NSO Schedule

Mark your calendars for New Student Orientation 2016! NSO logo 2 color2

Saturday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 5 

Click on each day to get an idea of what great student programs await in NSO 2016!  

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Saturday, September 3

  • Resident Student Move-In l 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. l Various Residence Halls

    Attention all resident students! Consult your housing packet that you will receive in early-mid August from Residence Life to see what time slot you were assigned to move into your residence hall. It is important you move in during this time slot as there are hundreds of students moving on to campus!

    Get ready for help! Dozens of orientation assistants, club sport teams, ROTC cadets and other upperclassmen will be present helping as many students as possible.  

    Be sure to label your belongings, bring some water, and a smile!

  • Lunch on Your Own

    Options for lunch for resident students and your families will be available for families in the Gallagher Center.

  • Commuter Student Check-In & Luncheon l 11 a.m. l Gallagher Center Multipurpose Room

    For all commuter students! Meet fellow commuters, pickup your NU student ID card, and hear about life on campus as a commuter! This session will also help you get ready and excited for a fun NSO weekend!

  • Transfer student & Student Veteran Check-In & Luncheon l 12 p.m. l St. Vincent's Hall, rooms 405/406

    Welcome to Niagara to all of our new transfer and veterans! During lunch, hear from key campus departments to help get your NU experience started on the right foot!

  • Class of 2020 Group Photo l 1:15 p.m. l O'Shea Hall Quad

    Get your FREE purple Niagara t-shirt and join this Niagara tradition! After getting reacclimated 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!

  • Assemble for New Student Convocation l 2 p.m. l Various Locations

    Go to your college's assembly location to get lined up to participate in the New Student Convocation, another NU tradition! Keep that purple shirt on! Family members you can proceed right to the Upper Level of the Gallagher Center to be seated prior to the start of the New Student Convocation. Assembly locations are:

    • Academic Exploration: Outside of main entrance to St. Vincent's Hall
    • Arts & Sciences:  Outside of Castellani Art Museum
    • Business: Outside of Dunleavy Hall
    • Education: Outside main entrance of Academic Complex/Bisgrove Hall
    • Hospitality & Tourism: Circle between St. Vincent's Hall & Alumni Hall/Chapel
  • New Student Convocation l 2:30 p.m. l Gallagher Center, Upper Level

    A bookend event! Start your NU career at the 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.  new incoming students will be personally welcomed by various representatives of the university community, including members of the faculty, administration, students Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., university president.

    Four years from now, you will be back in the gym attending your own commencement ceremony!  Can't attend?  Watch the event live here!

  • Family Goodbyes l 3:30 p.m. l Outside Gallagher Center

    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!

    Students should also get ready for the Walk to Whirlpool. Keep your purple Niagara t-shirt on!

  • Walk to Whirlpool State Park & Dinner l 4:15 p.m. l Meet at St. Vincent's Hall (front lawn)

    Meet in the front lawn of St. Vincent's Hall and have your sneakers on! As a class, we will walk from campus to Whirlpool State Park (approx. 3/4 mile). Along the way, you will be greeted by over a dozen university departments. Welcome to Niagara!  

    Once at the park, you will enjoy a Chiavetta's chicken dinner. Shuttle bus transportation is available back to campus. Shuttles will run approximately 6-7:30 p.m. 

  • Importance of Appreciating Diversity l 7:30 p.m. l Gallagher Center, Upper level

    Have you ever been misunderstood due to cultural differences? Have you ever longed for everyday, logical, concrete steps for communicating and forming strong, lasting friendships with people from different cultures (i.e. difference genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities, etc.)?

    Former MTV Real World star and diversity consultant Mohammed Bilal has helped thousands of people move beyond the sheer tolerance of difference. His "12 Steps Towards Accepting Diversity" is a fun, interactive presentation sprinkled with scholarship, hip-hop and self-reflective narratives that equip the participant with easy, valuable and powerful tools for appreciating the wondrous diversity around us.

  • Residence Floor & Commuter Student Meetings l 8:30 p.m. l Residents - Various Residence Halls l Commuters - 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!

  • Late Nite Niagara l 9:30 p.m - 12 a.m. l Kiernan Center

    Wind down your first full day on campus at Late Nite Niagara! Moonlight bingo with $400-plus in prizes and NU swag, open gym, free food and more!  

  • Eclectic Improv Company l 10:30 p. m. l Dunleavy Hall, room 127

    Be ready to laugh! The Eclectic Improve Company is Buffalo's most critically acclaimed comedy group. Based on audience suggestions, everything is completely made up on the spot, featuring scenes and songs that have never been seen or heard before...and will never be seen or heard again! They are a Niagara favorite!

Sunday, September 4

  • Breakfast With Your College & NUB Peer Mentors l 9 a.m. l Various Locations

    Start your day with breakfast and important meetings with your academic dean of your college and your Niagara University Beginnings (NUB) peer mentor. Meeting locations are:

    • Academic Exploration - Gallagher Center, multipurpose room
    • Arts & Sciences - Gallagher Center, upper-level gymnasium
    • Business - Dunleavy Hall, room 127
    • Education - Bisgrove Hall, rooms 350/351
    • Hospitality & Tourism - St. Vincent's Hall, room 407
  • Enough is Enough l 10 a.m. l Gallagher Center, Upper Level

    All students will participate in this important session that will provide an interactive overview of the "Enough is Enough" New York state legislation. Representatives from the YWCA and the NYS police will facilitate.

  • Student Information Sessions l 11:15 a.m. l Various Locations

    All new students will attend information sessions on academic expectations and student safety with their orientation groups. 

  • Lunch l 12:30 p.m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Explore the Niagara Region l 2 p.m. l Gallagher Center, Lower Level

    Experience the community for yourself! Enjoy a guided bus tour of the nearby area’s iconic landscape, rich history and the thriving culture and communities along the scenic Niagara River. You’ll discover many places you will want to go back and enjoy during your time here at Niagara. Orientation Groups 1-5: Meet your orientation leaders promptly at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the Gallagher Center before loading onto the buses.  

  • Dinner l 5 p.m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Mass l 7 p.m. l Outdoors - St. Vincent's Front Lawn

    Join in a special mass taking place outside!  All students of all faiths welcome to attend out on the front lawn of St. Vincent's Hall, facing the Niagara Gorge & Lewiston Road.

  • Late Nite Niagara l 9 p.m. l O'Shea Hall Quad (Kiernan Center Rain Location)

    Bring your friends out to the O'Shea quad for a live DJ, food, and foam party!

Monday, September 5

  • Brunch l 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Explore the Niagara Region l 11:30 a.m. l Gallagher Center, Lower Level

    Experience the community for yourself!  Enjoy a guided bus tour of the nearby area’s iconic landscape, rich history and the thriving culture and communities along the scenic Niagara River. You’ll discover many places you will want to go back and enjoy during your time here at Niagara. Orientation Groups 6-10 - Meet your Orientation Leaders promptly at 11:30am in the lower level of the Gallagher Center before loading onto the buses.  

  • NU Sports Day Team Meetings l 2:30 p.m. l Various Locations

    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.

  • NU Sports Day Competition l 3 p.m. l Outside Kiernan Center

    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 t-shirts! Please be aware that you can get messy and are advised to dress casually in your team color!

  • Dinner l 5:30 p.m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Student Clubs & Organizations Fair l 8 p.m. l Outside Kiernan Center

    Get involved! Learn more about and sign up for many of the student clubs, organizations and club sports that Niagara has to offer.

  • Opening Celebration & Fireworks Display l 9 p.m. l Outside Kiernan Center

    After the Student Club & Organization fair join us for our Opening Celebration & Fireworks Display!  Live DJ, great food, and more! At 10:15pm then head right over to Niagara Field to enjoy a large professional fireworks display as we begin the academic year!