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New Student Orientation & Retreat
During the week prior to fall registration an orientation session is held for new students. The session, run by the Department Chair, features introductions by faculty and new and continuing students, updated information on courses, and contributions by student representatives. Throughout the orientation, there is ample opportunity for questions. Immediately following the session, there is an informal social gathering organized by the student organization, SLSSA.
Each year the Department of SLS holds a “retreat,” in the earlier or sometimes later weeks of September. Various locations have been used, including both camps on the Windward side or the North Shore of O‘ahu, and a location closer to the center of Honolulu (but still near the beach). The Retreat is organized by SLSSA.
The primary purpose of the retreat is to provide a congenial environment for the discussion of items of interest to students, faculty and alumni. A secondary purpose is to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and alumni to become better acquainted through community living, sports, swimming and related activities. A major event every year at the retreat is the SLS Auction, which raises funds for the Ruth Crymes Scholarship Fund, and sometimes for other funds for student support.
Participation at the retreat is for students enrolled in the BA, MA, Advanced Certificate, and PhD programs (unclassified as well as classified), instructors in the HELP and NICE programs, and department faculty, past and present. Significant others and family are welcome.
The retreat is a one- or two-day affair; when it is two-day there are accommodations (dormitory style) for an overnight stay. Meals are usually pot-luck and there are some light chores required (clean up, etc.). Bus transportation is provided from Moore Hall to the site and return. Individuals may provide their own transportation as well.
Fees are charged for the retreat, one for students, another for all others (alumni, faculty, etc.).
Detailed information is provided well in advance of each scheduled retreat.