This year the four-day new student orientation program is centered around the theme "Lights, Camera, Action." The theme is derived from the idea that each student is the star of his or her own movie. "Manresa gives students the tools to direct their 'movie' at Xavier over the next four years," explains Jen Weed, coordinator for career and leadership development. Each of the 48 small groups is named after a movie that the incoming students might associate with growing up, such as "Goonies," "Ladybugs" or "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
The Manresa program is specific to Xavier and much broader than typical freshman orientations, mirroring the experience of St. Ignatius. New students take time to reflect on their past, present and future through small groups facilitated by Xavier students. Manresa refers to a town in Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, spent time in reflection.
Several groups are responsible for the four-day orientation, designed to be fun, relaxing and informative. The Manresa core is a group of six students who work with Weed to design and implement the program. The orientation team and group leaders are current student volunteers. Faculty, staff, alumni, administration and other students also assist throughout the weekend.
This year's program runs from Friday, Aug. 22, through Monday, Aug. 25. Classes officially begin on Aug. 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Prior to the official start of Manresa, students move in on Friday, Aug. 22. The office of residence life has scheduled the following move-in times:
Third floor8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Second floor9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
First floor11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ground floor12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Fourth floor8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
First floor9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Third floor11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sixth floor8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Fifth floor9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Third and fourth floors11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Second floor, Rooms 210-2188:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Second floor, Rooms 202-2089:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
First and third floors1:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The office has also assembled some suggestions for first-year students on ways to make the move easier and ways to make living in the residence halls more enjoyable.
During move in, for instance, residents should mark all belongings with their name, residence hall and room number. Pack all boxes securely and wrap all breakable items. Avoid over-packing boxes to aid the move crew's effort and reduce the chance of accidents.
Also, residents are reminded to bring the following items:
Twin bed sheets
Hair care items
Hair dryer/curling iron
Pictures from home
Stamps and envelopes
Residents should discuss the following items with their roommates:
Refrigerator (< 4 cubic feet)
Microwave (< 700 Watts)
(residents should not bring George Foreman Grills)
The office also offers the following suggestions for commuters:
* Update or secure a AAA membership.
* Put together a year-round emergency kit for your car.
* Purchase a commuter parking pass from the office of safety and security.
* Know where the commuter information center is located and become familiar with its services.
* For commuter information, visit www.xu.edu/commuter or contact the commuter information center at 513 745-3824.
For more information, visit www.xavier.edu/careerandleadership or call 800 344-GOUX, ext. 3662.