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Summer Programs for New Students

You should plan to attend a Summer Registration Day. In addition, there are five optional programs designed to give you a firm foothold as you enter your undergraduate career.

If you have any questions regarding these programs, call the contact person listed under each program below.

For general questions, contact:
Megan Ohler
Associate Dean of Students & Director of New and Sophomore Students and Programs
802.654.2248
mohler@smcvt.edu

Pre-Orientation Weekend

POW is the oldest of our summer programs. It began in 1986 when a small group of students thought it would be nice to provide an opportunity for new students to come to Vermont during the summer to learn a little about Saint Michael's and college life in general. In addition, they thought it would be nice to see a little of Vermont's gorgeous outdoors. Though the program has grown in size those three basic goals remain. We are now able to accommodate 90 students over the course of two weekends and one midweek experience.

What happens on POW?

Students participate in activities to get to know each other, learn what college is like, and talk to those who have been there. POW also includes a nature walk along the beautiful Stowe bike path.

Who goes on POW?

All new Saint Michael's students are eligible for POW. There is space available for a total of 30 first year and transfer students on each session. There will also be 18 current students, staff and faculty who have volunteered their time to accompany the group.

What else do you need to know?

We stay in a ski lodge, and all meals and transportation are provided. POW is a popular program and fills quickly on a first-come first-served basis. You will receive more detailed information following the receipt of your application and fee.

Cost

The POW fee is $215 per student.

More about POW and Summer Registration Day

Your POW experience begins with the Summer Registration Day program. At the end of your Registration Day, we'll all board a bus to Stowe.

2014 POW Dates:

  • July 11-13
  • July 15-17
  • July 18-20

Please note: registrations will not be taken by phone. The only way to register for a program is to submit the registration form located online. Learn about new student forms here.


For questions or more information:

Eric R. Jaukkuri 
Associate Director of Student Activities, Resident Director 
802.654.2304
ejaukkuri@smcvt.edu

Summer Orientation for Academic Excellence and Retention

SOAR is designed for students who value inclusiveness and cultural diversity, and who want to ensure their first year in college is rewarding and successful. It is a great introduction to college life in Vermont. This is an opportunity to spend time with diverse, international and multilingual people. Facilitated by professors, staff and former SOAR participants, the program offers a unique mixture of social and academic orientation. If you are looking for an amazing orientation program with an international flair, SOAR is for you.

Why SOAR?

You will spend SOAR enjoying the outdoors, having international dinners and fun-filled evenings making new friends around bonfires. Our day on the island of Isle La Motte has always been breathtaking. SOAR is real. We will answer all your questions about the dos and don'ts of college life, and best approach to having a great first year on our campus. You can expect honest answers and discussions about first semester transitions and college life. All meals are provided. SOAR is offered only once this summer so apply as soon as possible. SOAR fills up quickly and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. More information will be forthcoming following your application and payment. Please register by June 6, 2014.

Who goes to SOAR?

All new students are eligible for SOAR. Those interested in having a wonderful multicultural experience and meeting a diverse group of students are encouraged to apply. There are at least 16 faculty/staff and students who will also be with you.

What else do you need to know?

We spend the first night exploring Vermont night life, with a dinner and return to campus. Friday is Summer Registration Day. Then we spend the next day, Saturday, on an island and Sunday morning we return to campus. All meals are provided. SOAR fills up quickly and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. More information will be forthcoming following your application and payment. Please register by June 6, 2014.

What is the cost?

SOAR is $215 per student.

SOAR begins Thursday, July 17. The day starts with check-in from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on the Saint Michael's campus. SOAR is offered only once this summer and is accepting only 45 students, so please apply as soon as possible.

Please note: registrations will not be taken by phone. The only way to register for a program is to submit the registration form located online. Learn about new student forms here.


For questions and more information contact:

Moise St. Louis
Assistant Dean of Students/
Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services
802.654.2663
mstlouis@smcvt.edu

Community Service Weekend

Community Service Weekend is an opportunity to explore the world of community service and activism in the Chittenden County area. Current student leaders from the MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) Office facilitate the weekend of volunteer opportunities. Participants will engage in a variety of service projects, a few of which include making a meal for a local soup kitchen, assisting in an outdoor project, spending time with children and working with an animal rescue. It's a great time to meet future classmates, spend time in Burlington, get to know upperclass students and learn about some of the many social justice activities on campus. Space is limited because of site capacities. We can accept only 12 students.

Community Service Weekend is sponsored by MOVE, the campus office devoted to connecting Saint Michael's College students with meaningful community service initiatives in our surrounding communities and our world. As a component of the Office of Edmundite Campus Ministry, MOVE recognizes that service is a distinct part of the Edmundite tradition and our Catholic heritage.

Who is Community Service Weekend for?

Community Service Weekend is open to all incoming first-year and transfer students who want to be actively engaged with their community and make an impact before school even starts. Space is limited to 12 participants, so register soon!

What do you do on Community Service Weekend?

Community Service Weekend is a mixture of service projects, engaging discussions, and group activities, all while learning about service opportunities available on campus. The time will also allow participants to gather information about the College to assist in a smooth transition to college life.

Cost

The Community Service Weekend fee is $215 which covers food, lodging, and all evening activities. You must register by June 6, 2014.

2013 Community Service Weekend Dates:

July 11-13

Please note: registrations will not be taken by phone. The only way to register for a program is to submit the registration form located online. Learn about new student forms here.


For questions or more information:

Kate Floyd '96
Assistant Director, Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE)
802.654.2674
kfloyd@smcvt.edu

Wilderness Orientation Weekend

Saint Michael's College offers two Wilderness Orientation Weekend for incoming first-year and transfer students. The weeknds are designed to provide an opportunity to meet current students and classmates, learn about life at St. Mike's, and explore our unique outdoor environment. The trips allow students to relax, have fun, meet new friends, and freely ask questions or talk about their college transition.

Each program is led by two Wilderness Program instructors. During each trip, students are exposed to a wide range of activities. There is no experience necessary to participate in any of the WOW programs. Our instructors will teach students the skills necessary to have an enjoyable experience and minimize environmental impact, while offering a perspective on the college's social and academic opportunities. We encourage students to bring as much of their own gear as possible, however we do supply all group equipment. You will receive a complete packing list in your confirmation packet.

Cost

The cost for all trips is $215. (50% refund if you cancel your registration before June 6.)

Learn more and see pictures from past WOWs on our Facebook page!

2014 WOW Dates:

July 11-14, Friday-Monday
July 18-21, Friday-Monday

Please note: registrations will not be taken by phone. The only way to register for a program is to submit the registration form located online. Learn about new student forms here.


For questions and more information, contact:

Molly Dinardo
Student Coordinator
802.654.2614
mdinardo@mail.smcvt.edu

Todd Wright '96
Wilderness Program Director
802.654.2614
twright@smcvt.edu

Knight Overnight Program

Saint Michael's College is once again offering the Knight Overnight Program. Knight Overnight is an overnight program designed to introduce students to the concept of living in a residential community.

Students will get firsthand experience living in a residence hall. During the overnight, all students will have an opportunity to meet other incoming students, upper-level students, staff members, and faculty, and to receive more information about what it means to be part of a residential community and a member of the Saint Michael's community.

Who can participate in the Knight Overnight Program?

The Knight Overnight Program is open to all incoming first-year and transfer students.

What do you do on the Knight Overnight Program?

Students participate in activities in which they will learn about each other and about the Saint Michael's Community and what it has to offer. This experience, information and new connections will assist in creating a smooth transition to the first year of college. During this program, students will have an opportunity to talk to upper-level students, faculty, and staff members about some of the academic services and clubs/programs which exist for first year students.

We will also have some time to explore some activities in Burlington, such as the Church Street Marketplace, and participate in an example of a typical weekend social program during the academic year, such as mini golf or bowling. And finally, as Saint Michael's College is based in the Edmundite heritage and Catholic heritage, there is a recognition and value placed on service. As a group, we will participate in a service project within our community.

Where will we stay?

We stay in one of the residence halls on campus. You will receive more detailed information following the receipt of your application and fee.

What is the cost?

The cost of the Knight Overnight Program is $115. The program begins with the Summer Registration Day program. At the end of your Summer Registration Day, we'll meet in the Alliot Student Center Lobby. The Knight Overnight Program is only offered once this summer, so apply as soon as possible.

You must register by June 6, 2014.

2014 Knight Overnight Program Date:

July 15-16, Tuesday-Wednesday

Please note: registrations will not be taken by phone. The only way to register for a program is to submit the registration form located online. Learn about new student forms here.

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