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Friday, March 26, 2010

New Student Orientation offers enhanced experience

Future students are now just one click away from a wealth of information about BGSU.

Orientation Station, a Web site dedicated to providing information about the new student orientation process, is available at Students and parents can find the information they need and complete some requirements in advance, with the goal of strengthening their sense of connection to BGSU.

While the orientation visit remains the core event, the University is using this new online tool to provide a constant stream of communication with students and parents. The hope is that by having information available online, families will be able to interact with BGSU earlier and in a variety of ways.

Andy Alt, assistant dean of students, said there are two valuable benefits. “It’s a way for students and their families to remain engaged in the enrollment process with a check-list of things they have to accomplish and helpful things to think about.”

Alt said this format allows them to put all the necessary information about finances, campus life and academics into one spot. “Students who search this page will find more relevant results compared to searching the BGSU
home page.”

There are also plans for more content to be added to the site, taking students through their first year on campus.

Orientation Station is just one of the changes implemented to enhance the new student experience—the program will now last just one, instead of two days, eliminating the need for an overnight visit. The change was prompted by feedback from both students and parents asking for a more compact visit. Organizers hope the shorter orientation will heighten the focus on giving a consistent and comprehensive introduction to BGSU for all students.

The schedule includes more transfer student and Saturday sessions. The first transfer student registration session is April 16 and will be held in cooperation with an Office of Admissions Transfer Visit Day.


Future students will start their orientation day at 7:30 a.m. with check-in and the opportunity to view a variety of campus resource displays. The rest of the morning will be spent getting an overview of the orientation program and academic meetings by college. Students and their family then attend afternoon sessions on career development, financial commitments and resources, and residence life and the
commuter experience.

Online registration for New Student Orientation opened up last month, about two months earlier than previously. As of March 25, 712 students had selected and paid for their summer visit.


Latino Student Union hosts Cesar Chavez Blood Drive

The Latino Student Union (LSU) is raising awareness about the legacy of a civil rights leader and helping to save lives at the
same time.

The group is hosting the 2010 National Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 1 in 202B Bowen-Thompson
Student Union.

Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn will help kick off the event at noon on March 31. Joining Quinn will be President Carol Cartwright and Richard Romero, the former chair of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Romero, a BGSU alumnus and founding member of LSU, will present a plaque to the University for its work with Latino students.

Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American farmworker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers of America.

The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Chipotle. Donors will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito.

For more information, click here.

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March 26, 2010