New Students Take Part in Orientation Program

New students entering Philadelphia University will take part in a four-day orientation program from Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23 filled with educational and social events to kick off their experience as PhilaU students.

“This week’s events mark the start of a significant part of the next chapter in the students’ lives,” said Aurélio Valente, assistant dean for Student Development.  “The series of orientation programs and events for incoming students will connect students with each other and the University, and will facilitate the growth students will experience as part of the Philadelphia University community.”

The New Student Orientation Program Schedule of Events:

Thurs., Aug 20

7:30am Resident Move-In Respective Residence Halls
3:00pm Commuter Check-In Kanbar Campus Center, Living Room
4:00pm Convocation
Doors open at 3:30pm
Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
5:00pm Convocation Picnic Search Hall Lawn
Both students and families are invited to attend the Convocation Picnic Rain Location: Ravenhill Dining Hall (for students only)
7:00pm Residence Hall Meetings (respective residence halls)
7:00pm Transfer Student Meetings
Independence Plaza Transfer Students
Scholler and Townhouse Transfer Students
Downs Hall, Room 1
Downs Hall
7:00pm Commuter Student Dinner Kanbar Campus Center – Ted’s Barista
8:30pm NSO Kick Off event and New Student Class photo The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
10:00pm Rock “N” Rita’s Featuring Singer-Songwriter,
Akiva and free Rita’s Water Ice
Kanbar Campus Center Patio
Rain Location: Kanbar Living Room

Fri., Aug. 22

8:00am Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
9:30am Meet your Advisor Various Rooms in Hayward Hall
10:45am Academic Orientation *Various Locations listed below
12:00pm Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
1:00pm Cradle to Cradle Faculty Presentation and Discussion Groups
Meet and walk over with RA/START Leader from Ravenhill Dining Hall
Gallagher Center
Discussion Group break out – last name beginning with:
A-J: Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
K-S: Tuttleman Center Auditorium
T-Z: Downs Hall Auditorium
3:00pm Concurrent Workshops
Workshop names, descriptions and locations see below
**Various locations (see below)
Choose from a series of workshops of interest to you presented by faculty, staff and students from across the Philadelphia University community.)
5:00pm Shabbat Dinner
Join us for a delicious Shabbat dinner and meet other Jewish students before joining the President’s Picnic.
RSVP required to
Kanbar Campus Center, Room 312
5:30pm President’s Picnic President’s House
9:00pm The Hypnosis of Michael C. Anthony
Rain Location: Kanbar Performance Space
Gutman Library Quad

*Academic Orientation Locations Fri., Aug.22, 8:30-10:30am

  • School of Architecture: Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
  • School of Business Administration: Downs Hall Auditorium and classrooms 1-7 
  • School of Design and Media: Gutman Library Media Classroom
  • School of Engineering and Textiles: Tuttleman Center Auditorium and Rooms 109, 201 and 202
  • School of Liberal Arts: Ravenhill Classroom 305
  • School of Science and Health: Ravenhill Mansion First Floor Breezeway and Rooms 11, 12 and 13

**Concurrent Workshops

Academic Survival for Your First Year in College
Downs Hall Room 4
Are you concerned that your Time Management Skills might need a brush-up for college? Are you worried about Math and other quantitative courses? Do you need pointers on how to write for college instructors? Do you need to learn more about your major and fall semester courses? This session will give you a road map for finding any resource you might need to keep you on the road to academic success.

What is the Academic Achievement Program? Why is it good for me?
Kanbar Campus Center Room 302
What is the AAP Program? How can it help me to achieve academic and personal success at Philadelphia University? This session will inform all AAP eligible students about the benefits of the program from the Text Book Lending Program to the many trips and cultural activities that AAP provides for student participation. Students will have the opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions and formally join the program.

Getting Connected: What to expect from your  campus technology experience.
Downs Hall Room 1
Already start your college supply shopping? Well, hold it right there! Before you buy your own electronic devices, find out what technical support PhilaU has to offer! We’ll go over campus technologies, residential computing, labs, hardware/software, and available campus resources.

Introduction to Disability Services
Downs Hall Room 5
All new students requesting, or wondering about requesting, disability accommodations should attend this introductory ses¬sion. Meet the staff and learn about the process of requesting disability accommodations, documentation requirements, and available services. Informational handouts will be provided as well as some goodies!

Study Abroad 101
Downs Hall Room 7
The Study Abroad Department will cover the basics of studying abroad: when students can go, where they can go and programs suited for specific majors.

Greek Life at PhilaU
Downs Hall Room 2
Learn about the great involvement and service opportunities Greek Life at Philadelphia University has to offer! Receive information on the rushing/pledging process and ask questions about Greek Life in general.

The How To Guide: “Loving or Just Living Well with your Roommate”
Downs Hall Room 3
The How-To Guide, “Loving or Just Living Well with your Roommate,” is the ultimate guide for anyone who is eager to effectively manage a positive roommate relationship. Conflict is a natural process in the development of relationships and we will help you gain a greater knowledge of how to handle conflict and to better manage your interactions with others, especially roommates. The session is interactive, informative and will provide you with the skills you need to be a better roommate!

A Campus Tour Through the Eyes of a Commuter
Stone Stage, next to the Paul J. Gutman Library
Commuting to campus might be stressful in itself, but frustrations should fade once you arrive to campus! This session is for commuting and off-campus students interested in taking a tour of the campus grounds led by experienced commuters. The tour will highlight “hot spots” for commuters as well as give you a feel for what to expect and look for when you arrive on campus in the fall!

Paul J. Gutman Library Media Room
A big part of the college experience is exploring all that the City of Philadelphia has to offer you. Attend SEPTA 101 to find out how to safely access the public transportation (busses, trains, and the regional rail) near campus to explore the city’s many educational, cultural and social attractions that will enrich your experience at PhilaU!
The SEPTA 101 presentation will be repeated on Wed., Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. and Thurs., Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Library Media Room.

Meet the Pre-Medical Science Program
Kanbar Campus Center Room 312
Students will be informed about the “demands” of the pre-medical program, the main medical careers available to our graduates, and the famous MCAT Exam.

GLBT Life on Campus and in Philadelphia
Kanbar Campus Center Room 314
Are you wondering what it’s like to be out at PhilaU? Is PhilaU a welcoming place for GLBT students? How you can help support GLBT issues as an ally? What resources are there in Philadelphia for the GLBT community? Come and find out the answers to these questions and more!

Sat., Aug. 23

7:00am Breakfast Ravenhill Dining Hall
9:00am Community Service PLUNGE Ravenhill Quad
Noon Lunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
2:00pm The Ultimate Road Trip Downs Hall Auditorium
3:00pm Big Money Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
5:00pm Dinner Ravenhill Dining Hall
7:30pm Sex & Excess Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
9:00pm Comedy Club featuring Jen Kober and Eric O’Shea
Rain Location: Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Gutman Library Quad

Sun., Aug.24

8:15am Coffee, Donuts & Church
Catholic Students meet at 8:15 and walk to Saint Bridget Parish in East Falls RSVP required to
Mott Circle
10:30am “Find-A-Church” Service
Are you looking to connect to a church in Philadelphia? Want to meet other students seeking to learn about and grow in the Christian faith? Come and receive information about churches in the area and hear from a local pastor about the importance of college students to the life of the local church. Students of all backgrounds are welcome!
Kanbar Campus Center, Room 312
10:30am Brunch Ravenhill Dining Hall
11am Yoga Session
Come join in on this relaxing yoga session and get your FREE t-shirt! (Yoga mat and Towels not provided, please bring your own.)
Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Noon to 6:00pm Explore The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center
See what opportunities are available to you throughout the school year. Rhonda Davis, director of Fitness and Wellness, will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the Athletic Department and your fitness goals. The Athletic Department is comprised of 15 varsity sports and a comprehensive Recreation Program which includes a host of club sports,Intramural competition, and a wide variety of fitness and wellness programming.
The Gallagher Center
1:00pm Excursion to Manayunk
Enjoy the afternoon in nearby Manayunk. Make your way from one end of Main Street to the other and you have experienced unique shopping choices that can’t be matched anywhere in the Philadelphia area. In addition to the many trendy boutiques to gorgeous galleries and shops, Manayunk boasts some of the best food in Philadelphia. More than 30 restaurants and eateries line Main Street with an eclectic variety of international cuisines.
Mott Circle (Non-stop van loops from 1-3:30pm)
1:00pm Explore Fairmount Park Meet at the Ram Statue outside the Gallagher Center
6:00pm Dinner Ravenhill Dining Hall
7:00pm Residence Hall Floor Meetings and Where are My Classes
Please bring an updated print out of your class schedule with class locations.
Residence Hall Meeting Location
7:00pm Where are My Classes?
For Commuter and Transfer Students meet START Leaders at the Kanbar Campus Center Living Room. Please bring an updated print out of your class schedule with class locations.
Kanbar Campus Center Living Room
9pm Outdoor Movie – “Role Models”
Rain Date: Monday, Aug. 24
Ravenhill Quad

For more information or questions, contact a Resident Assistant, a START Leader or call the following offices:

Information Desk at the Kanbar Campus Center: (215) 951-2701
Office of Residence Life: (215) 951-2741
Student Development Programs: (215) 951-2634
Office of Student Activities: (215) 951-2744
Office of Safety and Security (after hours): (215) 951-2620 or (215) 951-2999
Student Development Programs: (215) 951-2634

Throughout the year, the Office of Student Development Programs will continue to plan events to enhance the sense of community on campus; develop workshops to better students’ interpersonal and leadership skills; provide involvement opportunities for new students; and engage students in meaningful service initiatives.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 24. For a complete academic calendar, go to

For more information from the Student Development Office, go to or email at

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