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Orientation leaders 2019

Orientation 2019

Need to register for one of MCLA's Orientation session? Check the email that you listed on your MCLA application; if it is not in your inbox, search in the spam or junk filters for "MCLA". Each student receives a unique link for registration. If you have any questions on concerns please contact Jenn Labbance at (413) 662-5129 or or the Office of Admissions at (413) 662-5410.

Our Orientation engages undergraduates right from the start through a college-wide, student-centered program. Review courses for your incoming semester, meet other new students, learn about valuable resources, collect information on campus clubs and organizations, and have lots of fun! Students may select from the orientation sessions listed below through our online registration process. Please use the dates listed to begin your travel plans for our Orientation Programs. Be sure to register for the option that is best for you.

Information on these upcoming sessions is sent to all accepted students who have paid their deposit. After you're accepted into MCLA, please be sure to set up your Email Account. 

Please call Jenn Labbance's office at 413-662-5129 with any questions or concerns.

2019 Summer Orientation Sessions:

Day Sessions:

These campus sessions will allow you to connect with resources designed for your individual needs while still showcasing what MCLA has to offer. Be sure to register online for a campus visit and session components that best serve your needs. A pre-designed course schedule for Fall 2019 is sure to excite your academic curiosity and will aid in your successful graduation. Our campus community is ready to welcome you through conversations, department showcases and other opportunities to learn more about your future with us.  

Monday, June 24th - Day Session
New Student Orientation Day Session Schedule

Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25th and 26th - Overnight Session
New Student Orientation Overnight Schedule    Parent and Guest Overnight Schedule
*Parent and Guests looking for overnight accommodations can visit the "Visit Campus" section of the Parent and Family Resource page

Saturday, July 13th-Day Session New Student Orientation Day Schedule

Friday, August 2nd - Day Session New Student Orientation Day Schedule

Details on each session and invitations to register are sent once your acceptance is final, and as we approach the coming session. Schedules for each session will be posted online.

Session Information:

Day Visits: Day session that is designed as day long experience to offer important campus information, academic advising connections, as well as assist new students and their family in making a smooth transition to MCLA. 

Overnight Session: Overnight sessions offer new students a campus living experience as well as important campus information, academic advising connections, as well as assist in making a smooth transition to MCLA. Students stay in a designated residence area for one evening while engaging in programs offered by our staff. Family and Guests are encouraged to attend the program and use our local accommodations for their overnight stay.

Programs for Parents & Families

Our Orientation Sessions are open to parents and family members. Our Family Program helps family members gain a better perspective of what their new students will encounter. We discuss how we immediately engage students in our community, and provide information on the academic experience, policies and procedures, residential life, dining services, clubs and organizations, public safety, financial aid, and much more. Sessions are interactive and designed to make connections with other participants and college community members. Please join us!

Where to Stay

Please visit The Berkshire Visitors Bureau, which lists local hotels and specials. The Bureau can also help you explore the Berkshires before or after visiting us. For your convenience, here's a list of area hotels.


Just ask!

Call 413.662.5129 or email Jenn Labbance at

Jenn Labbance, Director of Student Activities and Interim Orientation Director

Orientation Leaders

GioGio Arana- Junior
Major: Biology and Physics
Hometown: Somerville, MA

MykaelaMykaela Bell- Senior
Major: Sociology Minor: Criminal Justice, Social Work and Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Attleboro, MA

JuliaJulia Boger-Hawkins- Sophomore
Major: Sociology Minor: Anthropology, Cross Cultural and Social Justice
Hometown: Goshen, CT

SarahSarah Groux- Senior
Major: Political Science Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA

karenKaren Canela- Graduate ‘19
Major: English Communications/ Broadcast Media
Hometown: Manhattan, New York

LizLiz Rodio- Junior
Major: FPA Theater Minor: Music and History
Hometown: Ludlow, MA

DemetriDemetri Williams- Senior
Major: FPA Music Minor: recording
Hometown: Springfield, MA

KoreeKoree Woodley-Adjei- Senior
Major: FPA Music Minor: Arts Management
Hometown: Harlem, New York