Daemen College Orientation
Welcome to Daemen College! We hope this web site can serve not only as a clearinghouse of orientation information, but also as a way for us to interact with you and keep you informed as our exciting program gets closer. On this web site you can register for summer orientation, meet the student orientation leaders, and e-mail us directly.
Daemen College offers orientation programs for freshmen, transfers and families. The goal of orientation is to develop and coordinate programs that promote academic success, promote personal and social development, and to provide students and families with information about services, support systems and issues facing college students.
Kimberly M. Pagano
Director of Orientation & Student Leadership Development
2014 ORIENTATION DATES:
Spring New Student Orientation: January 21
Spring Semester Classes Begin: January 22
Summer Freshman Orientations: July 14/15 or July 17/18
Summer Family Orientations: July 14 or July 17
Summer Transfer Orientation: August 6
New Resident Student Move-in: August 30
Required Freshman Meetings: August 31
Fall Semester Classes Begin: September 2
Mission & Goals of Orientation
The purpose of the Summer Orientation Programs has been to provide new students and their families with an all-inclusive introduction to Daemen College that will ease their transition into the academic and social community of the institution. Furthermore, it is the goal of the Orientation Programs to provide students and their families with greater access to the services, information, and assistance needed to best prepare them for their progression into the College.
In essence, therefore, the mission of a new student orientation is to:
1.Assist new students (and their respective families) in their successful transition to the institution to which they have enrolled.
2.Expose new students to the broad educational opportunities at their institution including both academic and co-curricular experiences.
3. Contribute and aid in the appropriate retention of students at Daemen College.
4. Promote a heightened awareness and respect for campus diversity and increase the sense of community.
5. Provide information and opportunities for self-assessment and future development.
Orientation provides a simple yet thorough introduction to those basic transition needs that all students face. The programs affords new students with information and access to services that address these transitional needs. As an intensive beginning to their college career, orientation addresses and responds to the following immediate needs and concerns of first-year students and their families:
1. Environmental Adjustment:
Where does one live, sleep, eat, study, negotiate the campus and its resources, feel safe and secure, etc?
2. Personal and Social Adjustment:
How does one make friends, network with other students and campus personnel, and become a part of the college community?
3. Academic Adjustment:
What classes will one take? Where does one study? What does one need to do to be a successful student? Where does one go for academic assistance, and how does one access these services?
4. Cultural Adjustment:
How will one's values, belief systems, and cultural knowledge be enhanced and challenged as a result of attending the institution? How does one develop and grow in this new environment? What are the campus expectations and values that one is expected to respect and maintain?