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2016 Family Orientation

Welcome to our Tiger Family! Family Orientation is intended to introduce families to their student’s academic program, the resources and services at RIT, and life on campus. The Parent and Family Programs office is here to help families support their students throughout the entire academic year. Please be sure to subscribe to the parent newsletter and like us on Facebook!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family and New Student Check-In
Residential students and families: assigned residence hall quads
Commuter students and families: G Lot
Stop by and receive your Family Welcome Bag filled with important information about your new role as an RIT parent. If you are attending Family Orientation, you will receive your schedule for the program at this time. Students will also be checking in to New Student Orientation at the same location and receiving their schedule and giveaways.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Good Bye Good Buy
Clark Gym
Your student can furnish his/her dorm at incredibly low prices with reclaimed goods at this thrift sale event.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Resource Fair
Campus Center, Fireside Lounge
The Resource Fair features primary offices that can answer your questions about RIT, including:
  • ITS
  • Dining Services
  • Student Financial Services
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Parking and Transportation
  • Student Employment
  • Public Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Student Health Center
  • Housing Operations
  • Admissions
  • Banks
9-9:45 a.m.
11-11:45 a.m.
1-1:45 p.m.
3-3:45 p.m.
Academic Advising Overview*
11am and 1pm    Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union
3pm Rooms 2610 and 2650, Campus Center
This session will introduce new students and families to the structure of RIT’s undergraduate academic advising program. We’ll discuss advising roles at the university, expectations for students, advisors, and parents, and the importance of academic advising to support student success.
*The content at this session repeats throughout the day to allow families to choose the time that best fits their schedule.
3-6 p.m.
Tiger Welcome Picnic
Tent Outside Gordon Field House
Enjoy a picnic dinner with your student before parents and students split for evening sessions. Registration for parents and family members required, $15/person.
6-6:15 p.m.
Welcome from Dr. Sandy Johnson, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Alumni Union (SAU), Ingle Auditorium
Join Dr. Sandy Johnson, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, as she welcomes you to the RIT family on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.
6:15-7:30 p.m.
Becoming an RIT Parent
Student Alumni Union (SAU), Ingle Auditorium
Parenting a college student will be different than parenting a high school student, and we’re here to help you make the transition. Join Dr. Chelsea Petree, Director of Parent and Family Programs, and a team of students to learn how to best support your Tiger.
7:30-9 p.m.
Meet and Mingle with RIT President Dr. William Destler
Student Alumni Union (SAU), RITZ Sports Zone and Davis Room
Enjoy a chance to mingle with RIT’s President, Dr. William Destler. Meet other families and celebrate your family’s successful day with dessert and coffee; drinks will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Coffee with the Deans
Various locations by college, please see printed parent orientation schedule for more information
Meet Deans, department chairs, advisors, and other representatives from your student’s academic college.
9 a.m.-noon
Open Houses
Various location
Learn more about specific offices and meet staff that will support your students throughout their time at RIT, including:
  • Student Employment Office
  • Education Abroad
  • August Center
  • Academic Support Center
  • Multicultural Center for Academic Success
  • Religious Life
  • I am First
  • Wallace Center
  • Writing Commons
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Creating a Healthy and Safe Community
Student Alumni Union (SAU), Ingle Auditorium
Health and safety are very important to RIT. Join representatives from Public Safety, the Student Health Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services as they highlight campus resources, as well as how parents can partner with RIT and their students to create a healthy and safe community. 
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Campus
Discover one of the dining options available to your student. Visit the Brick City Café or Nathan’s Soup and Salad in the SAU, the Market at Crossroads or Salsarita’s in Global Village, or The Commons in the CSD.
1:30 p.m.
Tiger Walk
Gordon Field House
Watch faculty and staff welcome your students to RIT with cheering and a sea of orange and brown with this exciting campus tradition.
2-3:30 p.m.
Convocation for New Students and Families
Gordon Field House
Convocation for New Students and Families is the official opening of the academic year. Join us for this ceremony as we formally welcome students to the academic community.
3:30-6:30 p.m.
Family Send Off
This is on your own - choose your own location!
Give your student your final (in person) words of advice and a big hug. Remember—it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later (at Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in October)! Students must have dinner and be in the Field House no later than 6:30 p.m. for New Student Orientation programming.