Orientation to help new students adjust to UWP life

September 2, 2003

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It was a hectic time all around the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus last year when new students began to arrive at the residence halls, and it was no different at Hugunin Hall on the first day students could move in. More than a thousand new students will begin to move in and become acclimated to the UWP campus with orientation events Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Local businesses will welcome new UWP students with a plethora of discounts and prizes Sat., Aug. 30 when students take the streets for the Discover Downtown scavenger hunt.

PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will welcome more than a thousand new faces to campus this year, and oh what a welcome it will be.

Faculty, staff and continuing students will help new students adjust to life at UWP with a four-day series of orientation events beginning Friday, Aug. 29. New student orientation will continue over the Labor Day weekend and fall-semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Orientation is a time for new students to make the transition from living at home to living at the University. Transfer students find orientation events can be useful in the acclimation to a new school.

"We're helping our students make contacts and connections with UWP. Orientation is a time to help new students and transfer students learn the ins and outs of campus," Leadership Development Coordinator David Nevins said. "And we have a little bit of fun, too."

Students will begin moving to their new home at UWP when the residence halls open at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29. A social sponsored by international student services from 2-4 p.m. will give students the opportunity to meet other new students while they sample treats from other lands.

UWP Chancellor David Markee will welcome new students with an address at the Pioneer Activity Center at 7 p.m. Another social event will follow: the Playfair at 8 p.m., which Nevins called the "ultimate icebreaker."

Saturday's events will help students get acclimated to the downtown area. A picnic at noon will be followed by the Discover Downtown scavenger hunt at 1 p.m. and a free sampling of what Platteville pizzerias have to offer at 2 p.m. Avalon cinema will also be handing out movie tickets free for UWP students.

The area between Dobson and Morrow halls will be transformed for the Rockin' Block Party that night from 5-9 p.m. The Javier Mendoza Band will play at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the movie "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey will be shown outdoors on the lawn near Brockert, Pickard and Hugunin Halls at dusk. In the event of rain the film will be shown at Pioneer Crossing in the Pioneer Student Center.

The circle will be an area of excitement Monday, Sept. 1, for the carnival from 4:30-9 p.m. A picnic supper will be served amid carnival attractions, sand volleyball, disc golf and other games. Student Senate will sponsor a watermelon seed spit.

Dining services will be getting in on the action as well. In addition to the picnic meals Saturday and Monday, a "South of the Border" special dinner will be served Saturday night and faculty will be able to join students for a steak dinner Sunday night.

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