Fall 2014 New Student Orientation

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Camp Team USA in Port-Jervis, NY, location of the overnight orientation

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014

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 a room condition and inventory report. During this designated time, you will also be programmed into the building’s handscan security system. If at all possible, please do abide by the staggered move-in times supplied by the Residence Life staff. Times have been staggered to facilitate a smooth move in. The Residence Life staff will be available to greet you and help with the move-in process.

1-4PM – NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS
Outside Residence Hall Entrance
Come see what the East Village has to offer. Resident Assistants will be leading tours of the neighborhood, highlighting general points of interest and all of their favorite spots to buy school supplies, groceries, a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, and just about anything else you can imagine.

4-6PM – MANDATORY RESIDENCE HALL MEETING
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
The Residence Life 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 Residence Life staff and ask questions about the building and/or Cooper in general.

4-6PM – PRESIDENT’S WELCOME RECEPTION FOR PARENTS
Alumni Roof Terrace, 41 Cooper Square (Rain location: Great Hall Arcade, Foundation Building)
Parents and families of first-year students, join President Bharucha and other Cooper Union community members on the Alumni Roof Terrace of 41 Cooper Square for a welcome reception. This is an ideal time for parents to meet other parents and representatives from across Cooper. Come as you are and take a break after moving your sons and daughters in! For more information or to RSVP please call 212-353-4164.

8PM – RESIDENCE HALL FLOOR MEETINGS
Various locations, Residence Hall
Resident Assistants will lead mandatory floor meetings. During this time, the Resident Assistant staff will discuss matters pertaining to the residence hall and provide an opportunity for floormates to meet and get to know one another.

9-11PM – RESIDENCE HALL WELCOME EVENT
Menschel Room, Residence Hall
Join the Residence Life staff for a low-key social event in the Residence Hall Menschel Room. There will be music, food, games, and good company. After a long day of moving, and with departure times for Camp Team USA early the next morning, an enjoyable, relaxing night in the Residence Hall will surely be just what the doctor ordered.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014

7:30AM – DEPART COOPER UNION FOR CAMP TEAM USA
Before diving into New York City and the academic year, we hope you'll join us for this exciting overnight trip. Camp Team USA is located in Port Jervis, New York and boasts water activities, sprawling athletic fields, hiking trails, and top-notch housing and dining facilities. Over the course of our time at Camp Team USA, you'll have plenty of opportunities to bond with your fellow classmates by taking part in any of the structured activities, or simply relaxing in a beautiful country setting.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

4PM – DEPART CAMP TEAM USA FOR COOPER UNION

8-10PM – RESIDENCE HALL 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 – JOINT STUDENT COUNCIL MEET AND GREET
Colonnade, Foundation Building
Life at Cooper doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Let your hair down, loosen your tie, and come have fun with the Joint Student Council. Refreshments and snacks will be provided! This is a great opportunity to meet other students from the Cooper Union Community as you begin to acclimate to The Cooper Union!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

8-11AM – CALCULUS I PLACEMENT EXAM
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

11AM-2PM – NYC SCAVENGER HUNT AND PICNIC IN TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK
Residence Hall Lobby
If New York City seems impossibly large and difficult to navigate, this event is for you. The Residence Life staff will be conducting a New York City scavenger hunt to help you get to know your new neighborhood. Be sure to bring comfy shoes, as well as a camera/smartphone to document your achievement of each required item. Once the scheduled scavenger hunt time is complete, there will be a quick awards ceremony and lunch in Tompkins Square Park.

12PM-1:30PM – CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT ARCHITECTURE WELCOME PROGRAM
Room 201A-B, 41 Cooper Square
Learn about the current work and professional lives of Cooper Architecture graduates. The session will feature new and diverse projects by Situ Studio, which was founded by Cooper alumni: http://www.situstudio.com/. Lunch will be provided.

2PM-3PM – ARCHITECTURE STUDENT COUNCIL WELCOME MEETING
3rd Floor Lobby, Foundation Building
Come meet your fellow Architecture students and learn some tips about how to prepare for the your first classes and studio experiences. Upper class students will give you ideas of what supplies to purchase and where to buy them!

3PM-4:30PM – CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT ART WELCOME PROGRAM
Room 201A-B, 41 Cooper Square
Join recent Cooper Art graduates to learn about their work and lives as practicing artists. Ryan and Trevor Oakes will discuss their artistic investigations into bifocal vision: http://oakesoakes.com/. Awol Erizku will present his photography and installations: http://www.hastedkraeutler.com/exhibitions/2014-06-19_awol-erizku/selected-video. Food and drinks will be provided.

3PM-5PM – CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING WELCOME PROGRAM
The Great Hall, Foundation Building
Learn about the Center for Career Development’s resources, programs and services for engineering students. Current engineering students will discuss how to get the most out of Cooper in preparation for professional and academic opportunities. Come to hear all about the exciting internships and research experiences of engineering students from all majors.

5-7PM – JOINT STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING AND STUDENT TRUSTEE INTRODUCTION
The Great Hall, Foundation Building
This is your first opportunity to experience a Joint Student Council meeting. Joint Student Council is a vital form of student involvement and plays a big role in campus governance. This time is also an opportunity to meet your Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, Devora Najjar.

8PM – UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE COMEDY SHOW
Residence Hall Lobby
Upright Citizens Brigade is a sketch comedy group located in New York City. UCB is known throughout the city as some of the best comedy around. If you like live comedy, join us for this show and you may find your home away from home.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

9AM-12PM – COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS
Residence Hall Lobby
Peter Cooper believed deeply in giving back to one's community. Help us continue the Cooper tradition of giving by taking part in one of our scheduled community service events. A number of service opportunities have been scheduled, all of which are taking place at the same time. Meet outside the entrance to the Residence Hall and decide which service opportunity best suits your interests.

2PM – TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND
Residence Hall Lobby
Roller coasters, ferris wheels, beaches, boardwalks, and the site of a gluttonous hot dog eat contest?? Right here in New York, you say?? Yes, please! Come ride the rides, check out the ocean, and maybe eat a few Nathan's hot dogs along the way.

8PM - DINNER, MOVIE NIGHT, AND SLEEPOVER IN THE MENSCHEL ROOM
Menschel Room, Residence Hall
Now that you're in college, you are an adult, right? Well, who needs to act like an adult all the time? Channel your inner child and join your neighbors for a Menschel Room sleepover. There will be lots of food, movies, and games. If it's anything like our past sleepovers, there will also be plenty of pajamas and forts.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014

9-11AM – CULTURE CLUB BREAKFAST
Frankie’s Kitchen / 4th Floor Chairman’s Lounge, 41 Cooper Square
Looking for a group of people who understands your culture? 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 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?

1PM – WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK PICNIC
Residence Hall Lobby
Spend an afternoon in New York's famous Washington Square Park. Take a picture by the famous arch, dip your feet in the central fountain, listen to one of the myriad street musicians that will surely be performing, play a quick game of chess with a local, or simply relax with your friends. While NYC races around you, Washington Square Park is the perfect place to stake out a piece of grass and take in a slow afternoon.

3-5PM – ENGINEERING PEER MENTOR MEETING
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
Come learn about our peer mentoring program and meet your mentor. We have an incredible group of students who want nothing more than to make sure that your year runs as smoothly as possible.

5PM – BROOKLYN CYCLONES VS STATEN ISLAND YANKEES BASEBALL GAME
Residence Hall Lobby
Forget about those other New York City baseball teams! Okay, don't completely forget about them because their games are fun too, but experience some temporary memory loss and check out the real subway series. Watch as the Brooklyn Cyclones battle the Staten Island Yankees.

8PM – HIGH LINE AND CUPCAKES
Residence Hall Lobby
One of New York's often overlooked gems is the High Line. The High Line is a mile-long aerial greenway, running along the lower west side of Manhattan. Along the greenway, you'll see beautiful greenery, great views of the Hudson River, street performers, and art installations. To be sure you have the fuel needed to make the trek to the west side, we'll be stopping for a sugar infusion at Magnolia Bakery.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

12-2PM – PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY INTRODUCTIONS
Locations to be Distributed
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder what graduates of my major actually do?” Well then, come talk to some upperclassmen from your major, learn about their experiences, and get an idea of what you’d like to do once you leave Cooper.

1PM – LUNCH IN MENSCHEL & TRIP TO MOMA (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART)
Menschel Room, Residence Hall
Impress your professors by getting a head start on those humanities and art history courses. Take a trip up to MoMA and check out everything this great museum has to offer.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

8AM – CLASSES BEGIN

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

11AM – TRIP TO GOVERNORS ISLAND
Meet in Residence Hall Lobby
So you've made it through the first week of classes. Congratulations, you've completed the first steps of your Cooper Union journey! Now, join us for an afternoon on Governors Island. After a quick subway ride downtown, and a ferry across the Hudson River, you'll be lounging on this peaceful little 172 acre island. There will be plenty of outdoor activities, as well as a free outdoor concert by Grand Band. The New York Times has referred to the Grand Band as “the Traveling Wilburys of the city's new-music piano scene.” If you don't know who the Traveling Wilburys are, ask your parents; we promise it is a positive reference.

  • 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.