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Advice for incoming freshman sought by Phase II Orientation Committee

RELEASED: March 25, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A speech contest at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is under way. Students are asked to submit encouraging words for incoming freshmen in a speech to be delivered during the Opening Welcome at the Aug. 30 Phase II Orientation. Current students are asked to write about any topic they feel is important for new students to hear during their first week on campus.

Some example questions that could be addressed are:

  • What does a new student absolutely need to know about their first year at UW-Eau Claire?
  • What is the most important — and best part — of life here?
  • What do you wish someone would have told you during Phase II Orientation?
  • What was your biggest challenge as a freshman and how did you overcome it?

The winner will receive a $250 scholarship and the honor of addressing 2,000 new students. Finalists also will be given the opportunity to have lunch with the chancellor, provost and vice chancellor for student affairs.

The Phase II Orientation Committee will select the finalists, whose work will be posted online for the campus community to view.

The deadline for submissions is April 30. Entries, along with the writer's name, year in school, major and hometown, should be e-mailed to Julia Diggins, academic adviser in Advising and New Student Initiatives, at digginja@uwec.edu. Speeches should be limited to 1,000 words.

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