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Trinity College International Student Orientation 2019 has ended
Welcome to Trinity College and to the International Student Orientation! We are so excited to have you join us here at Trinity and cannot wait to get to know you and your families.

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Wednesday, August 21
 

12:00pm

Check In with OISS and Move In
Check in and pick up your Trinity ID card to gain access to your residence hall. If you reserved sheets/towels, these will be in your room. International Mentors & Writing Associates will help you move in to your room. If you cannot make it to check in, please go to Campus Safety at 70 Vernon Street where you can get your ID after 10 pm.

Wednesday August 21, 2019 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Mather Hall Lobby

5:00pm

Shuttle to Trinity College Departs from JFK
The shuttle for students and families from JFK airport will depart between 5 pm and 6 pm to Trinity's campus. Make sure to meet Summit Fellow, Noah Weber, at Terminal 4 at the Hudson Newstand right outside of the International Arrivals checkpoint in Terminal 4. Noah will arrive around 4 pm to that location and gather everyone there. If you arrive at a different terminal, you may take the free Air Train to Terminal 4. An email will be sent out next week confirming this information for all those signed up to take the shuttle.

Wednesday August 21, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JFK Terminal 4

7:00pm

Pizza & Music
Wednesday August 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cave Patio
 
Thursday, August 22
 

8:00am

Breakfast
A continental breakfast will be available in the Washington Room.

Thursday August 22, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Washington Room, Mather Hall

9:00am

Breakfast & Introductions to Key Administrative Members of the College
Enjoy breakfast with key members of Trinity College's administration and learn more about the people at Trinity and how it operates.

Thursday August 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Reese Room

9:00am

Shuttle to Target
A shuttle will continuously run during this time to Target on Berlin Turnpike for any personal items that you might need for during your time here at Trinity.

Thursday August 22, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mather Circle

9:00am

Banks & Phone Companies
Bank of America, Santander, and AT&T will have tables in the Mather Hall Lobby so that students and families can open bank accounts as well as purchase phone plans or SIM cards.

Thursday August 22, 2019 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mather Hall Lobby

10:00am

Supporting Your Student's Academics
This panel will focus on academic support for students and how they can set themselves up for success in the classroom.
Panelists include:
Lori Clapis, Coordinator of Student Accessibility Resources
Lisa-Ann Foster, Associate Professor of Biology & Director of the Center for Academic Advising
Kaitlyn Gingras, Director of the Aetna Quantitative Center
Tennyson O'Donnell, Director of the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing & Rhetoric



Thursday August 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Reese Room

10:00am

DIY Crafting
International Mentors will be assisting students with crafting projects for room decorations. In this session, students will be able to decorate pots for plants or mason jars for storage.

Thursday August 22, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

11:00am

Supporting Your Student's Health
This session will provide pertinent information about the health care system in the United States including insurance basics and how the health center on our campus works within this system. Our presenter will be Martha O'Brien, the Director of the Health Center. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Thursday August 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
Reese Room

11:30am

Supporting Your Student Through Stress
This session will focus on how to help your student in times of stress and highlight the various resources on campus that can assist them to build a healthier mindset regarding their stress.

Panelists include:
Bantams In Balance, A Collaborative Initiative to Promote Healthier Lifestyles at Trinity
Randolph Lee, Associate Professor of Psychology & Director, Counseling & Wellness Center
Chris Fonte, Recreation Assistant

Thursday August 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Reese Room

12:00pm

Lunch with Trinity College Cabinet & Other Key Administrators
We will break for lunch with some of our cabinet members and other key staff members to know!

Thursday August 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Reese Room

12:00pm

Lunch with International Mentors
Lunch with the International Mentors and Orientation Leaders in small groups.

Thursday August 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

1:00pm

1:00pm

Welcome to Trinity!
Our welcome session! In this session, we will introduce you to key staff members that you will need to know and you will also get the opportunity to learn more about each other. 

Thursday August 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

2:00pm

Supporting Your Student Socially
The social life at Trinity is very diverse and offers many students opportunities to get involved in student organizations, clubs, or groups where they might be able to meet friends and round out their overall experience at Trinity College.

Our presenters will be:
Nikia Bryant, Director of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership
Kathryn Wojcik, Director of Campus Life Initiatives

Thursday August 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Reese Room

2:00pm

Immigration & Employment in the US
An interactive session on the rules that you need to know while you are an international student in the US. We'll explain how to stay in status and what exactly that means as well as how you can work on campus.

Thursday August 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

3:00pm

Supporting Your Student Spiritually
Chaplain Allison Read will present on the Spiritual Life offerings at Trinity College. While Trinity was originally founded in the Episcopal Christian tradition, we provide support for students of all faiths under the Spiritual Life umbrella with practices supporting Roman Catholicism, Jewish life, Zen Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and interfaith cooperation.

Thursday August 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Reese Room

3:00pm

Coffee Break
Recharge and get some coffee and a pastry. We know that many of you might have some jet lag and need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.

Thursday August 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

3:30pm

Ask A Student: Current International Student Panel
A panel of some of our current international students will be available to answer any questions that families may have about their experience as a student at Trinity College.

Thursday August 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Reese Room

3:30pm

Student Panel: US & Trinity Academics
The last session of the day and one of the most important! In this session, we will have a panel of International Mentors and Writing Associates who will discuss what academics might look like at Trinity College and how that might differ from what you might be used to in high school (whether you went to high school in the US or not). 

Thursday August 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

4:00pm

Career Development & Post Graduation: What Comes Next?
Joe Catrino, Director of Career Development & Special Assistant to VP of Innovation, will present on outcomes in terms of what our international students typically do once they graduate from Trinity. He'll discuss how Career Development partners with students to help them build their skills to be successful in the job search, in the workplace, or even in graduate school.

Thursday August 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Reese Room

4:30pm

Healthcare & Insurance
Martha O'Brien (MBOB!), the Director of the Health Center, will be with us to discuss the specifics of how the US healthcare system works and what you need to know about insurance. She'll also talk about everyone's favorite topic, IMMUNIZATIONS!

Thursday August 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

5:00pm

Mentor Program: Get to know your Mentor!
If you were assigned a mentor through the International Mentor Program, you must attend this session where you will meet and get to know your mentor. We will play some games together so that it will be easier to get to know each other and learn about what you might have in common. 

Thursday August 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

5:30pm

International Family Reception
Join us for a cocktail reception at the Mark Twain House & Museum in the Nook Café. Families will have the chance to take guided tours of the Mark Twain House, one of the defining landmarks of Hartford and historic home to the quintessential American author. Hosted by the Office of Parent Giving along with Reema & Deven Sheth (P'19 & P'22).

Refreshments will be catered by The Kitchen at Billings Forge.

Thursday August 22, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Mark Twain House & Museum 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

7:00pm

International Trivia Night
Join us in our first International Orientation Trivia Night! WhatTrivia will present a night of international trivia in Vernon Social. We will also have a selection of food from different restaurants that you can find in the Hartford area so that you can begin to get familiar with what Hartford has to offer! The winning team will receive a prize!

Thursday August 22, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vernon Social
 
Friday, August 23
 

8:00am

Breakfast
A continental breakfast will be available in the Washington Room.

Friday August 23, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Washington Room, Mather Hall

9:00am

Shuttle to Target
A shuttle will continuously run during this time to Target on Berlin Turnpike for any personal items that you might need for during your time here at Trinity.

Friday August 23, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mather Circle

10:00am

DIY Crafting
International Mentors will be assisting students with crafting projects for room decorations. In this session, students will be able to paint canvases and decorate pictures frames that will hold weekly schedules for students to use with dry-erase markers.

Friday August 23, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Alumni Lounge, Mather Hall

12:00pm

1:00pm

Culture Shock & How To Deal With It
Have you ever heard of Culture Shock? It's a normal process that everyone goes through to one degree or another when they move from one culture to another. In this session, we will talk about how to recognize culture shock, what to do about it, and learn the basics about US culture. We will also introduce students to some of the intercultural resources on campus that they can use.

Friday August 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

2:30pm

Security & Safety
Join Summit Fellow, Noah Weber, to talk about personal safety. A representative from Campus Safety will be on hand to give personal safety tips. We will also discuss how to avoid common scams as well as how to keep your personal information safe especially when using social media.

Friday August 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

3:00pm

Coffee Break
Recharge and get some coffee and a pastry. We know that many of you might have some jet lag and need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.

Friday August 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

3:30pm

Why Get Involved?
This session will focus on co-curricular activities (activities outside of the classroom) and how involvement in student groups and organizations can complement and enhance your studies and your experience of the social life at Trinity.

Friday August 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

4:00pm

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
An annual tradition at the International Student Orientation: The Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. This is an interactive game that helps you to remember names of your fellow students.

Friday August 23, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

4:15pm

Academic Integrity & Honor Code
Summit Fellow, Noah Weber, will present an interactive session on academic integrity and what that means at Trinity. 

Friday August 23, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Washington Room, Mather Hall

5:00pm

Tailgating Games (optional)
The US has a tradition of playing lawn games before a big event (called Tailgating). We'll have some games set up for you to try in the fields below the Lower Long Walk. Games will include cornhole, ladderball, spikeball, and more!

Friday August 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Throwing Fields by Hansen Hall

6:00pm

BBQ at Dean Joe's!
Every year, Dean Joe DiChristina (Dean of Campus Life & VP of Student Affairs) hosts an outdoor BBQ in his backyard for the new international students, RA's, Pride Leaders, and other students and staff on campus as a way to start the new academic year. Join us for this fun and casual meal.

Friday August 23, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dean Joe's Backyard (73 Vernon Street)
 
Saturday, August 24
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday August 24, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall

9:00am

Shuttle to Target
A shuttle will continuously run during this time to Target on Berlin Turnpike for any personal items that you might need for during your time here at Trinity.

Saturday August 24, 2019 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mather Circle

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch buffet available in Rittenberg. Please note that dinner will be at the game later in the evening.

Saturday August 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall

4:00pm

Hartford Athletic vs Atlanta United
Those who have not signed up for PRIDE Welcome Weekend or Quest: We have arranged for a trip to see Hartford's new soccer (football) team play Atlanta United at Dillon Stadium. Mentors will be teaching students how to use the Hartford bus network to travel to the game.

Saturday August 24, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall
 
Sunday, August 25
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Continental Breakfast is set up in Alumni Lounge. Meal plans will work in Mather Hall for lunch and dinner later in the day. You will need your ID to swipe for your meal plan in Mather.

Sunday August 25, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Alumni Lounge, Mather Hall