BFA New Student Orientation - Fall 2023

August 23rd-28th 2023

More detailed information will be posted this page as it is available.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

Move-In Day

8:00 AM - 2:00 PMArtHouse Move-in
If you’re living in ArtHouse, this will be your opportunity to move-in to your new room! Communication from our Housing & Residence Life Office will be coming to provide more details.
5:00 - 6:30 PM

Farewell Dinner
Join us for dinner with your friends, family or guests who have helped you move-in and get settled (either on or off campus!) before we officially kick-off Orientation the next day! Orientation is just for our new students, so take this chance to hang with your guests before you start your PNCA journey.

6:45 - 8:00 PMArtHouse Building Meeting & 1st Floor Meetings
This mandatory meeting for ArtHouse residents will introduce you to the community and cover what to do when you have problems in the residence hall. We’ll go over vital policy information so you’ll know what expectations there are of you as a resident.
Mediatheque/ArtHouse floors

Wednesday, August 23rd

Passport Morning/Wellness, Consent, Accessibility Afternoon

8:00 - 9:00 AMNew Student Check-in
Check-in for Orientation anytime between 8:00-9:00. You’ll receive your orientation tote, goodies and your student ID.
9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcome Program
Join our faculty, staff and administration as we welcome you to PNCA.

9:30 - 10:00 AMKeynote Address
Our Associate Director of Admissions and class of 2017 alum Justine Highsmith will deliver a keynote address to kick off your New Student Orientation.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMPNCA Passport
Explore campus and find several offices and departments that will be helpful during your time at PNCA.
  • AD Academic Support
  • AD Student Success
  • The Office of Career Design
  • Library Open House
  • PNCA Academic Technology
  • AES
  • Student Affairs
  • Registrar/Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accounts
  • OIE
  • Facilities
  • Galleries/Exhibitions
  • GRAC
  • Spiritual & Religious Life
  • Foundation
12:00 - 12:30 PMDiversity, Equity & Inclusion
Dean of Students for Community Care & Inclusion, Chris Potts, will discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion during your time at PNCA.
12:30 - 2:30 PMLunch & BreakAtrium
2:30 - 5:00 PMProgramming Block

We’ll cover some very important topics, such as navigating your mental health resources and learning about navigating healthcare. We’ll also participate in the Speak About It program, discussing consent and healthy relationships.

  • Consent/Title IX (2:30-4:00)
  • Mental Health & Wellness/Bishop (4:00-4:30)
  • Thursday, August 24th

    2:00 - 4:00 PMDigital Tools Exemption Test
    If you wish to potentially test out of the Digital Tools class requirement, feel free to join us as Professor Ric Lanciotti administers this optional test.
    310 Computer Lab
    4:00 - 5:00 PM

    In transit to Salem Campus

    5:00 - 6:00 PMDinnerGoudy Dining Hall
    6:00 - 6:30 PMSelf-Care Activity w/ Pearl
    Meet our University Chaplain, the Reverend Ineda Pearl Adesanya, and learn about the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
    Cat Cavern
    6:30 - 7:15 PMCampus Tours, Hallie Ford Museum, Alumni & Parent Engagement Meet & Greet
    Take a tour of the Salem campus, visit the Hallie Ford Museum of Art or chat and chill with the folks in our Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement.
    Cone Chapel
    7:30 - 8:30 PMMatriculation
    Take part in this great tradition marking your transition into a PNCA student.

    Friday, August 25th

    Portland Resource Overview

    10:00 - 11:00 AM Portland Resource Overview 1
    We’ll cover navigating the resources available to you in the city of Portland, as well as go over tips about your neighborhood or city. We’ll talk about things like healthcare, navigating public transit, exciting places to visit and more.
    11:00 - 11:30 AMBreak
    11:30 - 12:30 PMPortland Resource Overview 2
    We’ll cover navigating the resources available to you in the city of Portland, as well as go over tips about your neighborhood or city. In this session we’ll cover things like navigating TriMet, local businesses and other points of interest.
    12:30 - 1:30 PMLunchAtrium
    1:30 - 4:00 PM

    Portland Highlight Field Trips
    In small groups, you’ll take a mini field trip to a local place of interest!

    Various Portland Locations
    1:30 to 4:00 PMTransfer Student Session
    Led by our Assistant Dean of Academic Success, Sally Schoolmaster, this session will focus exclusively on your experience as a transfer student. This session is only for transfer students, not students who are brand new to college.

    Saturday, August 26th

    Optional making project/Salem students visiting

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Making Project
    Participate in a sketchbook customizing project! Some of our new students from Salem will also be joining us, so come help give them a warm welcome to our campus!
    12:00 - 1:00 PMLunchAtrium