SUU Orientation

 New Student Orientation

SUU Orientation programs are designed for students attending SUU who have less than 24 post-high school college credits. They provide students with tools and resources to support their transition to college life. Orientation is required for all new students by policy 6.5, V.D.11 of SUU Policies and Procedures (http://suu.edu/pub/policies/pdf/PP65Undergraduate.pdf). Students taking only online classes through SUU are exempt from attending orientation. Transfer and non-traditional students (over age 25, married or with with children) should attend a Transfer Express Orientation Session. 
                            

                  

Traditional Orientation

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and ends between 3 and 5 p.m.  Throughout the day participants will learn about academics, student life and services, meet with their advisor, and get to know other new students.  Students do not pay a fee to attend this program.

Spring 2015 Dates:


Schedule

8:00-8:45 am Check-In Students and Guests check-in and receive materials for the day. After you check-in, take another tour of campus. This tour is focused on what YOU want to see. You can also beat the crowd and have your ID picture taken, visit with the Financial Aid or Registrar’s office, pay your bill or even stop by the bookstore and price your books. Sharwan Smith Center Entertainment Bureau/Living Room/Mall
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome and Overview Sharwan Smith Center – Sterling Church Auditorium
9:30 - 10:15 am O-Meetings Get to know other students at SUU as well as your orientation leader for the day.
10:15 - 10:45 am Breakout Session 1 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
10:50-11:20 am Breakout Session 2 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
11:10-12noon Tradition Time University traditions are an exciting part of the SUU experience. Learn more important Thunderbird traditions and win prizes!
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch & Bookstore Open House Lunch is provided as a part of Orientation. SUU faculty and staff will join you for the meal and conversation. Grab a few minutes at the end of lunch to visit the SUU Bookstore and use your coupon!
Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom & Bookstore
1:00-1:30 pm How to Succeed in School.. A favorite faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.

Sharwan Smith Center - Sterling Church Auditorium
1:35-3:00 pm College Student Inventory/Academic Advising: A partnership between Students determine your academic and skill needs. Following the survey, you will receive general information on university academic requirements and opportunities, including our hints and tips for getting the most out of your SUU education. You’ll have a chance to meet with your academic advisor and talk about and Their Advisors This session starts with an online survey to details of your major, ask questions about the requirements or classes, and learn more about your
3:00 pm Pick up your SUU ID Cards Sharwan Smith Center - Entertainment Bureau
3:00 pm Individual appointments with your Academic Advisors Sharwan Smith Center - Academic Advising Center
3:30 pm Housing Tour Meet in Eccles Living Learning Center lobby to learn more about on-campus hosing, and receive a tour of the residence halls.

Overnight Orientations

(Summer Only)


This program is designed to offer an extended preview of campus life.  Participants can take advantage of extended advising, have more time at information sessions, and enjoy a fun night of entertainment and socializing.  SUU Overnight Orientation will provide you with a great opportunity to develop friendships, experience a night in the residence halls, explore the campus, and discover life at SUU first-hand. 


SCHEDULE

DAY 1
10:30am-Noon Orientation & Residence Hall Check-In Students and Guests check in at the Eccles Living Learning Center. Eccles Conference Room
10:30-11:45 am Campus Tour

Your opportunity to take another tour of campus. This tour is based on what YOU want to see. You also have time to get your ID card picture taken and visit support service offices such as Financial Aid, the Registrar or Cashier office.

Sharwan Smith Center - Rotunda

11:45-12:30 pm Welcome & Overview Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch & Bookstore Open House

Lunch and Bookstore Open House Lunch is provided as part of Orientation. SUU Faculty and staff will join you for the meal and conversation. Save few minutes at the end of lunch to visit the SUU Bookstore and use your coupon!                

Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom  

1:30-2:15 pm O-Meetings  Get to know other students in your group.
2:20-3:00 pm Breakout Session 1

Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College

3:00-3:40 pm Breakout session 2

Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College

3:45-4:30pm How to Succeed in School... A faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU, and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.
4:45-5:15pm College Student Inventory This is an online survey designed to give your academic advisor information on your academic and skill needs.
5:15-5:45 pm O-Meetings

Various spots around campus

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
7:00-7:45pm Tradition Time University traditions are an exciting part of the SUU experience. Learn some important Thunderbird traditions and win prizes!
8:00-10:00 pm Social Time  Various social activities which might include: movie night, swim and gym, Capture the Flag, Ice Cream Social.
DAY 2
9-9:30am Continental Breakfast Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
9:30-10:15 am How to Succeed in School.. A favorite faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.
10:40-noon Academic Advising A partnership between Students and Their Advisors You will receive general information on university academic requirements and opportunities, including our hints and tips for getting the most out of your SUU education. You’ll have a chance to meet with your academic advisor and talk about details of your major, ask questions about the requirements or classes, and learn more about your schedule.
Noon Check out & Pick up your SUU ID cards Eccles Conference Room
Noon Individual appointments with your Academic Advisor Sharwan Smith Center - Academic Advising Center

Adventure Orientation

(Summer Only)


Adventure Orientation is designed to orchestrate a shared experience for participants to create social bonds that lead to lasting friendships, a connection to the SUU community, and the amazing places surrounding Cedar City.  Adventure Orientation also provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through adventure.  You will begin your four day adventure camping at a group site in a BLM recreation area west of Cedar City and then spend three days adventuring (backpacking, climbing, camping, caving, hiking, and/or canyoneering), ending with a memorable lunch back on the SUU campus.  After their adventure, participants will attend Traditional Orientation as a team.

Adventure Orientation

Backpacking in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Travel to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours), hike, participate in ranger talks, star gaze, and spend the night in a group campsite
  • Backpack into Bryce’s backcountry 4.5 miles, enjoy and explore a secluded place
  • Backpack 4 miles to the trailhead and travel back to Cedar City.
Group will camp first in a front country group site, then in a primitive backcountry site.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.


Canyoneering in Zion.

  • Travel to Zion (1 hour) and go through dry land skills, rappelling training and a short canyon
  • Enjoy a full day of canyoneering in one of the area’s world-class canyons
  • Complete a classic Zion hike before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group campsite in Zion.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Climbing in Veyo.

  • Travel to Veyo and climb
  • Climb.  The area will be determined by the group
  • Explore Snow Canyon’s Lava Tubes and return to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site in Veyo.
Rating:  Sport climbs from 5.5 to 5.12 (beginning to expert)
Experience:  All levels of climbers welcome – beginning to expert.

Caving & Camping at Great Basin National Park.

  • Travel to Great Basin NP (2.5 hours), and explore Lehman Caves
  • Ascend Wheeler Peak (Nevada’s 2nd highest peak) *Note that this is a 12,000 foot peak and will require a substantial hike to get to
  • Enjoy a mini alpine adventure before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site at Great Basin.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Hiking and exploring in the Dixie National Forest.

  • Travel (20 minutes) to SUU’s Sheepherder’s campsite, explore the area and travel to Cedar Breaks National Monument (20 minutes) to hike (1-3 miles) and enjoy the alpine environment.
  • Hike, fish, and explore.  The group will choose the day’s activities.
  • Return to Cedar City the scenic way on the C-Trail hike (4.2 miles from the top to the bottom).

Group will camp in a group site at Great Basin.
Rating: Moderate
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

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