Northwestern freshmen, transfer orientation a success

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Northwestern freshmen, transfer orientation a success

August 21, 2009

More than 350 freshmen and 77 transfer students attended their respective orientation sessions during Freshman Orientation at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Orientation activities began in Herod Hall Auditorium with registration followed by speakers and group “break out” sessions.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, and Brad Franz, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, spoke to students. Members of the Northwestern staff, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors were introduced, along with Ranger Cheerleaders and the football team.

2009 Freshmen Class
The 2009-2010 freshman class at Northwestern Oklahoma State University gathered on the lawn near the Student Center to have the traditional freshman class photo taken on Saturday. 

Students had the opportunity to have their student IDs made, get parking decals, and visit with faculty members about the differences between high school and college and what to expect from their college professors and classes. Students also visited with current Northwestern students to ask questions about college life.

Campus clubs and organizations from throughout campus had booths set up in the newly renovated Student Center commons area so all students were able to see many of the organizations they will have a chance to join.

“We truly appreciate all of the organizations, faculty, staff and students for attending and showing their support to make this year’s Orientation so successful,” said Jason Hillman, director of student life and counseling. “It’s important to show our incoming students how active our student organizations are on campus.”

Following “breakout” sessions, the entire class gathered on the lawn near the Student Center to have the traditional freshman class photo taken.

The Ranger band, under the direction of new faculty member Dr. Michael Stone, associate professor of music and director of bands, concluded the freshman portion of orientation with “Ride, Rangers, Ride.”

Students also had the opportunity to visit with financial aid, registry and the business office.

Transfer students attended their orientation session in the afternoon and were given information about receiving their Northwestern e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, transcripts, IDs and parking decals, a short wellness center orientation, among other topics.

“Freshman Orientation was a success this year,” Hillman said. “We are looking forward to an exciting year.”