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Mount Union Welcomes Record Class to Campus

August 22, 2008

Classes on the Mount Union College campus may not officially begin until Monday, August 25, but a record number of new students, more than 725, unpacked their bags in various residence halls, apartments and theme houses across campus today and began familiarizing themselves with the College. The last record-setting class of 700 entered Mount Union in 2006.

Coupled with about 1,475 returning students, college officials anticipate a total enrollment of 2,200 students this fall.

Fall Orientation, which also begins today, 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 20 states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Hawaii. We also welcome international students from 12 foreign countries including Canada, China, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Of the students from Ohio, 237 high schools and 58 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 2012 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. 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 ninth year for the summer reading assignment, and the selection this year is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

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 2008-2009 Academic Year. A variety of extra-curricular student activities are also planned to kick-off the year.

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