College welcomes nearly 600 first-year students

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Nearly 600 first-year students moved in to dorms on Saint Augustine's University’s campus Thursday, Aug. 11.

The move-in kicks off Falcon Welcome Week, which is designed to help new students transition to university life through a variety of activities that will prepare them for success in and out of the classroom.

"Institutionally, it is our time to acculturate our new students into the traditions, expectations, and mission of the University," said Michael P. Jackson, director of First-Year Experience. "We hope, by the end of this week, they see and feel the Saint Augustine's University community as their home away from home and as their place of work. If we pass this feeling on to them, the probability of retaining them raises exponentially."

The freshman class comprises students from throughout the United States. States represented include North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas.

President Dianne Boardley Suber welcomed first-year students to the University and assured their parents that faculty, staff and administrators will do the best they can to prepare the students to be competitive in the real world. Suber told students to remain focused on the desired end — graduation.

Activities for the week include various informational sessions and seminars, and social activities to help the new students get to know one another. Welcome Week will culminate with an honor code ceremony where students will commit to academic integrity during their time at the University.

Upperclassmen have an important role in Welcome Week also. Members of student organizations help throughout the week with check-in and registration. The student organizations assisting this year are: Peer Mentors, Student Leaders, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.