Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

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Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s freshman class gathers for the traditional group photo.

More than 370 students attended Freshman and Transfer Orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Kaylyn Hansen, director of student life and counseling, said that approximately 320 attended Freshman Orientation, and 53 students attended Transfer Orientation.

Orientation was opened in Herod Hall Auditorium with the Ride, Rangers, Ride fight song, played by Northwestern’s band, and a performance from the Ranger Cheerleaders.  Members of the Northwestern staff, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors were introduced. After introductions Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; Calleb Mosburg dean of student affairs and enrollment management; and Scott Brown, Alva city council president, spoke to students.

Following the opening session, the freshmen braved the morning rain as they walked across campus for their various breakout sessions.

Each student had the opportunity to have their student IDs made, get parking decals, and visit with staff members about the differences between high school and college and what to expect from their college professors and classes. Freshmen 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. Freshmen students also visited the Academic Success Center and the J.R. Holder Wellness Center.

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.

“With the help of Northwestern’s administration, staff and the student organizations, Freshman Orientation was a success,” Hansen said. “We believe our incoming freshmen were able to engage in activities that will help with their transition into college life.”

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.”