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Gearing Up for Orientation 2006: You are OWU!

August 9, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO — Putting careful planning and preparations into the production mode, Ohio Wesleyan’s Orientation team of students, faculty, and staff members are readying themselves to welcome the Class of 2010.
New students and their families will begin moving in on Wednesday, August 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., with those who are signed up for the StART session four program
moving in the day before. (StART is a new program at OWU designed to help ease the transition to academic demands of college). For more about this go to start.owu.edu
As Dean of Students John Delaney explains, this year’s Orientation programs have informative and important activities for students as well as parents.
“Our new students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advisors, attend residence hall meetings, and get to know their Orientation leaders,” he says. Other interesting programs for students include discussions about Greek life and campus activities as well as sessions on alcohol and drug awareness, how to get along with roommates, study skills and other relevant topics.
OWU’s Orientation is, as the program’s coordinator, Nancy Bihl Rutkowski says, designed to help students with transitions outside of their classes.
“Besides encouraging understanding and awareness of societal issues, we try to help students meet other students. There is a level of comfort in knowing familiar faces.”
OWU’s new parents will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff members and attend special seminars on topics ranging from financial aid to graduation requirements, career services and student health concerns.
“There also will be a special breakfast for parents, where they will meet other parents and staff,” says Rutkowski. “And the Thursday evening Convocation in Gray Chapel is
for both students and their families, and features welcoming remarks from President Mark Huddleston and others.” The musical talent of  OWU’s new students also is showcased during this official kickoff of the 2006-07 academic year.

Assisting Rutkowski this year are eight senior Orientation student leaders and Bobbi Frey, who as Rutkowski says, “is my right-hand person who know every aspect of this campus.”