New Student Orientation (NSO)

Items in orange require student attendance. 

Wednesday, August 25—New Student Move-In and Welcome

Time

Activity

8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

French and Spanish Language Proctored Exam
Templeton Campus Center, Dubach PC Lab

Students who have not taken their placement exam or those who need to confirm their Spanish or French 202+ placement exam scores can do so today. Exams begin on the hour (last exam begins at 2 p.m.). If you cannot make these times or have questions, please contact Blair Orfall at blairorfall@lclark.edu.

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Maggie’s Cafe

Roberts Residence Hall (Plaza level), Maggie’s Cafe

If you need a lift, stop by to enjoy the full espresso bar. Maggie’s Cafe will be accepting cash and credit card for payment; your meal bands will not be accepted.

8 a.m.–3 p.m.

NSO and Residence Hall Check-In
Templeton Campus Center, Gregg Pavilion

All new students should check in for NSO at the Gregg Pavilion. Proceed to your residence hall afterwards. If you are not living on campus, you should check in for NSO by 3 p.m.

8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Create Your Student ID card
Campus Safety Building near Gate 3

Have your photo taken for your ID card.

8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Collect Your Packages and Find Your Campus Mailbox
Templeton Campus Center, Lower Templeton parking lot and Mail Services

If you sent packages to campus before your arrival, please collect them in the lower Templeton parking lot. 

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Watzek Library Open for Visitors
Watzek Library

Stop by Watzek Library to chat with staff, enjoy the comfy furniture, grab fun reads, or scope out your new favorite study space.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Templeton Campus Center

Pick up preordered textbooks and see what else the bookstore has to offer.

9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Open a Bank Account
Pamplin Sports Center, foyer

Three banks are represented today only.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Student and Departmental Account Services Open House

Lower Level Templeton Campus Center, Student Accounts Office

Student and Departmental Account Services wish you a warm welcome to Lewis & Clark! Stop by the office during the open house to connect with your Student Account Specialist, review your account activity, ensure your account is settled, and discuss Shared Access enrollment.

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Campus Tours
Templeton Campus Center, second floor lounge area near Council Chamber

Tours will depart every 30 minutes. The last tour will depart at 2:15 p.m.

Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Brunch
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO, including all early arrival new students.

Noon–2 p.m.

VIP Bookstore Event
Templeton Campus Center

Prize drawings, giveaways, and discounts for our VIP incoming class!

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Pamplin Sports Center Tour
Main entrance foyer

Tour our athletic and recreation facilities.

3:30–4:15 p.m.

NSO Welcome

Location online: Zoom link has been sent to your email address.

Welcome, new students! Hear from President Wim Wiewel, Dean Bruce Suttmeier, Vice President of Student Life Robin Holmes-Sullivan, and the NSO directors.

4:15–5 p.m.

Meet Your NSO Group
Various locations

Check your NSO welcome email for the outdoor meetup location. Get to know your NSO leader and the other new students in your group.

5 p.m.

Dinner
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO. Parents and family members are welcome to join. NSO leaders will be around to eat with those who do not have family on campus.

7 p.m.

Goodbyes
Various locations

It’s time to say goodbye to your loved ones.

7:30 p.m.

Campus Living Hall Welcomes
Meet at the location corresponding to your residence hall:

  • Stewart, Odell, and Akin meet in Templeton Campus Center, Stamm Dining Room.
  • Copeland meets in Agnes Flanagan Chapel.
  • Platt-Howard meets in Gregg Pavilion.
  • Forest meets in Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber.
  • Holmes, Hartzfeld, East, West, and Roberts meet in Holmes, second floor lounge.

Join your residence hall for a welcome event. Get to know your area director and residence advisors, and learn what it means to live in the halls.

9 p.m.

Movie Night: The Goonies
Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber

A group of young misfits called the Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure. Filmed in Astoria, Oregon, this 1985 movie is a classic. Join other new students for this laid-back movie night! Popcorn and snacks will be provided.

9:30 p.m.

Stitch Happens
Templeton Campus Center, Trail Room

Did you pick up knitting, crochet, embroidery, or another fiber art during quarantine? Well, stitch happens! Join other students interested in fiber arts and crafts for a stitch circle. Don’t have a hook or yarn? No worries- we have extra!

Thursday, August 26—NSO Day 2: Academics

Time

Activity

8 a.m–7 p.m.

Library Open
Watzek Library

8:30 a.m.

North and South: NSO Group Meetup
Various locations

Meet with your NSO group at your assigned outdoor Meetup location.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

East and West NSO Groups: Academic Welcome

Location online: Zoom link has been sent to your email address.

Learn what a liberal arts education means, meet key academic administrators, and hear about academic resources available to you on campus.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Templeton Campus Center

8:45–9:45 a.m.

North and South NSO Groups: Academic Fair
J.R. Howard Academic Quadrangle

Meet faculty members from various academic departments. Ask questions and learn more about course offerings and major/minor options.

9:45 a.m.

East and West Groups: NSO Group Meetup
Various locations

Meet with your NSO group at your assigned outdoor Meetup location.

 

9:45–10 a.m.

Coffee Break
J.R. Howard Quadrangle

10–11 a.m.

East and West NSO Groups: Academic Fair
J.R. Howard Academic Quadrangle

Meet faculty members from various academic departments. Ask questions and learn more about course offerings and major/minor options.

10–11 a.m.

North and South NSO Groups: Academic Welcome
Location online: Zoom link has been sent to your email address.

Learn what a liberal arts education means, meet key academic administrators, and hear about academic resources available to you on campus.

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Brunch
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

11 a.m.–noon

Music Program Information Session
Evans Music Building, Auditorium

This event is for students who are considering a major or minor in music or who just want to make music. Students will learn more about the music major and receive advice about the appropriate placement in theory courses.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

World Languages Placement Exams
Chinese—Miller 317 • German—Miller 210 • Greek—Miller 208 •
Japanese—Miller 205 •
Latin—Miller 208 • Russian—Miller 207 • French—Miller 326

If you placed into 202 or higher based on your language exam and have not yet confirmed your placement through an interview with a professor or proctored exam, go directly to the appropriate classroom about 10 minutes before the exam time. If you have not studied the language at all, you will register for the 101 level.

 

11 a.m.

Transfer Student Course Registration
WebAdvisor

You may now change your fall semester registration online in WebAdvisor. You have until 11 a.m. on Friday, August 27 to make course changes.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Transfer Student Academic Advising
Refer to your NSO welcome email for the location.

During this session, you will meet your faculty advisor for the first time. Bring a copy of your fall course schedule.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Transfer Student Resource Session
Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Gregg Pavilion

Learn more about transfer-specific information, and meet other new transfer students.

4 p.m.

The Common Reading: “Taking Up Space”
Griswold Stadium

Join Hoyt Arboretum’s Communication and Development Coordinator Mareshah “MJ” Jackson to discuss her piece “Taking Up Space.” This essay focuses on themes of the outdoors, blackness, race, resilience, and the external factors that disproportionately affect some groups’ ability to participate in outdoor recreation. Small group discussion with a faculty facilitator will follow.

5:30 p.m.

Meet With Your NSO Group for Dinner
NSO group outdoor meetup location

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

7 p.m.

ASLC Ice Cream Social
Location changed: Outside of Fields, Templeton

Interested in running for the student senate or joining cabinet committees? Stop by to learn more, speak with current student leaders, and enjoy ice cream and popsicles. If you care about institutional change, being in the know, leadership, events, community building, and getting to work with other student leaders and L&C administrators, then check out ASLC. Our student government oversees club funding allocation, school-wide fun events, social justice initiatives, and more. We’re so excited to meet you!

7:30 p.m.

Clothing Swap
Pacman Lawn, Forest Hall

Clothing and residence hall room items will be available for swapping. Bring your own clothes to swap and trade!

8 p.m.

Gaming with NSO Leaders

Trailroom

Join leaders Bee, Roz, and Carson for Jackbox games and boardgames!

9 p.m.

NSO Group Stargazing
NSO group outdoor meetup location

Meet with your NSO group to enjoy the warm summer evening. Blankets, guitars, and good vibes are all welcome.

Friday, August 27—NSO Day 3: Health, Wellness,
and Community Responsibilities

Time

Activity

8–9:30 a.m.

North Groups Only: Sexual Health and Consent Workshops
Your NSO group leader will provide you with the location.


Content Note for Sexual Health and Consent workshops: These workshops discuss healthy relationships, sexuality, and resources on/off campus for survivors of violence. Topics related to sexual assault and dating violence are discussed. If you have a concern about this content being triggering to your mental health and wellness, we have an alternate option for you. Please email nso@lclark.edu if this is the case.

8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Library Open
Watzek Library

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Templeton Campus Center

9–11 a.m.

East and West Groups Only: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Well-being, and Campus Safety
Location online: Zoom link will be sent to your email.

What are your rights as a student? What responsibilities do you have as a member of the Lewis & Clark community? How can you keep yourself and others safe while living and learning on campus? Learn more at this info session.

10–11:30 a.m.

South Groups Only: Sexual Health and Consent Workshops
Your NSO group leader will provide you with the location.


Content Note for Sexual Health and Consent workshops: These workshops discuss healthy relationships, sexuality, and resources on/off campus for survivors of violence. Topics related to sexual assault and dating violence are discussed. If you have a concern about this content being triggering to your mental health and wellness, we have an alternate option for you. Please email nso@lclark.edu if this is the case.

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Brunch
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

12:30–2 p.m.

East Groups Only: Sexual Health and Consent Workshops
Your NSO group leader will provide you with the location.


Content Note for Sexual Health and Consent workshops: These workshops discuss healthy relationships, sexuality, and resources on/off campus for survivors of violence. Topics related to sexual assault and dating violence are discussed. If you have a concern about this content being triggering to your mental health and wellness, we have an alternate option for you. Please email nso@lclark.edu if this is the case.

1–3 p.m.

North and South Groups Only: Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Well-being, and Campus Safety
Location online: Zoom link will be sent to your email.

What are your rights as a student? What responsibilities do you have as a member of the Lewis & Clark community? How can you keep yourself and others safe while living and learning on campus? Learn more at this info session.

2:30–4 p.m.

West Groups Only: Sexual Health and Consent Workshops
Your NSO group leader will provide you with the location.


Content Note for Sexual Health and Consent workshops: These workshops discuss healthy relationships, sexuality, and resources on/off campus for survivors of violence. Topics related to sexual assault and dating violence are discussed. If you have a concern about this content being triggering to your mental health and wellness, we have an alternate option for you. Please email nso@lclark.edu if this is the case.

5 p.m.

Dinner

Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

6 p.m.

Tryon Creek State Park Walk
Meet at Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

Take a walk through the magical Tryon Creek State Park with other new students and NSO leaders!

7:15 p.m.

Shabbat Service
Great Plat Lawn

Everyone is welcome to join in this joyous Jewish Shabbat service, followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Hillel staff and returning students will lead Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.

8–9 p.m.

Churros With VPSL Robin Holmes-Sullivan
Plaza in front of Maggie’s Cafe

Join the Vice President of Student Life Robin Holmes-Sullivan for churros from the Churros Locos food truck and a live DJ!

9 p.m

Marmot Improv
Platt-Howard Hall, The Platteau

Join Marmot Improv, L&C’s improvisational comedy performance troupe, for a fun evening of creativity and laughter.

9–11 p.m.

Silent Disco
Templeton Campus Center, Stamm Dining Hall

Grab a pair of headphones to jam to some tunes, solo or in a group!

Saturday, August 28—NSO Day 4: Service Learning Day

Time

Activity

8 a.m. and on

New Student HEDS Survey

Online: Click here to access the survey

We ask that all new students complete the HEDS survey to share information with the college. 

8 a.m.

Second-Year Student Move-In

8:30 a.m.

Service Group 1: Meet Your NSO Group
NSO group outdoor meetup location

The following NSO groups are in Service Group 1:

Andromeda
Asteroid
Big Dipper
Blizzard
Compass
Crater
Cyclone
Dawn
Dusk
Equinox
Europa
Full Moon
Lyra
Mars
Meteor
Midmorning
Milky Way

New Moon
Orion’s Belt
Rainbow
Scorpius
Sunset
Sunshine
Venus

 

9–11:30 a.m.

Group 1: Service Day
Various locations

Learn more about NSO Service Day.

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Templeton Campus Center

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Brunch
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Library Open
Watzek Library

2 p.m.

Service Group 2: Meet Your NSO Group
NSO group outdoor meetup location

The following NSO groups are in Service Group 2:

Cloudburst
Corvus
Cygnus
Deluge
Draco
Eclipse

Earth
Fog
Hercules
Hydra
Lightning
Little Dipper
Perseus
Pluto
Pyxis
Shooting Star
Thunder
Twilight
Voyager
Waning Crescent
Waxing Gibbous

 

2:30–5 p.m.

Group 2: Service Day
Various locations

Learn more about NSO Service Day.

5:15 p.m.

Class of 2025 Photo
The Glade

Head to the Glade to take the iconic LC photo!

5:30 p.m.

Dinner 
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please wear your orange meal band when entering the dining hall during NSO.

8 p.m. -11 p.m.

Saturday Night Soirée
Albany Quadrangle

Spend Saturday night getting to know other new students and second years with the help of music, games, and snacks! Featuring a performance from Lewis & Clark’s drag collective, Gagged LC.

Sunday, August 29—NSO Day 5: Portland Parks

Time

Activity

8 a.m.

Returning Student Move-In

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Templeton Campus Center

10:30 a.m.

Catholic Mass
Information and Campus Safety Building

Meet new and returning Catholic students and learn about the Newman Club. We will meet in front of the Campus Safety building and then carpool to the 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

10:30 a.m–1:30 p.m.

Brunch
Templeton Campus Center, Fields Dining Hall

Please bring your student ID card to start using your meal plan. NSO orange meal bands will no longer be accepted.

POSTPONED to Sunday, Sept. 5, 11am due to COVID Testing in the Chapel

Chapel Service

Join us for Christian worship sponsored by the Pioneer Christian Fellowship. The service theme is Keys to Spiritual Growth in College, and students from all denominations and backgrounds are welcome.

Noon–4 p.m.

Portland Parks Trip

Enjoy the day exploring Portland parks and neighborhoods with other first- and second-year students. After reading “Taking Up Space” by MJ, you should be thinking about the look, location, and scenery in the different Portland neighborhoods. Learn more about Portland Park Trips here.

4:30–7 p.m.

Welcome Back Picnic
SOA Lawn

Grab your meal at Fields Dining Hall and then head to the SOA lawn to enjoy your food outside!

5 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee
Great Plat Field

Meet Artemis and Bacchus, the ultimate frisbee club teams at L&C.

8 p.m.

Pio Pong
Griswold Stadium

Head to the field to play water pong with members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)!

9 p.m.

Fire Arts NSO Glow Show
Plaza outside of Maggie’s Cafe

Join Fire Arts for an evening of music and glow-in-the-dark performances!

After August 29th

Welcome Week