The time is fast approaching when you will be joining us on the campus of Union College, and we are very excited as that date nears! This packet of information is designed to provide you with all the information you need in order to be prepared for your time with us.
All Rogers Explorers are responsible for transportation to and from the program. Your first order of business upon arriving in Barbourville on Sunday is to check in at the Sharp Academic Center on campus. Check-in is from 1:30 to 2:45 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. There is a parking lot (off Johnson Lane) adjacent to Sharp Academic Center that will be reserved for Explorers and their families. Attached is a campus map that has these locations marked. You can also find an online version of the campus map at https://www.unionky.edu/about/visiting-union/map-directions.
Once you check in, you will receive your dorm room keys, and you and your parents will have until 2:30 pm to take your belongings to your dorm room. Union College staff will be available to assist you. At 2:45 pm, we ask everyone to be back at Sharp Academic Center and we will kick off the program for all Explorers and their families. At the conclusion of this overview (approximately 3:30 pm), parents and families will depart go on a campus tour from 3:30-4:25. Parents and families will depart at 4:25 p.m.
In case of an emergency, your family may contact me on my cell phone at (606) 307-0561.
Dress Code/What to Bring:
Dress for this camp is casual. Explorers will be doing a community service project on the first evening, so I would recommend wearing comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty….or at least bring some older tennis shoes and shorts with you for this event.
Explorers will be provided a Rogers Explorers t-shirt that is royal blue with silver imprint and will be worn all day on Tuesday and during graduation. We ask that you please wear khaki pants or khaki shorts for graduation, although you may choose to wear other pants or shorts throughout the day on Friday. We will be walking a lot on campus, so I would recommend comfortable shoes, such as tennis shoes.
Since all your meals, lodging, and activities are paid for, you need very little money – only for vending machine snacks or other small incidentals. We will be staying in dorm rooms on campus, so you will need to bring your own shower supplies (soap, shampoo, towels, wash cloths, flip-flops, etc). You will also need to bring linens for your twin-size bed (sheets, blankets, pillow, etc). There are no refrigerators in the dorm rooms, but you are welcome to bring snacks that do not require refrigeration.
Electronic Devices/Personal Items:
The use of electronic games, personal audio devices, tablets, etc. is limited to the Explorer’s dorm room. Even so, students are solely responsible for the personal items they bring and are strongly discouraged from bringing unnecessary items. If you do choose to bring any of these items, you must remember to leave them in your dorm room and do so at your own risk. Cell phones are allowed; however, THEY CANNOT be used during an activity, speaker, or major. The Center cannot be responsible for these items while on campus.
Enclosed you will find an agenda of the program events for the week. Since scheduling conflicts and unforeseen circumstances with speakers and instructors do arise from time to time, please note that this agenda is considered tentative until the program commences. When you arrive on Wednesday, your materials will include a final agenda.
Graduation/Presentation to Parents/Departure
On Tuesday afternoon, the program will conclude with a graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony also includes a presentation by the Explorers on all the things they have participated in and learned throughout the week. Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend this culmination of the Rogers Explorers’ experience.
Parents and families may begin arriving at 3:30 – 3:45pm EST and proceed directly to Conway Boatman Chapel located on campus. The ceremony will begin at 4:00pm and is scheduled to end by 5:00pm. We ask all parents and family members to go directly to the chapel when arriving on campus. Immediately after graduation you will proceed to your dorms with your parents to check out.
If you or your parents have any questions about the Rogers Explorers Program or anything included in this information packet, please feel free to call me at (606) 677-6000. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are as excited about the program as we are. We have a full schedule of fun-filled, challenging activities planned for you and look forward to meeting you very soon!
Students Selected for Union College
John David Rains