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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 peer mentors 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. (Please wear your nametags): Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
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
2:45 p.m. Campus Tour. Peer mentors will begin a guided tour of campus. Please meet in the Gordh Room: duPont Chapel
5:00 p.m. Dinner with Dean Patty O'Toole and peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
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. (Please wear your nametags): Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
9:00 a.m. Team building activity with associate dean and peer mentors: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel
10:00 a.m. Post Office: Botetourt Hall
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 (Visit the bookstore afterwards): Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
1:30 p.m. Immigration Issues with Director of International Programs. (Please bring your passport, 1-20, and I-94 forms with you.) Turner 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 (bring socks to dinner for bowling): Moody Dining Hall
6:15 p.m. Bowling. A night of bowling with peer mentors, participants in the ETP, and Jeri Suarez: Roanoke
Friday, August 29, 2014
8:15 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors (optional): Moody Dining Hall
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Introduction to academics at Hollins with Rebecca Beach, dean of academic services: Green Drawing Room, Main Building
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Overview of Student Assistant Program and Financial Aid, Scholarships & Financial Assistance, (Individual student appointments will be made at this time to meet with one of the officers within the week.): Green Drawing Room, Main Building
10:45 a.m. Introduction to the Center for Learning Excellence with the director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center and Brent Stevens, director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum: Middle East Building
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Greetings by President Nancy Gray: Gordh Room, duPont Chapel
12:15 p.m. Lunch with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall, Moody Center
1:30 p.m. Introduction to Computer Services with Brad Oechslin, manager of Instructional Technology and John Hudson, user support services manager: Pleasants 204
2:15 p.m. Overview from the business office with Ellen White, accounts receivable coordinator, regarding billing and payments: Cocke Building Conference Room, Third Floor
3:00 p.m. Informal social gathering with peer mentors and residents of Carvin. Jeri Suarez will join you after 3:30 p.m. for a wrap-up session and informal discussion: Carvin Global Village
5:00 p.m. Dinner with peer mentors: Moody Dining Hall
6:00 p.m. Mall/stores: Roanoke
Saturday, August 30, 2014
8:30 a.m. Breakfast with peer mentors (optional): Moody Dining Hall
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Vendors' Fair. Representatives from local businesses including shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, and cell phone companies will be on hand with their products and services: Rathskellar, Moody Student Center
3:00 p.m. University orientation begins. See complete schedule of events.
Monday, September 1, 2014
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. First ISOP dinner meeting. Our team will meet on a weekly basis at dinner time to check in with each other, provide updates and socialize: lntercultural Center, lower level, Moody Center
Friday, September 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cultural & Community Engagement Opening Celebration: duPont Chapel Patio