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Parents Invited to Get Involved at UC's Orientation

Date: June 28, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Photos by Dottie Stover
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati's two-day orientation for new students begins July 2 and will draw approximately 3,000 students and their parents through Aug. 3. As part of that experience, students will get a preview of how the campus will be transformed by current construction, and parents will be invited to keep up-to-date with happenings on campus. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. in Room 525 Old Chemistry Building. Orientation 2000

New programs at this year's orientation include a presentation that explains why there are white pavilions dotting parts of the campus. Niraj Dangoria, director of campus planning under the Office of the University Architect, and Tom Hadley, associate vice president for Student Affairs and Human Resources, will host a presentation on the UC Master Plan, including the MainStreet project that will become the campus center for student social and academic services including shopping, recreation and restaurants.

Students also will get a multimedia presentation of the revised General Education program that will be implemented this fall. General Education, described as a common learning experience for all students in undergraduate programs, is a requirement by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university also is extending something new to the parents with the creation of the UC Parents' Association. The program, housed under the Office of Educational Services, will help parents keep track of the happenings on campus. Parents can join as a couple for $20 or single for $15. In return, they'll receive an academic calendar with important dates (like final exams) in addition to UC T-shirts, key chains and pens provided by DuBois Bookstore.

Students and parents will get acquainted with UC under the guidance of 29 student orientation leaders and four student orientation coordinators, all specially trained to answer questions and concerns that affect new students, such as being able to find their classrooms on a large campus. Last year's freshmen design flags to display their perception of  a Just Community

Programs launched last year at orientation -- the introduction to UC's Just Community initiative, a program on the Nuts and Bolts of College Survival and the Year in the Life program with dramatizations by UC students -- all will bring a look at how students can turn their time at UC into lasting memories.

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