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For Immediate Release
July 22, 2009

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Janet Roy
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New Students and Families Get Ready for College

Summer Orientation 2009

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Press Release Photo Students and their families learn about student services at the Information Fair.

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Brockport, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, welcomed new freshmen and transfer students and their families to campus for Summer Orientation 2009 in June and July. The last of five orientation sessions wrapped up July 16–17.

During Summer Orientation, 860 students and 776 family members participated in a variety of programs and events designed to get students acclimated to college life and their families ready for their students’ first semester at Brockport.

“More students than ever attended this year’s program. And, surprisingly, more families attended as well (almost two hundred more family members participated compared to previous years),” said Andrea Newman, coordinator of the First-year Experience and Summer Orientation. We pride ourselves in using the orientation to not only welcome the new students to campus, but also welcome the parents and family members. The more support and positive encouragement the College and families can provide their student, the better their experiences will be this fall.

“The Summer Orientation program is a testament to the strong sense of community and impressive student leadership we have on this campus,” Newman said. “Since the revitalization of Summer Orientation 2006, the College has rallied around this program and assisted our office in providing new students and families the welcoming guidance they need before the start of the fall semester. It’s amazing the pride the Orientation Student Advisors and I feel when it’s all said and done. It truly takes a village, and the campus always responds positively to such efforts.”

Each of the two-day programs included an overnight stay in College residence halls. Students met with academic advisors, became familiarized with student services and student organizations, and got to know their fellow classmates during social events. A separate family program included sessions for parents new to the college experience as well as information on financial aid, residential living, and career services.

New students also received a copy of the College’s Summer Reading Program book, Feed, by M.T. Anderson. Anderson also tailored a video message to enrolling students, shown during the orientation dinner. In it, he explained his motivations for writing Feed and excitement for his visit to campus in September. Students are asked to read the book over the summer and will discuss it in the classroom this fall. A variety of events related to the book also are planned, including Anderson’s visit on September 29.

Fall classes at The College at Brockport start on August 31. For more information on Summer Orientation and the First-year Experience Program, visit the First-year Experience Web page.

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