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Parent Schedule

The following schedule lists events for parents during Fall 2013 New Student Orientation.

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10–5 p.m. Welcome Tent open.
Lane Student Center
10–5 p.m.

Center for Technology Services (CTS) is open to assist students in computer setup and other technology needs. Jenks 317

Mail Room is open for locating mailboxes and retrieving mail and packages. Lane Student Center, lower level

Student Financial Services (SFS) is open to assist students with settling their student accounts and related questions. MacDonald Hall

Local Bank Fair. Several local banks will be represented to set up new bank accounts for your student.

10–11:30 a.m. Residence Hall Check-In Group 1, for new students currently residing
outside the New England states.
11:30–1 p.m. Residence Hall Check-In Group 2, for new students currently residing
in the New England states.


4–5 p.m.

1–6:30 p.m.

Lunch off-campus (coupons provided in the Welcome Tent)

Athletics Reception for Athletes and Families Bennett Center

Parents' Free Time Off campus
Time to settle into hotel, eat dinner off campus, shop, etc. Local maps and a variety of restaurant coupons are available at the Welcome Tent. NOTE: New students are expected to attend the dinner provided for them on the quad.

6:30–9:30 p.m. Sibling Programming and Child Care available Bennett Center
Ages 2-16
6:30-7:15 p.m. Parents' Dessert Reception (last name A-L) Ken Olsen Science Center
"A Taste of New England." Many faculty members and members of the College administration will be in attendance to welcome you.
7:30-8:15 p.m. Parents' Welcome Program A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

Hosted by Dr. D. Michael and Rebecca Lindsay. Sibling programming and child care will take place in the Bennett Center.

 8:30-9:15 p.m. Parents' Dessert Reception (last name M-Z) Ken Olsen Science Center
"A Taste of New England." Many faculty members and members of the College administration will be in attendance to welcome you.

9 a.m.–
3:30 p.m.



10–10:30 a.m.

Center for Technology Services (CTS) is open.
Mail Room is open. 
Campus Connections. KOSC
Local Bank Fair. KOSC
Welcome Tent open. Lane Student Center

Great Gordon Expectations: Transitions for Students and Parents A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Hosted by Chris Carlson, Dean of Student Engagement. This session is designed to help students to understand this new stage in their relationship.

11:30 a.m.
Campus Forum for Parents A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Representatives from Public Safety, Student Financial Services, Registrar's Office, the Health Center and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office will conduct a panel discussion with time for Q&A designed to help parents understand their points of contact with the College.
11:30 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.
Lunch Hour I: Family Lunch for New England Residents Outside Lane Student Center
Lunches may be picked up in front of Lane Student Center. New students and their families are invited to eat outdoors or inside Lane Student Center. In the event of rain, lunches may be picked up inside Lane. Lunch is provided free of charge to new students wearing their name tags. Parents may pick up two complimentary lunch tickets at the Welcome Tent, where additional tickets may also be purchased.
1:30 p.m.
Lunch Hour II: Family Lunch for non-New England Residents See locations and description above.

2:15 p.m.

Parent Programming Electives I
These programs have been designed with parents and families in mind. Each elective will be offered at two consecutive times. Parents are encouraged to choose the sessions they would find most helpful.

Alumni and Parent Dessert Reception (Session 1 Only) KOSC 2nd Floor Landing
Hosted by the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, this is an oppurtunity for alumni and parents who have sent multiple children to Gordon to connect and be welcomed back to the Gordon community.


"Parents of Pioneers" Reception (Session 1 Only) MacDonald 109

Families in which parents did not attend college may have some questions. Terry Charek, Dean of Student Life, will connect them with valuable resources on campus. 

  "Residence Life and Housing" Jenks 206
Presented by Terry Charek, associate dean of students for residence life, and Michael Curtis, director of residence life. A forum provided to answer questions about the residence life staff, roommate relationships, and the housing assignment process.
  "Introduction to Academics at Gordon" Phillips Recital Hall
How can you, as a parent, enter into conversation with your student about what s/he is learning at Gordon? Provost Janel Curry will outline a few key elements of the Gordon experience with which you can engage your student.

"Students in Transition" Jenks 406
A panel with representatives from the Center for Student Development, the Counseling Center, the Academic Support Center and the Chapel Office will offer important insights into the process of students' transition to college life and your transition to life without them at

"Faith and Formation" KOSC Case Study Room

The colle years are an extremely important session in the spiritual formation of emerging adults. Greg Carmer, Dean of Christian Life, will outline elements of the spiritual journey, ways in which Gordon assists students on their way towards spiritual maturity, and some suggestions for how family members can be supportive. (Open to parents AND students)

3:30 p.m.

Sibling Programming The Quad
Ages 2–16.
3:15 p.m.

Parent Programming Electives II See above.


"The First-Year" -- Student/Parent Panel (Session II only) Jenks 237

Presented by students and their parents. An insider's look at the first-year experience. 

4:45 p.m.
Signing Ceremony  A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
For new students and their families. A service of worship, commitment and dedication, honoring students and families before God.
5:30 p.m.
Family Transition Time
Time to say "goodbye" before families leave campus.


If you have additional questions about arrival or accommodations in the area, please contact us at 978.867.4263.