Orientation Office Gains New Identity

Posted: February 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

In an effort to increase visibility and expand its capabilities, the Orientation Office separated from the Office of Academic Support and Advising Services last week and now operates on its own. The three-person office, consisting of new director Laura Todd, associate Amy Snyder, and support specialist Adrienne Raynor, completes its move from SUB I, Room 305, to Room 351 today.

The Orientation Office is responsible for the planning and implementation of the New Student Orientation Program, which offers new freshman and transfer students the opportunity to meet their peers and faculty members, learn about policies and procedures at the university, receive academic advising, and create a schedule of classes for the upcoming semester.

“One of our goals with this move is to create a new sense of excitement for students making the transition from high school to college,” says Todd, who spent the past eight years as coordinator for new student programs and assistant director of admissions at George Washington University. “This is a significant event in their lives and we want to make it as appealing as possible.”

Enhancing the Orientation Office website is another priority for Todd. In the future, it will include links to academic advisors, an online registration form, and profiles of all student orientation leaders.

For more information on Orientation Office activities, contact Todd at x32475.

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