Orientation programs help students transition into the university environment by equipping both students and their families with knowledge to help students successfully begin their academic careers and continue to develop throughout their time at the university.
New Student Programs & Family Outreach serves as a campus leader in facilitating the transition process for new students and their family members through collaborative programs and outreach, most notably through the formal new-student orientation programs.
Associate Director, New Student Programs & Family Outreach
Research into first-year programming finds that students who develop connections with upperclassmen during their first year are likely to return to campus the following year. The CONNECT Crew program aims to facilitate these connections beginning in the fall term and continuing throughout the remainder of the academic year. CONNECT Crew leaders will facilitate four small group meetings with new students in the residence halls during fall term and follow up with these students in both winter and spring terms. These crew leaders will assist new students in developing relationships, effective academic habits and adjustment strategies through small group discussions, individual advisement and positive interactions.
Ruth Sterner, First-Year Experience Coordinator
New Student Programs and Family Outreach
CONNECT Crew pilot program implemented in three residence halls