Freshmen-to-be already preparing for the fall semester
May 21, 2014
The spring semester just wrapped up last week, but the fall
semester at University of Wisconsin-Stout already is on the minds of some
More than 250 high school seniors were on campus Tuesday and
Wednesday, May 20-21, for the first two days of First-year Registration and Orientation
for incoming freshmen.
Other orientation sessions will be held Thursday, May 22, along
with June 3-6, June 17-20 and Aug. 15.
The sessions are for students who already have committed to
UW-Stout. Registration remains open for new students and for upcoming orientation
sessions. Contact the Advisement Center at 715-232-1465 to sign up for a registration date or for more information.
Britta Miller, orientation coordinator for the Dean of Students Office, said it's a big day for students and family
members. "Students are excited to be here, and some are nervous. For some of
them, it's their first time on campus," Miller said.
It was a long day for Sean Griswold, of Slinger in
southeastern Wisconsin. He and his mother woke up at 3:30 a.m. to make the long
drive to Menomonie.
Griswold had been to campus previously, but he was looking
forward to meeting his adviser for his major, cross media graphics management,
and learning more about where he'll be spending much of his time the next four
"I'm getting prepared and organized for the upcoming year,"
said Griswold, who like other freshmen will be registering for his fall
classes, getting his campus ID photo taken and checking out the residence halls,
among other things.
Griswold learned about the cross media graphics management
major through a high school teacher who is a UW-Stout alumnus. "It's one of the
best programs in the country," Griswold said.
Courtney Ommen, of Hastings, Minn., also chose UW-Stout
because of a major she wanted — entertainment design with an emphasis on
animation. She hopes to work someday for Pixar, which produces animated movies.
"I like the school, and I know what I want to do," she said.
She is especially looking forward to getting started in the
fall. "The chance to meet new people and have a new experience is really
exciting," she said.
Students and family members were welcomed by Jackie
Weissenburger, UW-Stout provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student
Affairs. "We're really pleased you chose UW-Stout. We're very student-focused
and want to make sure you have every success academically and socially," she
Weissenburger said students should expect a friendly
atmosphere and should plan to work hard academically and get involved in
organizations to increase their chances for success. She also said students — and
parents — should be pleased to know UW-Stout's career-focused majors have
resulted in a 97 percent employment rate among new graduates.
After the welcome session in the Great Hall of the Memorial
Student Center, students broke away to meet with their advisers and 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, who discussed student
behavior, safety, getting involved on campus and other topics.
Students and parents, together, attended sessions on topics such
as housing, financial aid, studying abroad and the Cooperative Education
A Resource Fair in the Great Hall had information about
virtually every major aspect of the university.
When students return in September, they'll be leaving their
parents behind. Move-in day for students at the residence halls is Sunday, Aug.
31. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Summer Session classes begin Monday, June 9, and end Friday,
Top: Ray Rivera, from Career Services, talks with
an incoming freshman Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center during First-year
Registration and Orientation.
Middle: Jackie Weissenburger
Bottom: UW-Stout students Katie Quinn and McKayla Brunner are serving
as Admissions guides for new students.