Editor’s Note: In keeping with UT Tyler's strong tradition of quality, many new and exciting university additions will debut this fall to further enhance the academic experience and campus life. In this series, we will take a look at some of those opportunities planned for the fall semester.
The University of Texas at Tyler will welcome the 2006 freshman class at its annual Freshman Orientation Aug. 18 – 22, Dr. Dale Lunsford, vice president of student affairs and external relations, announced.
Orientation will include information sessions, community service and social activities.
Previously, freshman orientation was held throughout the summer in four one-day sessions.
“It was difficult to fit all the information in one day,” said Ashley Ward, student development specialist and freshman orientation coordinator. “We plan to utilize the five days to not only orient the students with the university, but to also build camaraderie within the freshman class and generate a feeling of belonging. From move-in day to the first day of class, the students will be active and together.”
Orientation will kick-off 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18 with freshman moving into Ornelas Residence Hall, Patriot Village or University Pines.
Students and parents will attend separate break-out sessions Saturday, Aug. 19. Topics include campus technology, campus and personal safety, health and wellness, academic resources, campus services, who and what is UT Tyler and letting go. Various social activities will be held Sunday, Aug. 20.
“On Monday, Aug. 21, students will participate in a community service day to encourage involvement not only on campus but also in the community,” said Ward. “This is also a way to introduce them to the community service opportunities in Tyler.”
From 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21, students will provide community service for PATH, Discovery Science Place, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, East Texas Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, UT Tyler Nursing Christian Fellowship and UT Tyler wellness trail.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, students will attend freshman convocation where they will hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder speak of his book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest for Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Could Cure the World. A copy of the book was given to every freshman as part of the UT Tyler 2006 Freshman Summer Reading Program.
Fall classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 23.
“Having the entire freshman class in one orientation will certainly be beneficial to the students and the university,” said Ward. “We will still be able to break the students up into small groups for various activities, but they will also be able to come together as a one large group, which will help them identify with each other.”
“Holding orientation right before classes begin and while the students are living on campus will also help build those life-long friendships,” added Ward.
For more information, visit www.uttyler.edu/orientation.
To sign-up for freshman orientation, visit the Office of Student Development in the University Center, room 111 or call 903.565.5645.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 5,700 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.