Incoming freshmen acclimate with orientation, registration

By University Communications
June 29, 2016
Biology instructor Krista James, right, director of the environmental science undergraduate program, talks with students and parents during orientation and registration.

Photo: Biology instructor Krista James, right, director of the environmental
science undergraduate program, talks with students and parents
during orientation and registration.

 Summer is just beginning, but more than 1,200 high school graduates already are looking forward to fall. That’s when they’ll begin their college careers at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The excitement began to build for about 530 of them June 7-10 when they attended single-day freshman orientation and registration sessions on campus. Another 665 freshmen will be on campus June 20-24 and still more June 29-30.

One of the freshmen Thursday was Connor Haukom, of Somerset, who was seeing campus for the first time. He had committed to attending UW-Stout site unseen, largely because the university had the major he wanted, criminal justice and rehabilitation.

Students and parents attend the resource fair.After his first look at campus Thursday, he knew he made the right decision. “I’m glad I chose UW-Stout. Everything has gone really well. I like the city — it’s right by the lake. Everyone is friendly,” Haukom said.

Like other students at orientation and registration, he met his first-year adviser and academic program adviser, attended a campus resource fair and registered for fall classes. First-year students also had their campus ID photo taken.

Class registration was easy, Haukom said. Students were guided through the process with laptop computers in a room in Jarvis Hall Science Wing. Haukom finished registering without a hitch; he will be taking 15 credits when classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Move-in day at the residence halls is Sunday, Sept. 4.

Incoming first-year students also learned from their peers during a Life at Stout panel discussion led by six upperclassmen, who talked about how to get involved, residence hall life, where to eat, how to stay safe on and around campus and other student life issues.

Haukom said he is most excited about meeting new people and making new friends come fall, but he’ll also have friends when he arrives. About 13 of his Somerset High School classmates, more than 10 percent of the graduating class, will be attending UW-Stout, he said.

Band director Aaron Durst, left, and theater director Paul Calenberg talk with students and parents. They are part of what’s expected to be a large UW-Stout freshman class, the class of 2020.

UW-Stout, which had record enrollment of 9,535 in fall 2015, graduated 1,317 students at commencement May 7.

Registration for the fall semester remains open. Contact Admissions at 715-232-1232, 800-447-8688. 

The orientation sessions generally are for students who plan to attend UW-Stout, although some students who still are deciding on a university also attend, said Britta Miller, from the Advisement Center who was overseeing orientation activities.

“This event helps students get started. Everybody leaves with a class schedule,” Miller said.

Many students attend orientation with their parents or a family member. The half-day of activities includes special sessions for family, such as Partnering with Families for Success presented by interim Dean of Students Sandi Scott Duex, who discussed student behavior, safety and getting involved on campus.

“It’s a family orientation too,” Miller said.

Orientation and registration is coordinated by the Advisement Center staff, with seven staff advisers and 10 student guides.

Summer session classes at UW-Stout begin Monday, June 13.



Second Photo: First-year students and their parents attend a resource fair at the Memorial Student Center.

Bottom Photo: Band director Aaron Durst, second from left, and theater director Paul Calenberg, right, talk with students and parents.