Virtual Transfer Student Orientation

Monday, August 17, 2020

RSVP for Virtual Orientation

We are so excited that you've decided to continue your educational journey at Edgewood College! We recognize that you already know the ropes of how to be successful as a college student. That said, Transfer Orientation is all about introducing you to what it means to be a student at Edgewood specifically, meeting new people, and sharing resources that will support your success as an Eagle. This year, due to space constraints related to COVID-19 response, Transfer Orientation will be virtual. Below is a brief outline of this orientation. You will receive an email with links on how to access these sessions in early August. 

Prior to August 16:

  • Log-in and claim your Handshake Account. Click here for instructions.
  • Complete assigned Everfi Modules 
    • The link to complete modules on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Violence Prevention, and Alcohol and Drug Awareness will be sent to your Edgewood College email in mid to late July. All incoming Edgewood College students are required to complete these modules to create a shared vocabulary and understanding around these critical topics.

    August 17
    Please check your Edgewood College email for links to the live, remote sessions below. While Type Focus is the only required Orientation session, we strongly encourage you to drop into the Virtual Transfer Social and Virtual Open House rooms over Webex to meet other incoming transfer students and get your questions answered from various offices and resources on campus.

    • 10:00am - 11:30am -- Personalized Career Development (Required)
    • 11:30-12:30 -- Virtual EC Open House & Social
      Who's Here?
      Transfer Social: Margo Skolaski & Shawn Padley are current Edgewood students who transferred at different points in their college journey. Come hang out with them and meet other new transfer students!
      Open House: 
          • Human Resources: Drop in to learn about how to land an on-campus job and ask any work study questions you may have!
          • Edgewood Central: Drop in for a one-on-one, private appointment with Katie Sprunger. She will answer all of your billing, financial aid, and registration questions that you might still have.
          • Office of Student Inclusion & Involvement: Wondering how to get involved at Edgewood, or maybe what big events are coming up? Come hang out with Nikki Charlestin, Coordinator for Student Engagement & Leadership. She can answer all questions about getting plugged in, what student orgs we already have, and when and where you can attend events this semester!

    In Your Own Time

    While we wish we could present sessions in person, we hope that you find these sessions (recorded just for you!) informative, engaging, and thought provoking. They are filled with information about staying well in college, resources on campus, and engaging with difference and diversity. Feel free to reach out to any of the presenters with questions or just to let them know you watched!

    • Cultural Humility Presented by Dr. Will Hutter
      This workshop discusses topics such as cultural humility & microaggressions, and encourages attendees to begin looking at some of their own stereotypes and biases.  Some of the cultures addressed in this workshop will include ethnic groups, religions/spiritual beliefs, persons with various capabilities, and those on the gender and sexual orientation spectrum. By looking at these various topics, attendees will learn more about diversity and inclusion, how to build stronger connections with people around them, regardless of cultural differences, with a goal of creating greater compassion in both the Edgewood and great community.
    • Keeping Ourselves Well in Mind, Body, & Spirit Presented by Dr. Will Hutter 
      In this workshop, we will discuss some of the struggles many endure when beginning their college career. Whether you are a first generation college student or one of many in your family, you will encounter new, sometimes scary, experiences. Some of the topics/issues we will address include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, substance use, concerns with eating/body image, discovering one’s identity, safer sex awareness, and how to know when to seek help. The session will focus on myth-busting as well as providing some practical skill building exercises.
    • Intellect, Spirit, Imagination, and Heart Presented by Laurin Dodge, M.A. 
      Drawing upon existing Dominican Life student-created exploration activities, participants will move through multiple reflections that call for their written, verbal, and kinesthetic responses. In this presentation, students will encounter a holistic approach to well-being that engages them in the outcomes notated above and aligns with our Edgewood College Institutional Commitment to Well-Being.
    • Health & Wellness 101 Presented by Dr. Megan Cobb-Sheehan 
      The purpose of this session is to familiarize students with various health and wellness resources on campus and to prepare them for some basic scenarios that are likely to come up in college (e.g., needing their insurance card for an urgent care visit off-campus, supporting a friend who is struggling with mental health concerns, managing stress).
    • Questions about your ID? Parking? Commuter Resources? Watch this video!

      Questions? Email or call (608) 663-2297

      Download the First Flight Guide

      Download the First Flight 2020 Guidebook. Use this Guidebook to preview Orientation, find resources on campus, and check out upcoming events happening in the first 6 weeks of classes. Check back for more details and events added throughout the summer!

      Shawn Padley

      Hello, transfer students!

      First-off, welcome to Edgewood! On behalf of the Eagle Flight Crew, we’re pleased to welcome you into our campus community!

      My name is Shawn, and I’m the Programming Assistant for Eagle Flight Crew this summer. I’ll be a Junior this fall, majoring in Theatre Arts with emphases in Performance and Musical Theatre. I’m also the Vice President of the Edgewood College Student Senate, so consider me your go-to for any questions you have about life at Edgewood! I’m especially passionate about representing transfer and non-traditional students on campus. I transferred to Edgewood from Madison College in fall 2019, at the spry young age of 26. It’s been a long journey to get to this point in my undergrad, so if anyone knows about the unique struggles and perspective college life brings to transfer and non-traditional students, it’s me! I’m looking forward to helping all of you navigate the ins and outs of our campus.

      I know everything is still feeling very up in the air and many of you are wondering what your first semester here is going to look like. We don’t have all the answers just yet, but I can promise you that all of us in the Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement are working very hard to make this summer and fall as fun, interactive, and informative as possible. If you have any questions at all, from classroom locations to food recommendations, PLEASE feel free to reach out to me. 

      I can’t wait to see all of your wonderful faces from the eyes up!

      All the best,
      Shawn D. Padley

      Students sitting outdoors in front of the Library.



      Edgewood College is conveniently located on a beautiful lakefront campus, just minutes from downtown Madison.