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Orientation Activities Prepare Freshmen for Academic Life at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2008

students dancing under the clock tower
students getting temporary tatoos
New UW-Eau Claire students enjoyed activities during 2007 orientation. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner)

EAU CLAIRE — The new school year and phase two of orientation begins Aug. 29 for 2,000 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshmen. Phase two of orientation is designed to answer many of the questions new students have as they prepare for the first day of classes.

"It provides students with the opportunity to meet faculty and other professionals on campus who can help them develop a level of confidence as they prepare for life as a student on the UW-Eau Claire campus," said Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation.

From 10-11:30 a.m., new students will meet in small groups with a staff member and student mentor. For most students, this will be part of their First Year Experience course. In the afternoon, they will meet with department faculty advisers and other students in their major. If they haven't declared a major, they will meet with an undeclared adviser. Then, with assistance from continuing students, freshmen will walk through their class schedule so they will know their way around campus on the first day of class.

Later in the evening, students can continue to meet other classmates at a picnic held on the Central Campus Mall beginning at 6 p.m., followed by Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Toby Causby
Toby Causby

Toby Causby, a well-known facilitator in the areas of education, business, social service and faith/ministry, will be the Convocation speaker. In 1997 he founded Toby Causby Consulting, which develops personal growth in communication, leadership, multiculturalism and team/community building. In addition to consulting, Causby is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies concentrating in organizational development and multiculturalism from DePaul University. Causby has worked with organizations both nationally and internationally.

Following Convocation, Guitar Hero and Wii sports tournaments and a moonlight mixer and DJ showcase will be held in the backyard of the Putnam and Thomas residence halls. These activities are part of CUBEfest, 10 days of events and activities to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community.

Other CUBEfest activities on Saturday, Aug. 30, will include volleyball tournaments, canoe rides and an entertainment showcase at 8 p.m. in Zorn Arena, featuring a comedian from television's "Last Comic Standing" show and a hypnotist. CUBEfest will continue Sunday and throughout the week and includes outdoor movies, community volunteer opportunities, athletic events, city bus tours and other recreation activities. The complete schedule of events can be found online.

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

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