Tuesday, September 1
Welcome to Union 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Listen to President Serene Jones, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas and Dean Pamela Cooper-White kick off orientation by offering their greetings and welcoming you to Union. They will reflect on why — now more than ever — this is the right time to study at Union, and discuss how we can hold each other accountable as a beloved community as we begin the academic year.
Love in Action – Student-Only Welcome 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Spend time with the orientation ambassadors, Student Senate representatives and residential student life assistants getting to know current students on campus, as well as your incoming class.
Introduction to Worship and Spiritual Formation at Union 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Meet the interfaith minister team, including our interim director of worship, student worship assistants, spiritual care providers and peer chaplains. Hear what is available to you spiritually, what happens in chapel and how you can partner with us.
Break 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Academic Year Overview and Q&A 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Dean Nicole Mirando and Registrar Abigail Asgaralli introduce procedures and deadlines throughout the academic year to help you complete your degree in a timely manner and understand the academic year timeline. There will also be space to ask questions about academic administrative details.
Introducing the Library: Resources, Support and Exploration 1:15-2:00 p.m.
The Burke Library is a key part of the learning experience at Union. Meet Public Services Librarian Carolyn Bratnober from The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, a Union alum with years of theological librarianship experience, for an overview of the services and resources available to all Union students. Learn key information about obtaining course readings online. Identify research services and support channels available in-person and remotely, such as the Ask A Librarian Chat feature, for getting help with research, citations and formatting, and I.T. troubleshooting. Get tips and tricks for exploring the vast online multimedia resources available through the Columbia University Libraries.
Breathe Easy (optional) 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Feel free to exhale after your first day at Union. We will hold a student-only space for those who may want to check in with their peers or just unwind.