Members of class of 2021 prepare for start of fall semester

By University Communications
June 19, 2017
Chris Bendel, right, associate dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, speaks with a student and his mother during UW-Stout’s freshman registration and orientation.

Photo: Chris Bendel, right, associate dean of the College of Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, speaks
with a student and his mother during UW-Stout’s freshman
registration and orientation.

 
It was a big day in Tyler Easton’s young life. The senior at Wauwatosa East High School took part in registration and orientation at University of Wisconsin-Stout, approximately three months before he officially becomes a college student.

Easton was one of about 130 incoming freshmen from the class of 2021 on campus Wednesday, June 7. More than 100 students a day, about 1,500 total, are expected during 12 registration and orientation sessions in June.

Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 6.

“It’s a lot to take in for one day, but everyone has been very helpful and the day has been laid out really well,” said Easton, wearing a nametag like other students, during a midmorning break at the Memorial Student Center.

Students met with advisers, registered for fall classes, were issued ID cards, learned how to get involved on campus and toured a resource fair in the Memorial Student Center. The fair featured faculty and staff explaining a variety of opportunities, from academic to food to recreation to performing arts.

New freshmen learn about University Recreation opportunities at UW-Stout during registration and orientation.

Easton made the trip, arriving the night before, with his mother and grandfather. He plans to major in industrial design, part of UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design. Students in industrial design are taught a blend of art and engineering skills as they learn how to design products.

“I don’t want my art to just sit in a museum. I want it to have a function and improve people’s lives,” said Easton, who’s grandfather was an interior designer and professor in Milwaukee.

Easton previously had toured campus and chose UW-Stout over an industrial design program in the Milwaukee area. “I really like the UW-Stout campus. It’s compact but not too compact,” he said.

Another incoming freshman, Kallista Hering, a senior at Eleva-Strum High School, echoed Easton’s comments that the registration and orientation process was well-planned and the staff was helpful.

“It’s really nice here and everyone is friendly and helpful. I’m excited about taking the next step in my life and making a career,” said Hering, who plans to major in business administration.

Coming from a high school with a graduating class of 50, Hering, who was with her mother, is looking forward to getting out on her own, meeting new people in the school of more than 9,600 students, living with a roommate in the residence halls and getting involved on campus.

Dana StoneDana Stone, Advisement Center office manager who was overseeing registration and orientation, said it’s an important day for students and their families or guests.

“Once students have their schedule they begin to feel like they’re part of campus and understand their path. They get a chance to meet other students, and some meet their roommates,” Stone said. “It’s exciting to see the new faces.”

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

The half-day of activities includes special sessions to help family members get oriented as well. The family sessions include Partnering with Families for Success presented by Dean of Students Sandi Scott Duex. Other topics include finances, personal safety, food and housing.

UW-Stout had record enrollment of 9,619 students in fall 2016. A total of 1,375 students graduated May 6.

Registration for the fall semester remains open. Contact Admissions, 715-232-1232, or go to the website.

Summer session classes at UW-Stout begin Monday, June 12.

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Photos

Second Photo: New freshmen learn about University Recreation opportunities at UW-Stout during registration and orientation.

Bottom Photo: Dana Stone