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President McDavis welcomes first-year students

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 5, 2006) -- Ohio University hosted its annual President's Convocation for First-Year Students on Monday, Sept. 4, and President Roderick J. McDavis shared some words of wisdom for the class of 2010.

Photo by Kainaz AmariaHe began by welcoming the newcomers to the university and reminded them that the convocation marks the beginning of their adult lives.

"Never again will you have four or five years of such tremendous opportunity to succeed and fail, to learn from your mistakes and to learn about others and even more about yourself," McDavis said.

He went on to give the students four "keys" that will unlock the door to success at Ohio University. He told the group to take a role in their education by seeking opportunities beyond the classroom, ask questions, be bold and become involved in activities on and off campus. He also told them to trust themselves and the lessons they learned from their family and community.

"As an alumnus, I want prospective employers to see your resume and know they are hiring someone from a nationally prominent university," McDavis said.

Also speaking at the convocation were Provost Kathy Krendl, Dean of Students Terry Hogan, Faculty Senate Chair Phyllis Bernt, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith, Board of Trustees student representative Micah Mitchell and Student Senate President Morgan Allen.

After the event, the first-year students followed tradition and were led to the College Gate by the Ohio University Marching 110.

The President's Convocation was part of the Welcome Week Orientation for First-Year Students, which consisted of many useful activities. On Saturday, students participated in a residence hall welcome and welcome dinner. On Sunday, they learned how to use the university's DARS system and participated in their selected college's orientation. In addition, international students were treated to a picnic and participants in the university's learning communities were invited to a "get familiar with the LC program" session.

Photos by Kainaz AmariaMonday began with Community Connections, an orientation session for students living on campus. After the President's Convocation and the march to the College Gate, students could visit with more than 200 campus organizations at the Student Involvement Fair on the College Green.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, students are invited to participate in the Choose Campus Rec program, which allows them to visit the numerous recreation facilities on campus between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The Ohio University 2010 freshman class is expected to exceed 4,100 students and is projected to have a 23.5 ACT composite score, which would be slightly higher than last year's class. The class also includes the first Appalachian Scholars and second group of Urban Scholars, two need-based scholarship programs created by President McDavis to increase diversity on the Athens and regional campuses.

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