Fall 2016 New Student Orientation

Sunday, August 28, 2016

9AM – 3PM
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.

4PM – 6PM
Residence Hall All-Hall Meeting
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

The Housing & Residential Education staff will lead a mandatory meeting for all residential students. The staff will be covering important rules and regulations, so attendance will be taken. This meeting will also provide you with an opportunity to meet the entire Housing & Residential Education staff and ask questions about the residence hall.

4PM – 6PM
Parents’ Reception
Alumni Roof Terrace, 41 Cooper Square

Parents, guardians, and families of first-year students, join Cooper Union community members on the Alumni Roof Terrace of 41 Cooper Square for a welcome reception. This is an ideal time for families to make connections with each other, as well as with various representatives from Cooper. Come as you are and take a break after move in.

6PM – 8PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

7PM – 9PM
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Throughout the Residence Hall

Resident Assistants will lead mandatory floor meetings, during which the RA staff will discuss matters pertaining to the residence hall and provide an opportunity for floor mates to meet and get to know each other. The specific time and location of each floor’s meeting will be clearly displayed on move-in day.

9PM – 11PM
Residential Education Welcome Party
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Join the Housing & Residential Education staff for a night of music, dancing, singing, socializing and snacking. There will be food, karaoke, DJs and a room full of new friends.

Monday, August 29, 2016

8AM – 11AM
Math Placement Exam
Room 201A, 41 Cooper Square

9AM – 11AM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

11AM - 12PM
Electrical Engineering Meet and Greet
Room 602, 41 Cooper Square

Professor Fred Fontaine and upperclass electrical engineering (EE) students will lead a discussion focused on the required fist-year EE courses and the student-run microlab.

1PM – 1:30PM
History of Cooper Union
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Peter Buckley, Associate Professor of Humanities and unofficial Cooper Union historian, will present on the history of Cooper Union. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Cooper Union’s amazing history, and deepen your appreciation for your new home.

2PM – 4PM
Writing Center Introduction and Diagnostic
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

4PM – 7PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

4PM – 6:30PM
Cooper Union Hillel
Lobby, 41 Cooper Square

Join Cooper Hillel for a walking tour of Jewish life around Cooper, followed by a great picnic in Washington Square Park. You'll have a chance to learn about the locations that you need to know, while meeting and spending time with some of your Jewish classmates. The tour will begin in the lobby of 41 Cooper Square (NAB), and will visit the Bronfman Center, Chabad House Bowery, Weinstein, and GCASL, before ending at Washington Square Park, where a kosher meal will be waiting.

7PM – 9PM
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.

10PM – 12AM (Show begins at 11PM)
Housing & Res Ed Trip to Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Club
Lobby, Residence Hall

Join some of the Housing & Residential Education staff for a stand-up comedy show at Upright Citizens Brigade, one of the most famous comedy clubs in New York City. The first 30 students present in the Residence Hall lobby will receive a free ticket to the weekly alternative comedy show, Whiplash. Students should meet in the Residence Hall lobby at 10, and then staff members will lead the group to the theater for the 11PM show. Bring your Metro Card!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

9AM – 11AM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

10AM – 12PM
Architecture Career Development and Cooper Union Alumni
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

Robert Thill, Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach, will discuss the career development resources and programs available. Alumni of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will present their work and discuss its relationship to cultural and environmental concerns.

1PM – 3PM
Art Career Development with Cooper Union Alumni
Room 215F, Foundation Building

Robert Thill, Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach, will discuss career development resources and programs. Alumni of the School of Art and faculty will present diverse bodies of work and provide insights into their professional lives.

1PM – 3PM
Chemistry Placement Exam
LL101, 41 Cooper Square

2PM – 5PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

4PM – 6PM
Engineering Career Development
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Jolie Woodson, Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach, and a panel of current students will discuss the career development opportunities that exist for Cooper Union School of Engineering students. The session will cover the Center's resources including on-campus recruiting, career counseling and workshops, alumni-student mentoring, and much more. Incoming students will hear directly from upperclassmen about their internship, research, and study abroad experiences as well as their long-term career goals.

6:30PM – 8:30PM
Cooper Cares! Have Fun and Give Back
LL101, 41 Cooper Square

Current students and alumni are invited to team up and benefit New York area disabled and hospitalized children. We'll work with Only Make Believe, a visiting theater group, to make costumes that children will wear to brighten their spirits. If you can cut and glue, you’re qualified! Food and refreshments will be served as a thank you for your help.

8PM – 10PM
Game Night/Potluck with InterVarsity
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Join the InterVarsity student group for a night of games and home-cooked food.

Wednesday, August 31

6:40AM
Yoga to the People with RA Jess
Lobby, Residence Hall

Looking to get your day started right? Meet RA Jess in the Residence Hall lobby for a morning session at Yoga to the People, an incredible free and local yoga studio. Come prepared with comfy clothes and water. Classes begin promptly at 7, so don't be late!

9AM – 11AM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

10AM – 11PM
Financial Aid and Student Accounts Information Session
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Join representatives from the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts to learn everything you need to know about financial aid, tuition, scholarships, and billing. Take time to get to know these key staff members, and maybe even schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss your account.

11AM – 1PM
International Student Information Session
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

John Falls, Director of International Student Advisement, will lead a session on navigating your way through Cooper Union, and the United States, as an international student. A wide range of topics, from required documentation to campus employment, will be covered.

1PM – 5PM
Career Development Scavenger Hunt
Meet in LL101, 41 Cooper Square

Cooper students and alumni pursue jobs and internships in various industries and organizations, and many of them are right here in NYC. If you'd like to explore the city while learning about the world of work, come scavenge with the Center for Career Development! As a bonus, you’ll explore sites of historical significance along the way. Many locations within walking distance, but some will require use of public transportation. MetroCards will be provided and prizes will be awarded. This program is open to all incoming students.

5PM – 8PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

6PM – 7PM
Institute of Transportation Engineers Subway Scavenger Hunt
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.

7PM – 9PM
Cooper Union Motorsports Mousetrap Car Competition
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

Join Cooper Motorsports for an evening of fun competition. Learn about the Formula SAE design competition and how to get involved. Work in teams to design and build a mousetrap powered car from common office supplies. The best performing cars will win glory and prizes.

Thursday, September 1

9AM – 12PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

9:30AM - 11AM
School of Architecture Academic Advising Session
Room 315, Foundation Building

9:30AM – 12PM
School of Art Academic Advising and Tours
Peter Cooper Suite, Foundation Building

School of Art students will meet with first-year academic advisors and be led in a tour by lab techs.

9:30AM – 12PM
School of Engineering Academic Advising
Room 806, 41 Cooper Square

School of Engineering students will meet with their first-year academic advisor. Transfer students should seek out their department chair for advisement, but transfer students are also welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact Chris Lent +1.212.353.4350 for more information.

11AM 12PM
Architecture Workshop
Room 315, Foundation Building

Returning students and members of the Architecture Student Council will discuss life in the School of Architecture with all new Architecture students.

12PM – 2PM
Lunch with Dean Germano
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

One thing that all Cooper Union students have in common is Humanities courses. Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, William Germano, will be present for a lunch that is open to all first-year students. Dean Germano will speak about the Humanities & Social Sciences curriculum, and what you can expect from the next four or five years.

12:30PM 2PM
Master of Architecture II Orientation
Room 714, Foundation Building

Dean Tehrani, Associate Dean O'Donnell and School of Architecture staff will meet with new Architecture graduate students to discuss the graduate curriculum, registration, etc.

2PM – 4PM
Meet the Dean
School of Architecture = Room 315, Foundation Building
School of Art = Peter Cooper Suite, Foundation Building
School of Engineering = Room 506, 41 Cooper Square

Dean Nader Tehrani, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture; Dean Mike Essl, School of Art; and Dean Richard Stock, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, will meet with students from their respective schools. If you have a question about your school’s pedagogy, faculty, course offerings, or anything else related to your major, this is the session for you.

2PM – 5PM
ID Card Processing
Office of Student Affairs, Suite #3B, Residence Hall

5PM – 9PM
Circle Line Cruise (departing from Pier 83)
Meet in front of the Residence Hall at 4:30PM

See your new home in a new way, during this trip around the island of Manhattan. This night on the water will include food, drinks, and plenty of opportunities to mingle the members of the Cooper Union community, not to mention great views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. If you are unable to meet outside of the Residence Hall at 4:30PM, you can access directions to Pier 83 here.

Friday, September 2

9AM – 6PM
Sexual Assault and Consent Workshop
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Friday, September 2 has been reserved solely for mandatory sexual assault and consent workshops. Members of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) will lead a number of workshops focused on such topics as why consent matters, building healthy relationships, healing spaces for survivors of sexual assault, consent in queer and trans relationships, and much more. Attendance at this day of vital workshops is mandatory for first-year students.

7PM
Architecture Supply Shopping with RA Stephanie
Lobby, Residence Hall

Attention first-year Architects: Meet fifth-year architect and RA Stephanie in the lobby of the Residence Hall for a supply shopping trip. Stephanie will lead you through all of the local supply shops and help you prepare for your first weeks of studio.

Saturday, September 3

12PM – 5PM
Peter Cooper Block Party
Peter Cooper Park

Join us for the 2016 Peter Cooper Block Party, sponsored by the Cooper Union Alumni Association. The block party will include Cooper swag, food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, student performances, Cooper Union historical information, and much more.

1PM – 3PM
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Picnic
Menschel Room Terrace, Residence Hall

Join us for some SWE bonding and sharing of summer experiences on the Menschel Room Terrace! The SWE picnic is open to ALL (the more, the merrier!) and will feature presentations from current students about their summer projects, internships, research, and more. Feel free to prepare a 10-20 minute talk about what you've been up to. This is a great way to learn more about SWE, and also a great opportunity to learn about each other, the opportunities available to Cooper students, and to network within the Cooper community. Snacks will be provided!

4PM – 6PM
Engineering Student Council
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

If you are a member of the School of Engineering, and you are interested in student governance, please join current members of the Engineering Student Council for this interest/info session. This session will discuss the many important ways that you can get involved in student governance and help shape the Cooper Union community.

6PM – 8PM
Cooper Union Alumni Association Movie Night
The Great Hall, Foundation Building

Join the Cooper Union Alumni Association for a viewing of Janet Gardner’s film about the life of Peter Cooper, Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story. There will be food, drinks, and an opportunity to meet many Cooper Union alums.

8:30PM – 11PM
Cooper Union Alumni Association Dance Party
Street-level Retail Space, 31 3rd Avenue

Members of the CUAA will be holding a post-block party dance party in the Residence Hall street-level retail space. Entrance to the space is located on the exterior of the residence hall, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Stuyvesant Street. There will be snacks, drinks, DJs and dancing.

Sunday, September 4

9AM – 5PM
Cooper Union Sharpshooters Club
Meet in front of 41 Cooper Square

Socialize with your fellow students while trap shooting at the Thunder Mountain Range in New Jersey! This safe and exciting event will include 25 rounds of shotgun shells. Transportation is included and attendance is capped, first-come, first-served with first-year students preferred. A faculty advisor will be present for the duration of the event.

10AM – 12PM
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Welcome Event and Scavenger Hunt
Room 603, 41 Cooper Square

Current Electrical Engineering students, and members of Cooper Union’s EE-focused professional associations, invite new EE students to a discussion on the EE curriculum and the EE department. In addition to the discussion, this event will include a scavenger hunt that will help EE students become acquainted with typical EE spaces on campus, and in the surrounding community.

11AM – 12PM
Chemists’ Club Welcome
Room 101, 41 Cooper Square

Join members of the Cooper Union Chemists’ Club for a discussion on the ChemE track a Cooper Union, as well as a discussion about the differences between ChemEs and non-ChemEs in the broader STEM world.

12PM – 1PM
Origami Club Interest Meeting
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

Come meet members of the Origami Club and learn more about the art of origami. This event will include a display of a variety of origami models, as well as a series of beginning origami lessons. The lessons will include representational and modular origami. Intermediate models will be available for more experienced folders. After the lessons have concluded, lunch will be served to all participants.

2PM – 4PM
Cooper Dramatic Society Improv Workshop
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

The Cooper Dramatic Society will be holding an Improvisation Workshop in Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square. Learn about the fundamentals of improve and take part in some improve games. The workshop will end with an improve performance, performed on the Rose Auditorium stage. Pizza will be served!

4PM – 6PM
ASME vs AICHE Battle
Meet outside the 29 3rd Ave Residence Hall

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) will be hosting a competition between the MechE's and ChemE's, featuring fun engineering and athletic events! Come out and show your support for your favorite major, though all majors are welcome! Everyone will meet in front of the 29 3rd Ave Residence Hall and walk to East River Park together. This will be a great opportunity to get to know your classmates and upperclassmen!

Monday, September 5

1PM – 4PM
Housing & Residential Education Picnic
Menschel Room, Residence Hall

After a long week of prep work and activities, the Housing & Residential Education staff will be holding a low-key picnic on the Menschel Room terrace. There will be lots of food, music, and hopefully sun! This is the perfect chance to put your feet up and relax before classes begin.

4PM – 6PM
Juggling Club Open House
Peter Cooper Park (outside of the Foundation Building entrance)

Learn juggling with the Juggling Club! Or, if you know how to juggle, come show off or teach!

6PM – 8PM
Chinese YoYo Club: Learn How to Chinese YoYo
Room 505, 41 Cooper Square

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

Friday, September 9

5PM
Meet & Eat (cookies) with Art Student Council
Lobby, Residence Hall

Are you interested in finding out how art students organize around important Cooper operations and advocate for the student body? Well, it's mostly through dance parties. We're a super nice, dedicated group of students who work with other students, faculty, and administrators to improve and uphold the general operations of Cooper. Wondering how that works? Are you just power hungry? or cookie hungry? Us too. Meet us in the Residence Hall lobby at 5pm, on Friday, September 9th.

  • 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.