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Orientation Activities to Welcome
New Freshman Class to UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 25, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The school year will be under way Aug. 31 for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's more than 2,000 new freshmen. The new students are invited to attend the second phase of their orientation to the university, which began during Summer Orientation when they registered for classes.

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

A welcome picnic featuring Live Band Karaoke will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, on the Campus Mall, followed by Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Dr. Joe Martin
Dr. Joe Martin

The Convocation speaker is Dr. Joe Martin, founder and president of RealWorld University, an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in college and in life by sharing proven strategies, solutions, and advice from some of the country's leading educators, authors, speakers and college graduates. Martin is an award-winning speaker, university professor, author and educational consultant, with bachelor's and master's degrees in communications and a doctorate in curriculum development. He has worked as a sales trainer for a Fortune 500 company and in public relations for both the federal and state governments.

"Dr. Joe Martin has quite a life-story to tell," Bonneville said. "I think our new students will find him inspirational and leave feeling motivated to make the most of their academic experiences and time here at UW-Eau Claire."

A Student Senate Ice Cream Social will follow in the campus mall, weather permitting.

On Friday, Sept. 1, the new students will meet in small groups with a staff member and student mentor from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For most students this will be part of their First Year Experience, which includes specially designed credit courses for new students.

"This is where they will 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. "They will also have a chance to learn about the many support services available at the university while eating lunch on the mall, which will be the site of a Student Services Fair.

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

Students participating in tug of war during 2005  picnicCUBEfest, 10 days of events and activities to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community, begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday night 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.

New activities for this year include "See Eau Claire" bus tours, leaving hourly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Towers Hall, and "Fiesta del Blugold" a Latin-themed party with a variety of activities and Mexican food available with a UW-Eau Claire ID. "Fiesta del Blugold" will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Putnam Field on lower campus.

CUBEfest is coordinated by Housing and Residence Life at UW-Eau Claire.

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