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Fall 2017 Orientation

It’s almost time for orientation

Your college experience is already off to a great start because you’ve chosen Montana Western (recently ranked best in Montana by Money Magazine) to begin your education career.  We’ve put together an orientation program to help make the transition as seamless as possible.

Orientation is mandatory for all first year and transfer students and because it’s fun and informative — you want to attend.  Orientation events include: convocation (the official start of the school year ceremony), an inspirational talk by speaker Judson Laipply, a hike to the hillside “M” and much more.

If you are an athlete and will be coming to campus before Thursday, Aug. 24, you are still required to attend orientation. Your coach is aware of orientation and expects you to attend so you can be successful in and out of the classroom.

Please check in at the orientation table on Thursday, Aug. 24, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. located in front of Davis Hall (750 E. Cornell, Dillon Mont. on your GPS).


Fall 2017 New Student Orientation Schedule

Experience You. Experience Us. Experience One.


Freshmen or transfer students participating in the Trio Program are encouraged to attend the TRIO Session on Friday, Aug. 25 @ 8 a.m. in the STC Board Room

Native American students are invited to attend the Native American session on Friday, Aug. 25 @ 9 a.m. in the STC Board Room.  Sign up here.

Nontraditional & Veteran Student Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 24 @ 5 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room. Must RSVP by Monday, Aug. 21.   Sign up here.

Parents are cordially invited to join your student for our convocation. Aug. 25, 2017, 10 a.m. in Straugh Gym. Followed by a Parent Alumni and Student panel hosted by Montana Western Alumni & Friends at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room.


Thursday, Aug. 24

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Move into residence halls

Check in at the orientation and residence hall tables in front of Davis Hall

Campus Business

Finalize campus business or explore Dillon, get a campus tour, set up bank accounts, find churches, transfer prescriptions etc. STC Computer Labs Open for students to finish computer related business.

Dinner on your own. A list of restaurants is available at check in.

5:00 p.m.

Nontraditional & Veteran Student Dinner (Lewis & Clark Room)

7:00 p.m.

Meet orientation leaders (Keltz Arena)

Orientation Group Challenge #1

9:00 p.m.

Root Beer Float Social (Tundra)

Presented by Chi Alpha and KDWG.


Friday, Aug. 25

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast for students and parents (Dining Hall)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Trio Session with Continental breakfast (STC Great Room)

Invitations will be in Orientation Check-in packets.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Native American Session (Multicultural Center)

Invitations will be in Orientation check-in packets.

10:00 a.m.

Convocation & Keynote Address (Straugh Gym)

Legacy Plaza Ceremony

Orientation Group Challenge #2

11:30 a.m.

Lunch for ALL (Mathews Lawn)

1:30 p.m.

Small Group Discussion (Beier Aud.)

Orientation Group Challenge #3

Parent Alumni & Student panel for parents (Lewis & Clark Room)

3:00 p.m.

Orientation Group Antics (Legacy Plaza)

Orientation Group Challenge #4

6:15 p.m.

Dinner with Orientation Group (Dining Hall)

8:00 p.m.

Dance (Keltz Arena)

Orientation Group Challenge #5

Presented by KDWG


Saturday, Aug. 26

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:00 a.m.

Get on the bus to the “M” (Atlantic Street)

9:30 a.m.

Hike to the “M”

Orientation Group Challenge #6

10:30 a.m.

Return to Campus

11:45 a.m.

Get on the bus to football game

12:00 p.m.

Tailgate Lunch (Vigilante Field)

1:00 p.m.

Football Game

Orientation Group Challenge #7

6:00 p.m.

Bulldog Feast (Keltz Arena)

Bulldog Brain Teaser

Orientation Group Challenge #8


Sunday, Aug. 27

8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)

(Meal plan students only)

6:00 p.m.

Dinner (Dining Hall)

(Meal plan and residence hall students only)

7:00 p.m.

All Residents Meeting (Beier Aud.)

8:00 p.m.

Individual Residence Hall Floor Meetings






Life is Change

Socrates once said, “Perfection is constant change.” Life is change. Day in and day out the thing that remains constant is change. Judson combines laughter inducing stories with thought-provoking ideas to drive home the point that we are in the constant presence of change. His stories, personal experiences, crowd participation, high energy, and laughter help people recognize how to let go of the things out of their control, and focus their energies on things they can change. Judson’s finale, The Evolution Of Dance will leave your audience with an unforgettable message, one which will remind each participant that “Life is Change,” and that they have the ultimate control over the outcome.




Community members, faculty and staff:

Looking for ways to volunteer in the community? The Montana Western Moving Company (MWMC) has you covered. The MWMC is in its second year and was formed to help students and their families move into residence halls on opening day.

All you need to do is sign up for a shift below and you will be invited to attend a brief orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the JDC Lobby, where you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt.

This fun event will allow community members, faculty, Staff and Alumni to meet new students and show them just how great and welcoming the community of Dillon and Montana Western family is.

There are several three-hour shifts available so please register by Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. Move-in takes place on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: You.

What: Montana Western Moving Company

When: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Shifts: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Montana Western Residence Halls: JDC and Mathews


Montana Western Moving Company Sign up