Continue to enhance the new-student welcome

by University Communication | September 2, 2010

Continue to enhance the new-student welcome

Addressing two Quick Fix ideas at once — the second suggestion involved more attention to cultivating student tradition — FOCUS administrators will unveil new wrinkles to the already successful freshman-welcome program. The entire orientation program is updated for fall 2010. New this year will be a Kress Center cookout and ice cream social on the first day, shortening of the formal program to make it even more informal, and a “Walk of Fame” resource tour. A key addition: Students will choose from 16 different breakout sessions presented by dozens of faculty and staff members. Examples include “How to Take Great Notes in Class” by Andy Kersten and Tim Dale; “Dealing with Math-phobia” led by Sherri Urcavich; “Top Ten Things You Should Know About College, But Don’t,” Kim Nielsen; “Coming to Campus With a Heavy Heart,” Illene Noppe; “Learning the Library” with Renee Ettinger; and “Managing Your Image” in the Facebook era, led by Karla Miller.

Employee suggestions were the basis for two dozen "Quick Fix" initiatives implemented during Chancellor Harden's first year. Each of the 100 or so suggestions was discussed at the cabinet level and assigned to a division leader and planning team for followup. Some suggestions turned out to be measures already in place, some involved only minor tweaks to existing practice, and others were determined not to be "quick fixes" at all because of cost, complexity or time horizon. Several projects not yet initiated (and therefore not listed here) remain under consideration.