“We have nine orientations in all,” said Dale Taylor, director of SSU's Student Success Center. “What we are trying to do is create an atmosphere in which the groups are small enough to allow students and families to make contacts.”
Taylor said that nearly 1,000 students will be coming in during orientation that continues through August 15.
“We want our students and family members to get the basic information on what our Success Center is about, to check out the computers we have there and to see what they can do to be successful,” he said.
Taylor said that it also is an opportunity for students and faculty to get together so that students can get a better idea of the support that is there for them when they are enrolled.
At a recent orientation, Marc Storck, from Sycamore High School in Blue Ash, Ohio, said he chose SSU because, “SSU has animation courses.”
Sherry Sparks, mother of Ashley Sparks, who graduated from West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Ky., said her daughter chose SSU because of the environmental science degree available there.
“She received a four-year scholarship and she's excited to begin classes,” Sherry Sparks said.
The orientation also includes a tour, information regarding financial aid and classes, and a buffet lunch in the SSU Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
“It's a big adjustment and a big expenditure of resources to go to college, so we are trying to orientate the family,” said Taylor. “There is a great deal of information to digest.”
Two more orientations are scheduled for July 25 and 27.