Orientation 2016

What is Orientation?

The orientation experience is designed to familiarize you with campus and acclimate you to the social and academic atmosphere you will encounter at RMC. You will interact with your classmates, faculty, staff, and student leaders who will support you throughout your college career.

What's in it for me?

The purpose of orientation is to assist students in making a positive transition to college life by preparing them for success in the classroom and within the greater RMC community.

Through your active participation in orientation you will:

  1. Gain valuable insight into academic, social, and community expectations;
  2. Become familiar with student success resources; and
  3. Make positive connections with faculty, staff, returning students, and peers.

How do I participate?

To participate in orientation, you must confirm your enrollment to RMC by submitting your new student deposit of $250. Orientation is required for all first-year students.

Fall 2016 Orientation Schedule

(Please note: Agenda may be subject to change)

Thursday, August 18

Your first day on campus is designed to get you comfortably moved in and to help you acclimate to your new home and surroundings. You will meet the residence life staff and resident advisor (RA) on your floor, your Campus Compass peer instructor, and other student leaders.

  • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. – New Student Check-in: Morledge Walkway
    • Students will check-in to campus followed by their assigned residence hall to receive their room key and have time to get moved in. New student orientation volunteers will be available to help new students move their belongings. During this time, students will also have the opportunity to validate and pay fees in Eaton Hall.
  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Campus Tours: The Bear, Morledge Walkway
    • Campus tours will be offered every 30 minutes for students and families to tour the campus and find classrooms.
  • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Veteran Orientation Events
    • Veteran Breakfast: McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center
    • Student-Veteran Panel Discussion: DeRosier Room, Bair Family Student Center
    • Veteran Campus Tour: DeRosier Room, Bair Family Student Center 
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Lunch: RMC Green
    • Students and families are invited to take a break from moving and join us for a BBQ on the RMC Green.
  • 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. – New student Information Tents: RMC Campus
    • Financial aid / mailbox / academic computing / health services / photo ID / parking permit / work study questions / validation
  • 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. – Parent & Family Session: Taylor Auditorium, Losekamp Hall
    • Families of new students proceed to Losekamp Hall for an informational session presented by the vice presidents of RMC and hosted by the Parent Relations Program. 
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Out-of-State Parent & Family Session: Taylor Auditorium, Losekamp Hall
    • Informational session to cover challenges associated with students going to college out of their home state. 
  • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Off-Campus Student Informational Meeting: Fraley Lounge, Bair Family Student Center
    • Students who will be living off campus will meet to discuss opportunities for campus and student life engagement.
  • 3:00 - 5:15 p.m. – New Student Meeting: Fortin Education Center Gymnasium
    • A first look at being an RMC student, presented by student leaders and key staff members.
  • 3:00 - 5:15 p.m. – Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Meeting: Fortin Education Center Auditorium, Room 102

  • 3:00 - 5:15 p.m. – Parent & Family Meet-and-Greet with Faculty & Staff: Prescott Commons
    • Families are invited to meet with faculty and staff while enjoying light refreshments.
  • 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. – President's Welcome: Fortin Education Center Gymnasium
    • Join your classmates for this exciting welcome about being a Rocky Mountain College student.
  • 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. – President's Dinner: RMC Green
    • Students and families are invited to join us for dinner and meet RMC's president.
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. – Residence Hall Meetings: Assigned Residence Hall
    • Students will meet with important residence life staff members of their assigned residence hall to discuss expectations and community standards.
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Off-Campus Student Mixer: Fraley Lounge , Bair Family Student Center
    • Off-campus students will have an opportunity to meet one another in a fun and relaxed environment. 
  • 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. – Entertainment: Hypnotist - Taylor Auditorium, Losekamp Hall

Friday, August 19

The focus of programming on Friday is academic preparation. You will have an opportunity to meet your faculty members, enjoy lunch with your academic advisor, and connect with a variety of students and staff members dedicated to supporting your academic success. There will also be plenty of time to get to know your neighbors and classmates.

  • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast: McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center
  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – SAS Continental Breakfast & Meeting: Fortin Education Auditorium, Room 102 
    • Eligible students will meet to learn about the support services provided by SAS (Services for Academic Success). This is required for eligible students. To learn if you are eligible, please contact your admission counselor.
  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. – Academic Support Team Meetings: Taylor Auditorium, Losekamp Hall
    • This meeting highlights academic support programs on campus for students interested in learning more about programs designed to enhance the academic experience.
  • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. – First Year Experience Meeting: Assigned classrooms
    • Students will meet for the first time with the Rocky Connections mentor and learn about the first year program. Refer to personalized itinerary.
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. – Academic Program Meetings & Lunch: Assigned classrooms
    • Meet with your academic program over lunch. Refer to personalized itinerary.
  • 1:00-1:45 p.m. - Academic Advisor Sessions: Assigned classrooms
    • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss the advisor/advisee relationship. Refer to personalized itinerary.
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Veteran Support Services: DeRosier Room, Bair Family Student Center
    • Student-veterans will listen to presentations about community veteran resources to answer questions about utilizing various services. 
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Native American Support Services Meeting: Selover Conference Room, Bair Family Student Center
    • Native American students will meet with a peer mentor and faculty to learn about various resources and services on campus.
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Academic Support Fair - Morledge Walkway
    • Meet the academic student support staff face-to-face
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Community and Campus Employment Workshop: Taylor Auditorium, Losekamp Hall
    • Students will learn about opportunities for employment both on campus and in the community.
  • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Campus Fiesta - RMC Green
    • Students will enjoy dinner and entertainment on RMC's Green

Saturday, August 20

Building strong relationships on campus and in the broader Billings community is an essential component for college success, and programming on Saturday is designed to help you build these relationships.

  • 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast, McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center

  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. – Load Buses for Service Project: North Fortin parking lot

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – RMC Service Project: Various Billings Locations
    • All Rocky Connections groups will work together to complete a service project at multiple community organizations.
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. – Lunch and Sneak Peek Meeting: McDonald Commons

  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Student Involvement Sneak Peak Activities: RMC Campus and Billings Community
    • Students have the opportunity to explore various opportunities to become involved with campus groups, organizations, and activities
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Veteran Sneak Peek Project: The Bear, Morledge Walkway
    • Student-veterans will lead a sneak-peek project.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Break: Yoder Lounge, Anderson/Widenhouse Hall
    • Refreshments will be provided.
  • 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. – Pizza and Bowling: Sunset Bowl, 1625 Central Avenue
    • Join classmates for an evening of free pizza and bowling.

Sunday, August 21

Sunday is dedicated to rest and relaxation. You will find plenty of time to settle in, get caught up, and prepare for your first week of classes.

  • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast: McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center

  • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. – Chapel Service: Outdoor chapel north of Losekamp Hall

  • 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Load Buses for Day Trips: North Fortin parking lot
    • Students have the option of participating in a rafting trip, going to Red Lodge and the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, or exploring campus and the Billings community. 
  • 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Veteran Day Trip
    • Current student-veteran led day trip.
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. – RMC 2016 Kick-Off Dinner: McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center
    • This dinner, open to all RMC students, officially kicks off the new academic year.
  • 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Residence Hall Floor Meetings: Assigned Residence Hall
    • Students will meet their residence life staff members of their assigned hall floor to discuss expectations and community standards.

Monday, August 22

  • Classes begin