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Orientation 2016

Hello from your orientation planning committee! We are so excited to meet you all. You may notice that the orientation schedule is jam-packed and you may be thinking…"huh I wonder if I really need to go to all of these events." The answer is “YES!” Every orientation event is intentionally chosen, through feedback from your peers, to help welcome you to Antioch, prepare you to succeed and help you adjust to Yellow Springs. (You will also get entered into a raffle for every event that you attend!!)

If you are in need of disability accommodations for any or all of these events, please contact Elecia Spain at


Tuesday, September 27: Welcome to Antioch!

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Check-in at South Hall

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Welcome Convocation & Lunch  in South Gym

2:15 p.m.  Class Photo in front of Main Hall

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parent Session in McGregor 113. Parents are invited to attend this Q&A session lead by the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs that will review important information regarding students' time at Antioch. There will be representatives from Academic Affairs, Student Life, Community Life, Public Safety and the Registrar's Office.  

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hall Activities in Designated Residence Halls. After you class photo join your residence advisors on your floor to socialize with your
peers and get to know your neighbors in the residence halls.

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Parent Reception with the President in Herndon Gallery. Parents are invited to join President Tom Manley and his wife, Susanne Hashim, for a drink and light refreshments in the Herndon Gallery.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Family Goodbyes

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in North Hall

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Antioch College Safety and Emergency Procedures, McGregor 113. In this student safety orientation program students will learn important information regarding emergency evacuation procedures, fire safety, general campus safety and how to request maintenance for dorm room mechanical issues.

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Alcohol Safety in McGregor 113. Join the Residence Life team for an interactive presentation on Alcohol Safety. There will be prizes!  

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bonfire & Intention Stick Ceremony on Main Lawn. The Intention Stick Ceremony is an Antioch tradition. Join alumna Johanna Norris for this powerful activity that is sure to inspire you as you begin you Antioch Adventure.  


Wednesday, September 28: Tackle Testing and Academic Support

Both Groups:

7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast in North Hall

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introduction to Medical Services and Counseling, McGregor 113

Group 1:

9:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Math and Writing Assessment, Meet shuttle in front of North Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch in North Hall

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Language Testing, Arts and Science Building 202

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Introduction to Library and Academic Honesty in Olive Kettering Library

Group 2:

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Introduction to Library and Academic Honesty in Olive Kettering Library

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Language Testing, Arts & Science Building 202

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch in North Hall

12:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Math and Writing Assessment

Both Groups:

4:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Honor Code/ FERPA/ Academic Support, McGregor 113

6:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m. Dinner with Alumni Relations in North Dining

10:00 p.m. – 12:00a.m. Just Dance in Experimental Theater. Enjoy your first Antioch dance party! DJ Octavio (Class of 2017) will be droppin sick beats.


Thursday, September 29th: Tour Antioch’s Assets

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Financial Aid and Billing, Arts and Science Building 201. Learn about your student account and financial aid with Stacie and Nikki.

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Introduction to Antioch Farm. Enjoy an interactive tour of our exceptional campus farm including taste testing, solar sheep greeting,
and food forest exploration. Also meet the farm crew and see how new students can get involved.

10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Introduction to the Coretta Scott King Center (CSKC). The late Coretta Scott King, distinguished Antioch alumna and namesake for the CSKC, was a strong advocate for social justice. New students are encouraged to drop by the CSKC to meet the Director, learn about ways to get involved and receive your special welcome gift.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hands-On Tour with WYSO. Take a tour of Public Radio station WYSO, and learn about its history as a part of Antioch College.  You'll get to experience a live broadcast and record your thoughts about beginning your college experience for our Antioch Word podcast.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch in North Dining with Peer Mentors  

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hike in Glen meet on Porch of Pennell House. Glen Helen is a cherished part of the Antioch campus, with over a thousand acres, twenty miles of trails, environmental education programs, and raptor rehabilitation.  We'll meet the staff, learn more about Glen programs, and see some of the scenic gems of the preserve on a one-mile walk

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure, Meet in the Horseshoe. Have some fun with Antioch Faculty and Staff! Antioch faculty and staff will stray from the beaten path to take you and some friends on a local adventure outside the academic box. You can go birding, look at a local wetlands for beaver and other marsh animals, do some yoga, learn Japanese calligraphy, or make a 3-d selfie, just for starters.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in North Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Introduction to Antioch Kitchens, McGregor 113. Food Service Coordinator Isaac DeLamatre will explain how to seek employment with the kitchens, how to participate in our volunteer sous chef program (and what that is), how we use the farm, how and what to compost, how to have guests, the meal plan, what types of food we typically cook and why, and what our goals are as an organization and how students can contribute

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meet your Peer Mentors. During this session your peer mentors will introduce themselves, lead a fun and engaging activity and provide some information around choosing your first classes as it relates to your major.


Friday, September 30th: Adventure with Academic Affairs

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Meet Academic Affairs in McGregor 113. Meet your faculty and learn more about degree requirements, cooperative education,
advising, global education, study abroad opportunities and Antioch’s philosophy regarding grading, including our use of narrative evaluations.  

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Academic Open House in McGregor 113

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with Faculty Advisors in Birch Hall

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Advising in Faculty Offices and Registration in McGregor

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner in North Hall

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sex Jeopardy SOPP/Safer Sex Workshop, Arts & Sciences 202. Back by popular demand, not your parents' TV Jeopardy game! Join us for Antioch College's, Sex Jeopardy, hosted by our own Campus Nurse, Pan!  What it is?:  Sex Ed tailored for the college student and spiced liberally with the fun, the weird and the bizarre!  

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Bonfire, In front of Weston Hall. Bond with your class, feel free to bring an instrument and make music together.


Saturday, October 1st: Explore Diversity

7:30 a.m. – 9:00a.m. Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Engaging with Social Justice: A Workshop Series. Antioch College has a rich history of engaging activism and social justice. The orientation committee has organized a series of workshops that we believe will help prepare you to continue this tradition. Raffle tickets will be given out at every session.    

12:00 p.m. –​ 1:00 p.m. Lunch in North Hall

6:00 p.m. Village Partner Dinners with Friends of Antioch in Yellow Springs. Village Partners is an Orientation tradition wherein each student is matched with a family/household in the Yellow Springs village for dinner on Orientation Saturday. Students go in pairs or threes to the homes of supportive people in the Village; sometimes they're alumni, sometimes they are faculty, staff or administrators (or former faculty,staff and administrators) sometimes they're just good friends of the College.We match up the students' interests with those of the host family, and sometimes the students stay connected with the host family throughout their time at Antioch. In any event, it's always a good meal, and fun company!


Sunday, October 2nd: Discover Our Community

On Sunday students have the opportunity to either take part in the Elemental Sexual Assault Prevention Program OR volunteer in town. All events require registration. Student should register before arriving to campus. If you need to register or change your registration please contact Jessica Martinez at If you believe that you should be excused from these events due to a disability or other circumstance please contact Elecia Spain at

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Brunch in North Dining

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Elemental Sexual Assault Prevention Program, South Gym. Having tools that you can use to protect yourselves from sexual assault is an essential part of your college education. This is not your standard self defense course: we give you a wide variety of tools from verbal to physical that can fit the situation and your personality. People of all genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to attend. Everyone is at risk of gender-based personal violence, and this course will give you tools so you do not become a victim (or an unknowing perpetrator) of violence. The workshop is emotionally safe and surprisingly fun. Check out this TEDx Talk with the program founders at

2:00 p.m  – 5:00 p.m. Service Projects in the Village:

  • Tree Committee
    • Come plant and water our village's trees! We take trees very seriously in Yellow Springs. Each one is known to the Village, and tended to. The Yellow Springs Tree Committee is overseen by Lloyd Kennedy, 101 years old, and they always look forward to some help with watering and planting new trees.
  • Voter Registration
    • Thousands of people have been purged from the voting rolls in Greene County, Ohio. In partnership with the Ohio Together campaign, let's head out into the communities most vulnerable to disenfranchisement and help Ohioans get re-registered so their voices can be heard on November 8th.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m. Dinner in North Hall


Monday, October 3rd: Caravan with Co-op

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast. The “Dress to Impress Thrift Store Challenge” is optional and has limited space. Co-op faculty will be present at breakfast and interested students can sign-up with them.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Restorative Justice In Practice, McGregor 113. In this workshop we will discuss tools that can be used to mediate disputes and have difficult conversations. Students will get a sense of what it means to have restorative practices available in their "social tool belt."

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch in North Hall

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. "Dress to Impress Thrift Store Challenge” meet in the front of North Hall. Take a trip to one of Dayton's best thrift shops and take one hour to look for an awesome interview outfit. Shuttle Times: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.  

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Yellow Springs Mix n' Mingle: Introduction to Career Communications, Mills Park Hotel - Join Antioch staff and other Yellow Springs professionals in your best interview attire and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and mocktails. This is a great opportunity for you to practice your elevator speech while positioning yourself for exciting opportunities.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in North Hall

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First Annual Co-op Night Hike - Meet at the Amphitheater. Traverse the dark and leafy recesses of Antioch's campus then channel your inner Charmander around a bonfire at the Farm for your first adventure with the Co-op program.


Tuesday, October 4th: The Adventure Begins (First Day of Classes)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Introduction to Community Meeting and Governance, South Gym. To reshape the world towards a brighter future, we must begin somewhere close to our hearts and minds. There is no better way to begin enacting change than by creating the community we want, here and now! Community governance is the platform through which all voices can be heard and felt in the Antioch Community, as we all reshape ourselves to play a more elemental role in the future of higher education. Please come to our first Community Meeting to explore the myriad possibilities that lie ahead of us! Raffle winners will be announced during this meeting!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Art Show: IMAGE | The Public Face, Herndon Gallery. Did you know that Antioch has its own art gallery? Join us in viewing the Herndon’s newest art show titled IMAGE | The Public Face, which explores an historic arc of photographic portraiture from the meticulously crafted (and staged) portraits of public figures and dignitaries of the early-to-mid-century to the ubiquitous hyper saturated, social media "selfie"  of the 21st century.