Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

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Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

August 21, 2012

 Freshman Class 2012-13
Braving the rain, Northwestern's freshman class gather for the tradition photo on the lawn.

More than 455 students attended Freshman and Transfer Orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Kaylyn Hansen, director of student life and counseling, said that approximately 400 attended Freshman Orientation and 60 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. Ranger Band members also played for the freshman class.

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 ballroom so all students were able to see many of the organizations they will have a chance to join.

“Without the help of Northwestern’s administration and the student organizations, Freshman Orientation would not have been a success,” Hansen said. “It’s such a great opportunity for our incoming freshmen to see how many and how active our student organizations are on campus.”

Despite the rain, 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 are looking forward to showing new students on campus this year all the fun activities we have planned,” Hansen said. “We highly encourage all students to get involved.”