Northwestern freshmen, transfers to gather Saturday for orientation

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Northwestern freshmen, transfers to gather Saturday for orientation

August 11, 2009

All freshmen and transfer students entering Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the fall semester, which begins Monday, will be taking part in orientation events Saturday.

All Freshman Orientation activities will kick off in Herod Hall Auditorium with registration taking place from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and transfers will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Education Center, room 109.

The freshmen will be welcomed to campus at 8:30 a.m. by Brad Franz, dean of student affairs and enrollment management.

“Freshman Orientation is an exciting time for us and our incoming freshmen,” Franz said. “It gives us the opportunity to explain what it takes for freshmen to be successful at Northwestern. Incoming freshmen will work with current students, and also meet some people who will be a big part of their campus lives.”

To get things really going Saturday morning, the Ranger cheerleaders and football team will teach these new Rangers a few cheers and the school’s fight song, “Ride, Rangers, Ride.” The Ranger band, which has been on campus this week in rehearsals for marching season, also will perform during the event.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, will speak to the students and many of the university’s staff members, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors will be introduced.

From 9 to 11:55 a.m. freshmen will take part in various “breakout” sessions where they will have their student IDs made, get parking decals, and visit with a faculty member about the differences between high school and college and what to expect from their college professors and classes. Students also will visit with current Northwestern students to ask questions about college life and what to expect, have a short orientation at the J.W. Holder Wellness Center and have individual school group photos taken.

Campus clubs and organizations from throughout campus will have booths set up during this time in the Student Center commons area so all students can learn of the many organizations they will have a chance to join.

Following those sessions, the entire class will gather on the lawn near the Student Center to have the traditional freshman class photo taken.

As soon as this photo has been taken, students will re-assemble in the auditorium for a wrap-up session.

Transfer students attending their orientation session will be given information about receiving their Northwestern e-mail accounts, Rangernet, transcripts, IDs and parking decals, a short wellness center orientation, among other topics.

For more information, please contact Jason Hillman, director of student life and counseling, at (580) 327-8439 or