NSO Schedule

Mark your calendars! This fall's New Student Orientation will run Friday, Aug. 29 - Monday, Sept. 1.  

Friday, Aug. 29

8 a.m.–1 p.m. New Resident Student Move-In
New freshmen and transfer resident students should refer to their letter from the Office of Residence Life for their designated move-in time and staging area located in the O’Shea and Seton parking lot. Be sure to bring your room assignment packet and display your move-in tag on your dashboard. Upperclassmen Orientation Leaders (OLs) and Orientation Assistants (OAs) will be present to help you. Clearly label all belongings with your name, hall name, and room number. Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop will be open beginning at 8 a.m.
Various Residence Halls
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Lunch On Your Own
Options for lunch will be available for families in the Gallagher Center and Clet Dining Hall. Resident students can use their meal plan with their NU ID. 

Gallagher Center & Clet Dining Hall
11 a.m.–1 p.m.                 Academic Advisement Available
If you have any questions regarding your schedule, changing your major, AP credit/placement or degree requirements, please stop by your specific academic department.
Academic Departments
11 a.m. Class of 2018 Commuter Student Check-In & Lunch
Welcome, freshmen commuters! Be sure to check-in to obtain your Niagara University ID card and other important information about New Student Orientation. Lunch will be provided. 

Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room

1-2 p.m.

Transfer Student Welcome & Lunch
All incoming transfer students should attend this important session to get your NU experience started. Lunch will be provided. 

Bisgrove Hall, room 350/351
1:15 p.m. Class of 2018 Group Photo
Get your FREE purple Niagara T-shirt and join this Niagara tradition! After getting re-acclimated into your student group, a large group picture will be organized and taken of all incoming freshmen students. It will truly be a “Sea of Purple”! The picture will then be available and posted on NU’s Facebook page. You will need this shirt for the New Student Convocation so don’t be late!
O’Shea Hall Quad
2 p.m.                 Assemble for New Student Convocation

Following the group photo and transfer welcome, ALL new students report to one of the below locations depending on your major to line up for the New Student Convocation. All family members are encouraged to be seated in the upper level of the Gallagher Center at this time.

Academic Exploration Program (AEP): St. Vincent’s Hall – Front Entrance
College of Arts & Sciences: Castellani Art Museum
College of Business: Dunleavy Hall
College of Education: Academic Complex - Glynn Atrium
College of Hospitality & Tourism: Circle between Alumni Chapel & St. Vincent’s Hall
Various Locations
2:30-3:30 p.m.  12th Annual New Student Convocation
The New Student Convocation is the official welcome for all new students to the Niagara University community. This event celebrates students’ entry into higher education and inducts students into a community of learners at Niagara.  Students and families will hear remarks by Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., President; a notable faculty member, NU alumnus, and the reciting of the NU Creed by the student body president. 
Gallagher Center, upper level
3:30-4 p.m.          Family Goodbyes
The New Student Convocation concludes the family portion of New Student Orientation. The new students will be engaged and welcomed into the Niagara community with a variety of academic and social events throughout the NSO weekend! Your students are in great hands! Students should also get ready for the Walk to Whirlpool. Keep your purple Niagara T-shirt on!
Academic Departments
4:15 p.m.                 4th annual Walk To Whirlpool State Park & BBQ
All new students – Be a part of NU tradition!  Have your sneakers ready and join hundreds of your new classmates with NU faculty and staff for a casual guided walk to Whirlpool State Park. A Niagara tradition, you will be welcomed along the way by numerous NU staff and students. At the park, enjoy a Western NY favorite, Chiavetta's BBQ picnic, music and awesome views of the Niagara Gorge! Walk or catch the shuttle back to campus. If you have a disability and anticipate needing transportation to the park, please contact the CAO in advance at 716.286.8510.
Meet @ St. Vincent’s Hall, Front Lawn 
7:30-8:30 p.m.                 Maximize Your Buzz ™
NOT your boring alcohol program! Maximize Your Buzz treats you like you should be treated, like an adult. Through comedy, multimedia and practical tips and advice, you will learn how to make good choices about alcohol. You will be laughing and learning…educated and entertained!
Gallagher Center, upper level
8:30-9:30 p.m. Resident Floor Meetings & Commuter 101                         
Resident Students – Various Residence Halls
Commuter Students - Kiernan Center 

All freshmen and transfer resident students are required to attend floor meetings on their respective floors. All commuter students will get all the need to know information and hear from upperclassmen other tips on how to be a successful commuter. This is a great chance to learn more about the expectations in the year ahead and hear about the many opportunities for involvement at Niagara!
Various Locations
9:30 p.m.–12 a.m.

Late Nite Niagara 2.0 

Various Locations
9:30 p.m.–12 a.m.

Open Gym
Remember Summer Orientation? Open gym, food and karaoke await you! 

Kiernan Center
9:30 p.m.

Moonlight Bingo
Join in one of the Niagara’s favorite events! Over $400 in prizes to be awarded! Food and refreshments to be served. 

Kiernan Center
10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Open Ice Skating
Check out the Dwyer Arena, NU’s ice arena located right on campus and take part in a FREE open skate! Limited quantity skates included. Bring your own skates! 

Dwyer Arena

Saturday, Aug. 30

7:30–8:45 a.m. Breakfast  Clet Dining Hall
9-9:45 a.m. College Meetings

Academic Exploration Program: Gallagher Center, Multi-Purpose Room
College of Arts & Sciences: Gallagher Center, Upper Level
College of Business: Dunleavy Hall, Room 127
College of Education: Bisgrove Hall, Rooms 350/351
College of Hospitality and Tourism Management: St. Vincent’s Hall, Room 407

Various Locations
9:45 a.m. Assemble in NUB Groups (by college) for Classroom Tours Various Locations
10:30 a.m. Rejoin Orientation Groups

Groups 1, 2, & 3: Front Lawn – St. Vincent’s Hall
Groups 4, 5, 6, & 7: O’Shea Quad
Groupsv8, 9, & 10: Quad in Front of Golisano Center

Various Locations

11-11:45 a.m.

Student Information Sessions

Rotating Session #1

Groups 1, 2, & 3: Lunch – Clet Dining Hall
Groups 4, 5, 6 & 7: Academic Expectations - Dunleavy Hall, Room 127 (Groups 4 & 5), St. Vincent’s Hall, Room 407 (Groups 6 & 7)
Groups 8, 9 & 10: Student Safety & Responsibility - Castellani Art Museum 

Rotating Sessions
12-12:45 p.m.

Rotating Session #2

Groups 1, 2, 3: Student Safety & Responsibility – Castellani Art Museum
Groups 4, 5 & 6, 7: Lunch – Clet Dining Hall
Groups 8, 9, & 10: Academic Expectations – Dunleavy Hall, Room 127 

Rotating Sessions
1- 1:45 p.m.

Rotating Session #3

Groups 1, 2, 3: Academic Expectations – Dunleavy Hall, Room 127
Groups 4, 5, & 6, 7: Student Safety & Responsibility – Castellani Art Museum
Groups 8, 9, & 10: Lunch – Clet Dining Hall 

Rotating Sessions
2–2:45 p.m.

SPIN Session #1 (Students Professors Ideas Niagara)
Get a taste of what your classes at NU will be like! Many professors on campus are involved with some really interesting research projects: from urban gang violence to socially responsible investments to zombies! The SPIN sessions (Students Professors Ideas Niagara) will give you a taste of the kind of specialized topics that our faculty teach in their most advanced courses. Spend half an hour with two NU professors as they share with you some of the more unusual aspects of their disciplines. Pre-registration is mandatory via your myNU homepage. 

Various Locations
3-3:45 p.m.

SPIN Session #2 (Students Professors Ideas Niagara) 

Various Locations
5–7:30 p.m.

NSO Carnival & Picnic
Have fun with a variety of games and other novelties. Dinner will be served until 7:15 p.m. 

O’Shea Hall Quad
(Rain location - Kiernan Center)
8 p.m.

Let’s Get it On
Imagination Theater's award-winning, touring performances enable audiences to explore complex issues in safe environments. Audience participation is at the core of every performance, ensuring that audience members are empowered to take the show's lessons off the stage and into their communities. Come early for a good seat! 

Gallagher Center, upper level
9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.

Late Nite Niagara – Outdoor Foam Party
Come out, have a late night snack, and meet new friends! 

O’Shea Hall Quad
(Rain location - Kiernan Center)

Sunday, Aug. 31

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Various Community Service Projects
A large part of being a Niagaran is being in touch with our Vincentian values. Giving back to the local community and beyond is a constant for Niagara students. Learn more about NUCAP (NU Community Action Program). You will have needed to preregister for one of the service options via myNU. Breakfast will be provided.
Meet at Gallagher Center
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch Clet Dining Hall
1 p.m. Get A Life….Outside the Classroom!
Being at NU is will be the best four years of your life! Start it off right by learning how to make the most of college right from the start by getting involved in campus life! This fun and interactive session will inspire you to get an education…not just a degree, so it’s time to “Get A Life…Outside The Classroom!”
Dunleavy Hall, Room 127
2:30 p.m. NU Sports Day Team Meetings
Get ready to show your NU spirit against other new students! Meet with your groups to prepare for NU Sports Day. Wear your team color! You will learn your color and meeting location on day one of NSO.
Various Locations
3–5:30 p.m. NU Sports Day Competition 
Game on!  Whether you play, or just come to watch, Sports Day is a fun team event and a great chance to meet each other! All student groups will compete in a series of friendly and enjoyable events against each other!  Winning team will receive champion NU dri-fit t-shirts! Please be aware that you can get messy and are advised to dress casually in your team color!
Kiernan Center Outdoor Fields
5:30–7 p.m. Dinner Clet Dining Hall
7 p.m. Mass
Alumni Chapel
8:30–9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Show
The Eclectic Improv Company is Buffalo's best improve comedy show.  Every show is new, every show is different, every show is hilarious! The room will fill up fast so come early!
Dunleavy Hall, room 127
10 p.m. TeamTrivia Night
Gallagher Center, Multi-Purpose Room
10 p.m.-12 a.m. Outdoor Movie (TBD)
Bring out your blanket and snack, and come early for a good spot for this NU favorite event - an outdoor movie on a 25-ft. big screen!
O'Shea Quad

Monday, Sept. 1

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch Clet Dining Hall
11:45 a.m.–4 p.m. NU Express Shopping Shuttle
The NU Express is a FREE shuttle service for NU students,* which travels to nearby shopping centers and grocery stores. Perfect for students who do not have a vehicle, or for anyone who wants to save gas. The NU Express will drop off and pick up students at the Fashion Outlet Mall, Wegmans Supermarket, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Target Plaza and more! The service picks up in front of the Gallagher Center at the top of each hour (12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.). *Must show NU ID when boarding.
Gallagher Center, front entrance
3:30–5:30 p.m. Club Fair
Get involved! Learn more about and sign up for many of the student clubs, organizations, and club sports that Niagara has to offer.
O'Shea Quad
5–6:45 p.m. Dinner Clet Dining Hall
7–9:30 p.m. Opening Bonfire Celebration
Whether you are a new or returning student, come join in this new Niagara tradition! Enjoy the 10-ft bonfire, refreshments, music and each other as we officially start the school year! Right from the bonfire, head over to Niagara Field for the fireworks!
Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)
9:30 p.m. Opening Fireworks Celebration
Celebrate the beginning of the school year with this amazing professional fireworks display! Bring a blanket and enjoy the show right from the Niagara Field! Brought to you by Zambelli Fireworks.
Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)