Sincerely yours: UNI's summer orientation staff

Summertime is here and so are new students. UNI's summer orientation staff just reached the home stretch with being more than halfway done with summer orientation. Having completed six previous orientations, the staff still has three more sessions to go.

Summer Orientation
Summer orientation at UNI started June 9 and will run through the middle of July.

Ashley Stewart, orientation coordinator, says that 1,200 students have gone through orientation so far this summer. Around 200 students attended each session, and the staff is expecting the same numbers for the next three sessions.

"This year we have really taken advantage of social media: Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram," said Avary Bradford, orientation program assistant. "Our overnight stays and Panther Palooza attendance is up from last year because of how excited we're getting students through our use of the Future Panthers Facebook page."

The summer orientation staff consists of 18 UNI student leaders. The staff welcomes freshmen, transfer students and their parents to campus for a two-day orientation session that includes informational sessions on different parts of aspects of college life. Students also meet with an academic adviser, register for fall classes and get to explore campus.

"New students seem to really enjoy the group activities they do with their orientation leader and other students throughout the day. They also get really exited about relaxing at Panther Palooza where the students have time to do things like play basketball, rock climb, Zumba, make friendship bracelets and more with future Panthers," said Bradford.

The orientation staff also has some advice for new students." Put an emphasis on developing a relationship with your professors. This could be anything from participating in class, emailing them a question, or asking them about their weekend. They are here to see you grow and prosper into the student you strive to be," said Jana Johnson, orientation staff.

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2014 Summer Orientation Staff

Walter Abrego, business administration, Denison
Emily Bachmeier, math secondary education, Austin, Minn.
Grace Bentley, elementary education, Durant
Avary Bradford, public relations, Cedar Rapids
Jordan Brown, elementary education, Cedar Rapids
Colby Campbell, music education, Norwalk
Jacob Ferguson, english education, Marion
Kevin Gartman, business teaching, Waukee
Madison Gavin, elementary education, Adel
Austin Hansen, electronic media leadership, Cedar Falls
Bailey Jimmison, psychology, Davenport
Jana Johnson, accounting, Creston
Joe Montgomery, communication studies, Des Moines
Linh Nguyen, actuarial science, Hanoi, Vietnam
Try Rosoa, public relations, Webster City
Lauren Vickers, elementary education, Davenport
Joe Whittemore, social science teaching, Davenport
CeCe Wright, criminology, Chicago