Dear Parents and Family Members:
Welcome to our new and welcome back to our returning families. It is hard to believe that this Monday (August 25) is the first day of classes.
We have some very exciting welcoming activities for our new and returning students, starting with the residence hall welcome at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 22, followed by comedian Ryan Reiss at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, all new students are required to attend either the 1:30 or 3 p.m. performance of Phallacies that uses dialogue and theatre to challenge and expand stereotypical definitions to create healthier communities. The Welcome Picnic runs from 5-7 p.m., followed by hypnotist Chris Johnson at 8 p.m. Transfer students shouldn't miss Transfer Takeoff at 1 p.m. on Sunday (August 24), and all new students should take advantage of the Class Finding Tours at 2 p.m. New student Academic Convocation begins at 4 p.m., which is the official welcome to our academic community.
There are also a variety of activities throughout the week and semester. Please encourage your student to get involved.
A couple of other changes worth noting involve our package delivery system. In the past it had been, well, cumbersome and confusing. We hope we have fixed that. Please see the "package from home" link on the right for instructions on how to get your mail and packages to your student.
Also, our Student Health Service has replaced its a.m. walk-in hours with appointment times. If a student walks in, she/he will be given the next available appointment. We hope this eases the waiting time that often accompanies the first-come, first served set up.
On a more serious note, we encourage parents to talk with their student about making good choices with regard to alcohol and other drugs. Our President's Office e-mailed a letter to students discussing this important issue. See the President's Letter for more information.
We look forward to welcoming your student back to campus this weekend.
Christopher A. Kuretich
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
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