Here They Come: Move-in Day Starts Fall Semester
Aug. 23, 2012
Blue skies welcome newcomers to campus.
Housing Orientation Week kicked off Wednesday with move-in day for the more than 1,900 students living on campus this academic year.
Various activities are scheduled, including parent orientations, town hall meetings, group dinners in the Gastronome, information sessions and a resource fair designed to introduce students to the numerous campus clubs and organizations.
With topics ranging from “Avoid the Freshman 15” and “What Your Professors Wish You Knew” to “Preventing Identity Theft” and “Ask an Officer,” this week’s information sessions target student needs both in and outside the classroom.
“We want students to get adjusted to college life, succeed academically and adapt socially,” said Sharnette Underdue, associate director of housing and residence life, who was among the more than 400 in attendance at Wednesday night’s “Welcome to the Block Party,” hosted by the Student Health and Counseling Center for students living on campus.
Along with refreshments and dancing were activities designed to raise awareness about responsible alcohol use, including the dangers of driving after drinking.
Other special events this week include: an evening open house and pool party at the Student Recreation Center, an afternoon at the Fullerton Arboretum, Casino Night in the Gastronome, a comedy show and a late-night shopping excursion to Target hosted by the retailer that will include games and prizes.
“This is going to be their home for the next nine months, so we want them to get acclimated to their new environment,” Underdue said.
Throughout the week, time is set aside each day for games and icebreakers, including “Speed Friending,” karaoke, “Family Feud” and dodge ball, “for students to interact, to get to know each other,” Underdue added.
By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856