Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Orientation (O-week)

Student Orientation

O-Week / New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 20–27, 2016. Events take place both on and off campus.

O-Week is a series of programs and events focused on the importance of welcoming new first-year students to the Otis College Community. Events take place at the start of the fall semester and a condensed version of the same activities is provided to students entering in the spring semester. The cost of events is included in the student’s tuition and registration fees. Students do not incur out-of pocket expenses.

Tentative Schedule Fall 2016

Saturday, August 20th

Residence Hall Move In

Sunday, August 21st

Residential Programming

Monday, August 22nd, 8 am – 2:30 pm

Family Day / Foundation Student Orientation and Registration
Friends and Family Day
8:00 am Writing Placement Assessment Check-in  
  The Commons
8:30 am Writing Placement Assessment  
  Library
9:00 am All Student Check-In  
  The Commons
9:45 am Foundation Students/Family Welcome Bruce Ferguson, President
  Westchester Park
9:50 am O Leader Welcome Mike Luna and O Leaders
10:00 am Academic Expectations Debra Ballard and Joanne Mitchell
11:00 am Pathways to Student Success Lara Kiralla and Nick Negrete
  Westchester Park
  One Stop Center
Library and Student Learning Center (SLC)
Student Health and Wellness Center
Counselling Services
Career Services
Advising at Otis
Technology and You
Safety and Security on Campus
Travel Study Information
12:00 pm Lunch and Vendor Fair (Students)  
  The Commons
12:00 pm Parent Engagement (Parents)  
  Westchester Park
1:30 pm E-Portfolio Learning Jean-Marie Venturini
2:30 pm Student ID Photos and Parking Permits  
  Student Life Center Room 150E

Register for Friends and Family Day


Tuesday, August 23rd, 8 am – 4 pm

Foundation Student Registration

For unregistered students

Tuesday, August 23rd, 8 am – 2:30 pm

Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer Student Orientation
8:00 am Student Check-in  
  The Commons
8:30 am Writing Placement Assessment  
  Library
9:00 am All Transfer Student Check-In  
  The Commons
9:45 am Transfer Student Welcome Randy Lavender, Provost
  Westchester Park
10:00 am Pathways to Student Success Laura Kiralla and Nick Negrete
  Westchester Park
  One Stop Center
Library and Student Learning Center (SLC)
Student Health and Wellness Center
Counselling Services
Career Services
Advising at Otis
Technology and You
Safety and Security on Campus
Travel Study Information
11:00 am O Space — Tell Your Story Jean-Marie Venturini
12:00 pm Lunch, Vendor Fair  
  The Commons
1:30 pm Meet and Greet Academic Department Chairs
  The Commons
2:30 pm Sudent ID photos, Parking permits  
  Student Life Center Room 150E

Wednesday, August 24th

Off-Campus Student Experience
Whale Watching Trip
10:00 am Whale Watching Day / Cruise to Newport Beach  
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
Buses depart at 10:00 am
Register for whale watching at Newport Beach Landing

Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 am – 1 pm

International Student Orientation (BFA and MFA)
International Student Orientation
8:00 am Breakfast  
  Galef 105 Lighing Studio
8:30 am Check-in  
9:00 am Welcome & Icebreaker Susan Hatchett and TSOs
(Team International Student Outreach)
9:35 am F-1 Visa Presentation &
Overview of the Handbook and Website
Alia Saeed and Darren Grosch
10:45 am Break  
10:55 am Resource Roundup Various Presenters
12:15 pm TISO Presentation Susan Hatchett and TSOs
12:30 pm Lunch  

Thursday, August 25th, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Orientation Day (MFA)
12:00 pm Check-in  
12:30 pm Lunch Galef 111
  Introductions / Group Activity
O Space
Title IX
Student Affairs Student Activities
2:20 pm Campus Tour  
3:30 pm –
4:30 pm
Advising and Registration  
  Student ID Cards — Student Life Center
Room 150E

Thursday, August 25th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner and Comedy Night on Campus
Dinner and Comedy Night

Open to all students
Bobrow Thomas Green

Register for dinner and a comedy night


Friday, August 26th, 8:15 am – 8:00 pm

O-Beach
Beach day

Register for O-Beach 2016

8:15 am Board the Busses O Leaders
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
8:40 am Buses Depart from Otis College  
9:00 am Arrive at Dockweiler Youth Center  
9:15 am Welcome Remarks and Breakfast Randy Lavender, Provost
9:30 am Morning Keynot Presentation Linda Hudson,
Foundation Faculty
10:45 am Short Break  
11:00 am Title IX Presentation Carol Branch
12:00 pm Lunch and Beach Time  
  Indoor Games/Activities throughout the day
4:50 pm Return to Dockweiler Youth Center  
5:00 pm Dinner  
6:00 pm Evening Keynote Speaker Justin Jones
7:00 pm Bonfires on the Beach  
8:00 pm Return to Otis College  

Saturday, August 27th, 9:15 am &ndash 8:30 pm

Day out to Disneyland
Disneyland

100 spots available

This event will be offered on a first come first-served basis.

Register for day out to Disneyland

9:15 am Students Arrive  
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
10:00 am Buses Depart from Otis College  
11:15 am Arrive at Disneyland  
7:00 pm Buses Depart Disneyland for Otis College  
8:15 pm Return to Otis College  

Questions? Contact the office of student activities at studentactivities@otis.edu or call (310) 846-2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm