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UW-Eau Claire Plans Activities
To Welcome New Freshmen

 MAILED:  Aug. 24, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 2,034 new freshmen will begin their academic year Aug. 30 with Phase II of their orientation to the university. Phase I took place during Summer Orientation, which included registering for classes.

"We know that once first-year students move into the residence halls, or as commuter students get ready to start classes, they'll have many questions" said Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation. "Phase II is designed to help answer those questions, increase students' sense of comfort and belonging, and help them feel confident as they start classes."

A welcome picnic for new freshmen will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 on the Central Campus Mall, followed by the Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The Convocation speaker is Paul Wesselman, head of Stone Soup Seminars, a speaking and training company in Madison. Wesselman is known for his weekly e-mail, eRipples, which offers inspirational and practical motivation. Wesselman, who has degrees in psychology and higher education, has held many titles, including paperboy, Eagle Scout, lifeguard, summer camp counselor, support group facilitator, residence hall manager, volunteer coordinator, radio talk show host and college mascot.

"He's very motivational and energetic, and will help set the tone for our new freshman class," Bonneville said.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, the new students will meet in small groups with a staff member and a student mentor. For most students, the group will be their First Year Experience class. FYE classes are credit courses designed especially for new students.

"This is where they'll begin to connect with the students in their group and the instructor as they learn about the academic side of UW-Eau Claire," Bonneville said.

The Student Services Fair will take place during the lunch hour Aug. 31 on the Central Campus Mall, providing opportunities for new students to learn about support services available at the university.

In the afternoon, the new freshmen will meet with faculty and other students in their major. If they haven't yet declared a major, they will meet with an undeclared adviser. Students also will walk through their class schedule with the help of continuing students so they will know their way around the buildings on the first day of classes.

CUBEfest, described as 12 days of events and activities to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community, begins Aug. 31 with a picnic in the backyard of the Towers Residence Hall. Other CUBEfest activities include special entertainers and concerts, dances, films, fitness activities, athletic events, canoeing and in-hall activities.

CUBEfest is coordinated by Housing and Residence Life. For a complete schedule of CUBEfest events, see the Web site.



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Updated: August 24, 2004