It’s an exciting time of year as new and continuing students return to campus, and there are several events that offer opportunities for the Stetson community to gather and engage during the upcoming weeks.
Saturday, Aug. 20, was Move-in Day, and families, students and volunteers helped move students into their rooms across campus. It was a great time to introduce the entire community to our new Catalyst Houses. Visit the Housing and Residential Life page on themed communities to learn more about our Catalyst Houses
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FOCUS events continue throughout the week and culminate on Wednesday with Convocation at the Edmunds Center and our traditional Community Dinner at Hollis Center. Classes officially begin on Thursday.
The Opening Faculty and Staff Meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 9:00 a.m., in the Edmunds Center. President Wendy B. Libby and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Noel Painter will introduce the “Many Voices, One Stetson” project, and report on the development of strategic partners and the outlook for 2016-17.
All faculty and staff are expected to attend. If you are in an office that must remain open during this time, the meeting can be viewed live on the Stetson Broadcast Productions channel on Ustream.tv. Coffee, iced tea, and water will be available at 8:30 a.m.
Convocation & Community Dinner
Convocation represents the formal opening of the 2016-17 academic year. This year’s convocation is Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5:00 p.m., at the Edmunds Center. Faculty (in academic regalia) should gather in the Hollis Center Lounge at 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the processional.
Students should gather at the Edmunds Center at 4:30 and sit with their graduating class designated by the gonfalons. First year students will be directed to floor seating while all other students will be directed to the upper level. For more information, visit Stetson.edu/convocation.
The Community Dinner will immediately follow Convocation in the Hollis Center. All faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend a no charge. Students who have a meal plan will swipe on entry.
Welcome Center Opening
Some changes are in store later this fall with the upcoming opening of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center in September. Within the next few weeks Admission and Enrollment Management staff will be moving into the Welcome Center and out of Griffith Hall.
We need to remind all faculty and staff to discontinue use of the Visitor Parking area next to DeLand Hall. That space is designated for prospective students and their families. The parking area west of Allen Hall and Cummings Gym is available for faculty, staff and students who commute to campus.