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Orientation Activities Prepare Freshman Class
for Academic Life at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 24, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Two thousand freshmen will be welcomed to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday, Aug. 31 as the new school year and phase two of their orientation begins. Phase two builds on information provided earlier this summer and is designed to answer many of the questions new students have.

"As students prepare for classes many questions arise and a certain amount of nervousness is natural. Phase two of orientation provides the answers to many questions and gives students the opportunity to meet faculty and other professionals on campus who can calm their fears and help them develop a level of confidence as they prepare for success at UW-Eau Claire," said Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation.

The new students will meet in small groups with a staff member and student mentor on Friday, Aug. 31 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For most students this will be part of their First Year Experience course.

In the afternoon they will meet with department 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 at the 2006 picnic
New UW-Eau Claire freshmen loaded their plates with picnic fare during the 2006 welcome picnic. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

"This is an opportunity for students to begin connecting with their peers and to have a chance to meet instructors and learn more about their major," Bonneville said. "They can continue to meet other classmates at a welcome picnic later in the evening."

The picnic will be held on the campus mall beginning at 6 p.m., 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 grew up in an inner-city ghetto in Miami, Fla., and went on to a successful life as a professor and entrepreneur," Bonneville said. "His story is sure to captivate and motivate students as they prepare to make the most of their academic life here at UW-Eau Claire."

CUBEfest, 10 days of events and activities to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community, begins with a moonlight mixer and DJ showcase in the backyard of Putnam and Katharine Thomas Residence Halls. Other CUBEfest activities include canoeing, concerts and dance parties, fitness activities, athletic events, films and city bus tours.

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

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