First Days 2018

Welcome Events

Sunday, September 2nd 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.New Resident Student Check-InResidence Areas
 Campus Offices Open: 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Admissions OfficeSmith House
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.BookstoreCampus Center, 1st Floor
 Center for Student Success and EngagementEldridge Hall, Top Level
 Financial AidEldridge Hall, Middle Level
 Mail RoomVenable Hall
 Public Safety (for Student IDs)277 Ashland Street
 Student AccountsEldridge Hall, Middle Level
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Lunch in the Centennial Room: Meal plans in effect; 2 guest tickets per new student; cash sales for othersCampus Center
 Family Welcome TableCampus Center, Marketplace
12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m.Computer Help Desk OpenMurdock Hall, 2nd Floor
2:00 p.m.Orientation Session (Session for students who were unable to attend Summer Orientations)Eldridge Hall, Upper Level
4:00 p.m.Families Depart Campus 
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.Resident Student Meetings & Welcome Dinner 
Berkshire Towers & Flagg Townhouses

5:00 - 6:00 pmResident Student Meetings 
 Berkshire TowersMurdock Hall tent
 Flagg TownhousesBowman 119
6:00 - 7:00 pmDinnerCentennial Room
7:00 - 8:30 pmResident Student Meetings 
 Berkshire TowersMurdock Hall
 Flagg TownhousesBowman 119
9:00 pmMeet to Go to PlayFair 
Hoosac Hall

5:15 - 6:45 pmResident Student MeetingsIndividual Floors
6:45 - 7:45 pmDinnerCentennial Room
7:45 - 8:45 pmResident Student MeetingsIndividual Floors
9:15 pm

Meet to go to PlayFair

9:30 - 11:00 p.m.PlayFairCampus Center Gym
 Join your classmates as you race around looking to find common threads amongst your classmates. This high energy event is sure to keep you moving as well as meeting classmates that will turn into lifetime friends. Want a quieter pace of connections? Join us in the Achievement Lounge located outside of the CC Gym for a low key conversation opportunity with Peer Advisors and staff members.
11:00 p.m.Residence Area ConnectionsResidence Areas


Monday, September 3rd

7:30 - 9:30 amBreakfastCentennial Room
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Admission Office OpenSmith House
9:00 amCommuter Student      Informational MeetingChurch Street Center Social Hall
9:30 amPath to Success – What Will the Road Bring?Church Street Center Auditorium
  Learn from our college experts on what tools you will need to succeed at College. This conversational and interactive session will get you thinking about what the road will bring next and how you can take on any challenge.
Guest Speakers: Dr. James Birge, MCLA President, Dr. Emily Williams, VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Catherine Holbrook, VP of Student Affairs, and Dr. Christopher McDonald-Dennis, Chief Diversity Officer
11:00 a.m.Meet your Peer AdvisorChurch Street Center
Meet your Peer Advisor and learn about how they will help you succeed at MCLA. They will lead you to your next academic success session as well as guide you through the First Days Program.
11:45 a.m.Tools for Your Academic Adventure
Visit one of the academic sessions selected by your Peer Advisor that is sure to get you started off on the right foot. These topics are also offered throughout the year at helpful times by various departments. Topics will include: Career Planning, Dialogical Skills within the Classroom, Time Management and Academic Success Tips.
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Lunch with Campus Connections and Class PhotoTaconic Lawn
Smile it's time to take your class photo and connect with classmates and resources across campus as you learn tips on how to succeed at MCLA. Visit various booths as they provide you with academic and social tips on how to be a good community member at MCLA. Visit eight stations and then visit the check-in table for your free First Days t-shirt!
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.Your Adventure Begins - Mystery Bus Trip
Students will join their Peer Advisor, Faculty and Staff members on a mystery bus trip to a destination within Berkshire County. Where will it be and what connections to those in your groups will you make? Take pictures of you and your group and post them on the Class of 2022 Facebook page.
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.DinnerCentennial Room
Shuttle to Wal-MartLeaving from Hoosac Hall
7:15 p.m.Shot of RealityChurch Street Center, Auditorium
Alcohol & Sexual Assault Prevention Education
8:30 p.m.Peer Advisor MeetingsChurch Street Center, Auditorium
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.  BINGO NightVenable Gym
Sponsored by SAC (Student Activities Council)

Tuesday, September 4th

7:00 - 9:30 amBreakfastCampus Center, Sullivan Lounge
10:00 am

Meetings with FYE Course (Locations listed below for this session.)

Bowman Hall & Murdock Hall
10:00 amLate Registration for New and Returning StudentsMurdock Hall 218
11:30 amConvocation Line Up BeginsFreel Library Lot
12:00 pmMCLA Academic ConvocationCampus Center, Gym
1:00 pmCampus "Country Fair" LunchAcademic Quad
2:00 - 6:00 pmShuttle to Wal-MartLeaving from Hoosac Hall
2:00 - 5:00 pmStudent Athlete Check-In MeetingVenable Gym
4:30 - 7:30 pmDinnerCampus Center, Centennial Room
7:00 - 8:30 pm Resident Student Meetings: 
 Berkshire TowersMurdock Hall Classrooms
 Hoosac HallIndividual Floors
 Flagg TownhousesBowman Hall Classrooms
8:30 pmDIY DécorCampus Center, Sullivan Lounge
 Come spruce up your residence area room with a new craft.


First Days FYE Meeting Locations: Room Key: B=Bowman Hall, M=Murdock Hall, CSI=Center for Science and Innovation

CourseTitleRoomSeminarFacultyFacilitatorPeer Advisor(s)
AMGT 130-90Intro to Arts ManagementB 324FYE 100-01Diane ScottChristopher HantmanJulianna Henault
ANTH 140-90Peoples of the WorldM 322FYE 100-02Anna Jaysayne-DarrMichael ObasahanDeclan Nolan
BADM 100-90Explorations in BusinessM 213FYE 100-03Tom WhalenCelia NorcrossGabby Kernozek
CCST 106-90The Physics of SuperheroesCSI 124FYE 100-04Emily MaherGriffin LabbanceGiovanni Arana
ENGL 100-90College Writing IB 205FYE 100-05Amber EngelsonChristopher TateCaitlin Mayes
ENGL 208-90Experiments in Creative WritingB 218FYE 100-06Jill GilbrethNatty BurfordEmily Lopez
ENGL 211-90Intro to Mass MediaB 220FYE 100-07Hannah NoelCharlotte LotzLianne Gallant
ENGL 270-90Literary Genre: FantasyB 204FYE 100-09Kelli NewbyBrendan CodyRyan Dube
HIST 230-90War, Science, and SocietyB 222FYE 100-10Anthony DalyAdam HildabrandRobin Williams
HLTH 150-90Intro Community & Public HlthB 202FYE 100-15Nicole PortherApril WrightEmily Sawtelle
MATH 232-90Intro to StatisticsB 203FYE 100-11Erin KileyMeghan McMahonNevada Nelson
MUSI 251-90Introduction to MusicB 206FYE 100-12Michael DiltheyJenn LabbanceAllison Williams
PHIL 100-90A First Course in PhilosophyM 201FYE 100-08Gerol PetruzellaKayla HollinsShannon Desmond
POSC 202-90Comparative Government & Public PolicyB 208FYE 100-13David CuperySpencer MoserShelby Dempsey
PSYC 100-90Intro to PsychologyB 201FYE 100-14Deb FossTheresa O'BryantEmma Bayle, Mackenzi Flynn

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