The annual Ferris orientation program is a day packed with new-student activities, including university ID card photos; confirmation of academic majors; meetings with faculty, staff and educational counselors from the academic programs; learning about course requirements; discussions with financial aid representatives; registration for Fall 2011 semester classes and more.
This summer, Ferris’ orientation team plans to conduct 16 orientation sessions. It’s a long stretch, but the orientation team is ready for the fun commence.
“One of the great things about being a part of our orientation team is that we have an opportunity to make the first real impression that students and families will have of Ferris,” said orientation student leader Nick Maus, a junior from Big Rapids majoring in History and Political Science. “As orientation leaders, we have an opportunity to show new students and their families a little of what Ferris is like and help them with questions that they may have as they arrive on campus.”
That sentiment expressed by Maus was echoed by Leroy Wright, dean of Student Life at Ferris. Wright added that the extended orientation team includes Admissions recruiters, staff and faculty from the Ferris colleges and offices, educational counselors, Housing, the Technology Assistance Center, Physical Plant and more. Wright saluted the collaborative efforts that make orientation run efficiently.
“Through orientation, we are able to help our new students and their families make a smooth transition to life on a college campus,” he said. “Since we are many times the first faces they are going to see when they come to campus, we want to do everything we can to make their experience relaxing and fun. It’s a true team effort and there is a long list of people who work hard to make orientation a success.”