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Class of 2024 Hawk Herald #6 | Orientation and Transition Programs | Division of Student Life
June 3, 2020
In this issue: 
  • A Note from the Orientation and Transition Programs Team
  • Welcome to Our Newest Members
  • Stay on Track: Orientation Canvas Course
  • Real-Time Academic Exploration Sessions
  • Small Group Meetings with Your Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders
  • Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement
  • Check Your Miami Email Regularly 
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A Note from the Orientation and Transition Programs Team

Our team is eager to guide and support your transition to Miami, though we acknowledge that college is likely not your singular focus during this time. In addition to the disruption and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemicm we are horrified, like many of you, by the recent and ongoing acts of violence and injustice against Black people in our country. As a department, and as a university, we condemn racism and racist actions. 

As we welcome you into the Miami family, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to you, our newest RedHawks. In your orientation and transition experience, you can expect inclusive, informed, and open environments - from orientation content, to interactions with faculty and staff, to small group and individual meetings with student leaders, and the welcome programs that you will experience in August. Our team is ever-committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful orientation and transition experience that reflects our
 Code of Love and Honor. Our community is strong, and we will navigate tumultuous times together, as Miamians and the Class of 2024.

With Love & Honor, 

Dr. Buffy Stoll Turton, Director, Orientation and Transition Programs
Dr. Mark Pontious, Director,  Parent and Family Programs
Liz Walsh, Assistant Director, Orientation and Transition Programs
Evelyn D. Covington, Coordinator, Orientation and Transition Programs
Melanie Watterson, Program Associate

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

June 1 was the confirmation deadline for new first-year students to join the Class of 2024. For those of you who have just joined the Miami family -- congratulations! Your next step is to register for orientation and complete the orientation Canvas course. 
Orientation Details »
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Stay on Track: Orientation Canvas Course

Continue to dedicate time to the orientation Canvas course. Please make every effort to complete up to Module 10 in the next week (June 10) so that you are eligible to sign up for an academic advising appointment.  
To access the orientation Canvas site:
  • Navigate to MyMiamiLogin using your Miami UniqueID and password.
  • Under Quick Tools, navigate to your Miami University email account. In your inbox, you will have an invitation to join the Class of 2024 Orientation Canvas site. You will need to accept the course invitation to move forward.
  • You can always return to MyMiami to access Canvas through MyMiami, click on the Canvas button on the left side of the screen, under the Quick Tools heading.
Visit the Orientation and Transition Programs website for a step-by-step guide to orientation.  

Academic Exploration Sessions

Are you interested in a second major, co-major, or a minor? Attend an academic exploration session to learn more about the possibilities. Academic advisors will be available to answer questions about majors and minors in their academic college. You can also learn more about adding a major or minor in Module 9 of the orientation Canvas course

Join Real-Time Academic Exploration Sessions »
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Meet with the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders

A really important part of the orientation process is connecting with other members of the Class of 2024 and the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) team. SOULs are informed, resourceful student leaders who will assist you throughout the orientation process. Think of the SOULs as your guides through the transition to college. You are expected to participate in three small group meetings that will be co-facilitated by SOULs (attendance will be taken at each meeting). In your small group meetings, you will:
  • Meet and gain perspective from upperclass student leaders -- your Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs)
  • Meet other new students
  • Engage in building an inclusive campus community
  • Discuss goals, hopes, and fears for college
  • Explore academic success strategies, including college time management tips
  • Learn about campus resources and services
  • Consider how you might like to get involved on campus -- including ways to make new friends, and the clubs and organizations you might like to join
  • Review information about career clusters
  • Discuss campus safety and expectations
  • Explore technology you’ll use while you’re on campus 
  • Ask any questions you might have
You may also choose to have an individual meeting with your SOUL to explore your goals for the college experience, learn more about campus opportunities, and discuss any questions you might have as you transition to college. 
All small group and individual meetings will take place between now and July 2. If you are registered for orientation, you have already received an invitation to set up meetings with the SOUL team. Check your Miami University email address for details. If you don't see a meeting time that works for you, keep checking back as more availability is added on a regular basis.
Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)
We want you to get the most out of your time at Miami University, and we want to know what you think about your upcoming experiences here at Miami. By completing the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), you're helping us best support you inside and outside the classroom. Please go ahead and take the survey now. If you have already completed the survey in Module 18 of the orientation Canvas course, you do not need to complete the survey again.
Take the BCSSE Survey »
Register for Orientation
If you haven't received an invitation to the orientation Canvas course, it is likely that you have not yet registered for orientation. To do so, log in to our registration system and register for orientation. This process should take you less than 10 minutes. We’ll ask you to self-report AP or CCP credits you’re expecting, request accommodations for any disabilities, and share contact information for family or guests who should receive information about family orientation. You can also change your major when you register for orientation. You will receive an invitation to the orientation Canvas course within one business day of completing your orientation registration. 
Remote Orientation Details »
Have questions? Ask us!
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