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Edinboro University to welcome hundreds of new students & families during Thursday's freshman move-in day


EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman and top administrators will welcome hundreds of new students to campus Thursday, launching a four-day freshmen Orientation experience.

Instead of the typical single-day college move-in for new students, as was the case in the past, for the second consecutive year the start of Edinboro’s Fall semester for freshmen and transfer students will be marked by four days of Orientation designed to acclimate the University’s newcomers to college life in a positive and informative way, combining “news they can use” and community service with fun events.

“Preparing to attend a University means more than a physical move or making plans to commute,” said Kim Kennedy, Director of Residence Life and Orientation. “The preparation involves making an intentional commitment to personal and academic success. At Edinboro, the opportunities for excellence abound, and through our orientation program, we want to connect students with every available resource to assist them in their personal academic and social development.”

Kennedy explained that the orientation program begins with new Student Registration Days in June, encompasses Orientation and Welcome Week activities, and continues through the First-Year Experience Program, with every area of the University involved in the Orientation.

While classes don’t begin until Monday, a large segment of Edinboro’s 1,350 incoming freshmen and 300 transfer students will be moving into the residence halls Thursday for the long weekend Orientation.

Emphasizing Edinboro’s rich Scottish heritage, the Fighting Scots incoming Class of 2016 will be divided into six “clans” – Clans Angus, Burns, Campbell, Duncan, Stewart and Wallace – as the new students make their way through the Orientation period and beyond. This year, students are assigned to clans according to their residence halls or commuting status.

Joining the new students will be returning residential students, who will move back to campus over the weekend.

The upcoming four-day Orientation was developed under the leadership of Kennedy and Dr. Melissa Gibson, Director of the First Year Experience.

As part of the Orientation on Saturday, freshmen will get a first-hand look at the community in which they will be living during a clean-up service project. From 2 to 4 p.m., students will be walking through the streets of Edinboro, picking up debris and litter.

“We want to introduce our students to the importance of community service as soon as they set foot on campus,” said Gibson. “I urge residents to be on the lookout for students as they are cleaning up around town. I hope residents will take the time to say ‘hello’ and welcome these students to our community.”

Starting Thursday at 8 a.m., freshman and transfer students and their families will spend a busy day on campus, with students moving in to their new “digs” and meeting with their Resident Assistants. The day culminates with two Convocations in the historic Louis C. Cole Auditorium—Memorial Hall, one at 6:15 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m.

First Day events center on freshmen being welcomed to campus and saying goodbye to parents and families as students begin this new chapter of their lives in new surroundings.

Day Two on Friday is also filled with activities, but this day is designed for “Creating an Academic Foundation for Success” through departmental meetings and Clan Rotations aimed at getting students indoctrinated in scholarly life.

Day Three – Saturday – is customized for “Getting Acclimated to the Campus and the Community,” while Day Four – Sunday – is highlighted by a “Club Rush,” introducing students to some 200 campus clubs and organizations, providing additional useful information about life on their own, and concluding with an outdoor movie on the lawns of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.