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Alfred University to welcome 600 new students
8/04/10

Orientation guides will help new students move into their residence halls.

Orientation guides will help new students move into their residence halls.

An estimated 600 new students – 520 freshman and 80 transfer students – will arrive on the Alfred University campus Aug. 19 for four days of orientation prior to the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 23.

Earl Pierce, vice president for Enrollment Management, said it is difficult to predict exactly how many new students will matriculate this fall, but based on best estimates, he’s anticipating 520 freshmen, a “nice increase” over last year’s 465 freshmen, and 80 transfer students, which is anticipated to be the same as in previous years.

New students will be greeted by purple-shirted Orientation Guides, who will help them acclimate to college life. Members of fall sports teams will also be on hand at the residence halls to give a hand with moving in.

Check-in for new students is from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at McLane Center. All students and their families are invited to a kick-off picnic at McLane from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A parents’ orientation session is set for 3 p.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall.

On Friday, new students will gather at 10 a.m. at the Powell Campus Center for the annual “Allen Walk,” a procession from the campus center to McLane Center where they will attend the opening convocation of Alfred University’s 175th year.

Students will be welcomed by AU President Charles M. Edmondson and Ana Devlin-Gauthier, Student Senate president.

Lynn Petrillo, a visiting senior lecturer in English, will address the students and faculty. Her talk is entitled, “A First Lecture: ‘I Am You’ and Other True Unities,” a reflection on the meaning of “community.”

Following the opening convocation, students and faculty will meet in small groups for lunch and discussions, based on Petrillo’s talk, “of what it means to be a citizen of Alfred and [their] responsibility to [their] community.”

Saturday’s activities include a series of sessions on various topics, from the history of Alfred University to how to do research, as well as presentations by various clubs and organizations.

Activities Sunday include the new student Olympics at Merrill Field, a competition among teams from various residence halls.

Returning students will be arriving on campus Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22.