Orientation Weekend

By Jessica Schurmann
Lumen Assistant Editor

The freshman class of 2016 has arrived! Although the number of admitted students has shrunk, attendance to the orientation events this year has been better than ever. As an orientation leader, I arrived with my O-group on Wednesday to move in, and then participated in training events until Friday.
Move-in went smoothly and quickly, with many parents overwhelmed with gratitude that so many students were helping out. Vic made his appearance throughout the day as well, handing out free gifts to the new students.
Orientation events started after the traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, with our first group meetings. Ice breakers ensued, followed by two days of lectures, presentations, and fun but message-driven events like the performance of “Sex Signals” and “A Shot of Reality.”
VU After Dark made its first debut this fall with a movie showing of The Avengers in the new Nursing Center lecture hall, and a free bowling night at Pla-Mor lanes in La Crosse. The author of “Freshman Survival Guide,” Bill Mc Garvey, made a presentation about academic success and also performed a music concert in the evening.
In my opinion, this has been a great weekend with well-planned events and attendance. I wish all of the freshmen the best of luck this year and look forward to seeing many of you on campus!

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