New Student Orientation

August 24-27, 2022



During New Student Orientation, each program, session, event and panel is worth Orientation Points that you’ll get JUST FOR ATTENDING! There are also “side quests,” so you can earn even more points. Asking a question during a session, taking a selfie with a new friend, winning one of the many competitions, and other activities will add to your score. 


At the end of Orientation, you’ll redeem your points for up to four tiered prizes. Each tier is worth 100 points. For example, if you earn 250 Orientation Points, you’ll get the first and second tiers of prizes. Attend every session and complete all the side quests for a maximum of 625 points. 

Prize Tiers 

100 pts………UAF Pennant

200 pts………UAF Cap

300 pts………UAF Fanny Pack

400 pts………Raffle drawing for one of five $150 Amazon gift cards!



8-3 p.m. Alaska Time
Rev-It-Up

Location: Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex

Your one-stop shop to check in for New Student Orientation, move into the residence halls, set up email, check on financial aid, buy a parking decal, pick up your PolarExpress card and more — all in one convenient location. (20 pts)


8-5 p.m. Alaska Time
Information Station

Location: Wood Center mall

Drop by anytime you have a question. If you arrive after 3 p.m., you’ll check in for New Student Orientation here.  (20pts)


9-4 p.m. Alaska Time
Campus Tours 

Location: Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex


Tours will depart every hour, on the hour, from the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex. The final tour will depart at 4 p.m.  (10pts)


1-1:30 p.m. Alaska Time
Student Employment Panel

Location: Wood Center C, D, E, F

Learn about what it's like to work on campus! You'll hear from a group of student employees that work in a variety of different areas around campus — from facilities, to education, residence life, event services and much more. This session is facilitated by our Career Services Advisor. (20pts)


1:45-2:15 p.m. Alaska Time
Paying for College

Location: Wood Center C, D, E, F

Scholarships, grants and loans — oh my! Learn about the many ways students can pay for their education.  (20pts)


5-7 p.m. Alaska Time
Welcome Dinner

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49 | Wood Center Patio

Mix and mingle with faculty, staff and other students. Bring your family if they’re registered for Parent and Family Orientation.  (10pts)


7-8:30 p.m. Alaska Time


Kickoff and Pep Rally

Location: Patty Center, Alaska Airlines Court

Show your spirit in this blue and gold-filled event that will keep you on your feet and cheering. You’ll also meet your orientation leader and get to know the rest of the incoming class.  (10pts)


8:30-11:30 p.m. Alaska Time
Student Recreation Center Field Night & Dive-in Movie

Location: Beluga Field, SRC and Patty Pool

Come on out and experience all the Student Recreation Center (SRC) has to offer - outdoor field games, Laser Tag on Ice and even watch a Dive-In movie at the Patty Center Pool.

We will be showing Ghostbusters: Afterlife
(10pts)


8-9 a.m. Alaska Time
Breakfast and Group Time

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

Grab a bite to eat and then meet up with your orientation group. Check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will meet. (10pts)


8-9:30 a.m. Alaska Time
First-Gen Breakfast

Location: Wood Center Conference Rooms; C,D,E,F

Are you the first person in your family to go to college? Connect with other first-generation college students and learn about dedicated support services for you. Co-sponsored by Student Support Services and the Nanook Diversity and Action Center. (10pts)


8:30-10:30 a.m. Alaska Time
Student Success Resource Fair

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Regents’ Great Hall

Meet the offices and programs at UAF that will help you achieve your academic and personal goals. (20pts)


10:30-Noon Alaska Time
Academic Induction

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Davis Concert Hall

Academic Induction signifies your formal entry into the community of learners at UAF and welcomes you to Nanook Nation. (10pts)


Noon-1 p.m. Alaska Time
Lunch

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

On your own. Be sure to grab a meal ticket from your orientation leader.


1-1:45 p.m. Alaska Time
Professor’s Perspective

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Davis Concert Hall

Learn what UAF faculty expect from students in this engaging panel discussion from some of UAF’s esteemed professors. (20pts)


2-3 p.m. Alaska Time
Meet Your Major

Location: Various locations

Meet the faculty, staff and students in your school or college and learn more about your academic program. (20pts)

  • College of Engineering and Mines: Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility (ELIF) 301/305
  • Collge of Business and Secuirty Management:  Duckering Building 252
  • Collge of Liberal Arts: Schaible Auditorium
  • School of Education: Alaska Future Teacher Space (Gruening 702)
  • Colloge of Fisheries and Ocean Science: O'Neill Building 201
  • Collge of Natural Science and Mathermatics: Reichardt 201
  • Community and Technical College: Wood Center Ballroom
  • Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development: Brooks Building Gathering Room
  • Undeclared: Academic Advising Center (Gruening 510)


3-4:50 p.m. Alaska Time


Information Sessions

Location: Various locations

Choose from a menu of topics like campus life, study abroad opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, undergraduate research and more. Multiple concurrent 30-minute sessions will be offered from 3-3:30 p.m., 3:40-4:10 p.m. and 4:20-4:50 p.m. (10pts/session, total of 30pts possible)



3-3:30 PM
UAF has some of the best opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship in the nation. Learn how URSA facilitates student research and scholarship.
Learn about our Dining Services on campus, including meal plans, where to eat, and how dining services can help accomodate restrictions and meet your needs.
From quick day hikes to weekends spent skiing to remote hot springs, trips with Outdoor Adventures present a great chance to get outside and experience all that Alaska has to offer. No experience is necessary, just a good attitude and a desire to get out and explore.
Questions about how previously-earned college credits get transferred to UAF? Learn how credits earned at other colleges get evaluated and find out about alternate ways to earn credit. 
Are you a First Generation Student? Have questions about how to get engaged and involved? Want to learn about how the university supports its first generation students? IF you awnsered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for you! Stop by and learn all about #FirstGenAK
How are you going to spend your time when you're not in class or doing homework? Find out about all the awesome events that happen on campus and learn about things to do in the Fairbanks community. 
Problems with your laptop? Need to connect your gaming device to the WiFi? The Office of Information Technology is here to make your life easier. Learn more about the OIT resources available to you!

3:40-4:10 PM
Want to explore other cultures, countries or colleges while earning credit toward your UAF degree? Our study abroad opportunities and the National Student Exchange program can get you there. 
The UAF Office of Sustainability is a student-funded, student-driven effort to make UAF a model for incorporating sustainability into operations, campus life and the greater community.  Come learn about the people, places, and programs that make UAF a more sustainable place to live and learn.
Wonder how you'll survive winter in Fairbanks? Learn tips and tricks to surviving and thriving in our unique climate. 
Learn about veterans benefits and how to use them, as well as get any questions you may have for our Department of Military and Venterans Services awnsered as this session geared towards student veterans. 
The Honors College is about creating opportunities for your community as much as yourself. We strive to find science-based solutions, informed by indigenous knowledge and powered by 21st-century tools. Learn more about the Honors College, and how you can be involved! 
The Nanook Diversity and Action Center (NDAC) strives to create a community of inclusion, social justice, and cultural pluralism by providing educational programs that honor and support diversel identities. While promoting a campus free of violence, harassment, and abuse through the use of Brining in the Bystandard and other prevention strategies. Learn more about NDAC at this session.
Find out about professional advice, guidance, and networking opportunities to help you build a successful career and business relationship. Whether you are interested in finding an internship or job, exploring career options, changing careers, getting your resume and cover letter reviewed, or hiring amazing new recruits - learn about how Career Services can help you meet your career goals!

4:20-4:50 PM
DegreeWorks tells you how far you've come and how far you need to go to reach your graduation goals. Wether its, viewing you progress toward a degree, runing a degree audit on any major, or seing how completed courses apply to graduation requirements, you'll learn everything you need to know to become a familar with this useful tool for UAF students. 
Student Support Services is a Federal TRiO program. TRiO Programs are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Come learn about SSS and the options you have for resources and support as a student. 
wether it is ghear rental, outdoor guides, or even putting together your ouwn trip, these folks have got you coved! Come learn about the people places and programs that foster a spirit of adventure for the UAF community through education, experience and accessibility in the wilderness of Alaska and right here on campus.
What do you need to do to keep you financial aid each semester? Learn about the importance of grades, registration credit minimums, completion rates and renewing applications.
At the Student Health and Counseling Center, students may receive various medical services, counseling, health education, and assistance with student health insurance. Come learn more about the health center fee, and which services might be right for you!
Learn how you can make the most out of your time at UAF through flexible and cost-effective online courses and degree programs. 
The university or college experience can be a new place with an entirely different feel for many of our rural and Alaska Native students. Rural Student Services strives to foster a sense of belonging by providing cross-cultural, comprehensive advising, programming, and education for the UAF campus, and rual and Alaska Native students - come learn more abour Rual Student Services (RSS).

5:15-6:30 p.m. Alaska Time
Dinner

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

On your own. Be sure to grab a meal ticket from your orientation leader.


6:30-8 p.m. Alaska Time
Residence Hall Opening Meetings

Location: Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex

Get to know your hall neighbors and mentors, learn your role in the hall safety, support and community and how you'll explore common interests with your new friends. Your resident assistant will tell you where your floor will meet (20pts)


6:30-8 p.m. Alaska Time
Commuter Student Connections

Location: Wood Center, Arctic Java

Living off campus? Meet with other commuters and learn how to stay connected to campus life. Free coffee! (20 pts)


8-9 p.m. Alaska Time
Nerdology

Location: Hess Recreation Center (Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex)

This program is an interactive pop-culture trivia show. A mixture of awesome games with fun audience interactions and nerdtastic trivia. Play! Win prizes! Test your knowledge! (10pts)


8-9 a.m. Alaska Time
Breakfast and Group Time

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

Grab a bite to eat and then meet up with your orientation group. Check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will meet. (10pts)


9-10 a.m. Alaska Time
Academics 101

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Davis Concert Hall

Learn what it takes to succeed in the classroom, and explore the programs, offices and services that will support your studies. Check your nametag or ask your orientation leader to find out which group you’re in. (15 pts)


10:15-11:15 a.m. Alaska Time
Academics 102

Location: Various locations

Dive deeper into what it means to be a collegiate scholar, and learn about your academic responsibilities. Your orientation leader will guide you to your group’s classroom meeting location. Check your nametag or ask your orientation leader to find out which group you’re in. (15pts)



11:30-1 p.m. Alaska Time
Group Time & Lunch

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

Check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will meet. Be sure to grab a meal ticket from your orientation leader.  (10pts)


1-3 p.m. Alaska Time
Title IX and You

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Davis Concert Hall

Join us for an honest conversation about gender equity, healthy relationships and safety. Attendance at this session exempts students from mandatory online Title IX training. Check your nametag or ask your orientation leader to find out which group you’re in. (20pts)


3-4 p.m. Alaska Time
Culture of Respect

Location: Fine Arts Complex, Davis Concert Hall

Learn what’s expected of you as a member of the UAF community and how you can take an active role in ensuring everyone feels safe and supported at UAF. Check your nametag or ask your orientation leader to find out which group you’re in. (20pts)


4-6 p.m. Alaska Time
Taking Care of Business

Location: Various locations

Take some time to pick up your books or take care of any other business before classes start.


4-5 p.m. Alaska Time


UA Scholars Orientation

Location: Wood Center ballroom

Required for all UA Scholars.


5-6:30 p.m. Alaska Time
Dinner

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

On your own. Be sure to grab a meal ticket from your orientation leader.


6:30-7:30 p.m. Alaska Time
The Price is Too High

Location: Wood Center C,D,E,F

Compete for prizes and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a student during this interactive game show. (10pts)


8 p.m. Alaska Time
Mission Improvable

Location: Wood Center Ballroom

The members of Mission IMPROVable adopt the roles of secret comedy agents, ready to take you on a laughing roller coaster. The audience members are the co-agents and participate in hilarious theater games or “missions” by yelling out suggestions. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and hysterical. May your mission be a memorable one! (10pts)


9 p.m. Alaska Time
Wood Center Late Nighter

Location: Wood Center

Have a ton of fun in the central hub of campus activity. Open mic, free pizza, billiards, Esports, ping-pong, board games and giveaways. (10pts)


8-9 a.m. Alaska Time
Breakfast and Group Time

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

Grab a bite to eat and then meet up with your orientation group. Check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will meet. (10pts)


9-11 a.m. Alaska Time
Nanook Quest

Location: Wood Center Multi-level Lounge

Compete against other orientation groups on a campus wide scavenger hunt. Locate your classrooms along the way. (10pts)


11-12 p.m. Alaska Time
Nanooks Care

Location: Wood Center Ballroom

College can be stressful. Learn how to take care of yourself and your fellow Nanooks. (15pts)



12-1 p.m. Alaska Time
Group Time and Lunch

Location: Wood Center, Dine 49

Check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will meet. Be sure to grab a meal ticket from your orientation leader.  (10pts)


2 p.m. Alaska Time
Mud Volleyball with Nanook Recreation

Location: Nenana Parking Lot

Why Mud volleyball? Why not!? As if you ever needed a reason to roll around in the mud for a day. If you need some justification - this is a great way to meet new friends, connect with returning students who you may not have met, learn about Campus Recreations, and the resources they have to offer, and the most importantly - have fun! (10 pts for participation, 20 for winning the tourney)

Must use University of Alaska Email to access form and register for event


5-6 p.m. Alaska Time
Trivia with Student Activities

Location: Hess Recreation Center (Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex)

Are you the one who always seems to have the answers to your friends’ questions about pop culture, video games and comic books? Do you rarely need to Google stuff? Then this event is for you! Come out and play one of the Student Activities Office’s signature events  for $ prizes. (10pts)


6-8 p.m. Alaska Time
Residence Life Welcome BBQ

Location: Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex

Wrap up the weekend with a bang! Vegan and vegetarian options available. (10pts)


8-10 p.m. Alaska Time


Comedian Jon Fisher

Location: Hess Recreation Center

Jon Raymond Fisher is a musical comedian who can be found on TruTV, all over YouTube and in commercials nationwide. Jon has played across the country, sharing the stage with Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Iliza Shlesinger and many more.  (10pts)