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  • Orientation Activities Schedule: New York Campus

    Welcome to the CIA
    Mise En Place—Success Right From the Start

    During your time at the CIA, you will learn the life-changing power of mise en place to assist you with organizing your education, your life, and your mind. Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place.”

    New Student Orientation will occur during your first week on campus. Below is a sample schedule of the sessions during the first three days. The last two days of orientation will be based on your major (Baking & Pastry or Culinary). All sessions are required and begin promptly as scheduled. A complete week-long orientation schedule, including accurate times and locations, will be posted on the Admitted Student Portal and e-mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to your arrival.

    Sessions for parents & family will be held during the first two days (Arrival Day & Day 1). Below is a sample schedule of the sessions that are available to attend. These sessions are encouraged but are not required. A schedule, including accurate times and locations, will be posted on the Admitted Student Portal and emailed to you or your student approximately two weeks prior to your son or daughter’s arrival to campus.

  • Arrival Day

    9–11:30 a.m.—Residential Students Only: Move in
    11:45 a.m.—Commuter Students Only: Welcome Meeting, Room 210, Student Commons
    9 a.m.–Noon—Getting Started at CIA
     • Student ID (gov’t ID required), Room 238, Student Commons
     • Parking Permits, Room 210, Student Commons
    Lunch—Lunch is on your own for student and family on Arrival Day
    12:30–2 p.m.—Optional Math Challenge Exam, please bring #2 pencils, Danny Kaye Theatre, Conrad Hilton Library
    2:15 pm.—Dining Facility Overview, The Egg (meet by fireplace), Student Commons
    2:30 p.m.—Team Building Activity, Multi-Purpose Room, Student Recreation Center
    3:45 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student and family presentation, Ecolab Auditorium, Marriott Pavilion
    5:30 p.m.—Dinner (family may join at their own expense), The Egg, Student Commons
    6:30 p.m.—Required Meeting, Ecolab Auditorium, Marriott Pavilion

    Day 1

    7:30 a.m.—Admissions Welcome Presentation (Breakfast will be served), Marriott Pavilion Conference Level
    8:45 a.m.—Recipe for Success, Gymnasium, Student Recreation Center
     • Academic advising & class schedule overview
     • Academic excellence resources
     • CIA technologies
     • Safe campus overview
     • Student employment overview
     • Get involved: activities, clubs, sports & more
     • Uniform distribution overview
    10 a.m.—Uniform, Toque & Knife Kit Distribution, Gymnasium, Student Recreation Center
    10 a.m.—International Students Only: Welcome & Information Session, Student Affairs Conference Room 210, Student Commons
    10:15–11:30 a.m.—Quick Connect Fair: Explore programs, resources & offerings, Gymnasium, Student Recreation Center
    Lunch Options:
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    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Production Kitchens, Roth Hall (various kitchens)
     • Noon–12:30 p.m.—The Line at The Egg, Student Commons
    12:30 p.m.—Gather Together (wear uniform, neckerchief & toque), Ecolab Auditorium Lobby, Marriott Pavilion
    1:15 p.m.—Welcome by President Dr. Tim Ryan (family encouraged to attend), Ecolab Auditorium, Marriott Pavilion
    2:30 p.m.—Short Break
    2:45 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque (family encouraged to attend), Ecolab Auditorium, Marriott Pavilion
    3:30 p.m.—Say Cheese! Use this time to visit the college bookstore, take photos, and say goodbye to your family
    4–5 p.m.—Students Only: Welcome Reception, Conrad Hilton Library (by fireplace)
    Dinner Options—For Students Only:
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    5 p.m.—Production Kitchens, Roth Hall (various kitchens)
     • 6–8 p.m.—The Line at The Egg, Student Commons

    Arrival Day

    9–11:30 a.m.—Residential students move into their residence hall room
    Lunch—Please note: Lunch is on your own for all students, parents/family members on arrival day
    2–3 p.m.—Understanding Mise en Place: Tools for Success
     • Let our staff answer your questions and have some fun engaging in a team building activity
    3–3:45 p.m.—Free Time
     • Please use this free time to run errands, visit college bookstore, etc.
    3:45–5:15 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student/Parent/Family Presentation
    5:30 p.m.—Parents/family may join their student for dinner in The Egg at their own expense
     • To take advantage of this opportunity, please stop by the reception desk at the Student Recreation Center between the hours of 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to pre-pay and receive a meal ticket. Cost is $9.75 per person (cash, debit card, or credit card accepted)

    Day 1

    9–10 a.m.—Mise en Place: Success for Life
     • Discussion with Dr. Kathy Merget, associate vice president & dean of student affairs and Carolyn Tragni, dean of academic engagement & administration
    10:15–11:15 a.m.—Transitions
     • An Interactive discussion for parents to explore key issues and concerns with sending your student to college
    11:15 a.m.—Tour of Institute Facilities (optional)
    Lunch—Please note: Lunch is on your own for parents/family members
    12:45–12:55 p.m.—Arrival to President Ryan’s Presentation
    1:15–2:30 p.m.—Welcome by President Dr. Tim Ryan
     • Parents/family are encouraged to attend this session with their student
    2:30–3:15 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque
     • Join us in celebration as we welcome new students to the CIA family by presenting them with a chef’s hat (toque).
    3:15 p.m.—Free Time
     • Please use this time to take photos, walk around campus, visit the college bookstore, and say goodbye to your student