New Student Orientation

2019 New Student Orientation – August 24 – 26*

(*Please note that New Student Orientation is mandatory for traditional students and full participation will account for 10% of their grade in their KW 101 class.)

New Student Orientation is an academic and social experience to assist incoming students with their transition into Kentucky Wesleyan College. Because of the importance of material presented at New Student Orientation, it is a required activity for all new, incoming students.

Before arriving for New Student Orientation, please complete the following:

  • Pay your deposits—Housing ($100.00) and Mailbox ($10.00)
  • Parking Pass— Go to and complete the online process.  We will have the forms waiting for you when you arrive
  • Student Portal—Log on to the portal.  Through the portal you should be able to check your schedule, financial aid, housing assignment and much more.  This is an easy way to verify your information and get in touch with your professors
  • Financial Aid—Call or visit our Financial Aid Office to ensure everything is settled regarding your account.  Phone number. 270-852-3120
  • Bill/Payment Questions—Call or Visit Kimberly Johnson in our Business Office.  Phone number = 270-852-3108
  • Renters Insurance—Check with your homeowners insurance and see if your possessions are covered when you live in a residence hall.  If not, consider Renters insurance.  Generally, this type of insurance is very inexpensive and easy way to protect your personal possessions.


  • Freshman/New Student Orientation

    • Schedule of Events

      Saturday, August 24

      10:00 a.m.-noon          Residential Student Check-in

      Students living on campus move into their residence halls during this period after completing all necessary clearances in the Winchester Center. Student leaders, faculty, and staff will be on hand to welcome students and families and assist them with moving belongings into their new homes.

      2:00 p.m.                           Commuter Student Check-in

      Commuter students check-in at Rogers Hall in the Winchester Center.

      2:00 p.m.                           Residence Hall Meeting

      All students living in residence halls must attend this meeting in their building.

      3:00 p.m.                           First Orientation Group Meeting
      (wear your new Orientation T-shirt and your group bracelet)

      Student Orientation Staff (SOSers) will meet with their orientation groups for the first time in the Quad and then move to break-out locations.

      5:00 p.m.                           President’s Welcome Dinner

      Join Interim President Dr. Gene Tice, faculty and staff at the annual Welcome Dinner on the Front Lawn.

      Participate in a campus tradition that marks the official beginning of your college career.  New students are ceremonially passed from the Admission Staff to the Student Services and Academic Affairs staff.  Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Paula Dehn, will provide a charge to the class in The Grove.

      7:00 p.m.                           Orientation groups meet at break-out areas

      7:30 p.m.                           Outdoor Vibes

      Your Orientation leader will bring you to our first social event in the Quad.

      Sunday, August 25

      10:00 a.m.                Welcome Worship Service

      Join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year with a special worship service in Rogers Hall.

      11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Brunch in the Dining Hall

      1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Block sessions

      Learn about the following during small group sessions:

      Academic Support Services
      College 101
      Personal Wellness
      Campus tour/College history

      5:30 p.m.                 Dinner available in the Dining Hall

      9:00 p.m.                 PLAYFAIR!         Jones Gym

      “PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs. PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships!  (

      Monday, August 26

      7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Breakfast available in the Dining Hall

      8:00 a.m.- noon            Block Sessions

      Learn about the following during small group sessions:

      Career Services
      Sexual Assault prevention
      Technology on campus
      Library Services

      10:00 a.m. – noon          Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) presents Community Service projects

      11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                 Lunch

      1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                   Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) presents Community Service projects

      1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Block Sessions

      Learn about the following during small group sessions:
      Career Services
      Sexual Assault prevention
      Technology on campus
      Library Services</p

      5:30 p.m.                           Dinner available in the Dining Hall

      7:00 p.m.                           First Generation Student meeting in Tapscott Chapel

      If you are the first person in your family to attend college, this meeting is for you!  Learn about the support services available to help you with your transition and meet other First Gen students, faculty, and staff.

      7:30 p.m.                            Orientation groups meet in break-out areas

      8:00 p.m.                           Student Involvement Fair and Ice Cream Social

      Join us in Rogers Hall for the Student Involvement Fair, sponsored by your Student Government Association (SGA).  Student organizations will host tables where you can learn about available activities and benefits of membership.  Ice cream will be provided and each organization will offer yummy toppings.

  • Freshman/New Student Family Orientation Schedule

    • Schedule of Events

      Saturday, August 24, 2019

      2:00pm-3:00pm    Check-in outside Tapscott Chapel

      3:00pm                  Welcome by President Gene Tice

      3:05pm                  Program overview by Dr. Shane Armstrong, Dean of Student Success

    • 3:15pm                  Student Conduct and The Wesleyan Way by
    •                                Vice President of Student Affairs Rebecca McQueen-Ruark
    • 3:30pm                   Career Development with Deb Jones, Director of Career Development
    • 3:45pm                    Counseling Services with
    •                                  Terri Petzold, Director of Counseling Services
    • 4:00pm                    Academic Support Services with Professor Molly Gross
    • 4:15pm                    Student Engagement with Director of Student Involvement
    •                                  Michael McComas
    • 4:30pm                    Residential Life with Assistant Dean of Students Lori Etheridge
    • 4:45pm                    Questions and Loose Ends
    • 5:00pm                     President’s Welcome Dinner on The Front Lawn 


  • Transfer Student Orientation

    • Schedule of Events

      Monday, August 26, 2019

      Noon          Meet in Rogers Hall for lunch and logistics

      12:10pm    Welcome by President Gene Tice

      12:15pm    Invocation by Shawn Tomes, Director of Campus Ministry

      1:00pm      Overview by Dr. Rebecca Francis, Associate Dean of the College

      1:15pm      Academic Support Services with Professor Molly Gross

      2:00pm      Technology support with Senior Director of Information Services Bryan Blount

      3:00pm      Career Development with Director Deb Jones

      3:30pm      Student Code of Conduct and the Wesleyan Way

    •                     with Vice President of Student Affairs Becca McQueen-Ruark
    • 4:00pm      Individual help as needed