Variety of orientation events planned

More than 1,700 new students to arrive on campus next week for several days of panel discussions and other activities

The new academic year officially kicks off next week with New Student Orientation (NSO), which begins with 1,651 incoming freshmen and 62 transfer students moving into their dorms on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 19. As usual, the day will be full of parents' events and student activities, culminating with President John Hennessy's ceremonial welcome at Convocation, beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Also speaking will be John Bravman, vice provost for undergraduate education; Richard Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid; and student Rebecca Perez, a junior and orientation coordinator in the Freshman Dean's Office. The ceremony will run until 5:30 p.m. in the Main Quad—or, in the event of rain, in Maples Pavilion.

NSO will last six days, encompassing highlights such as a roundtable discussion on Wednesday night with the authors of three books sent to incoming students over the summer as assigned reading. "Three Books" will feature Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), Tracy Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) and Julie Orringer (How to Breathe Underwater). Moderated by English Professor Tobias Wolff, the event will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. It will be simulcast in Annenberg Auditorium in the Cummings Art Building to accommodate an overflow in attendees.

A discussion on the creative process titled "Beginnings" will be held in Memorial Auditorium on Friday morning. Featuring Mark Applebaum, assistant professor of music; alum Rajeev Samant, founder and chief executive officer of Sula Vineyards; and alum Carey Perloff, artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater, the discussion is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will be moderated by President Hennessy. Later that day, he and Andrea Hennessy will host a reception for students at Hoover House.

Stanford's men's and women's soccer teams both have games that evening, and the Alumni Center will host a late-night dance party for students. More sporting events, including the football game against Washington State University on Saturday, Sept. 23, are scheduled throughout the weekend. Social gatherings for students are planned throughout campus Saturday evening, and on Sunday afternoon, a welcome-back celebration for sophomores in Memorial Auditorium will feature an address by Hennessy.

A complete schedule of events throughout orientation week, including specific times and locations, is available at The first day of instruction for the fall quarter is Monday, Sept. 25.