Getting OrientedJune 28, 2012
More than 2,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students attended Orientation programs in June, sampling Rowan's many resources prior to the start of fall classes.
Nearly 750 transfer students attended sessions June 12 and 14 and just over 1,400 freshmen visited for overnight sessions June 18-19, 20-21, 24-25, and 26-27. More than 400 parents attended sessions as well.
Director of Student Life Drew Tinnin said Orientation, which involved daylong activity schedules, was intended to give students the broadest on-campus experience possible before they arrive for classes.
"It's an introduction to University resources and services as well as an introduction for students to their academic program," Tinnin said.
Attending students interacted with the dean of their college, met faculty from their specific program, and were assigned a member of Rowan's Peer Referral and Orientation staff (PROs) who guided them about campus and will serve as mentors during their first semester.
Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students Richard Jones said Orientation plays a key role in helping students transition to life at Rowan.
"College is not an intuitive process," Jones said. "Our goal is to help students succeed and this is the first step toward that goal."
Serious though it was, the program wasn't without fun. In addition to information sessions about proper work habits and time management, students enjoyed meals in the Marketplace dining hall and enjoyed a range of activities from programming in the Student Center to late night workouts in the Recreation Center.
Recalling his own freshmen Orientation, Mike Medina, 19, a junior marketing/management major from Collingswood and a member of the PROs, said the experience was vital.
"Incoming students are nervous and curious," Medina said. "We're helping them know there's a place for them here – a club, a group of friends, whatever they're interested in. More than that, we're letting them know that if they balance their time wisely, they're going to do well here."
Incoming freshman Mark Errera, 17, an accounting major from Hammonton, said Orientation made him even more eager for the fall semester.
"My brother, who was also an accounting major, just graduated from Rowan and he found a job already," Errera said. "I can't wait to get started."