Mount Union College Welcomes Class of 2011 to Campus

April 22, 2010

Classes on the Mount Union College campus may not officially begin until Monday, August 27, but more than 650 new students unpacked their bags in various residence halls, apartments and theme houses across campus today and began familiarizing themselves with the College during 2007 Fall Orientation, which includes a schedule of events spanning the entire weekend.

Mount Union Alumni Council members and upperclassmen are on hand to assist the diverse class of new students and their parents with the move-in and provide refreshments. The new students on campus represent 18 states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alaska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, California, Maryland, and Illinois. We also welcome international students from 9 foreign countries including China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Vietnam. Of the students from Ohio, 223 high schools and 52 of Ohio's 88 counties will be represented.

After meeting roommates and unloading cars, students will have the opportunity to meet with the residence life staff members in their buildings and socialize with other new students.

The Class of 2011 will take part in the annual Matriculation Convocation on Friday at 4:15 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Timken Physical Education Building. The Matriculation Convocation is a tradition where the faculty and freshman students usher in the academic year. Students have the opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book, which remains in the care of the Office of the President until graduation. At that time, it is placed on display in the Bookstore for students to see.

On Saturday, the first Liberal Arts Experience (LS 100) class session will be held, providing new students with an opportunity to meet with their academic advisors and others that will be in their class throughout the semester. Freshman students already started one 'assignment' over the summer for LS 100 ' the selected summer book reading. This is the eighth year for the summer reading assignment, and the selection this year is the Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College by Lynn F. Jacobs, Ph.D. and Jeremy S. Hyman, M.A.

LS 100 is designed to help new students adjust to college life, learn critical reading and discussion skills and provide them with a faculty of staff members to advise them academically until they declare a major and are assigned an advisor within that academic department.

Throughout the weekend, new students will be led through a variety of activities, informational meetings and recreational events by members of the Preview and Orientation staff that will further acclimate them to campus in preparation for the beginning of the 2007-2008 Academic Year. In addition, a 'Week of Welcome' will take place during the first week of classes, offering various activities on campus sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

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