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Incoming Freshmen, Families|
Visiting UW-Eau Claire for Orientation
MAILED: June 29, 1999|
As new freshmen and their parents visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this summer for their orientation, it's Chancellor Donald Mash who is welcoming them to campus and offering advice on how to make the most of their college years.
"We want to be your partners for the next four years," Mash said during a welcome speech last week.
Mash told the new freshmen that there are things they can do to help ensure that their freshman year is successful, fun and manageable.
"You need to assert yourself and tell us what you need whenever you need it," Mash said. "Second, you must get your act together. Get organized and focused. Lastly, you need to find your niche and create a sense of belonging early."
Mash stressed that the incoming freshmen should feel honored since they were among the 2,000 people accepted to attend UW-Eau Claire out of the 6,000 who applied.
Nearly 2,000 students are expected to go through one of the 15 orientation sessions slated for June 16 to July 9.
"By design, we accepted 150 students less than last year," said Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean of students.
As in past years, the sessions have two programs running throughout the day, one for students and one for parents. The student sessions include small group advising for students to ask questions about student life. Then they start choosing classes and building a schedule while meeting other freshmen.
"The important parts of the orientation sessions have stayed the same," Ryan-Miller said. "Students are still in small groups of about eight so they don't feel as if they're only one in a whole class of 2,000."
The small groups are led by one of 17 faculty advisers and an orientation assistant. Senior Erik Westra became an orientation assistant because he enjoys making a difference.
"All these freshmen come in looking really nervous," Westra said. "Then I get them in my group and explain things and they leave saying thank you with big smiles on their faces."
As the students are getting their questions answered, so are the parents. The parents take part in "Coffee and Conversation," which is an opportunity to meet Mash in an informal setting where he can respond to questions, and in a session to learn about degree requirements.
"By the end of the day, and this is reinforced by what parents and students tell us, they have learned so much and the students feel welcome and ready for the fall," Ryan-Miller said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 29, 1999