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Campus Connection - A New Orientation Experience for Residential Undergrads

July 14, 2009

Campus Connection

In recent years, the campus-based orientation for local undergraduate students at Regent was a quick, convenient evening event geared toward the school's primarily adult-learner population. However, with the number of undergraduate students slated to reside in Regent Commons, Regent's newest residence complex, as well as the increased enrollment in young commuter students, The School of Undergraduate Studies has launched a brand new orientation program geared toward younger undergraduate students, entitled Campus Connection.

"The Campus Connection is the culmination of several offices working together, collaborating on the best way to acclimate new residential students to Regent's culture, learning environment, programs, and services," said Kyle Graham, Director of Student Services for the School of Undergraduate Studies. "Our traditional-aged students are looking for a more robust experience, one that will not just inform them about what to expect as a student, but connect them to the Regent community as well. I am confident that is what we have done."

The Campus Connection experience begins with the freshmen move-in day on Thursday, August 20. A welcome social in the evening with jazz music and cool ice cream will soothe the soul after a hectic day of settling into their new apartments. Friday is a full-day event, beginning with a family devotional, special sessions for parents, fun time with student leaders, and a wrap-up pizza party at the end of the day. The weekend also includes a beach excursion, a special "Get What You Forgot" bus trip to Target, the first chapel on Sunday morning and an outdoor BBQ & games event to wrap up the weekend - all before classes start on Monday.

The Campus Connection is most suitable for students who:

  • Are of a traditional student age (17-22), or
  • Will study full-time (online or on campus), or
  • Are looking to experience a strong sense of campus community