Summer Orientation Days Put the "U" in Urbana

Last week, Urbana University kicked off the Summer Orientations and welcomed almost 50 future Blue Knights on campus.   The day was one of six Summer Orientations for new and transferring students.  These orientations are designed to provide students and parents with important information about the resources available at Urbana University.

It is a time when representatives across campus host a variety of informative sessions intended to provide guidance to students to help them succeed. 

 Orientation is a vital part of the Urbana experience. Our orientation program allows new students to get a first-hand look at the UU way. Students are exposed to Urbana traditions and history, get to talk with current students, faculty, and staff, and walk away with their first Urbana schedule,” said Mitch Joseph ’08, Director of Campus Life.

From the moment new students walk in the door of the Student Center they are greeted by our U-Team Orientation Leader staff, then at the end of the day students are able to walk away with a root beer float. Our entire purpose behind the Orientation Day is to build a strong sense of Blue Knight pride and ramp up the excitement for the fall semester.

The Office of Admissions plays an active role in the day, welcoming students to campus.  Admissions Counselor Jodie Walker ’06 has participated in more than five summers of orientation sessions and looks forward to this time of the year.  “My favorite thing about orientation is when students get their student IDs and schedule.  You can see it hit incoming students that they are really going to be college freshman,” Walker stated.

Orientation is filled with anticipation and change.  Niles Gammon, an incoming junior from Indiana who’s transferring into the Blue Knight Football program after playing for a Division-I state school said, “I’m looking forward to being in a small classroom.  It is easier to ask for help and I think I may be more successful as a college student.  Overall, I’m looking forward to a fresh start.”

Joseph Kenneth Thouvenot from Illinois expressed gratitude for his financial aid package.  “I am happy with the nice scholarship that I received.  I am looking forward to being a student athlete and taking it to the next level.”  Thouvenot will major in business and plans to play soccer this fall. 

According to Joseph, one of the most popular sessions during orientation was the history of Urbana University session led by Kat Steiner, Director of Alumni Relations and Graduate Assistant Tom Alexander.

“The session is intended to give an overview of the unique traditions that make Urbana a special place,” Steiner said.  “We are invested in our students because they are going to be part of the alumni family.”

For more information about registering for fall classes or Summer Orientation sessions, call the Office of Admissions at 937-484-1356. 



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