Parent Schedule

The following schedule lists events for parents during Fall 2015 New Student Orientation. Please note, this is tentative schedule and programming may change.  

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 p.m.

1–6:30 p.m.

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

Reception for Transfers in Frost Hall

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 Ken Olsen Science Center (KOSC)
"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.


9 a.m.–
3:30 p.m.



10–11:00 a.m.

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

Conversations with the President: The Difference Gordon Made in my Life A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Hosted by President D. Michael Lindsay. Dr. Lindsay will be interviewing four alums about how their time at Gordon continues to shape their lives.

11:30 p.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 - 
1:00 p.m.
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.

Great Gordon Expectations: Transitions for students and families 
Hosted by Chris Carlson, Dean of Student Engagement. This session is designed to help parents and students begin to understand this new stage in their relationship with ecah other and with the instition. 


1:45-2:45 p.m. 

Alumni and Parent Reception (Session 1 Only) Alumni Reading Room 
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, and also parents that attended both Gordon and Barrington College.

  "Introduction to Learning at Gordon" KOSC, 109
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.

"Introduction to Study Abroad" Jenks 112
Representatives from the Global Education office will describe the various oppurtunities students have to study abroad during their time at Gordon.

"Faith and Formation" Jenks 237                                                         The college years are an extremely important session in the spiritual formation of emerging adults. Tom Haugen, Gordon's Chaplain, and Jennifer Jukanovich, VP for Student 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 In front of Frost Hall
Ages 2–16.

Parent Programming Electives II See above.

Parents of Pioneers Reception Alumni Reading Room, Jenks              Families in which parents did not attend college may have many questions. Terry Charek, Dean of Student Life, will connect them with valuable resources on campus. 

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.