgate for all new students in conjunction with the football scrimmage. Enjoy tailgate snacks, lawn games, music and a chance to be personally welcomed by the President at this signature event.
|7–9:30 p.m.||LVC Dutchmen Football Scrimmage | Arnold Stadium
Cheer on the LVC Dutchmen Football team as they scrimmage Dickenson under the lights of the LVC Arnold Stadium.
|9–10:30 p.m.||Field House Frenzy | Indoor Arena, Arnold Sports Center
Enjoy some pickup basketball, volleyball, recreational activities, and/or fun in the pool and experience all that the LVC Sports Center has to offer.
Sunday, August 27
|10 a.m.||Worship Service | Miller Chapel
This student-led Christian worship service, is open to all students. LVC’s student leaders from spiritual life will be available to offer information and answer questions.
|10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Brunch | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|12:30–2 p.m.||Semester Preparation | Residence Halls/Commuter Lounge
Take time to get organized and ready for the first day of classes. Check in with your Peer Mentor to answer any last minute questions to get you fully ready to start your academic career at LVC.
|2–4:30 p.m.||Presentations of Maximize Your Buzz and 0 Shades of Gray | Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center
Maximize Your Buzz is a nationally recognized educational program dedicated to serving motivated college students with an interactive, inspiring, and informative seminar about changing behaviors by shifting perspectives on alcohol.
Zero Shades Of Gray sets the tone that sexual assault is black and white. Through this high energy and interactive workshop, you will learn that there are no disclaimers, no clauses, and no fine print when it comes to sexual assault. These programs are required of all new students.
|5:30 –7 p.m.||Dinner | Dining Hall, Mund College Center|
|7–8:30 p.m.||Welcome Back Social | Social Quad
All students are invited to this social with live music. Be sure to meet members of Student Government and the Student Programming Board and find out more about how you can get involved at LVC!
|8:30 p.m.||Outdoor Movie | Social Quad
Stay after the social and enjoy an outdoor movie on the quad.
Monday, August 28
|8 a.m.||Classes BEGIN|