Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Orientation Schedule

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm. Service Day 2012 - Optional, but highly encouraged – John Knox Room
In the spirit of Jesus Christ, the servant of servants, all students and spouses are invited to begin the school year by serving those who are "outside the gates" of the seminary. 

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Playroom Orientation (for parents with children registering for daycare) – Playroom

Thursday, August 30, 2012

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is available in the Kadel Dining Room at your own expense

Orientation Registration – Rotunda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Worship – John Knox Room
Chapel Team and the Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, Assistant Professor of Theology

9:10 - 9:40 a.m. Welcome to PTS
The Rev. Sherry Sparks, Associate Dean of Admissions
The Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, Seminary President

9:40 - 10:25 a.m. Seminar “What is Theological Study?”
The Rev. Dr. Deirdre Hainsworth, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life

10:25 - 10:40 a.m. Break, Refreshments available

10:40 -11:30 a.m. Introduction to the Curriculum – John Knox Room
The Rev. Dr. Byron H. Jackson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Anne B. Malone, Registrar

11:30 a.n. - 12:00 p.m. Faculty Introductions – John Knox Room
The Rev. Dr. Byron H. Jackson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

12:00 p.m. Lunch for all students and advisors – Kadel Dining Room

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Photo IDs, Library Orientation, Financial Aid Presentation

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Seminary Community – John Knox Room
The Person in Community
Wellness – Joanne Basillios, Clinical Director, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Seminar “The Importance of Worship”
The Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, Assistant Professor of Theology

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Worship – John Knox Room
The Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, Assistant Professor of Theology

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. PTS Community Cookout and Activity Fair

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Student Orientation – John Knox Room


Friday, August 31, 2012

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is available in the Kadel Dining Room at your own expense

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Worship – John Knox Room
The Rev. John C. Welch, Vice President for Student Service and Dean of Students

9:10 - 9:30 a.m. The Seminary Community – John Knox Room
Ministry in the Global Community
The Rev. Don Dawson, Director of World Mission Initiative
The Rev. Jen Haddox, Associate Director of World Mission Initiative

Ministry in the Local Community
The Rev. Dr. Mary Buckley, Interim Program Coordinator of the Metro-Urban Institute

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Seminary Community – John Knox Room
Acclimation to Seminary
Student Association Officers

10:30  - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Seminary Community – John Knox Room
Acclimation to Seminary
The Rev. John C. Welch, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students

12:00 p.m. Lunch in the Kadel Dining Room at your own expense
(Optional) Lunch with the Rev. Carol Ann McGibbon, Executive Vice President and Academic Dean of Students of Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) – Dining Room 1

Saturday , September 8, 2012

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Boundaries in Ministry Workshop
Joanne Basillios, Clinical Director, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute
Michelle Hanna-Snyder, Director of Clergy and Congregational Care Services, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Writing Assessment – Long Hall, Room 4