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Welcome to Parent Orientation 2021! We are excited that you will take the opportunity to visit our campus and become more informed of how you can support your students. This program will offer you a chance to partake in the opening and closing of student orientation, introduce you to several support services at the University, and provide other information pertinent to you as family members of incoming students. We welcome you to the McNeese family! If you have any questions regarding Parent Orientation contact the Office of Student Services at 337-475-5609 or email email@example.com.
Parent orientations scheduled are concurrent with freshman orientations and take place on the following dates: June 3-4, June 23-24, July 12-13, and August 13-14. The program is optional for parents, but participation is encouraged.
Day 1: A complete online experience allowing parents to participate in some virtual sessions with their students and receive preview information from day 2 presenters.
Day 2: A fully in-person experience. Parents will participate in opening and closing orientations with students. In between, a separate parent assembly will take place including guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and an optional campus tour.
Overnight Accommodations: Overnight accommodations are not provided for parents, but recommendations are available at the bottom of this web page. Students can request overnight accommodations through their orientation registration. If space is available in on-campus housing, students will be invited to stay on campus for one night ($50 fee charged – includes two meals).
|7:00am||Parent orientation & Cowboy Camp freshman orientation check-in begins|
|8:00am||Cowboy Camp opening session|
|8:45am||Parent transition to Tritico Theater|
|9:00am||Parent orientation kick-off|
|9:15am||Support services & student engagement presentations round 1|
|10:30am||Support services & student engagement presentations round 2|
|11:15am||Dean of Students morning wrap-up|
|12:00pm||Departmental table browse (12:00pm – 12:30pm)|
Office of Accessibility Services consultations
Lunch on your own
|1:30pm||Student Showcase and Panel|
Student Finances: Bookstore, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Accounts Payable
|3:15pm||Afternoon snack break|
|3:30pm||Group 1: Academic College Open Houses|
Group 2: Campus Tour
Group 3: Campus Housing Tour
|4:45pm||Parents transition to Bulber Auditorium with students|
|5:00pm||Cowboy Camp closing activities|
Updates to the schedule are made as necessary.
Parent Orientation Presenting Areas:
- Accessibility Services (Private consultations offered)
- Campus Dining (Meal plans for resident and commuter students)
- Campus Housing (On-campus living information)
- Campus Police (Student Safety & Security)
- Career Services
- Counseling Center & Career Counseling
- Dean of Students (Student Rights & Responsibilities, Student Well-Being & Success, Campus Expectations)
- Student Engagement (Student Activities, Student Organizations, Fraternity/Sorority Life)
- Student Financials (Campus Bookstore, Financial Aid, Scholarships)
- Student Health Services
- “Tips and Strategies for Parents”
Academic Colleges Table Browse and (Optional) Open Houses:
- College of Business
- College of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
- College of Education Professions
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Nursing & Health Professions
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Parent orientation presentations will begin with students in Bulber Auditorium, then will transition to Tritico Theater located in Shearman Fine Arts Annex (see map below).
- Freshman Orientation for students begins in Bulber Auditorium then will be in various locations throughout each day before closing out back inside of Bulber Auditorium.
- Holbrook Student Union (Old Ranch) – #23
- Holbrook Student Union Annex (New Ranch)- #33
- Tritico Theater (Parent Orientation Presentations) – #29
- Bulber Auditorium – #6
- Campus Police is aware of visitors on campus for orientation dates.
- Tickets will not be issued if you are in a legal parking spot.
If you require accommodations, consider a hotel property in Lake Charles. Group rates are being discussed and will be posted here when there are available. If you RSVP prior to the information being added, you will receive an email with updates concerning overnight accommodations.
Booking information Coming Soon
Experience Lake Charles:
Here are recommendations of how to spend any free time in Lake Charles.
- Prien Lake Mall – 496 W. Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70601 337-477-7487 (shopping, dining, movie theater)
- Cinemark Movie Bistro – 3416 Derek Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70607 337-477-3913 (movies, dining)
- L’Auberge Casino Resort – 777 Ave L’Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-395-7777 (dining, gaming, entertainment)
- Golden Nugget Casino Resort – 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-508-7777 (dining, gaming, entertainment)
- Isle of Capri Casino – 100 Westlake Ave., Westlake, LA 70669 – 337-430-0711 (dining, gaming, entertainment)
- USS Orleck Naval Museum – 604 N Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-214-7447 (historic museum)
- Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-430-0043 (cultural museum)
- 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-491-9147 (arts & cultural museum)
- Children’s Museum of SWLA – 327 Broad St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-433-9420 (kid-friendly interactive museum)
- Altitude Trampoline Park – 3009 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601 – 337-602-6550 (family entertainment)
- Petro Bowl Lake Charles – 630 Petro Point Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70607 – 337-477-7554 (bowling, family entertainment)
- Putt-Putt Golf – 620 Petro Point Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70607 – 337-480-1954 (mini-golf family interactivity)
View the Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureaufor more ideas of how to experience Lake Charles!
2020 version, 2021 version will be available at a later date