FAQs for New Student Welcome 2020
We know you have a few questions so we are here to provide information as best as possible. Below are a list of a few FAQs:
Q: I see New Student Welcome lasts from August 18-August 23. Will there be programming daily?
A: There will be programming during the day on each weekday during the day which will take place in both large and small groups. In the evenings, all programming is optional and either preparatory or social in nature. On Saturday and most of the day Sunday, optional programming will be offered. Sunday evening, August 23, Eagle Gathering, a Mary Washington Tradition will be held after 7:30 pm.
Q: I see New Student Welcome is virtual. Does that mean I need to be prepared to log-in via Zoom?
A: Yes. Just like you did during orientation, you’ll log into Zoom. Make sure you create a Zoom account with your Mary Washington email so that you can get into the Zoom!
Q: Will I be provided a zoom account through UMW? How do I access it?
A: You will be able to access zoom through your UMW account by logging in with your NetID and password and we encourage you to use it.
Q: I see that programming lasts most of the day on August 18? Will everyday be like that?
A: No. August 18 will actually be the longest day. On the other days, you will have far less programming much of which will be in small groups which can be more flexible.
Q: Will I meet everyone in the incoming class on August 18 then?
A: Kind of. Every new student is invited to the session and there will be activities not only with the larger group but also in your small group as well. This will provide an opportunity to make connections, meet new Eagles, and prepare for the start of classes.
Q: Will there be programming every day of New Student Welcome? Will last all day?
A: There will be programming daily but your programming won’t be packed all day. You’ll have lots of time for breaks and there will be optional social and virtual programming for you to take advantage of as well.
Q: I’m a transfer student. Will my program be different?
A: Transfer students are invited to attend all of New Student Welcome on August 18 to meet all incoming first-year students as well as incoming transfers. and all of the programming thereafter but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There is a special “Transfer-Only” date and program scheduled for August 21 which will begin at 1 pm. Please save the date!
Q: What will be covered in New Student Welcome?
A: During New Student Welcome, we will cover content that prepares you for being a part of the UMW Community, provides tips and guidance on remote learning, connects you to other new Eagles, introduces you to clubs and organizations on campus that you can join and participate in (virtually and when you return to campus in-person), and teaches you how to interface with critical academic resources to support your journey through UMW.
Q: Will we be starting each day early in the morning?
A: We won’t be starting before 9 on any day and most days you’ll start later!
Q: Can’t I just log in and walk away from my keyboard?
A: Sessions for New Student Welcome will be more interactive than lecture, so be prepared to stay with your keyboard to effectively interface with both the large and small groups. Don’t worry, we’ll make it fun and there will be TONS of UMW Prizes to win!
Q: What is an FSEM Peer Mentor? Does every first-year student have one?
A: A First-Year Seminar (FSEM) Peer Mentor is an upperclassman that has gone through the first-year experience and has been trained to assist the students transition into the university. Each first-year student has access to one FSEM Peer Mentor as Peer Mentors are assigned to each FSEM class, building the small group community (approximately 15 students to one FSEM Peer Mentor).
Q: I’m a transfer student? Will I have a Peer Mentor?
A: Yes! You will have access to a Transfer Student Mentor. A Transfer Peer Mentor is a transfer student that has gone through the experience of transferring to UMW and has been trained to assist transfer students in their transition into the university, which is a little different than the first-year transition experience.
Q: Will I find out about clubs and organizations that I can join during New Student Welcome?
A: Absolutely! In fact, you’ll find out a little about them before New Student Welcome as you’ll be receiving a customized suggestion lists of clubs that match up with your interests from Student Activities and Engagement. During New Student Welcome you’ll find out more about how to navigate virtual club carnival, what to expect during Welcome Week (that’s the next week when we will be welcoming ALL students back, not just incoming students), how to find out how to start an organization, and more information about over 100 interest meetings that will be available to you hosted by current student leaders!
Q: How will I obtain a mask when I do arrive on campus?
A: Students are encouraged to bring their own masks but you will also receive a welcome pack as a new student. The welcome pack will contain a mask and hand sanitizer for your use. On-campus students will receive these in their rooms at move-in. Off-campus students will be able to pick them up at a designated location on campus walk–more information to come with specifics!
Q: Will there be hand sanitizer available on campus?
A: Yes, there are hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings on campus.
Q: When will I get information about the student COVID training that I have to take prior to my arrival on campus?
A: The student training on COVID will be sent by Friday, August 7 to your UMW email.
Q: When we do go face-to-face, will there be any large group events that I’m required to attend to get acquainted with campus?
A: No. All of your face-to-face sessions will be 15 students or fewer. Appropriate socially distanced guidelines and masks will be followed for each of these.
Q: How will I eat after I arrive on campus? Will meals be provided?
A: Meals will be provided for students after they arrive on campus. We are working with Dining Services on logistics around those meals but every student will be able to eat after they move-in.
Q: I don’t know my way around campus. Will there be an opportunity for a tour of campus after we do go face-to-face?
A: Yes! We will offer socially distant tours of campus just after students move in. You will have an opportunity to identify where your classes are being held if you are taking in-person classes.
Q: Will parents and guests have a virtual program for New Student Welcome?
A: We will be hosting a separate welcome for families and guests while students are in their programming.
Q: I can’t get into my UMW email. How do I reset my password?
A: You can get more information about changing your UMW email password here: https://password.umw.edu/. You can also email the UMW helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at 540-654-2255 for assistance. The helpdesk is open from 8-5 on Monday through Friday.
Q: I can’t get my EagleOne picture sized appropriately. What do I do?
A: First, try submitting your photo through a computer rather than a phone. Computers tend to work best. If that doesn’t work, you may need to resize your photo. You can download an app to help resize your photo if necessary. If all else fails, email the EagleOne office at email@example.com with your photo and your full name and they will size it for you!
Q: Will parents be allowed in the residence halls when I do move-in?
A: Parents will be allowed to help their students move in during their assigned time slot. After their move in time slot has expired, parents will lose access to their students’ residence hall.
Q: Will I still be able to send my student a care package after they move-in?
A: yes, here is the link for more information: https://www.ocm.com/mwc/carepackages
Q: How do I find out my mailbox number?
A: Your mailbox information is located on Banner, under Personal Information. There you will be able to view your Mailbox Combo and Meal Plans.
Q: Will wipes be provided for cleaning desks and tables for in-person classes?
A: Yes, wipes will be provided and students will be asked to wipe down where they will be sitting before and after their class.