Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

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Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

August 24, 2010

2010-2011 Freshman Class
Northwestern's 2010-2011 freshman class gathered at the end of Freshman Orientation for the traditional class photo. 

Approximately 440 students attended Freshman and Transfer Orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Jason Hillman, director of student life and counseling, said that 360 attended Freshman Orientation and 80 students attended Transfer 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.

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. Financial aid, registry and the business office were open to assist students with final payments and questions.

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

“We would like to thank all of the organizations, faculty, staff and students for attending and showing their support to make this year’s Orientation so successful,” Hillman said. “It’s important for our incoming freshmen to see how many and 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.

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, and a short wellness center orientation, among other topics.

“We have more freshmen on campus this year,” Hillman said. “It’s going to be an exciting year.”

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