|Class of 2012 Will Begin Davidson Careers with Orientation Activities
August 15, 2008
Contact: Bill Giduz
Davidson College will greet the 483 members of the incoming Class of 2012 (252 women and 231 men from 41 states and 18 other countries) with Orientation activities that begin with move-in on Wednesday evening, Aug. 20. Orientation is designed to equip new students to make the most of their Davidson experience. Some events are strictly informational, others are recreational or bonding experiences, and several emphasize the college's expectations for student character and behavior. The full schedule of orientation activities is available at the student life web site.
|Davidson Outdoors trip leaders (l-r) Galen King '10 and Athan Makansi '10 fire up some of the sixty incoming students who are participating in the organization's final summer session of "Odyssey" adventure and community service trips to western North Carolina. They left campus on Thursday and will return next week in time for Orientation.|
* President Tom Ross and about 100 upperclass volunteer "Orientation Team" members will help new students and their parents move into their residence halls by hefting boxes and suitcases Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. The students will also help with move-in on Thursday morning.
* "President's Convocation" Thursday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. in Davidson College Presbyterian Church. President Ross and Alumni Director Peter Wagner will introduce students and their parents to Davidson history and traditions.
* "Farewell Luncheon" Friday, Aug. 22, at 12:30 p.m. Parents and students will enjoy a picnic luncheon together under the oaks on front campus. Parents will then leave campus, and the following two days of student orientation activities will continue without them.
* "A Community of Respect" session Friday, Aug. 22, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. The college's upperclass health advisors will enact skits that demonstrate proper and improper ways of communicating with peers about potentially delicate topics such as sexual orientation, sexual assault, and alcohol problems.
* "Class of 2012 Group Photo" Friday, Aug. 22, 5 p.m. on Smith Field. The entire class will form the number "2012" and have its photo made from a high vantage point.
* "Class of 2012 Championships" Friday, Aug. 22, 7 to 11 p.m. in Baker Sports Center. Each first-year student hall will form a team for athletic competitions such as crab soccer, giant ball volleyball, and shoe-tie relay races. Each hall will distinguish itself with team colors, uniform style, and body paint.
* Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Davidson's strong commitment to community service will be emphasized to members of the class through their participation in a five-mile walk throughout the Town of Davidson. Group leaders will point out historic community sites and agencies students may serve during their years on campus. Many student walkers will be raising money for the Catawba Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that protects land, water and wildlife habitats in the Southern Piedmont region. The walk will conclude with a noon lunch of beans, rice, and cornbread in the Alvarez College Union atrium.
|Fall sport varsity athletes arrived on campus early for several days of pre-season practice. Coach Ryan Heasley is pictured here working with football linemen.|
* "The Life of the Mind" lecture Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. Vice President for Academic Affairs Clark Ross will talk about the value of a liberal arts education, and introduce the Class of 2012 common reading book, Janisse Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. Students will engage in small-group discussion of the book from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The book was selected in part as an introduction to the year-long focus on environmental justice by student community service organizations, and the college's commitment to environmental sustainability on campus.
* "Honor Code and Code of Responsibility Commitment Ceremony" Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. The Honor Code -- a central element of life at Davidson for more than 100 years --will be introduced at this event. Registrar Hansford Epes will discuss intellectual honesty, plagiarism and student responsibilities under the Honor Code. The discussion will conclude with each student publicly affirming his or her intention to uphold the Honor Code with a personal signature at the front of the assembly.
* "Cake Race" Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., at Smith Field. In this 70-year Davidson tradition, incoming students are invited to run a two-mile course around campus. Top finishers will get sequential pick of about 100 cakes, many of which have been prepared by members of the college community.
Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,700 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Davidson competes in NCAA athletics at the Division I level, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the college.
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Posted By: Bill Giduz