Hitting the Books: University of New Orleans Returns to Class
All over campus today at the University of New Orleans, old and new friends greet one another, abuzz with excitement for the new academic year. In the new Privateer Enrollment Center on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library, enrollment services staff are already working hard to ensure student success.
"It's great to see students back on campus," said Christy Heaton, associate director of orientation and first year experience. "The first day of classes, as well as the first week, is just a really energetic vibe."
Heaton, who organized last week's Move-In Madness, ensuring an early and efficient move-in experience for freshmen and transfer orientation students said that newcomers are already operating in full swing.
"We have had freshmen coming in to the University Center to pick up care packages from their parents," said Heaton. "Privateer Plunge kicked off Friday. We've got five events planned today...Every day from here on out, there are sometimes four, five or six events planned per day."
Incoming freshmen and transfer students headed Friday night to the Black-Out Party, an annual party hosted by the UNO Student Activities Council, said Heaton. On Saturday, they enjoyed a Burger Bash hosted by Chi Alpha Christian Leadership in the Pontchartrain Hall Courtyard. On Sunday, international students enjoyed their own private welcome with a backyard barbecue. Student-athletes had a private orientation geared at academic success on Sunday in the Lakefront Arena.
This week marks Week One of the Privateer Plunge, six weeks of welcome programming aimed at incoming freshmen and transfer students. From this afternoon's SAC Ice Cream Social to Fresh Fest, Movie Night at the Amp and Late Night with the Greeks, Welcome Week is filled with exciting events, where newcomers can meet upperclassmen, staff and faculty and learn more about all the fun and resources that UNO has to offer.
"Each year, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership plans and implements all of Welcome Week," said Interim Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Dale O'Neill. "SIL has been working very hard to coordinate all the Welcome Week events."
The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, Student Affairs
University of New Orleans
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University Center 222
New Orleans, LA 70148
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