SUU Orientation

 New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation programs are designed for students attending SUU for the first time who have less than 24 post high school college credits. They provide students with tools and resources to support their transition to college life. SUU offers new students three types of orientation programs, Traditional Orientation (one-day), Overnight Orientation, and Adventure Orientation

Traditional Orientations

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 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.

Dates

For Students starting in Fall 2014

  • Friday, May 16
  • Monday, June 9
  • Tuesday, June 10
  • Wednesday, June 11
  • Thursday/Friday, June 12-13 (Overnight)
  • Friday, June 13 (Transfer Express)
  • Saturday, June 14 (Transfer Express)
  • Monday, July 14
  • Tuesday, July 15
  • Wednesday, July 16
  • Thursday/Friday, July 17-18 (Overnight)
  • Friday, July 18 (Transfer Express)
  • Saturday, July 19 (Transfer Express)
  • Saturday-Wednesday, August 16-19 (Adventure)
  • Tuesday, August 19 (375+ Miles Away)
  • Wednesday, August 20 (375+ Miles Away)

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. Those attending this program are assessed a $50 fee to cover the cost of meals (dinner and breakfast), the extended activities, and overnight accommodations. There are limited spaces available so register soon!

  • Thursday June 12th- Friday June 13th
  • Thursday July 17- Friday July 18th

    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

(Summers 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 on August 16 camping at a group site in a BLM recreation area west of Cedar City, and then will spend three days adventuring (backpacking, climbing, camping, caving, hiking, and/or canyoneering), ending with a memorable lunch back on the SUU campus. On August 20, participants will attend Traditional Orientation as a team. Participants will be assessed a $195 fee to cover meals, transportation, permits and campsites fees, and group equipment.

Dates: August 16th – 20th
16th:  Meet at 1 to join your adventure group, have a shakedown, and travel as a group to Three Peaks for a dutch oven dinner and time to explore.
17th:  Small group adventure
18th:  Small group adventure
19th:  Return to campus at noon for lunch; afternoon and evening on your own
20th: Campus orientation

Adventure Orientation

Backpacking in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • 8/17: Travel to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours), hike, participate in ranger talks, star gaze, and spend the night in a group campsite
  • 8/18: Backpack into Bryce’s backcountry 4.5 miles, enjoy and explore a secluded place
  • 8/19: 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 by doing


Canyoneering in Zion.

  • 8/17:  Travel to Zion (1 hour) and go through dry land skills, rappelling training and a short canyon
  • 8/18:  Enjoy a full day of canyoneering in one of the area’s world-class canyons
  • 8/19:  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.

  • 8/17: Travel to Veyo and climb
  • 8/18:  Climb.  The area will be determined by the group
  • 8/19:  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.

  • 8/17: Travel to Great Basin NP (2.5 hours), and explore Lehman Caves
  • 8/18: Ascend Wheeler Peak (Nevada’s 2nd highest peak)
  • 8/19: 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 by doing


Hiking and exploring in the Dixie National Forest

  • 8/17:  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
  • 8/18:  Hike, fish, and explore.  The group will choose the day’s activities.
  • 8/19:  Return to Cedar City the scenic way on a 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 by doing

Schedule

Saturday August 16

9 am – noon Move-In Participants will move into housing
1 pm Gear Check, Group Introductions, and Travel Participants will meet their leaders and fellow group members.  After introductions and some initiatives to get to know each other, personal equipment will be inspected, group gear and food will be distributed, and groups will travel to Three Peaks Recreation Area (15 minutes away) to explore and set up camp.
6 pm Evening Dinner and Games Group dinner and an evening of campfire games designed to help participants get to know their group members and other adventure group members.
10 pm Quiet Time Quiet time in the camping area

Sunday August 17

Groups will travel to trailheads and individual camping areas to begin their adventures.

Monday August 18

Groups will continue adventuring – bonding with each other and the natural world.

Tuesday August 19

Groups will host solo reflection time before returning to campus and Three Peaks.  After cleaning up and wrapping up group adventures, all groups will meet at Three Peaks for a final dutch oven dinner and an Adventure Orientation ceremony.  Each group will perform a song or skit describing their small group experience.  Participants will sleep on campus (or in their respective living spaces).

Wednesday August 20

Orientation, see schedule for Traditional Orientation

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