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Summer Orientation 2015

July 9, 10, 11

8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.


The New Student Orientation process is a year-long initiative that involves the collaboration of faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to ensure that students who are new to the college succeed academically and socially. The Summer Orientation program is offered through the Office of New Student Orientation, and it provides students, families, and guests with a comprehensive introduction to the college. For incoming students, the goals of the program include answering commonly asked questions, fostering early friendships, and providing an overview of what to expect as members of the Blackburn community. For families and guests, the program includes ways to support your students through their first year, as well as information about helpful campus resources.

Student Program

Every 12 students will be matched with two upperclassmen, known as Orientation Leaders, or OLs. These OLs will be responsible for coordinating the majority of activities throughout the day. Students can expect to participate in a variety of team-building activities and informative sessions, learn about what it means to be a member of the Work Program and Blackburn community, and complete important paperwork in preparation for the fall semester.

Families and Guests

Families and guests will participate in sessions separate from their students. These sessions will cover what is expected of them as families and friends of new college students, as well as information about available campus resources. Staff members from the Office of Student Life and faculty will coordinate sessions throughout the day that address administrative policies, Work Program guidelines, and academic expectations for students who are new to the college.

Local Accommodations

Summer Orientation only lasts a day, but if you choose to stay in the Carlinville area before traveling home, we recommend the following hotels.

Magnuson Grand Hotel


Hampton Inn Litchfield


Holiday Inn Express Litchfield


Things to Bring

Please bring your driver’s license and Social Security card OR your passport to Summer Orientation to complete important Work Program paperwork.

Things to Consider

  • Clothes: Dress for the weather, which means being prepared for either rain or sun. Our best recommendation is to check on the weather beforehand. Also keep in mind that AC can fluctuate, so consider bringing a sweater or jacket.
  • Parking: Ample parking is available on campus for students, families, and guests. Registration will take place in Demuzio Campus Center (DCC), so we recommend parking there. The lot is located on University Avenue in front of DCC.
  • Food: Lunch is included in the Orientation schedule. Students, families, and guests will eat lunch with their assigned Freshman Advisor. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the enclosed registration form.
  • Money: All activities during Summer Orientation are free for students, families, and guests. If you would like to purchase t-shirts, shorts, or other Blackburn gear, the Bookstore will be open throughout the day.

Summer Orientation Dates

2015 Summer Orientation dates at July 9, 10, and 11. If you are unable to attend on this date, you may instead choose to participate in Summer Orientation on Saturday, July 25th.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Demuzio Campus Center (DCC). Orientation sessions will start at 8:30 a.m. and last until 3:15 p.m.

For more information…

Please contact Emily Bahr, Director of New Student Orientation