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Vassar First Year Schedule of Events 2013/14

Beginning with New Student Orientation, the Vassar First Year is meant to introduce new students to Vassar in both academic and co-curricular contexts.

New Student Orientation

August 27 – September 2, 2013
The events planned for your first few days at Vassar will familiarize you with some important aspects of college life. Some events are intended for all new students, while others address specific needs and interests. We encourage you to see these events as opportunities to meet others and learn more about your new home.

Vassar Devils at Alumnae House

Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college’s Alumnae House. Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction). Co-sponsored by The Vassar First Year, the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.

Fall Convocation

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fall Convocation is the culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year. Convocation address by John H. McCleary, Professor of Mathematics.

William Starr Annual Lecture: A Visit from Jennifer Egan

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Villard Room

Reading and talk by Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Freshmen Families Weekend

September 21-22, 2013

Making Sense of Your $$$

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Rockefeller 200

Stressed about money? From student loans and work study positions to managing your VCash, this event will address financial problems that first year students might face during their time in college. Co-sponsored by The Vassar First Year and the Career Development Office.

48 Hour Film Project

November 15-17, 2013
Vassar’s First Year Film Project brings first-year students together with video cameras and media to produce a story about first year experiences and engagements. Students will be invited during early fall semester to begin film projects (8 minutes or less) and begin production for a showcase event during the second semester.


Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Formerly Art as Activism, Re-Orientation continues the conversations on community, social responsibility and social consciousness through dialogue, art and performance. All first year students are expected to attend.

Leadership 360

February 2014: TBA
Roundtable discussions with accomplished student leaders regarding leadership opportunities within the Vassar community.

Freshmen 15

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
7:00 pm
Villard Room (following Spring Convocation)

A gathering for and by first year students, featuring 15 three-minute reflections on the achievements and challenges of the freshmen year. Reflect on your experiences through song, dance, performance art, video, and other works of art.

Sponsored by the Freshmen Class Council and The Vassar First Year.

More information on the Vassar First Year program can be found on the Campus Life and Diversity Office website: http://campuslife.vassar.edu

You can also contact:

Edward Pittman
Associate Dean of the College
Campus Life and Diversity Office/ First Year
Main N163
845-437- 5426

Diane Eshelman
Assistant Director for Residential Life/First Year
Main 442

Susan Zlotnick
Dean of Freshmen
Main N128, 845-437-5258