Fall 2016 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 Tyson Wooters, a hike to the hillside “M” and much more.


If you are an athlete and will be coming to campus before Thursday, Aug. 25, 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. 25, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. located in front of Davis Hall (750 E. Cornell, Dillon Mont. on your GPS).


See the orientation schedule below for complete details.




Fall 2016 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. 26 @ 8 a.m. in the STC Board Room


Native American students are invited to attend the Native American session on Friday, Aug. 26 @ 9 a.m. in the STC Board Room


Nontraditional & Veteran Student Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 24 @ 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Must RSVP by Monday, Aug. 19.


Wednesday, Aug. 24


6 p.m.


Nontraditional & Veteran Student Dinner (Heritage Room)


Thursday, Aug. 25


8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Move into residence halls


Check in at the orientation table in front of Davis Hall


Campus Business


Finalize campus business or explore Dillon, 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.


6:30 p.m.


Meet orientation leaders (Keltz Arena)


Orientation Group Challenge #1


8:30 p.m.


Root Beer Float Social (Tundra)

Presented by Chi Alpha and KDWG.


Friday, Aug. 26


 8 – 9 a.m.


Continental breakfast for students and parents in the dining hall.


8-9:45 a.m.


Special Interest Group Meetings

Invitations will be in Orientation check-in packet.


10 a.m.


Convocation & Keynote Address (Straugh Gym)


Orientation Group Challenge #2



11:30 a.m.


Lunch for ALL (Mathews Lawn)



1:00 p.m.


Orientation Group Antics (Tundra)


Orientation Group Challenge #3


4:30 p.m.


Small Group Discussion


6:15 p.m.


Dinner with Orientation Group (Dining Hall)


8:30 p.m.


Dance (Keltz Arena)


Orientation Group Challenge #4

Presented by KDWG



Saturday, Aug. 27


9 a.m.


Breakfast (Dining Hall)


10 a.m.


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


10:30 a.m.


Hike to the “M”


Orientation Group Challenge #5


11:30 a.m.


Return to Campus


11:45 a.m.


Lunch with Orientation Group (Mathews Lawn)


12:45 p.m.


Small Group Discussion (Beier Aud. #1 on Map)


Orientation Group Challenge #6


6 p.m.


Bulldog Feast (Keltz Arena)


Bulldog Brain Teaser


Orientation Group Challenge #7


Sunday, Aug. 28


8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.


Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)

(Meal plan students only)


6 p.m.


Dinner (Dining Hall)

(Meal plan and residence hall students only)


7 p.m.


All Residents Meeting (Beier Aud. #1 on Map)


8 p.m.


Individual Residence Hall Floor Meetings





Always Wear Your Head


Tyson Wooters, a former Oregon Duck mascot, is coming to Montana Western to deliver a fun and engaging talk on community, servant leadership and how student involvement in their community can bring meaningful change.



Learning Outcomes


  • As a result of attending this program, students will learn:


  • How to take personal ownership of the goals of their organization and community, with a commitment to exceeding them.


  • To look for and make deeper and more meaningful connections to the community around them.


  • Perspective on what it means to be devoted to a cause, whether a political movement, one’s own education, their college, or the betterment of their campus organization.


  • The importance of servant leadership and how personally rewarding serving others for the greater good can be.

Community members, faculty and staff:

Looking for ways to volunteer in the community? The Montana Western Moving Company (MWMC) has you covered. The MWMC was formed this year 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. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the JDC Lobby, where you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt and name tag.


This fun event will allow community members, faculty and staff 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. 24 at 3 p.m. Move-in takes place on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Who: You.

What: Montana Western Moving Company

When: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

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

Sign Up