Fall 2017 New Student Orientation

Fall 2017 New Student Orientation will be held from Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Monday, September 4, 2017. Orientation is required for all students. Throughout summer 2017, the Orientation schedule included below will continue to be updated. The final schedule will include numerous academic, administrative, social, wellness, and student-led events. As important updates occur, emails will be circulated by the Office of Student Affairs.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

8AM – 2PM
Residence Hall Move In
Residence Hall, 29 3rd Avenue

Welcome to your new home! Upon arrival, you will be given move-in materials, including your room key, mailbox key, and general building information. Please do abide by the staggered move-in times supplied by the Housing & Residential Education staff. There will be a number of Cooper Union students and staff members present to help you with all of your personal items.

11AM – 3PM
Student ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall

David Robbins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will be taking new-student photographs and processing ID cards. Student IDs are required to access all Cooper Union facilities.

12PM – 3PM
Parents & Family Check-In
Lobby, Foundation Building

Meet the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, in the lobby of the Foundation Building. Alumni Affairs and Development staff members will be present to welcome you and talk about the ways they interact with parents and families, throughout each student's time at Cooper, as well as life after Cooper. The Office of Alumni Affairs and Development also welcomes the families of new students to a Family Welcome Reception, to be held on the Alumni Roof Terrace, from 5pm to 7pm.

12PM – 3PM
Academic Building Tours
Lobby, Foundation Building

Current Cooper Union students will lead tours through the school's two academic buildings. Tours will begin at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

1:30PM – 2:30PM
Financial Aid Introductory Session
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Charlie Xu, Senior Director of Student Financial Services, Director of Financial Aid, will lead an informational session, focused on financial aid and student accounts at Cooper Union. On a day when many students and families are on campus together, this session will offer a great opportunity to learn the basics of Cooper's Student Financial Services, and how to ensure that money-related issues are being handled properly and efficiently.

3PM – 4PM
Official Campus Welcome
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

This is the official kickoff to Orientation 2017. President Laura Sparks, and members of her Leadership Team, will briefly address new students and their families and welcome everyone to the Cooper Union Family!

5PM – 7PM
Family Welcome Reception
Alumni Roof Terrace, 41 Cooper Square

Parents and family members of new students are invited to join President, Laura Sparks, for a welcome reception, in honor of the families of our new students.

5PM – 7PM
Student Affairs and Joint Student Council New Student Welcome Reception
41 Cooper Square Gallery

Take some time out of your busy first day to relax, mix, and mingle with student leaders from Joint Student Council and Student Affairs. It's never too soon to find ways to get involved and become a student leader.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

7:30AM – 11AM
Calculus Placement Exam
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

The calculus placement exam is optional and only open to Engineering majors. If you have any questions about the placement exam itself, or exam prerequisites, please contact the School of Engineering.

9AM – 5PM
Student ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall

David Robbins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will be taking new-student photographs and processing ID cards. Student IDs are required to access all Cooper Union facilities.

11AM – 11:30AM
Orientation Overview and Welcome
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Dean Chamberlin, and the staff from the Office of Student Affairs, will welcome you to Cooper, briefly review the Orientation schedule, and make sure you have vital information about the people and supportive services and resources available to you as a Cooper Union student.

11:30AM – 12PM
Significance of the Cooper Union Experience
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Mike Essl (Art '96), Dean of the School of Art, will share how his love for Batman comics led him to Cooper Union and how Cooper Union has made his entire world. From Annie to Wonder Woman, Mike will reveal the Cooper connections in everything.

12PM – 1PM
International Student Session: Maintaining Your Status
LL101, 41 Cooper Square

Being an F-1 student in the United States can be a bit tricky. The United States Department of Homeland Security expects that all F-1 students abide by a number of rules and regulations, in order to maintain F-1 status. This session will guide you through all of those rules and regulations that you are responsible for as an F-1 student. Lunch will be provided.

1PM – 3:30PM
Writing Center Diagnostic
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

All new students are required to take part in the Writing Center Diagnostic. This session serves as an introduction to college-level academic writing.

4PM – 5:30PM
Student Financial Services
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

The offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts will lead a “Cooper Finances 101” session. The ins and outs of financial aid, scholarships, grants, and billing will all be covered. There will be lots of time included for Q&A, and a chance to schedule a follow-up meeting to further discuss your financial situation.

5PM – 6PM
International Student Mixer
The Great Hall Gallery, Foundation Building

Being an international student is an experience that sometimes only another international student can related to. Come out for some light refreshments, as well as a chance to meet your fellow Cooper Union international students.

8PM - 10PM
InterVarsity Dorm Auction
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Were you in a rush to get to Cooper? Did you forget to pack some important items? Fear not, Cooper’s classic residence hall auction brings shopping to you. Stop by and bid on some free food items, toiletries, cleaning products, and other apartment essentials. The residence hall auction is guaranteed to have the best prices (free!) around.

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

9AM – 5PM
Student ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall

David Robbins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will be taking new-student photographs and processing ID cards. Student IDs are required to access all Cooper Union facilities.

9:30AM – 11AM
Essential Cooper Workshops - Session 1
Workshop locations listed below, at the end of each bullet point

All new Cooper Union students will rotate through a series of workshops, in small groups, covering information that is vital to being a successful student at Cooper Union. You will participate in four different workshops, throughout the day. Workshop topics include:

  • Mental Health, Stress Management & Self-Care Skills and Resources - Room 215, Foundation Building
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources and Procedures - Great Hall, Foundation Building
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Cooper Experience - Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
  • Career Development & Interpersonal Skills Workshop - Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

11:30AM – 1PM
Essential Cooper Workshops - Session 2
Workshop locations listed below, at the end of each bullet point

All new Cooper Union students will rotate through a series of workshops, in small groups, covering information that is vital to being a successful student at Cooper Union. You will participate in four different workshops, throughout the day. Workshop topics include:

  • Mental Health, Stress Management & Self-Care Skills and Resources - Room 215, Foundation Building
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources and Procedures - Great Hall, Foundation Building
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Cooper Experience - Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
  • Career Development & Interpersonal Skills Workshop - Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

1PM – 2:30PM
Break - Lunch - Free Time

Boxed lunches will be provided in the lobby of the Foundation Building.

2:30PM – 4PM
Essential Cooper Workshops - Session 3
Workshop locations listed below, at the end of each bullet point

All new Cooper Union students will rotate through a series of workshops, in small groups, covering information that is vital to being a successful student at Cooper Union. You will participate in four different workshops, throughout the day. Workshop topics include:

  • Mental Health, Stress Management & Self-Care Skills and Resources - Room 215, Foundation Building
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources and Procedures - Great Hall, Foundation Building
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Cooper Experience - Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
  • Career Development & Interpersonal Skills Workshop - Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

4:30PM – 6PM
Essential Cooper Workshops - Session 4
Workshop locations listed below, at the end of each bullet point

All new Cooper Union students will rotate through a series of workshops, in small groups, covering information that is vital to being a successful student at Cooper Union. You will participate in four different workshops, throughout the day. Workshop topics include:

  • Mental Health, Stress Management & Self-Care Skills and Resources - Room 215, Foundation Building
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources and Procedures - Great Hall, Foundation Building
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Cooper Experience - Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
  • Career Development & Interpersonal Skills Workshop - Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

6:30PM - 8PM
Hillel Walking Tour
Lobby, 41 Cooper Square

Join Cooper Hillel for a walking tour of Jewish life around Cooper. You will have a chance to learn about the locations that you need to know, while meeting and spending time with some of your Jewish classmates.

8PM - 10PM
InterVarsity Game Night
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Come for free food and games! We will be playing various assortments of our favorite board games!

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

8AM – 10AM
Electrical Engineering Placement Exam
Room 505, 41 Cooper Square

This is an optional placement exam, only for Electrical Engineering majors who want to attempt to place out of ECE 160: Programming for Electrical Engineers. The Electrical Engineering Department will send an e-mail to incoming EE students with details about the exam. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Electrical Engineering Department.

9AM – 5PM
Student ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall

David Robbins, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will be taking new-student photographs and processing ID cards. Student IDs are required to access all Cooper Union facilities.

10AM – 11:30AM
Healthy NYC: Navigating Healthcare Services and Insurance in NYC
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

12PM – 2PM
History of Cooper Union Lunch – A Legacy of Learning and Philanthropy
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

President, Laura Sparks, and Associate Professor of Humanities, Peter Buckley, will present on the history of Cooper Union. This session is a great opportunity to learn more about Cooper Union’s amazing history, and deepen your appreciation of the legacy of philanthropy and social justice that underscores all we do.

2:30PM – 3:30PM
Academic Integrity Workshop
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Peter Buckley, Associate Professor of Humanities, will begin this session with a presentation regarding academic integrity, in the context of Humanities and Social Sciences. After the presentation from Professor Buckley, there will be breakout sessions, focused on specific areas of study, led by upperclass students. This session is an important time to reflect on academic integrity and some of the values that the Cooper Union community holds most dear.

4PM – 5PM
Wellness at Cooper – Taking Care of YOU
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, David Robbins, and Student Care Coordinator, Cassandra Jolicoeur, discuss various ways to stay healthy during your time at Cooper! This will include information on local gyms, Cooper Athletics, and general resources and facilities available throughout the greater NYC area.

5PM - 7PM
Cooper Outreach Society: Adventure Time
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

Are you interested in knowing how you can be a part of bringing collective,positive change to our community and beyond? Drop by Room 101, 41 Cooper Square to find out more while participating in an adventure with fellow Cooper students!!! This event is a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to our neighborhood! You'll also get to learn more about the social and political visions of Peter Cooper, and what students and faculty are working on at Cooper Outreach Society. There are prizes to be won! The adventure will also be followed with light refreshments and ambient music.

7PM - 8PM
Ballroom Dancing Club
Room 104, 41 Cooper Square

The Ballroom Dance Team will have a professional dance instructor present to teach the basics of ballroom dance. To give incoming students an idea of what it is like to be a part of the Ballroom Dance Team, Latin ballroom dances such as cha cha or rumba will be taught. This event is designed to teach the basics to beginners, but all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

8PM - 9PM
Origami Club
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Are you interested in making animals, toys, and unique decorations out of paper? Come join the Origami Club and learn about what you can create, meet current members, and pick up amazing paper to inspire you. All paper will be provided (along with some snacks). No experience is necessary. We look forward to teaching people new origami!

9PM - 11PM
Art Student Council Interest Meeting
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Calling all Art majors! This meeting is an opportunity for you to meet current and former members of the Art Student Council, and to discuss all the ways you can become active in the School of Art.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

9AM – 5PM
Academic School Orientation Activities

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

10:30AM
Master of Architecture II Students, Campus Tour
Lobby, Foundation Building

Please be punctual, we have a busy day planned for you.

11AM - 12:30PM
Master of Architecture II Orientation
Room 315,Foundation Building

12:30PM - 2PM
Architecture Workshop: Student-to-Student Meeting
Room 312, Foundation Building

All new Architecture students (first-year, transfer, visiting and graduate) meet with returning Architecture students to learn about life in the School of Architecture. Lunch available.

2PM - 3:30PM
Academic Advising Meeting
Room 315, Foundation Building

Bachelor of Architecture students (first-year, transfer, visiting)

2PM - 3PM
School of Architecture Archive Orientation
Room 234, Foundation Building

Master of Architecture II students

3:30PM - 4:30PM
School of Architecture Archive Orientation
Room 234, Foundation Building

Bachelor of Architecture students

Optional suggested evening activity:

If you already have your Cooper Union ID card, it entitles you to free admission to the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, which is open until 9PM Thursday through Saturday, through 9/2.
https://www.moma.org/
Current exhibitions include:
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends

School of Art

10AM - 11:30AM
School of Art Foundation Year Info Session
Peter Cooper Suite, Foundation Building

Faculty, staff, and techs will talk about their areas and what life is like, as a School of Art first-year student. Water and juice will be provided.

11:30AM - 12:30PM
School of Art Tours
Peter Cooper Suite, Foundation Building

Student tour guides will lead new students through the Foundation Building, stopping by all of the important classrooms and shops.

12:30PM - 1:30PM
Lunch with the Dean
Peter Cooper Suite, Foundation Building

A box lunch will be provided and the Dean of the School of Art, Mike Essl, will lead a conversation with first-year students, upperclass students, and other important School of Art figures.

Albert Nerken School of Engineering

9:30AM - 4:00PM
Engineering Academic Advising Drop-In Hours
Room 505, 41 Cooper Square

Professor and Engineering First-Year Academic Advisor, Chris Lent, will be available for drop-in academic advising sessions.

9:30AM - 12PM
Chemical Engineering Info Session
Room 504, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Okorafor will lead an info session for all Chemical Engineering majors.

9:30AM - 12PM
Civil Engineering Drop-In Hours
Room 517, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Cataldo will be available for drop-in hours, to address questions from Civil Engineering majors.

9:30AM - 12PM
Electrical Engineering Info Session
Room 506, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Fontaine will lead an info session for all Electrical Engineering majors.

9:30AM - 12PM
Mechanical Engineering Info Session
Room 503, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Baglione will lead an info session for all Mechanical Engineering majors.

9:30AM - 12PM
Chemistry Q&A Drop-In Hours
Room 414, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Newmark will be available for drop-in hours, to address questions related to chemistry.

9:30AM - 12PM
Mathematics Q&A Drop-In Hours
Room 313, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Agrawal will be available for drop-in hours, to address questions related to mathematics.

9:30AM - 12PM
Physics Q&A Drop-In Hours
Room 515, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Wolf will be available for drop-in hours, to address questions related to physics.

2:00PM - 4PM
School of Engineering Overview and Q&A with Dean Stock
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Dean Stock will provide an overview of the School of Engineering. He will engage in a question and answer session. Be sure you come prepared to ask all of your engineering-related questions.

4:00PM - 5PM
BSE Info Session
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Dean Stock will lead an info session for all General Engineering majors.

5PM – 6:30PM
International Student Session – Settling In / Cultural Adjustment
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Living in New York City is an amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, experience, especially as an international student. This session will help you as you prepare to settle into your new life in NYC. From the basics of getting a social security number, to navigating the city, you’ll learn plenty of useful tips to help you hit the ground running.

6:30PM - 8PM
Subway Scavenger Hunt with Institute of Transportation Engineers
Lobby, 41 Cooper Square

Are you new to New York City and nervous about public transportation? Are you a seasoned MTA veteran who is interested in learning more about the NYC subway system? Either way, this event is for you. Get to know the local subway stations with this quick and fun scavenger hunt.

8PM - 11PM
reCooperate
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

reCooperate is a networking event, intended to break the ice between first-year students and upperclass students. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about what students of all Cooper Union majors are working on, as well as internships, programs and clubs. Come by to connect with your future colleagues in an informal setting, and get a start on making connections at Cooper!

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

10AM – 11:30AM
SAFE NYC - Personal Safety in New York City
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

NYPD will be present to meet new students and share information regarding best practices for keeping yourself safe in New York City, tips for commuting around NYC, information about the neighborhood, and other safety-related information.

1PM – 3PM
Who is Cooper Union? – Supporting Student Diversity and Inclusion
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Spend time with Grace Kendall, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and learn about creating an open and welcoming campus culture, respecting differences, and many other topics related to diversity and inclusion.

3:30PM - 7:30PM
Zeta Psi Field Day/BBQ
East River Park 10th Street Entrance

Come Join Zeta Psi for an amazing field day, followed by an even more amazing cookout. Teams will be randomized, so this is a great chance to meet upperclassmen and other first-year students. Meet at East River Park's northernmost baseball field, right next to the 10th st Entrance.

7PM - 9PM
Table Tennis Club
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

Come join the Cooper Union Table Tennis Club to play some recreational/competitive ping pong! Everyone is welcome!

 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

3PM - 6PM
InterVarsity Central Park Field Day
Meet in front of Residence Hall

Join us for an afternoon on the Great Lawn, as we picnic and play sports! Don't know how to get there? Don't worry, we will lead you there, just make sure you have a Metro Card!

4PM - 6PM
Steel Bridge Building Competition
LL101, 41 Cooper Square

In groups of four, students will have a chance to build the bridge designed by Cooper Union’s Steel Bridge team. The team can build in under seven minutes. Find out if you can beat their time.

6PM - 8PM
ASCE Highline Tour
Meet in front of Residence Hall

Get a chance to tour one of New York City's many examples of civil engineering. Meet upperclassmen and alumni! Cookies will be served.

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

8AM - 6PM
Outdoors Club Hudson Valley Hike
Lobby, 41 Cooper Square

Come on our annual orientation hike and catch some breathtaking views of the Hudson River! If you're looking to get outside and relax with some great company, we'll see you there! Get your hiking boots ready - this 3.7-mile adventure will be CU Outdoors' first of the semester.

11AM -3PM
SASE Trip to Smorgasburg
Meet in front of Residence Hall

Join the board members of SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) Cooper Union for a food adventure at Smorgasburg, located in Prospect Park, Brooklyn! Smorgasburg features the latest food trends in NYC, including spaghetti donuts, dragon fruit ice cream bowls, raclette and more. There's something for everyone! MetroCard rides provided for the first 15 students. Bring cash to purchase food at the location.

2PM - 4PM
Juggling Club
Cooper Triangle

Come check out the juggling club, if you want to learn the tricks to the trade, show off your skills, or if you just want to chat. No experience is needed. If you're interested, stop by and we will provide the balls, disks, and clubs.

3PM - 5PM
Chinese Yo-Yo Club
Cooper Triangle

Check out the Chinese YoYo Club! No experience necessary - just bring yourself. We have yoyos and sticks for everyone!

5PM - 7PM
Cooper Dramatic Society Workshop
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Learn about the fundamentals of improv and take part in some improv games. The workshop will end with an improv performance.

 

Monday, September 4, 2017

11AM - 2PM
Culture Club Breakfast
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Are you looking for other students who understand your culture? Are you trying to learn more about cultures that you’re not a part of? Come to our annual Culture Club Breakfast and see all that the Cooper Union culture clubs have to offer. There will be free food, interesting conversations, great people, free food, and many opportunities to expand your knowledge of other cultures. Oh, and did we mention, free food?

2PM - 4PM
IEEE Meet ‘n Greet
Room 603, 41 Cooper Square

Come meet upperclass students and learn about the EE life at Cooper! Feel free to ask any questions related to EE, college, NYC, and play a game of jeopardy to win cool prizes. There will be snacks, ICE CREAM, and if you stay long enough, actual food.

4PM - 6PM
Race, Gender and Identity Politics Club Mixer
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Founded during the Spring 2017 semester, the Race, Gender and Identity Politics Club is dedicated to providing students with a space to share their experiences regarding identity, both inside and outside of Cooper Union. This mixer will be an opportunity to get to know current members of the club, learn about a new panel discussion series, and engage in a discussion facilitated by current members. Refreshments will be provided.

5PM - 7PM
The Pioneer Interest Meeting
Room 104, 41 Cooper Square

Interested in journalism or keeping up with current events at Cooper? The Pioneer, Cooper Union's only student-run newspaper, is hosting an interest meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming semester. Come to meet current staff, look at old issues, and have some food too!

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.