Orientation helps commuter students get acclimated to campus
August 29, 2014
buildings spread over 131 acres and thousands of new faces, UW-Stout may seem
intimidating to some new students. The challenge becomes even harder for
students who don't live on or near campus but arrive and leave daily.
UW-Stout again is offering Commuter Orientation. Students can choose the
traditional two-day orientation available to all new students, Monday and
Tuesday, Sept. 1-2,
or a condensed one-day session especially for commuter students, Sept. 2.
A total of
81 freshmen and 181 new transfer students will commute to campus this fall,
according to Dean of Students Joan Thomas.
Close to 150
students from those two groups are expected to attend the orientations, according
to Emily Ascher, a Student Services coordinator who is overseeing the activities.
they can take advantage of this program to connect with other new students and
learn about the great opportunities available to them on campus," Ascher said.
"It will help them feel more connected."
sophomores are required by the UW System to live on campus, unless their home
is within 45 miles.
Orientation, new students are guided through the process of getting their
laptop computers and textbooks; take part in an interactive workshop; tour
campus; meet their academic advisers; and attend the Backyard Bash social
Making a few
new friends or just learning where to relax and study can make a big difference
in the comfort level for new students, according to Ascher. "It's a good
program and important for this group," she said.
traditional orientation activities are geared toward students living on campus;
they make up the vast majority of new students. UW-Stout has 20 residence halls
that house about 3,000 students.
begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
For more information, contact Ascher, 715-232-4051.