International Pre-Orientation Program [IPOP] Schedule

Welcome to Grinnell, Iowa, U.S.A.!

IPOP, held in the week before New Student Orientation, is designed for new international Grinnellians.



Humanities and Social Studies Center, Global Living Room (HSSC N1170)

  • Sunday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.–noon

Pick up your Pioneer Card (P-Card), room key, and IPOP packet.

Shuttles will drop you at the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center (JRC). You can cross the street and walk to the HSSC Global Living Room. For shuttles arriving after 8 p.m., an IPOP mentor will meet you with your P-card and room key.


To-Do List

Tips are on page 41 of your IPOP Workbook!

Immigration Check-In

Sunday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.–noon
Global Living Room (HSSC N1170)

  1. Visit the I-94 website and print your I-94.
  2. Fold it into your new grey passport sleeve
  3. Present your passport, I-20, and I-94 to a designated school official.

Medical Clearance

Monday, Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m.–noon or 12:30–2 p.m.
Student Health and Wellness, Forum

If you are missing any of the health requirements, you must visit SHAW before you can register for classes.

Tax and Employment Paperwork

Monday, Aug. 15, 1-3:45 p.m.
HSSC A1231 Multipurpose Room

  1. Complete the Paycor onboarding, per your email instructions from
  2. Visit HSSC A1231 to complete the I-9 employment verification.

Visa holders must present your passport, I-20, and I-94. Do this even if you don’t intend to work on campus!

You can also choose to finish this during NSO or by visiting Human Resources, third floor of Mears Cottage.

Foreign National Information System

Read your email from and complete this online activity. Required for visa holders.

Social Security Application

Visit Social Security Administration to complete the online application. Keep your confirmation number. We will teach you more about the SSA process during IPOP.

IPOP Campus Tours

  • Sunday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

[Tours depart from HSSC N1170 Global Living Room.]

Guides: David Hudson ’23, Brooklyn, NY; Ioanna Giannakou ’24, Thessaloniki, Greece; and Padraig (Paddy) Haley ’23, Mankato, MN

IPOP Shopping Shuttles

  • Sunday 3–5:30 p.m.
  • Monday 9–11 a.m.

Seating is limited. The van will circulate between the Rosenfield Center and Walmart.

Marketplace Dining Hall, Rosenfield Center

  • Breakfast: 8 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Lunch: Noon–1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Students present your P-Card on entry. COVID limitations ask non-students to mask in line and eat outside.

Spencer Grill, Rosenfield Center

  • Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

*cash or credit.

Downtown Shopping District

The downtown shopping district — which includes banks, the Pioneer Bookstore, Bikes-2-You, restaurants, and other shops and services — is within walking distance, southwest of campus.

Daily Activities

Bring your IPOP Workbook.

4 p.m.: Opening Plenary: #YouAreWelcomeHere!
Humanities and Social Studies Center, Room A2231 Second Floor Auditorium
  • Anne Harris, President
  • Jonathan Edwards, Admission;
  • Karen Edwards, OISA; and
  • Jivyaa Vaidya ’23, ISO
Family members are invited to the Plenary
OISA staff will be available afterward for Q&A in the first-floor Global Living Room.
5:15 p.m.: Group Photo!
HSSC, Kington Courtyard
6:30 p.m.: Dinner [with your Amigos]
Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
7:30 p.m.: Chalk, Bubbles, and Soccer
Join the IPOP mentors on Mac Field, behind the Rosenfield Center!

Bring your IPOP workbook and your grey passport sleeve!

8 a.m.: Breakfast
Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
9 a.m.: YOU.S.A
HSSC A2231 Second Floor Auditorium
OISA staff, Elisa and Divyansh, will introduce a variety of topics related to life in Grinnell, Iowa, U.S.A.
10:30 a.m.: Campus Meet-n-Greets
Dos Amigos groups will rotate brief visits to:
  • the Office of International Student Affairs and the Institute for Global Engagement
  • Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice
  • Academic Advising and Disability Services
  • Campus Safety
  • Rosenfield Center Mail Room (learn how to open your mailbox)!
Noon: Lunch
Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
1 p.m.: F-1 Visa Regulations
HSSC A2231, Second Floor Auditorium
OISA staff, Nick and Haruna, will introduce the “Top 25” things that F-1 students need to know!
Please bring your grey passport sleeve and your computer or smartphone. Some computers will be available in Room N2170. You will learn about your documents and complete the F-1 Statement of Responsibility. During this session, we will introduce you to the online Social Security Application.
Don’t hold an F-1 visa? Meet Emily in the Global Living Room!
3 p.m.: Kindness ROCKS!
Bucksbaum Rotunda and Courtyard
Join IPOP mentors and students from the Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP).
We’ll paint and plant kindness rocks and you’ll be able to visit the Grinnell Museum of Art and World Music Room.
6 p.m.: Dinner
Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
7:30 p.m.: Join the activity of your choice…
  • Dumplings in the HSSC Global Kitchen (limited to 8 people)
  • Let’s Dance in Bucksbaum, Room 181 Dance Studio
  • Kites: Make & Fly on Mac Field
  • Basketball on Rathje Outdoor Courts
  • Arbor Lake Nature Walk with GORP – meet at the parking lot northwest of Harris
  • Attic Jam Session at 1433 Park Street, across from Norris (limited to 8 people)
  • Karaoke in HSSC, Room A1231
  • Board Games in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 with PCPOP
  • Origami in the Global Living Room
  • Movies at The Strand with PCPOP – meet Robby Specht in front of the Rosenfield Center at 7:10 p.m.
8:45 p.m.: Star Gazing from the Gale Observatory!
with Robert Cadmus, professor emeritus of physics
Meet Paata and Jivyaa at the Bear entry on 10th Avenue. Follow the sidewalk on the west side of the gym, pass the fieldhouse, cross the drive, and follow the sidewalk to the observatory. Twelve (12) masked students will be allowed inside the observatory at a time, and you can also enjoy stargazing on the lawn.

Bring your IPOP workbook.

8 a.m.: Breakfast
Rosenfield Marketplace
9 a.m.: Academic Success Panel
HSSC, Room A2231, Second Floor Auditorium
Erin Todey, Kate Ferraro, Emily Perry, and IPOP mentors: Ganlin, Tino, Hannah, and Paata
10:30 a.m.: Faculty-Led Breakout Sessions
HSSC, Room A2231, Second Floor Auditorium
IPOP Mentor
Break Out Room
Elisa Carrasco Lanusse
Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, gender, women's, and sexuality studies
HSSC N1160
Nick El Hajj
Gemma Sala, political science
HSSC N2118
Khondamir Imomnazarov
Keisuke Hasegawa, physics
Noyce 1245
Paata Kaloiani
H. Wayne Moyer, political science
HSSC N2112
Hannah Kim
Valérie Benoist, Spanish
HSSC N2110
Elena Li
Christopher Ralston, psychology
Noyce 2245
Ganlin Ouyang
Chris French, math and statistics
Noyce 2517
Patrick Sales Garcia
Mariko Shigeta Schimmel, Japanese
HSSC A2243
Divyansh Singh
Tim Dobe, religious studies
HSSC A3243
Haruna Suzuki
Barbara Johnson, computer science
HSSC N1118
Tinotenda Tazvitya
Jeffrey Blanchard, math and statistics
HSSC N3111
Jivyaa Vaidya
Logan Lee, economics
HSSC S2333

Noon: Lunch
Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
1 p.m.: More Culture • Less Shock
HSSC A1231, First Floor Multipurpose Room
This interactive session will focus on cultural transitions in theory and practice with OISA staff and IPOP mentors Elena and Patrick
2:30 p.m.: Downtown Grinnell Scavenger Hunt!
Groups depart from HSSC and report to the Central Park Shelter by 4 p.m.!
5:15 p.m.: Friends of International Students (FIS) Meet, Greet and Eat!
Central Park Shelter
Students who requested to participate in FIS will meet your community host(s) at Central Park.
Pizza and salad will be provided, compliments of the newly established Jean Libby Middle of Everywhere Fund (Liyan Chen ’12 and Brian Solomon made this gift in honor of Jean’s loving impact as an FIS host.)
Note: Students who did not sign up for FIS are welcome to stay for pizza!
7 p.m.: Squid Squirrel Games
Commencement Stage (behind Herrick Chapel)
Games and Relays and Popsicles w/ IPOP Mentors, led by Patrick, Jivyaa, Haruna and Divyansh

Bring your workbook and gift items today!

8 a.m.: Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace
9 a.m.: Global Identity
                 Harris Concert Hall
                 Leslie Bleichner and the IPOP mentors
10 a.m.: Title IX
                    Harris Concert Hall
                    Bailey Asberry and Paige Olowu
11 a.m.: Meeting My Medical Needs, One Scenario at a Time
                   Harris Concert Hall
                   Kasey Herbers, Alexis Steele, Sarah Newell, and Paul Velencic
Noon: Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace 
1 p.m.: Student Affairs Welcome
Harris Concert Hall
Sarah Moschenross, Maure Smith-Benanti, and Ben Newhouse
1:30 p.m.: IPOP Mentors Open Floor
Harris Concert Hall
IPOP mentors, led by Khondamir and Jivyaa, will offer advice and take your questions.
2:30 p.m.: Yan Koloba and IPOP Gift Exchange!
Harris Concert Hall
Bring your 15 gift items! You will receive your IPOP T-shirt; please wear it tonight to All-Pop!
[Take a break — See you tonight!]
6:30 p.m.: All-Pop: Picnic at the Grinnell Golf Club [IPOP, PCPOP and GSP]
933 13th Avenue
Picnic, badminton, frisbee, canoeing, and music
Meet at 6:15 on the Rosenfield Center front steps to walk with your amigos, or feel free to walk there on your own. Head north on Park Street. Pass Norris Hall, the Black Cultural Center (BCC), Merrill Park, and the President’s House. The Grinnell Golf Club is straight ahead!

New Student Orientation (NSO) begins Friday, Aug. 19.

On Monday, Aug. 22, 3:15–4 p.m., please attend Roommates Across Culture in the HSSC Kington Plaza and Atrium.

International students and U.S. roommates are invited to attend this interactive session together — decorate a donut and plant a flower for your room!



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