Orientation Weekend

New students arrive Saturday; Returning students arrive Sunday.

Saturday, August 17

Orientation Check-In & Welcome Fair
The McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education, and Athletics
New residential students with birthdays in January through June,              8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
New commuter students with birthdays in January through December,   9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
New residential students with birthdays in July through December,           10:00 a.m. - Noon
Check in and receive your Orientation materials and other important information. After you have checked in, visit with local merchants and other guests from the Elkins community and explore the many things the local community has to offer the newest members of D&E’s student body. After checking in, pick up your room key at your residence hall.
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.
Benedum Dining Room (and Halliehurst)
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.
2:15 p.m.
Resident Assistants Take Students to Library Bridge for Processional
Matriculation Convocation Processional
All new students will gather in preparation for making a processional walk into Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, much like the walk they will take when they don caps and gowns at Commencement. Faculty will assemble in Eshleman Science Center for the processional. Please note: All first-year students must attend; please wear your Orientation T-shirt.
2:45-4:00 p.m.
Myles Center for the Arts, Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
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. The Matriculation Convocation address will be given by Adam Ouellette. Author, speaker and trainer, Ouellette is what many would call a “student of life.” After practicing law in Florida for 21 years, he turned his focus to teaching others how to move toward their ideal life in every way. As the owner of adamouellette.com, he offers online videos and classes that help his clients find their true calling and life purpose. Ouellette earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in history from Davis & Elkins College in 1993. He currently serves Davis & Elkins College as a member of the Board of Trustees and is the author of “Raising the Bar - Turning a Law Career You Hate into a Life You Love, In or Out of the Law.” Over the years, many parents have commented on the specialness of the Matriculation Convocation. Bring a camera to capture the memories!
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Hearthstone, the home of the Davis & Elkins College President (Rain Location: The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum, Myles Center for the Arts)
President’s Reception for New Students, Parents and Family Members. Come as you are and enjoy a chance to connect with President Chris A. and Mrs. Lisa Wood as well as several faculty and staff members. Learn about our family as we learn about yours. Just a short walk from The McDonnell Center parking lot or a short drive on Harpertown Road (the Wood’s driveway is between the road to Moyer Hall/Presidential Center and the road to the Allen Athletic Fields). Sadly, at the conclusion of the President’s Reception at 5:30 p.m., parents and families will say goodbye. Parents and family members, we look forward to seeing you back on campus for Senator Nation Unite: Homecoming and Family Weekend, Thursday, September 19 - Sunday, September 22.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
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 Meetings
All female residential students report to Robbins Memorial Chapel. All male residential students report to Eshleman Science Center, room 400.
8:00 p.m.
Augusta Dance Pavilion
PLAYFAIR: The Ultimate Icebreaker
PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history of new student orientation programs. There’s nothing quite like this high-energy, fun-filled event. PLAYFAIR is the best way to feel comfortable and break the “new kid on campus” tension. You’ll be entertained, meet tons of new people, have some amazing team building experiences and make more friends in an hour than you ever imagined possible.
9:00 p.m.
Gribble Hall Patio
S’mores and More
Relax and grab a bite to round out your first day at D&E. Presented by the Zeta Kappa Xi Sorority.

Sunday, August 18

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Booth Library
Drop by Booth Library for something special!

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Madden Student Center
Bookstore Open

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education, and Athletics
Check-in for Returning Students
Check in and receive your welcome back materials and other important information. After checking in, pick up your room key at your residence hall. Please note: All returning students must attend, in particular to receive a new student I.D.

11:00 a.m.
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
Welcome to D&E Service
Our partner church invites you to a meaningful worship service and faith-filled community at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. Expect warm welcomes, smiling faces and the opportunity to meet others who want to support you spiritually during your time at D&E.

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
Breakfast? Lunch? Get the best of both worlds and fuel up for the day ahead of you.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
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 Chris A. Wood and Adam Ouellette. Please note: All first-year students must attend.

4:00 p.m.
The Naylor Learning Center, Albert Hall Second Floor
Supported Learning Program Orientation
This session is only for students participating in D&E’s Supported Learning Program.

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Benedum Dining Room
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 message relating to new beginnings at Davis & Elkins College.

8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Halliehurst and surrounding area
Last Night of Summer Block Party
Presented by the Office of Student Life, Student Assembly and Senator Entertainment. Get ready for a fun-filled evening with the D&E family. Enjoy carnival food, live music with The Brighton Boys, games and conversation. A pop/pop-rock band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Brighton Boys’ sound encompasses multiple genres including rock covers and upbeat, pop-driven originals.


Event Date & Time: 

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 11:00pm