Inside Iowa State
August 13, 1999
'New Student Days' weekend debuts Aug. 19by Anne Dolan
More than 2,000 of Iowa States first-year students will participate in the first "New Student Days" Aug. 19-22. A continuation of summer orientation, New Student Days is designed to help first-time ISU students get off to a good college start. The extended weekend provides tips and experiences to help students adjust to academic, personal and social aspects of the university. It is sponsored by the orientation office and the vice provost for undergraduate programs.
"We hope faculty and staff will help us create a welcoming atmosphere so our new students feel a part of this community,
said Liz Kurt, coordinator of New Student Days. "Their first few days and weeks are important to their long-term success at Iowa State."
Kurt noted that some of the classroom buildings near central campus -- including Carver, Pearson, Ross and Black Engineering -- will be used heavily by New Student Days participants.
New Student Days registration opens Thursday afternoon, Aug. 19. The weekend concludes early Sunday afternoon with an ice cream reception at the Towers residence complex. In between, new students will become familiar with the campus and learn about using the Project Vincent computer system, the Student Health Center and the library; making time for study and other activities; living on campus or off; and finding leadership opportunities. In teams, new students will complete activities and a community service project. Movie night and an outdoor video dance also are planned. CyRide is providing a free pass to all New Student Days participants, valid through the first day of classes.
Comedienne Paula Poundstone will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Hilton Coliseum. Her one-hour performance is free and open to the Iowa State community.
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