MAILED: June 26, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- For incoming freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, their first taste of college begins during the summer through the Student Campus Orientation Program at Eau Claire (SCOPE).
About 2,100 incoming students will attend one of the 16 one-day orientation sessions, said Mary Ryan-Miller, coordinator of SCOPE and associate dean of students. The first session began June 18 and the last session is July 11.
The main focus of SCOPE is for incoming students to receive advice about classes and to register, Ryan-Miller said.
The program also gives students the opportunity to find out information regarding their most immediate needs, she said. Offices such as Financial Aid and Health Services are open; residence halls are open so students can visit where they're going to live.
When incoming students arrive on their orientation days there's a welcome and introduction. After that, they're broken into groups of nine students with similar majors to discuss registration, Ryan-Miller said. There are 16 advisers and 16 student assistants who give advice to each small group.
While the students are in their sessions, parents attend programs which help them become familiar with UW-Eau Claire.
The activities which go on during summer orientation are just the beginning for incoming students, however. Once they arrive in August, freshmen can participate in CUBE Fest, slated for Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 2. During CUBE Fest students can participate in social, cultural and recreational activities.
"It gives students the chance to meet people and learn their way around," Ryan-Miller said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 2, 1997