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Alive Summer 2020 – Online Alive Orientation Overview

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Summer 2020
Online Alive Orientation Overview

Alive Orientation at Washington State University is a mandatory program required for all new students. We are building a robust summer program for our June and July sessions that provide students with the critical information needed to begin their academic journey at WSU. There are three required pieces of programming outlined below.

Online Alive Orientation Modules

It is a requirement for you to complete the Online Alive Orientation Modules. The modules will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete and are designed to give you foundational information about the concepts you will be exploring during Alive Orientation. Information will be communicated through videos, written content, diagrams, external links, and reflection questions.

  • For Hawaii, California, or Transfer Program Participants: You will gain access to the modules one-week prior to your scheduled orientation day and must complete all modules by 11:59 p.m., the night before your program day starts.
  • For Freshman Program Participants: You will have four-hours in the afternoon of Day 1 of your program to work through these modules and must complete them before the start of Day 2. Your orientation counselor (OC) will be available for questions during the afternoon.
  • It is very important that you complete the online Alive Orientation modules in their entirety as the presenters during your Alive Orientation will be referencing what you learned in the modules.

Live-streamed Presentations & Academic Advising Appointment

You will connect with other incoming and current students, and WSU faculty and staff through various Zoom meetings throughout your orientation day(s). You will be assigned to an Orientation Counselor (OC) who is a current student leader that will guide you through this virtual environment.

  • One-week prior to your scheduled orientation day you will receive an email with a unique link to join the live-streamed presentations. Joining this meeting on time is imperative as this is when you will receive the orientation schedule and get your questions about completing orientation answered.
  • Please plan to be online for Alive Orientation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days of your originally scheduled session. A more detailed schedule will be emailed out as you get closer to your program days.
  • You will be part of an academic advising group and leave Orientation with a full schedule of courses.

Resource Tour

Updated 7/22/2020: All new students are required to complete a virtual resource tour hosted by New Student Programs. The tour includes information about more than 30 campus resources that will be helpful during your time at WSU. The information will be available in your Online Alive Orientation Modules and will be available in mid-August. You will have approximately one month to complete this portion of your Alive Orientation Requirement. More information will be provided as plans are finalized.

Do you need equipment or internet to complete your orientation online? Alive is now a part of the WSU Chromebook and WiFi Hotspot Device Loan Programs! Learn More.

Registration for all Alive Sessions are now open! Register Now!

 

DOWNLOAD ZOOM & SIGN IN WITH YOUR WSU NETWORK ID AND PASSWORD

Basic Zoom Meeting Account Activation Instructions

  1. Navigate to https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207373866-Zoom-Installers using your favorite web browser.
  2. Download Zoom Client for Meetings for your operating system.
  3. Install application and start if not already running.
  4. Click Sign In.
  5. Enter your WSU email address and password.
  6. Click Sign In.
  7. Enter your WSU email and password again when prompted.
  8. Click Sign In.
  9. Click Open Zoom Meetings when popup window is displayed.
  10. Your account should now be active and logged into Zoom desktop application.
  11. For support visit https://confluence.esg.wsu.edu/display/KB/Self+Help+-+Video+Conferencing
  12. Or email zoom.support@wsu.edu.

Additional Programming

These are programs students can participate in in additional to their mandatory Alive Orientation programming. These programs are not mandatory, but are high encouraged. Students will be able to connect with resources they would have connected with during their in-person Alive Orientation program.

For Hawaii Program Participants

  • Monday, June 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. HST | Individual Academic Advising Meetings
    • If you are interested in changing classes or need more one-on-one time with your academic advisor, you will have an opportunity to schedule a meeting during your Orientation.
    • The link to the Zoom advising meeting will be provided by your advisor.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 3-5 p.m. HST | Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
  • Thursday, June 11, 1-3 p.m. HST | Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
    • Links to the various Zoom meetings sessions will be included in your online Alive Orientation modules.
    • 3:30-4 pm | Optional #WSUTogether Fall 2020 Welcome celebration.  Learn more and register at go.wsu.edu/welcome2020 (registration begins Wednesday, May 27).

For California Program Participants

  • Tuesday, June 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Individual Academic Advising Meetings
    • If you are interested in changing classes or need more one-on-one time with your academic advisor, you will have an opportunity to schedule a meeting during your Orientation.
    • The link to the Zoom advising meeting will be provided by your advisor.
  • Tuesday, July 7, 6-8 p.m. | Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
  • Wednesday, July 8, 4-6 p.m. | Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
    • Links to the various Zoom meetings sessions will be included in your online Alive Orientation modules.

For Transfer Program Participants

  • Day 1 of your scheduled program, from 6-8 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
  • Day 2 of your scheduled program, from 4-6 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
    • Links to various Zoom Meetings of Campus partners will be included in your online Alive Orientation modules.

For Freshman Program Participants

  • Day 2 of your scheduled program, from 6-8 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
  • Day 3 of your scheduled program, from 4-6 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Campus Resources
    • Links to various Zoom Meetings of Campus partners will be included in your online Alive Orientation modules.

Be prepared for your Orientation! 

For a complete list of tasks you’ll need to complete prior to your orientation session,  please visit our New Student Checklist.

All students must complete the three-part orientation in its entirety to satisfy their requirement. In addition, failure to complete the in-person resource tour in the fall will result in a hold being placed onto your myWSU account and will prevent you from registering for spring 2021 courses.

If you have any additional questions about Alive Orientation, please e-mail orientation@wsu.edu and include your WSU ID number and name.

We are looking forward to connecting with you online and welcoming you to WSU!

Parent & Supporter Orientation Program

Registered Parents & Supporters will still get quality Alive Orientation content in three forms: a password-protected website, live-streamed presentations and Q&A sessions, and print materials mailed directly to you. Details about each form are listed below!

If you already registered for a session, and paid for on-campus housing, we are already processing refunds for that $55 charge. Please understand that the refunds process is manual, and will take time, but we are processing as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience!
Additionally, if you registered more than one guest, we will be in contact. Lastly, if you added a guest after your student registered, please work with your student to log back in and make your payment.

If registered parents or supporters decide to not participate in Parent & Supporter Online Alive Orientation, please reach out to orientation@wsu.edu and request a cancellation.

Parent & Supporter Website

In the password protected website, you have the ability to learn about any and all services we typically would present during an in-person Alive Orientation session. On this site is a digital version of the Parent & Supporter Resource Guide (a physical copy of which will be mailed out by the end of summer), and videos or information on the following subjects:

  • FERPA & Third-Party Access
  • UCORE, Transfer, and Honors College Advising Overview information
  • What You Need to Know about Financial Aid
  • Staying Well @ WSU
  • Global Education Abroad
  • Textbooks 101
  • FAQ with Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Access Center Information
  • Student Involvement

There will be live-streamed presentation offerings for some of these presentations. See below!

Live-streamed Presentations and Q&As

During every program’s final day, there will be live-streamed presentations with longer Q&A sessions. Registered Parents & Supporters will gain access to the live-stream links for every Alive session, not just the session for which their student is registered, so if you want to return to sessions, you can. Here is a list of the live-streamed presentation topics. Specific times and links to meetings are located in the password-protected Parent & Supporter Online Alive Orientation website.

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Learn more about the types of fraternities and sororities at WSU and their recruitment processes. Explore the benefits of becoming a part of our Greek community.
  • College Costs & Paying the Bills and Q&A
    • An overview of college costs and the billing process, this session will discuss some of the miscellaneous and optional costs in addition to tuition and housing.
  • Access & Accommodations
    • Learn about services and expectations: service requests; required documentation; accommodations & support services available; student/Access Center/faculty responsibilities; & the FERPA expectations.
  • Staying Well
    • A general overview of programs and services geared toward keeping students well at WSU, including preventative services, insurance options, and counseling and medical services.
  • Guide to On Campus Living
    • An overview of services provided by Residence Life, Housing & Dining, Transportation Services, and the Cougar Card Office.
  • Finding Community at WSU
    • This workshop has key information on the multitude of opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom and enhance their WSU experience.
  • Alumni Association Presentation
    • Join the WSU Alumni Association’s intern and student member, Katie, to learn all there is to know about joining the WSUAA. Joining as a family or as a student member will get you all the perks of membership! Discounts across the nation, early scholarship notification, and FREE member gifts! We hope to see you soon, Go Cougs!
  • Transitions Panel
    • This presentation explores experiences current WSU students encountered during their first year away from home. The goal of this program is to raise your awareness of students’ and parents’ transitional concerns and the resources available to successfully overcome them. This presentation will be followed by an extensive question and answer period

Additionally, on the evenings of Day 2 & Day 3 for Freshman Sessions (Days 1 & 2 for Transfer Sessions), there will be the ability to join virtual Meet & Greets with Campus and Community Partners. Links are on the Parent & Supporter Orientation Program website. Your students will gain access to the same meet & greets, so you can join them together!

Mailed Printed Materials & Swag

We will be providing printed Parent & Family Resource Guide and a Parent & Family Calendar and will be sending them out to the address on your registration for Alive. Additionally, we will send out a WSU Tote bag and a WSU Lanyard.

These materials will be sent out as we are able and/or as the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is modified.