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Changes to Orientation Help
Meet New Students' Needs
MAILED: June 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Orientation for new students entering the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the fall of 2002 is once again underway, and this year university officials have introduced a number of new features to refine and improve the program.
"The heart of the program is still students meeting in small groups with advisers and orientation assistants and then having one-on-one meetings with their advisers before registering for classes," said Debbie Gough, director of Advising and Academic Testing, "but we have done a number of things differently this year."
Both students and parents will now receive binders full of information about UW-Eau Claire designed to be used as a resource throughout the summer and into the next year.
Chancellor Donald Mash will welcome the visitors to the university and answer parents' questions during the "Coffee and Conversation" segment, as he has in the past, but this year parents also will have the opportunity to talk with other parents about their concerns, with parents who have already sent a child to college offering advice to those sending their children off for the first time.
New information sessions on dining services, housing, financial aid, computing at UW-Eau Claire and a program for commuter students have also been added to the afternoon schedule.
As always, the various offices and special areas like University Recreation will host open houses, and free entertainment like Jazz at Noon on the Central Campus Mall will liven up orientation days.
"Orientation is always an exciting time of year at UW-Eau Claire," said Gough. "People from all parts of the university work together to welcome students and parents. We hope that students leave feeling confident that they have made the right decision about a college and eager to return in the fall, and we hope parents leave knowing that UW-Eau Claire is a caring place that will do everything possible to help their students succeed."
Orientation sessions will continue through July 2.
Also new this year is a second phase of orientation designed to offer students more opportunities to get to know the campus and meet new friends. On Thursday evening, August 29, students will attend a picnic on the Central Campus Mall, followed by a convocation with a guest speaker and a reception. On Friday, August 30, they will meet with their First Year Experience classes and mentors in small groups, walk through their class schedules, attend a Student Services Fair and lunch on the mall, and meet with faculty and other students in their majors or with advisers for undeclared students. An afternoon of non-competitive games led by peer mentors will lead into CUBE-fest, UW-Eau Claire's traditional opening weekend festivities.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 28, 2002