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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Orientation Under Way
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MAILED: July 1, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — There are a few things every college freshman should know. Make that a lot of things.
Thanks to a new book given out at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's orientation, freshmen will have the answers to at least 100 frequently asked questions right in the palms of their hands.
The handbook "100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know," created by William Disbro, contains tips on everything from laundry (don't mix colored clothes with white clothes) to professor status (who gets tenure and what it means).
The handbook is just another way in which UW-Eau Claire tries to make summer orientation the best experience possible for new students, said Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean of students.
With a target group of 2,150 students this year, the 16-session orientation program runs from June 17-July 15.
Each of the sessions includes small group advising for students to choose classes and meet other freshmen. Each small group is led by one of 17 advisers, who are aided by orientation assistants.
"It's very helpful with picking out classes," new freshman Molly Horslein said of the groups. "And it's nicer to have someone there who's closer to your own age because they know about classes and stuff."
Students also register for classes after one-on-one advising. Parents have a separate program for the day, including "Coffee and Conversation" with two top-ranking campus administrators.
Orientation is a two-part process, Ryan-Miller said. The first part is the summer program. The second comes the first two days in the fall.
"Our hope is that when they return in fall that they don't feel like they're coming to a new place," Ryan-Miller said. "We want to give a sense that this is their new home. That's a very important part of what we do."

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: July 7, 1998