Orientation events welcome students to campus, community

Marmian Grimes

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will welcome more than 700 new students starting this weekend at the kickoff of new student orientation activities. The event runs Sunday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 3 and will include workshops and activities for new students and their families, as well as opportunities for students to connect with the Fairbanks community. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 4.

Orientation will officially kick off at 7:15 p.m. Sunday at the Student Recreation Center. Students will have the chance to meet their orientation leaders and members of their orientation group. Highlights of the four-day event include workshops on making sound financial choices in college, a visit to the new campus “FreeStore,” a college-life game show, a Chena River float, sessions with tips for academic success, a special late-night shopping event at West Fairbanks Fred Meyer and a mixer for family members at the Pub Sunday evening. A full schedule of events, as well as information on how to register for orientation, is available online at www.uaf.edu/orientation.

Campus residence halls will open for students to begin moving in at 8 a.m. Sunday Aug. 31. Student move-in includes “Rev It Up” activities in Hess Recreation Center in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to be a one-stop resource for incoming freshmen, but is open to any student. It includes representatives from a wide variety of student services departments on campus who provide information on academics and student life. Residence Life staff members, community volunteers and UAF staffers will be there to help students move into their new homes.

CONTACT: Ronnie Houchin, new student orientation coordinator, at 907-474-1103 or 812-322-5599 or rshouchin@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: http://www.uaf.edu/orientation/