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Advice for incoming freshman sought by orientation committee

RELEASED: March 28, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are encouraged to submit entries to a speech contest, offering encouraging words for incoming freshmen. Current students are asked to write about any topic they feel is important for new students to hear during their first week on campus, with a particular focus on academic life. The winning speech will be delivered during the Opening Welcome at Phase II Orientation this fall.

Some example questions that could be addressed are:

  • What does a new student need to know to be academically successful their first year at UW-Eau Claire?

  • What is the most important or best part of life at UW-Eau Claire?

  • What do you wish someone would have told you during Phase II Orientation about the transition to college life — socially and academically?

  • What has been your biggest challenge in college and how did you overcome it?

The winner will receive a $250 scholarship and the honor of addressing 2,000 new students. All finalists will be given the opportunity to have lunch with the chancellor, provost and vice chancellor for student affairs on May 10.

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 26. To enter, e-mail your speech to Julia Diggins, Advising and New Student Initiatives, at digginja@uwec.edu. Be sure to include your name, year in school, major and hometown. Submissions should be limited to fewer than 1,000 words.

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