Friday, Augus​t 28

7:30–8:15am       Breakfast

HSC Dining Room

*8:30–9:45am      CommUnity: Understanding Marian’s Expectations

Quad. Rainsite: HSC Dining Room

Being a part of Marian’s community begins with you.  Whether you are commuting or living on–campus, it is important to truly understand what it means to be a student of the Marian community.  Meet your student mentor and a resident assistant in the Quad to begin this discussion. 


*9:45–10:05am   Academic Welcome

Stayer Center Auditorium

Being engaged in your academics is important to your success and graduation from Marian.  Dr. Sheryl Ayala, VP for Academic Affairs would like to welcome you to the college and talk with you about how to start your year off right.


*10:05–10:30am The Faculty Connection

Stayer Center Auditorium

Connecting with faculty is one of the best parts of being a Marian student! Your professors are interesting people who care about you and your future goals.  In this session, you will hear from faculty about how to go about networking and building rapport, as well as hear what they expect from you as a student.


*10:45–11:30am The Relevance of the Liberal Arts

Stayer Center Auditorium

Often time’s students wonder why they have to take certain courses to graduate.  In this session we talk about what makes up the Liberal Arts, why it is important, and how it is applied in and out of the classroom.  Come see why the Liberal Arts are relevant to your future personal and professional life.


11:30–12:30pm   Lunch

HSC Dining Room


*12:45–1:00pm   Academic Advising – Advisor OnStar

Stayer Center Auditorium

Learn how academic advising will impact your university experience and resources for academic success.


*1:15–2:15pm     Meeting your Academic Advisor

Mentors will help guide you to various locations

Meet your academic advisor and receive information about your major. You will be given handbooks and/or other materials that contain the requirements for graduation of your major.

*2:15–4:15pm      It’s all about the Money, Money, Money (“ain’t about the cha-ching, cha-ching, but it really is”)

Stayer Center Auditorium 

Money.  We all use it, need it, and many of us worry about it.  Regardless of how much money you have (or don’t have) you need to decide what to do with your money.  These sessions will briefly address four major areas of money and finance that are most important to students.

I Get Financial Aid, Now What?

The term “financial aid” refers to multiple sources of assistance:  scholarships, grants, loans; do you know the difference?  Are you required to complete the FAFSA every year?  Will you receive financial aid as long as you are a full-time student?  Can you lose your financial aid?  What is a refund check and is it your money?  The “Sweet 16”. 

I Need a Job!

Need some cash for school, gas, books, stuff, fun?  This session will provide information on obtaining work on campus: how and where positions are posted, rate of pay, payment protocol, and benefits to working on campus.

A Budget – Control Your Money instead of letting it Control You!

You can (and should) create a budget regardless of how much, or how little, money you have.   This session will address some budget basics:  how to create a simple budget, why creating a budget can relieve some stress, wants vs. needs, and paying your bills on a timely basis.

I’ll Just Swipe My Card

Is this your mantra?  Do you know the major differences between credit and debit cards?  Do you need/want a card?  When should you use a credit card or debit card?  You have a credit score.  Avoid the “swipe” trap!


4:15pm                Meetings for Secondary Education, English Education, and Spanish Education (minor)

Location TBA

Education majors need to meet with the School of Education to be advised on requirements for being an educator within these specific fields.


*4:15–6:00pm      The Navigation Game

Stayer Center Auditorium

This interactive game will help you not only meet your peers, but also help you navigate the campus better.  By participating in this game you will be able to learn where your classrooms are and navigate the layout of the campus.  In addition, you will learn where different resources are on campus.  Please bring your class schedule to this session.  There will be prizes for the top 6 teams.

Note: You will go to dinner as part of this activity


6:15–7:15pm        Build Your Community               

Come meet up in the quad for fun activities before Sex Signals. This is also a great time for residents to set up their rooms and meet their neighbors!        ​ 


*7:30–9:15 pm    Sex Signals

Stayer Center Auditorium

The first 10 minutes is an introduction of Ellen Mercer, Personal Counselor of Marian University. She will give a brief overview of the services provided at the Personal Development Center, which will then lead into Sex Signals.

Sex Signals provokes discussions about dating, sex, and the issue of consent. The two–person play begins with an irreverent and funny look at the awkwardness of dating, with each actor representing their gender’s perspective. Through a no–holds–barred approach, the show explores how social pressures, gender role stereotypes, and unrealistic fantasies can make dating a tough challenge.


9:30 pm              The Icarus Account

Common Grounds

Brothers Ty and Trey are living their dream as professional musicians writing songs that strike an emotional chord with their listeners. They've learned a lot about writing and performing, but ultimately the goal has never changed. "We try to write songs that are honest and relatable," Trey shares. "One of the most beautiful things about writing songs is that it proves how connected all of us really are. We get messages all the time where people tell us that our songs 'say everything they are feeling but don't know how to express'. To me it's really humbling because I’ve never met that person before and yet they are feeling the same feelings that we had when we wrote the song." The duo continues to pursue this passion of moving an audience. It's writing with that same purpose and passion that makes each of their albums feel new and unique.

*Attendance is expected for all students. In addition, assignments for GEN 101 will be based on this orientation session. ​