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International Student Orientation Program (ISOP): Fall 2014

If you are a new international student that is coming from abroad and have not studied in the United States, you are expected to participate in the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) that will be held on August 27-29, 2014. Please make your travel plans so you will arrive in Roanoke on Monday, August 25th. You will be staying with a Friendship Abroad family for the weekend and they will be bring you to campus on Wednesday, August 27th.

This program is designed for students that are new to North America. We will discuss cultural stereotypes and differences to help prepare you for living and studying in the States as well as the logistics and services available at Hollins.

A tentative schedule is listed below. You will receive an updated schedule upon arrival on campus. We're looking forward to seeing you in the fall! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Jeri Suarez, Associate Dean of Cultural & Community Engagement at: jsuarez@hollins.edu. This is a tentative schedule. New students will receive the final version when they arrive on campus.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Check-in. Welcome to Hollins! The associate dean and ISOP peer mentors, and international programs will be there to greet you upon arrival. You will get your keys to your residence hall room and be escorted to your residence hall by the student leader: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel
12:00 p.m. Lunch with peer mentors. Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center (Please wear your nametags)
1:00 p.m.

Welcome to Hollins and Cultural & Community Engagement.
Welcome and overview of the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP), the programs offered by CCE, an opening discussion of cross-cultural issues with Jeri Suarez, associate dean of Cultural & Community Engagement and peer mentors: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel

Free Store
Peer mentors will take students to the free store duPont Chapel

3:15 p.m. Immigration issues with Lauren Miller, interim director of international programs, (Please bring your passport, 1-20, and I-94 forms with you) Gordh Room
4:00 p.m. Greetings by President Nancy Gray, Gordh Room
6:30 p.m. Informal social with peer mentors and other students: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel
Thursday, August 28, 2014
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors. Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center (Please wear your nametags)
9:00 a.m. Team building activity with peer mentors: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-In. This one-stop check-in will include opportunities to take care of important business with many campus offices. You will also have your photo taken for your student ID and receive your student handbook: Janney Lounge, Moody Center
12:00 p.m. Lunch with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
(Visit the bookstore afterwards)
1:00 p.m. Campus tour with peer mentors (two groups), Moody Dining Hall
2:30 p.m. Tour of Health Center with Phyllis Isaacs, director of Health & Counseling Services: Turner Hall, Lower Level
3:15 p.m. Introduction to the Batten Leadership Institute with Abrina Schnurman-Crook, director: Bradley Hall
4:00 p.m. Free time!
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors : Moody Dining Hall (bring socks to dinner for roller skating)
6:15 p.m. Roller skating. A night of fun in Roanoke with peer mentors, participants in the ISOP & ETP Roanoke
Friday, August 29, 2014
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall (optional)
9:35 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Overview from the Business Office with Ellen White, accounts receivable coordinator, regarding billing and payments, Cocke Building Conference Room. 3rd Floor
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Computer Services with Brad Oechslin, manager of Instructional Technology and John Hudson, user support services manager: Pleasants 204


10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Welcome by Chaplain Jenny Call, duPont Chapel
10:45 a.m. Free time!
12:00 p.m. Lunch with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
1:15 p.m. Honor Court Overview with Alexis Hughes, Honor Court Chair, Gordh Room
1:30 p.m. Introduction to academics at Hollins with Rebecca Beach, dean of academic services: Green Drawing Room, Main Building
2:00 p.m. Informal time with peer mentors. Jeri will join you after 2:30 p.m. for a wrap-up session: Gordh Room
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
6:00 p.m. Mall/Stores or Karaoke/Wii Games. Students may choose to take a trip to the stores or stay back on campus for Karaoke and Wii games. Gordh Room
Saturday, August 30, 2014
11:15 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Tour of Roanoke!
Sunday. August 31, 2014
8:30 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors (optional), Moody Dining Hall
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. University Check In
ISOP members completed the majority of the check-in upon arrival. Proceed directly upstairs to the Ballator Gallery to complete the check-in process.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Vendor' Fair. Representatives from local businesses including shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, and cell phone companies will be on hand with their products and services. Rathskeller, Moody Student Center
3:00 p.m. University orientation begins.
Monday, September 1, 2014
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

First ISOP/ETP Game Night! Our team will meet on a weekly basis at dinner time to check in with each other, provide updates and socialize. The first meeting will be Game Night! Glass Dining Room, Moody Center

All future weekly meetings will be at 5:15pm in Goodwin Private Dining Room, Moody

Friday, September 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cultural & Community Engagement Opening Celebration: Beale Garden
Saturday, October 4, 2014  
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Harvest outing to local farm for harvest celebrations and pumpkin carving. Cookout to follow at Jeri’s home in Blue Ridge.