Fort Hays State University offers new Student Orientation Program to ease transition for new students

NOTE TO EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS: A schedule of events for New Student Orientation is included.

HAYS, KS -- Faculty and staff at Fort Hays State University understand how difficult the first year of college can be for a student.

New Student Orientation -- a day of activities beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, with registration in the McCartney Hall lobby -- will introduce this year's crop of new students to university life and expectations, help them begin building new friendships and give them a taste of university life.

Whether students move away from home or continue living with family, at the university they will assume greater responsibility for themselves, meet a wider variety of people and adjust to the academic demands of a university.

At orientation, students are placed in small group sessions comprised of 35 new students, four current FHSU student leaders and two faculty or staff members. The session topics are designed to address the significant changes and challenges inherent in the transition to college.

Students experience greater success when they know what to expect, said Dr. Diane Scott, assistant vice president for student affairs. In New Student Orientation, she said, students will confront the expectations of being college students:
-- Making themselves go to class.
-- Budgeting money.
-- Meeting people of different races, cultures, religions and backgrounds.
-- Learning to deal with an educational environment that places more emphasis on tests than the daily/weekly assignments used in high school to determine grades.
-- Facing consequences for low grades.
-- Finding out what faculty members expect in the classroom regarding absences, attendance, etc.
-- Learning what resources are available on campus and where they are located.
-- Finding out how to get involved in campus activities.
-- Time management, organization, study skills and goal-setting.

Students will also be able to get answers to their questions and concerns.

"Students who don't succeed are always the ones who do not take the time to learn about the available support services or who fail to make effective use of them," said Scott.

New Student Orientation, Friday, August 20, 2004

Schedule of events

Open to all new freshmen, transfers and re-entry students

9 a.m. -- Registration, McCartney Hall Lobby

9:30 a.m. -- University welcome

9:45-11:40 a.m. -- Breakout Sessions, McCartney Hall and Albertson Hall Classrooms
(25-minute sessions limited to 35 students in each)

ACADEMIC LIFE -- focusing on faculty expectations of students in the classroom, academic policies and procedures, reading and study skills, etc.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES -- emphasizing student transitions and first-year challenges. Topics to be discusses are: stress, alcohol/drugs, diversity, differences in attitudes, opinions, cultures, etc.. and men and women issues.
GET A LIFE -- getting involved on campus, time management, money management, managing freedom, living in a new environment, etc.;
TECHNOLOGY -- students will learn about student Web services, Scatcat e-mail accounts, blackboard, and all other technology resources available to students, as well as technology expectations in the classroom.

11:40 a.m.-noon -- Wrap up: evaluations, T-shirt distribution and announcements.

Noon -- Lunch with faculty, Memorial Union.

12:30-1:15 p.m. -- Guest Speaker, Sheila Shaw: "The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career," Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union.

1:30-3 p.m. Departmental Socials:
Accounting and Information Systems, McCartney Hall, first-floor lobby
Allied Health, Cunningham Hall, room 129
Biological Sciences, Albertson Hall, room 303
Chemistry, Tomanek Hall, room 323
Communications Disorders, first-floor foyer, Albertson Hall
Communication Studies, Felten Start Theatre, Malloy Hall
Economics and Finance, first-floor lobby, McCartney Hall
Information Networking and Telecommunications, Albertson Hall, room 169
Leadership Studies, first-floor lobby, McCartney Hall
Management and Marketing, first-floor lobby, McCartney Hall
Mathematics and Computer Science, Rarick Hall, room 327
Music, Malloy Hall, room 126
Nursing, Stroup Hall
Physics, Tomanek Hall, room 209
Political Science, Rarick Hall, room 319
Psychology, Martin Allen Hall, room 108
Sociology and Social Work, Rarick Hall, room 308
Teacher Education, Rarick Hall, room 231

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