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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.

  • New Student Orientation

    Arrival Day

    9–11:30 a.m.For Residential Students Only
     • Residential students move into residence hall room
    Lunch—Lunch is on your own
    11:45 a.m.For Commuter Students Only
     • Arrival to CIA
    Noon—Personal Mise en Place
     • Student I.D. (Must bring a photo ID: driver’s license, passport, etc.)
     • Parking permits and campus mail box assignments
    1:15 p.m.—Meet by Fireplace in the Egg for dining facility overview
    1:45 p.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place
    3:45 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student/Parent/Family Presentation
    5:30 p.m.—Dinner
     • Parents/family may join at their own expense
    6:30 p.m.—Group Meeting for homework assignment
    8 p.m.For Residential Students Only
     • Individual residence hall meetings will take place in the lounge located in your residence hall

    Day 1

    7:30 a.m.—Admissions Welcome Presentation & Breakfast
    8:45 a.m.—Meet Your Academic Advisor
    9 a.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place
    9:30 a.m.—Mise-en-volvement: Recipe for Success
     • Learn about student employment opportunities
     • Learn about how to complete the two required online courses
     • Learn about student activities, clubs, sports, and more
    10:15 a.m.—Uniform, Toque & Knife Kit Distribution
    10:30–11:30 a.m.—Mise-en-volvement Fair
    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Lunch
    12:30 p.m.—Arrive wearing Chef’s Uniform including neckerchief
    1:15 p.m.—Welcome by President Dr. Tim Ryan
     • Parents/family members are encouraged to attend
    2:30 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque
     • Parents/family members are encouraged to attend
    3:15 p.m.—Free Time
     • Please take this time to walk around campus, visit the college bookstore, take photos, say goodbye to your parents/family members, etc.
    5 p.m.For Students Only
     • Dinner

    Day 2

    5:30–7:45 a.m.—Breakfast (optional)
     • The Line at The Egg
    8 a.m.—Academic Mise en Place
     • Succeeding at the CIA…and Beyond: Our Ombudsman discusses faculty expectations, balancing classwork and social life and the variety of learning opportunities available
     • Learning Strategies for Success: Learning Strategies staff covers services to help you succeed academically
    9:15–9:30 a.m.—Break
    9:30 a.m.—Campus Life Mise en Place
     • Mise en Place for Your Mind: A representative from the Counseling & Psychological Services reviews programs that help you manage personal challenges and succeed at the college
     • Your Personal CIA Resources: Health Services staff inform you how they can support your healthy CIA experience
     • Logging In to the CIA: IT staff familiarize you on how to navigate the student web portal, your CIA e-mail account, and the online course management system to keep you on track
     • Ensuring a Safe Campus for Everyone: A representative from Campus Safety reviews policies and procedures that will make your stay at the CIA a productive, enjoyable, and safe experience
    11:30 a.m.–12:25 p.m.—Lunch
    12:30 p.m.—Your Class Schedule
     • Learn about your class schedule and get an overview of the offerings provided by the Student Financial & Registration Services and the Registrar’s Office
    1 p.m.—Your Dining Options
     • Dining Services staff members explain the meal point system and your on-campus dining options
    1:30–3:15 p.m.For Challenge Exam Students Only
     • Assessment Test, please bring #2 pencils and a calculator
    3:15 p.m.For International Students Only
     • Welcome & Information Session
    4:15 p.m.—Welcome Reception for New Students
     • Hosted by the Learning Strategies Center and the Center for Career & Academic Advising
    5 p.m.—Dinner

    Parents and Family Orientation

    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


    Arrival Day

    9–11:30 a.m.For Residential Students Only
     • Residential students move into residence hall room
    Lunch—Lunch is on your own
    11:45 a.m.For Commuter Students Only
     • Arrival to CIA
    Noon—Personal Mise en Place
     • Student I.D. (Must bring a photo ID: driver’s license, passport, etc.)
     • Parking permits and campus mail box assignments
    1:15 p.m.—Meet by Fireplace in the Egg for dining facility overview
    1:45 p.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place
    3:45 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student/Parent/Family Presentation
    5:30 p.m.—Dinner
     • Parents/family may join at their own expense
    6:30 p.m.—Group Meeting for homework assignment
    8 p.m.For Residential Students Only
     • Individual residence hall meetings will take place in the lounge located in your residence hall

    Day 1

    7:30 a.m.—Admissions Welcome Presentation & Breakfast
    8:45 a.m.—Meet Your Academic Advisor
    9 a.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place
    9:30 a.m.—Mise-en-volvement: Recipe for Success
     • Learn about student employment opportunities
     • Learn about how to complete the two required online courses
     • Learn about student activities, clubs, sports, and more
    10:15 a.m.—Uniform, Toque & Knife Kit Distribution
    10:30–11:30 a.m.—Mise-en-volvement Fair
    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Lunch
    12:30 p.m.—Arrive wearing Chef’s Uniform including neckerchief
    1:15 p.m.—Welcome by President Dr. Tim Ryan
     • Parents/family members are encouraged to attend
    2:30 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque
     • Parents/family members are encouraged to attend
    3:15 p.m.—Free Time
     • Please take this time to walk around campus, visit the college bookstore, take photos, say goodbye to your parents/family members, etc.
    5 p.m.For Students Only
     • Dinner

    Day 2

    5:30–7:45 a.m.—Breakfast (optional)
     • The Line at The Egg
    8 a.m.—Academic Mise en Place
     • Succeeding at the CIA…and Beyond: Our Ombudsman discusses faculty expectations, balancing classwork and social life and the variety of learning opportunities available
     • Learning Strategies for Success: Learning Strategies staff covers services to help you succeed academically
    9:15–9:30 a.m.—Break
    9:30 a.m.—Campus Life Mise en Place
     • Mise en Place for Your Mind: A representative from the Counseling & Psychological Services reviews programs that help you manage personal challenges and succeed at the college
     • Your Personal CIA Resources: Health Services staff inform you how they can support your healthy CIA experience
     • Logging In to the CIA: IT staff familiarize you on how to navigate the student web portal, your CIA e-mail account, and the online course management system to keep you on track
     • Ensuring a Safe Campus for Everyone: A representative from Campus Safety reviews policies and procedures that will make your stay at the CIA a productive, enjoyable, and safe experience
    11:30 a.m.–12:25 p.m.—Lunch
    12:30 p.m.—Your Class Schedule
     • Learn about your class schedule and get an overview of the offerings provided by the Student Financial & Registration Services and the Registrar’s Office
    1 p.m.—Your Dining Options
     • Dining Services staff members explain the meal point system and your on-campus dining options
    1:30–3:15 p.m.For Challenge Exam Students Only
     • Assessment Test, please bring #2 pencils and a calculator
    3:15 p.m.For International Students Only
     • Welcome & Information Session
    4:15 p.m.—Welcome Reception for New Students
     • Hosted by the Learning Strategies Center and the Center for Career & Academic Advising
    5 p.m.—Dinner


    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