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Program Center

Deputy Hall 103
Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Office hours (during the Academic Year): 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Phone: 218.755.4096
Fax: 218.755.2074

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907


***The following is a tentative schedule for Fall 2014 International Orientation and may be subject to change. Check back for updates. Domestic Orientation events will follow the International Orientation starting the afternoon of August 22nd- August 24th, 2014.***

Orientation Schedule Fall 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tamarack Hall

7:45 am:                      Meet in Tamarack Lobby    Tallest building on campus!
                                      (It's also the tallest building in Bemidji!)            

Crying Wolf Room/Lower Hobson Memorial Union

8:00 – 8:30 am:           Welcome, Breakfast, Filling Out Green Sheets

8:30 – 8:45 am:           Ice Breaker Game  

8:45 – 9:30 am:           IPC Director Instruction Time  

9:30 – 9:45 am:         Cashier’s     

9:45 – 10:00 am:       Banking    

10:00 – 10:15 am:       Tech Support (printing and downloading)   

10:15 – 10:30 am:       Hobson Union Presentation  

10:30 – 11:00 am:       Sustainability Office Presentation  

11:00 am – 12:00 noon:        Lunch (Deli buffet)

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm:       English Language Assessment (Mandatory)                             

                                    ELC-B Students do not have to attend

2:00 – 2:30 pm:           Ice Breaker Game

2:30 – 4:00 pm:           Campus Tour                 

4:00 – 4:45 pm:           Becoming a BSU student & American Culture & ISO

15 minute break

Tamarack Hall

*Meet in Tamarack Lobby at 5:00 p.m. BSU vans will transport you to the home of Dr. Tom Beech.

5:00 – 7:00 pm:         Dinner at Prof. Beech’s house

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tamarack Hall

7:45 am:                      Meet in Tamarack Lobby            

Crying Wolf Room/Lower Hobson Memorial Union

8:00 – 8:15 am:         Light Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 am:         Ice Breaker Game 

8:30 – 9:00 am:         Expectations and Code of Conduct      

9:00 – 9:30 am:           Residential Life Presentation     

9:30 -9:45 am:             Student IDs and Break

9:45 – 10:00 am:         OPC Presentation   

10:00 – 10:30 am:       Staying Healthy  

10:30 – 11:00 am:       Security   

11:00 – 11:30 am:       Job Employment Opportunities    

11:30 am–12:30 pm:  Lunch (Pizza)                  

Decker Hall Computer Lab 19A

12:30 – 1:00 pm:         eServices Presentation  

1:00 – 3:00 pm:         Math Placement Test   

Exchange Students Meet with Cherish

ELC-B Students Laptop Distribution  

(meet in Deputy Hall Room 161 Conference Cube)

3:00 – 3:15 pm:         Introduction to Domestic Orientation Leaders

3:15 – 4:15 pm:           Registration and Advising                                   

                                    ELC-B Students meet with instructors, ELC-B staff and faculty office

4:15 – 4:30 pm:           What did you learn quiz

4:30 – 4:45 pm:           Program Assessment 

4:45 – 5:00 pm:           Break/Walk to Diamond Point Park   

American Indian Resource Center

5:00 pm:                      Family Friends Dinner Potluck (American Indian Resource Center)         

Friday, August 22, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 noon:     Shopping Trip Meet in Tamarack lobby
                                                BSU vans will transport new international students to WalMart. 

2:45pm                         Welcome & New Student Group Photo Chet Anderson Stadium

3:45pm                         Orientation group meetings with Group Leaders University Classrooms

Parent Expo Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center

5:00pm-8:00pm            Pontoon Rides on Lake Bemidji Outdoor Program Center, Diamond Point Park

Group A/Group B

5:30pm/6:30pm             Orientation Picnic Oak Hall Court Yard

6:30pm/5:30pm             Sending-Off Ceremony BSU Gymnasium

8:00pm                         Getting Settled Floor Socials Residence Halls

Off-Campus Student Gathering Crying Wolf Room, HMU     

9:30-11:30pm                Bonfire and DJ Fire Place on lakeside of Hobson Union

Saturday, August 23

10:00-12:00 noon              BSU Family Connection Meeting Crying Wolf Room, HMU

Group A/Group B

12:30pm/1:50pm           New Student Gathering Gillette Recreation-Fitness Center

1:50pm/12:30pm           Take Back College –Ryan Penneau

3:15pm                         Ropes Course for Pine Residents Meet at John Glas Fieldhouse doors

5:15pm                         Ropes Course for Tamarack Meet at John Glas Fieldhouse doors

& all other Freshman/Transfer Students (eat dinner at 4:45pm)

5:00 pm                        Dinner on your own

8:00 pm                        Party Hard in the Courtyard Oak & Walnut Hall Courtyard

Sunday, August 24

9:30am                        Ecumenical Service (optional) Crying Wolf Room

11:45am                       Ropes Course for Residents of Oak B Wing Meet at John Glas Fieldhouse

Eat lunch at 11:15am

12:00 noon                       Lunch on your own


1:00pm                         Transfer Student Orientation Event Crying Wolf Room

PSEO Student Orientation Event Bridgeman Hall 100

1:00pm                         Walking Tours Meet at Bucky’s Guide Service Booths

Canoe trips, OPC activities, Rec Center Open

1:45pm                         Ropes Course for Residents of Oak C Wing Meet at John Glas Fieldhouse

3:45pm                         Ropes Course for Residents of Oak A Wing Meet at John Glas Fieldhouse

5:00pm                         Dinner on your own

7:30pm                         Convocation University Gymnasium

9:00pm                         Residence Hall Activities Residential Halls                          

Monday, August 25, 2014


For questions regarding your class schedule, contact your academic advisor or the Advising Success Center. (Advising Success Center Sanford 101. Telephone: 218.755.4226)

For questions regarding your fee statement, please contact the Cashiers Office on the 2nd floor of Deputy Hall. (Cashiers' office main telephone: 218.755.2045)

Fee statements are a function of the Business Office. (Deputy Hall 201. Telephone: 218.755.2052)

If you have questions about mandated health insurance, contact the office of Health and Counseling Services. (Cedar 202. Telephone: 218.755.2053)

What can you expect by attending BSU’s Student Orientation?

Orientation is designed to help students new to Bemidji State University affiliate and transition to the university.  For our new international students attending BSU on an F-1 or J-1 visa, orientation also provides important information on maintaining their legal status, health and safety, and American culture.

The following are the critical points of the new international student orientation program:

Expectations: Students will know that BSU has high expectations of them regarding their academic integrity, respect for all, and personal responsibility.

Learning: Students will be actively engaged in their learning

Advising: Clear, consistent information will be provided about institutional requirements and advice.

Involvement: Students will be valued as members of the campus community

Support: Students will know where to access academic, social and personal support at BSU

Offices that you may need to contact during the semester

Registration (Records, 101 Deputy) 218.755.2020

Bills & Payments (Cashiers Office, 202 Deputy) 218.755.2045

Residential Life (Lower Walnut Hall) 218.755.3750

Health and Counseling Services (Cedar, 2nd floor) 218.755.2053

International Program Center (103 Deputy) 218.755.4096

BSU Security (Lower Walnut Hall) 218.755.3888

Advising Success Center (101 Sanford) 218.755.4226

Bemidji State University

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Bemidji State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.  This document is available in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-475-2001, 218-755-3883, or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.