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Mount Union College Welcomes the Class of 2013

August 27, 2009

move-inOn Friday, more than 630 new students will unpack their bags in various residence halls, apartments and theme houses across Mount Union College’s campus and begin familiarizing themselves with their new home.

Classes will begin on Monday, August 31 and College officials anticipate a total enrollment of 2,205 students this fall.

Fall Orientation, which also begins on Friday, includes a schedule of events spanning the entire weekend. Members of both Mount Union Alumni Council and Greek life will be 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 17 states including Ohio, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Of the students from Ohio, 219 high schools and 51 of Ohio's 88 counties are represented. We also have students that represent the following countries including Albania, Bahamas, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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 before the weekend of events begins.

The Class of 2013 will take part in the annual Matriculation Convocation on Friday at 5:15 p.m. on the south lawn of Chapman Hall. 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. During graduation week, 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 ninth year for the summer reading assignment, and the selection this year is Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

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 organized by the members of the Preview and Orientation staff that will better familiarize them to campus in preparation for the beginning of the 2009-2010 Academic Year. A variety of extra-curricular student activities are also planned to kick off the year.

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