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Orientation gets new students ready for college life

8/15/2012 —


Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22

Thursday, Aug. 23

Members of the class of 2016 at Penn State New Kensington begin their college careers with the annual academic and campus orientation program.

Known as Pride Days, the two-day program is a series of sessions designed to give first-year students the tools necessary to make a smooth transition into University life. Incoming students meet with staff, faculty and peers, and participate in activities designed to help them adjust to life at Penn State. During the first part of the program, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22, students will attend one of the two small-group orientation days and learn to manage their academic curriculum and navigate the electronic resources on campus as well as meet other students.

The second part of the program on Thursday, Aug. 23, Academic Convocation and All Prides Day, brings together all first-year students to meet informally with faculty and advisers and take part in group activities.

Orientation concludes with a maritime journey of Pittsburgh's three rivers. The annual evening cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper brings together nearly 400 freshmen from the Penn State campuses of Beaver, Greater Allegheny, Shenango and New Kensington. As the new semester dawns, the incoming class joins the upperclassmen Aug. 27 to begin working toward their bachelor's and associate degrees.

For more on student life at the campus, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/StudentLife/default.htm online.



Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21-22

8:00-8:15 a.m. - Registration, Athletics Center      
8:15 a.m. - Welcome and Overview, Theresa Bonk, Director of Student Affairs
8:30 a.m. - “Teambuilding in the University,” Campus Lawn/Athletics Ctr.
9:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. - Lion Success Sessions (40 minutes each session)
12:20 p.m. - Lunch, Conference Center
                     Remarks- Dr. Kevin Snider, Chancellor, Jordan Miller, SGA President
1:00 p.m. - Life at Penn State, Theatre
1:30 p.m. - Tour of Campus Classrooms (optional)    


Thursday, August 23

8:15 a.m. - Registration/Sign-In, Upper Lobby
8:30 a.m. -Welcome, Theatre, Theresa Bonk, Director of Student Affairs
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. - Academic Convocation, Theatre
Introduction - Dr. Kevin Snider, Chancellor 
Remarks - Dr. Andrea Adolph, Director of Academic Affairs
Significance of Academics - Dr. Allen Larson
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Craig Hammond
Recessional: Singing of the Alma Mater, Heather Lach
9:30 – 10:20 a.m. - Pride Challenge, Athletics Center
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker, Theatre
C.L. Lindsay III, “The College Student’s Guide to the Law”
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. - Traditional Rainbow Picture, Arch
11:50 – 12:45 p.m. - PRIDE Picnic, Big Tent, Multi-purpose Field
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Academic College and Program Meetings
Administration of Justice - Dr. Kristine Artello, TECH 015
Agricultural Science - Deborah Sillman, SCI 138
Earth and Mineral Science - Deborah Sillman, SCI 138
Arts & Architecture - Bud Gibbons, ENG 122
Business - Dr. Michael McGinnis, Conference Ctr., 13B
Communications - Dr. Allen Larson/Dr. Jennifer Wood, ENG 135
Division of Undergraduate Studies/Undecided- Sean Bridgen, Advising Coordinator, SCI 140
Eberly College of Science - Dr. William Hamilton, SCI 138
Education-Dr. Linda Maguire, ENG 133
Engineering-Ronald Land, ENG 132 
Health & Human Development-Dr. Jyotsna Kalavar, Conf. Ctr. 16B
Information Sciences and Technology- Gary Heberling, Conference Ctr., 14B
Liberal Arts-Dr. Donald Bruckner/Dr. Craig Hammond, TECH 129
Psychology– Dr. K.R. Bridges/Dr. Rick Harnish, ENG 134
Radiological Sciences – Debra Majetic, ENG 121
1:20-2:20 p.m. - Building a Community, Theatre
Penn State Citizenship – Theresa Bonk and Jordan Miller, SGA President
“Respect” - Penn State Orientation Peer Educators
2:20-3:20 p.m. - Pride Olympics, Multi-purpose Field
3:30 p.m. - Building Tours, Theatre Lobby

Pride Leaders
Black Pride: Dawnalyn Kann, Joshua Pilat
Green Pride: Lauren Richards, Karsten Smith
Purple Pride: Aric Fellers, Amy Kurdanski
Blue Pride: Bill Staniszewski, Kelsie Nury


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