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June 10, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler to Hold "Quest for Excellence: New Student Orientation 2009"

The University of Texas at Tyler will offer its “Quest for Excellence: New Student Orientation 2009” during four sessions this summer, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, announced.

On-campus orientation sessions will be offered June 14 – 15, July 17 – 18, July 26 – 27 and Aug. 21 – 22.

“This year we are presenting a multiple-session format for students and their families,” said Laura Jackson, student development specialist who oversees new student and family programs. "While on their ‘quest,’ new students will learn about campus resources, find out how to get involved with campus organizations and personally experience our campus.

“Additionally, this year we will provide a Resource Fair during each orientation. The Resource Fair will be an opportunity to showcase the activities and resources available to UT Tyler students,” she added.

Cost is $55 per student and $30 per guest. The fee covers meals and orientation materials. Those interested in attending an orientation session may complete the invitation card which was mailed to them or submit an online orientation form located at http://www.uttyler.edu/orientation.

Before attending orientation, students must return a signed acceptance letter along with a $100 deposit to the UT Tyler admissions office and complete their advising and registration appointment through the Academic Advising Center.

For more information, contact Jackson, 903.565.5873 or laura_jackson@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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