LSTC Announces Fall 2024 Orientation Schedule!

A group of students throw their hands in the air at Promontory Point during orientation

LSTC is thrilled to celebrate our incoming students at our upcoming orientation! This year, we look forward to gathering during the last week in August to welcome our new students into our vibrant community.

This year, orientation begins on Monday, August 26th, with a breakfast at the Life Together Apartment at 1154 E. 54th Place from 8:00 to 8:30 AM. Breakfast will be followed by a University of Chicago shuttle to the main campus. On campus, the day will kick off at 9:00 AM with a warm welcome and registration. Following this, we look forward to a brief morning devotion. At 9:30 AM, new students will engage in icebreakers and introductions with the Student Services and Admissions staff. Then, worship will be held at 11:00 AM , followed by a lunch with Pastor to the Community Erik Christensen to discuss chapel and worship life at LSTC.

The afternoon sessions will focus on essential student handbook topics. These sessions will cover communications, IT, institutional policies, security, and parking. To conclude the day, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, new students will meet with Cantor Keith Hampton and Vickie Johnson for an introduction to the Gospel Choir and music opportunities at LSTC.

Tuesday, August 27th, begins with breakfast at 8:00 AM followed by morning devotions. Then, new students will have the opportunity to participate in important sessions on housing and financial aid before students meeting faculty and advisors from 10:15 AM to 12 PM. 

After lunch, students will participate in an Anti-Racism Panel and Conversation in the afternoon. The day wraps up with an International Student Orientation from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

On Wednesday, August 28th, the day starts at 9:30 AM for a library conversation, followed by a session on contextual education. A community eucharist will be held at 11:00 AM, with a community lunch immediately afterward. The day concludes with a resource fair from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, where students will connect with representatives from various groups within the LSTC community and the broader Hyde Park neighborhood.

Thursday, August 29th, features a Hyde Park walking tour starting at 10:00 AM, exploring the Life Together Apartment, Katie’s Closet, LSTC Gardens, and the surrounding area, with lunch and relaxation at The Point. The walking tour will include various University of Chicago and Hyde Park highlights.  The day will event with a few different options for exploring downtown Chicago

Friday, August 30th, offers optional excursions including a mosque visit, a session to learn the Chicago Transit Authority system, and an opportunity to tour the Regenstein Library.

Throughout these activities, we aim to ensure our newest class feels welcomed, informed, and excited about their new chapter at LSTC. We look forward to building a strong community together and are excited for the wonderful experiences ahead. Welcome to LSTC, where your journey begins!

For those unable to attend in person, all sessions can be accessed via Zoom. Join us using Bianca Leoni’s Personal Meeting Room. 

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