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Extended orientation prepares students for college success
Sept. 12, 2003

The Student Involvement Fair is just of the many events that aim to help students adjust to college life.Ohio University's extended orientation is designed to prepare new students to make the academic and social adjustments to college life to lay the foundation for a successful college career. A full menu of activities is planned throughout fall quarter to get their college lives off on the right foot.

"Beginning last year, we lengthened the time frame of the orientation activities," said Patti McSteen, associate dean of students. "We found that, during Precollege, incoming students are focused mainly on their academic schedules and residence hall adjustments. It's difficult to adequately deliver information on social responsibilities and long-term academic success in a short time frame."

Students received flyers outlining fall quarter activities during Precollege and when they moved into their residence hall rooms. Additional flyers are available at the Office of the Dean of Students, 202 Baker University Center.

Among the offerings are four featured programs in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium:

  • Katie Koestner will discuss sexual communication and respect between men and women during her presentation, "No Visible Bruises," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.
  • T.J. Leyden, a former neo-Nazi white supremacist activist, will speak on "Turning Away From Hate" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8.
  • "Making College Count" will address tips and tools for success in college at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.
  • David Helstrom will talk about healthy decisions about alcohol, sex and other life choices during "The Real Buzz: The Truth and Lies about Campus Alcohol" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

"The information is geared toward what students need to consider so that they can be successful members of the campus community," McSteen said.

In addition to all first-year students, new fraternity and sorority members, first-year athletes and students enrolled in UC 115 (university experience course) are required to attend some of the feature programs.

POWER (Promoting Ohio University Wellness Education Responsibility) is co-sponsoring the appearances of Koestner and Helstrom, and the Honors Council is co-sponsoring the "Making College Count" event. The Women's Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council are co-sponsoring the presentation by T.J. Leyden.

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