A way to CONNECT

Students and staff cheer for new students participating in the OSU Convocation new student walk on Sept. 20. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

No matter how exciting it is to move to campus for your first year of college, the transition isn’t easy…which is why CONNECT Week at OSU has become such a popular tradition. From the time new students move in on Sept. 18 through Sept. 25, they will have the chance to participate in more than 150 activities that will help them get used to campus and the Corvallis community.

“Students enjoy it because it gives them some time to settle in, get used to their new living situation, meet new people, and take care of logistics, like buying textbooks and figuring out where their classes are,” says Kris Winter, the director of New Student Programs and Family Outreach, the department that coordinates CONNECT Week.
Among the open houses, discount nights at local stores, orientations, games and food are a few standout events Winter would love new students, current students, faculty and staff to know about:

New Student Walk, Convocation and Picnic

Walk: Tuesday, Sept. 20, MU Quad, 3:15
Convocation: Sept. 20, Gill Coliseum, 4 p.m.
New Student Picnic: Sept. 20, MU Quad, 5-8 p.m.

Each year, about 2,000 students gather in the MU Quad to walk to Gill Coliseum for Convocation, OSU’s official academic welcome to its new members. The walk to Gill is symbolic – it mimics the one they will take in four years, when they become the class of 2015. The walk has become a tradition, Winter says, with current students even taking part.

“We’ve seen current students organically show up and form a tunnel surrounding new students,” she says. “They stand and cheer for new students as they’re walking into Gill. Every year more and more students come and show up for that.”

New students’ families and faculty members are also welcome to cheer on loved ones.

At convocation this year incoming students will hear from President Ed Ray, Dr. Larry Roper and keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Orosco, Associate Professor of Philosophy. They will also be doing something they never have before – reciting the OSU creed. “It’s a great way for students to learn what it means to be a member of the community,” Winter says.

The New Student Picnic follows in the MU Quad. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at an OSU dining center.

Text Message Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, Sept. 21, meet outside McNary Dining Hall, 1:30 p.m.

New students have the chance to get to know Corvallis a lot better. They’ll be working in teams, heading to different locations and answering questions about their new town. Some fantastic prizes are donated by local business for winning teams, Winter says.

“We want students to know about services and how close downtown Corvallis is to campus,” Winter says. “It’s really great for students to see the community outside of OSU.”

Day of Caring

Friday, Sept. 23, meet outside McAlexander Field House, 8 a.m.

This year marks the third that hundreds of OSU students will gather to perform a day of community service in Corvallis. Since the first Day of Caring, students have helped manage invasive plant species, painted food pantries, chipped it at the Humane Society, and even played Wii with senior citizens, to name just a few things.

Students also get a sense of how involved the Corvallis community really is – they will work alongside groups from Hewlett Packard, United Way, the City of Corvallis, OSU Federal Credit Union, and more…not to mention caring individuals from the community.

“It’s a great way for students to see the value of what it means to be a member of the Corvallis community, Winter says.”

~ Celene Carillo

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