Northwestern freshmen, transfers gathered for orientation

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Northwestern freshmen, transfers gathered for orientation

August 25, 2008

All freshmen and transfer students entering Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the fall semester participated in Freshman Orientation 2008 on Saturday, Aug. 16.

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 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.

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,” Franz said. “Having the opportunity to show our incoming freshmen how active our student organizations are is very important.”

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

As soon as this photo was taken, students gathered in the auditorium for a special presentation called “The Ultimate Road Trip, Campus2Career,” put on by, which touched upon some of the things they can expect as college students and young adults, like the importance of studying, being prepared for class and getting involved in their college experience.

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

Transfer students attended their orientation session 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.

“We have a great group of new students,” Franz said. “We are excited to get the year up and going.”