For Immediate Release
August 22, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, welcomed 1,106 new freshmen this week—and a record 17.2 percent of them are minorities, a reflection of the emphasis and value the College places on diversity.
“We are excited and proud to be welcoming the Class of 2017 to campus this week,” says Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD. “And we are particularly pleased that we continue to attract talented minority students. Each of our incoming students will enrich our campus and we’re eager for them to join the Brockport community.”
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Randall Langston says the increase in minority enrollment is part of the College having intensified its collaborative outreach to inner city schools and its continuous efforts to engage school counselors and community leaders about the value of higher education.
“At Brockport, we recognize the important of recruiting an academically talented and diverse incoming class,” Langston says. “Access to college is of paramount importance and, as a comprehensive public institution of higher education, we are delighted to welcome students from all ethnic backgrounds.”
Students moved into campus throughout the week, with move-in culminating on Friday. As per Brockport tradition, hundreds of student, faculty, and staff volunteers greeted each new student and their families in the parking lot, loaded their belongings onto motorized carts, and moved them into their new rooms.
Tracey Dickinson, a senior nursing and psychology major, helped move students into Thompson Hall Thursday.
“I love doing this. I like seeing all of the freshmen and helping them out,” Dickinson says. “This can be an intimidating and scary time, so we try to make them feel welcome and feel that there is a sense of community here. It makes things easier.”
Jake Samuels, a freshman from Albany, appreciated the assistance when he moved in on Wednesday.
“Everything was really easy,” Samuels said. “I really like the campus and it seems like a good fit. Now I’m excited to meet new people and start my classes.”
Freshman Kathryn Dziwulski, from Amherst, expressed similar sentiments. She was eager to meet her roommate in-person for the first time.
“And, I’m really excited about setting up my room,” Dziwulski said.
Visit our Facebook page to view move-in photos.
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