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Education cycle starts anew with freshman orientation

May 24, 2013

The cycle of education has started over at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Less than two weeks after nearly 1,400 students graduated, a similar number of students are taking their places on campus.

Hundreds of incoming freshmen were on campus for first-year registration and orientation Wednesday through Friday, May 22-24.

It was the first of three sessions, each with three or four daylong events, to welcome new students to Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. The other sessions are June 4-7 and June 18-21.

Incoming freshmen walk from Jarvis Hall to the student center Friday, May 24.About 130 students each day, or close to 400 total, came to campus this week. Approximately 600 more students are expected each of the next two sessions, according to Britta Miller, lead coordinator of the events for the Admissions Office.

“Some students are excited to be here, and some are nervous. For many students it’s their first time on campus. It’s a big day,” Miller said.

The first scenario rang true Friday for Connor Kisch, of Burnsville, Minn., who was all smiles as he talked about coming to UW-Stout in the fall. “I’m just really excited to be here and start college,” Kisch said. “Everybody has been really friendly and helpful.”

Kisch was accompanied by his parents, as were most students, but freshmen and parents weren’t necessarily spending the day together.

After a welcome session for everyone in the Memorial Student Center, students broke away to meet with their advisers and meet other students during Connection Sessions around campus. Parents stayed put and attended a session called “Partnering with Families for Success,” by Dean of Students Joan Thomas.

Thomas gave parents advice about topics that surely would come up with their sons and daughters while at UW-Stout: Money, majors, class attendance, grades, alcohol and many others. “It’s no longer about letting go. It’s about changing your grip,” Thomas told parents.

Students and parents attended various sessions together later in the morning and early afternoon, such as campus involvement, campus housing, financial aid, studying abroad and job opportunities on campus and through the Cooperative Education program.

They also took tours, checked out residence hall rooms, met the Blue Devil mascot Blaze and had student ID photos taken.

A Resource Fair in the Great Hall of the student center had information about virtually every major aspect of the university.

Kisch, who plans to major in information technology management, had visited campus one time before and said he came away impressed with, among other things, the food. On Friday, he said he likes that the campus is convenient — many of his classes won’t be far from his residence hall — and that there is a low professor-to-student ratio.

When students return in September, they’ll be leaving their parents behind. Move-in day for students at the residence halls is Sunday, Sept. 1.

Fall classes begin Thursday, Sept. 5.

Summer Session classes for current students begin Tuesday, May 28, and end Sunday, Aug. 25.

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