Please note: the following schedule is subject to change and updates.

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August 12 – 15, 2019

Day One – Monday, August 12

8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Welcome & Check-In:202 Beyer Hall, 2nd Floor Lobby    

  • Bring original documents (I-20/DS-2019/I-94/Passport & Visa)
  • Local Banks will be available on-site to assist those who want to open up a local bank account
  • Campus Walking Tours with Orientation Leaders 
  • Tours of the Recreation and Wellness Center with Orientation Leaders

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch – With GU Student Orientation Leaders

1:30 – 4:30 PM / Shopping Trip Runsin Erie – Orientation leaders will walk students to purchase household and school related items at Dollar General, located only 2.5 blocks (five minute walk) from our office

6:00 – 7:00 PM / The all-American meal of Pizza & Popwill be provided by the OGSSE in the Global Suite Lobby, second floor of Beyer Hall, stop by after shopping to have an informal meal and meet new friends.

Day Two – Tuesday, August 13

8:30 – 9:00 am / Continental Breakfast 
All Orientation Sessions will be held in Yehl Ballroom for Tuesday and Wednesday

9:00 – 9:45 am / Global Student Orientation Opening Welcome
Special opening event for all incoming global students led by key members of Gannon University’s leadership

9:45 – 11:00 am – Your Academic Success
Ms. Kathleen Ellwood, Director of Academic Advising, will present the essentials of academics and academic advising as it functions at Gannon University. Your relationship with your academic advisor is key to your success and ability to graduate on time.

11:00 am – 12:00 pmRegistrar’s and Cashier’s  Staff from these offices will explain the important services, processes and resources they provide you as Gannon students.

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch – With O-Leaders. Walk with your Orientation Leader and team group to Morosky Center for Health Sciences for lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm   ITS(Information Technology Services) Mr. Dan Gianelli and members of the ITS staff team will provide an overview and assistance so each student’s individual network accounts are functioning and you have access to the software and hardware programs used by your professors and the larger campus community. Make sure you bring your laptop and smartphone to this session!

2:30 – 3:30 pm – Living on Campus & Living off Campus
Mr. A’Darius Porter Residence Life and Ms. Heidi Noyes Commuter Life will speak about the various benefits and comparisons of living on campus and as commuter students
                 Student Panelwill share perspectives, advice, and experiences about living on campus and off-campus, including “Greek" life on the Gannon campus (Student Fraternities and Sororities).

3:30 – 4:30 pm – Health and Wellness
Your health and wellness are a top priority at Gannon! Staff will share valuable information about health, health insurance, campus programs, services, and opportunities for health and wellness.

  • Health Insurance in the U.S. – uniquely American – A NOT to miss session! 3:00 pm
  • Student Health & Counseling Center 3:30 pm
  • Recreation & Wellness Center 4:00 pm

5:00 – 8:00 pm – World Cup (Futbol/Soccer) Tournament – Students on Gannon University’s men and women’s Soccer Teams invite all new students to participate in friendly games of soccer, to be held at the Field House at the GU Recreation and Wellness Center.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Orientation leaders will arrange with their groups and continuing students to walk to various eateries within the Gannon campus and downtown area

Day Three – Wednesday, August 14

8:30 – 9:00 am / Continental Breakfast 
All Orientation Sessions will be held in Yehl Ballroom unless indicated otherwise

9:00 am – 10:00 am – The Office of Global Support and Student Engagement: Your Home Away from Home
OGSSE staff and Orientation leaders will share the range of resources, opportunities, and services available for you as Gannon University students

10:00 – 10:45 am – Blackboard Session
This technology platform is used by most faculty and students. Staff from Information Technology Services and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will lead this session. 

11:00 – 12:15 pm – Your College, School, or Institute
The Colleges and Schools at Gannon University are dedicated to preparing you for a competitive global job market. Faculty and Academic Advisors in your major fields of study will be here to speak directly about your academic major, provide an overview, and answer questions
College of Engineering and Business
Morosky College of Health Sciences
College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS)

12:30 – 1:30 pm – LunchWalk with your Orientation Leader and team group to Morosky College of Health Sciences for lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm – Your Classroom Experience
This critically important session will be content-rich and experiential! Reverend Shawn Clerkin, Co-Director of the School of Communication and the Arts in the College of Humanities, Education, & Social Sciences (CHESS) will provide an overview of the culture of higher education in the U.S. and Gannon University in particular. Critical aspects of what you can expect in the academic classroom such as: syllabi, group projects, exams, grading, engagement, and participation expectations within grading. This will be highly relevant for both undergraduate and graduate students. 

6:00 – 9:00 PM – Dinner and Live Music – First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
Community members from across Erie welcome all new and returning students to a community potluck meal, followed by live music and dance with local musicians “Toppish," playing live traditional music. Sponsored by One Table of Erie, First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, and the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement

Day Four – Thursday, August 15

8:30 – 9:00 am / Continental Breakfast 
Thursday sessions will be held in Club LaRiccia (lower level of Beyer Cafeteria)

9:00 – 9:30 am – Campus Safety – Join us as Gannon University police share important information about your own and campus safety

9:30 – 10:15 am – Career Exploration 
Staff from Gannon University’s Career Services and GSSE will highlight internship, career and leadership development programs and resources that students can utilize in order to develop skills to land that first job after graduation

10:15 am – 11:00 amImmigration Jeopardy! F-1/J-1 Visa Regulations and YOU
This session will provide an interactive overview of the requirements and responsibilities of being an F-1/J-1 visa student and maintaining your status while studying in the U.S. Facilitated by staff of Global Support & Student Engagement and Orientation Leaders

11:00 – 12:00 pm – The Gannon Experience
Students and staff from Leadership Development and Campus Engagement will share with you the plethora of opportunities to get involved at GU – A panel of student leaders will share their experiences and perspectives on the many ways to build community, connections, and skills during your Gannon experience.
 – SGA, APB, GSO, ASO, ISA, and other representatives from Gannon student organizations

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch Walk with your Orientation leader and team group to Morosky College of Health Sciences 

AFTERNOON – Open for students to attend to needs such as: registration, class schedules, seeing advisors, housing, health insurance, banking, shopping, and RESTING!

6:00 – 8:00 PM – Picnic Cookout at Presque Isle State Park with GSSE staff, community and O-Leaders Transportation provided – Meet Buses by the Arch at 5:30pm 

Day Five – Friday, August 16

Graduate Student Orientation – More Information Soon!

Preview GU! – Undergraduate Student Orientation begins!