Back to School Orientation 2016

A message from Post University President Donald W. Mroz, Ph.D.

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In the weeks and months ahead, first-time college-bound students across the country will embark on one of the most exciting times of their lives…the start of their higher education experience.  Students will be moving into residence halls, or making their daily commute to campus for the time, and wondering what exactly to expect as this new chapter of their lives begin.

It’s an exciting time for college faculty and staff as well.  We’re eager to meet new students each fall, as they join our campus community.  At Post University and many other schools, these campus students are also joining a network of online students from across the country and around the world, creating a diverse network of learners.  Our goal for each and every student is the same: to provide quality education that helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed in the career of their choice.

As President of Post University, I take a family’s investment in their student’s education very personally, and I assume the student will do likewise.  It all starts with Orientation weekend, taking place at Post on August 27 and 28, 2016.

Orientation is an important time.  We’ll introduce students to our faculty, staff, and fellow students of course.  Parents should attend the first morning’s activities to get acquainted with our campus and attend our Parent Q & A Session while students are off getting to know each other.  Then, once parents say goodbye (that’s the hard part!), we’ll get started introducing new students to our campus online Learning Management System, Blackboard.  There will be important presentations on Managing Finances, Preventing Violence on Campus, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention, and Student Civility and Safety Training.  Of course, we’ll build in time for fun and team-building exercises, and get students acquainted with our campus dining hall during meal time.

Attending college is a wonderful adventure, and I invite students everywhere to take advantage of all the activities available on their campus whether they are a commuter or resident student.  I also encourage new students to stay focused on why they decided to attend college in the first place – to earn their degree and prepare to embark on a successful career.  It’s essential to go to class, complete all assignments, ask for help as often as needed, and take advantage of every opportunity to get involved on campus.

Many new opportunities await first-time college students academically, athletically, socially, and personally, and I invite and challenge them to make the most of their college years.
New Student Orientation begins Saturday, August 27. Download the schedule and campus map here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time Event Location
8:00-11:00 a.m. New Student Check-in Main Walkway
11:00-12:00 p.m. Commuter Student Check-in Main Walkway
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Tent
1:00-2:15 p.m. Convocation Ceremony Tent
2:15-3:15 p.m. Ice Breakers Leever Lawn
3:20-3:30 p.m. Parent/Student Goodbyes Leever Lawn
3:30-4:00 p.m. Managing Finances Program Tent
4:00-5:00 p.m. Jane Doe No More Tent
5:00-5:45 p.m. Residence Life Hall Meetings Tent
5:00-5:45 p.m. Commuter Connection Eagles Nest
5:45-6:45 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall/Tent
6:00-10:00 p.m. First Night Fun Leever Lawn

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Time Event Location
8:00-8:45 a.m. Wake-up Knock for Residents Residence Halls
8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00-10:00 a.m. Blackboard Training Academic Buildings
Student Civility and Safety Training MAC 116
Team Building/Camp Mattatuck Various Locations
10:10-11:10 a.m. Blackboard Training Academic Buildings
Student Civility and Safety Training MAC 116
Team Building/Camp Mattatuck Various Locations
11:20-12:20 a.m. Blackboard Training Academic Buildings
Student Civility and Safety Training MAC 116
Team Building/Camp Mattatuck Dining Hall/Test
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Tent
1:30-2:45 p.m. Post Community Gathering Tent
2:45-4:30 p.m. Free Time/Take a Breath
4:30-6:00 p.m. Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Presentation Tent
6:00-9:00 p.m. Welcome Back Celebration & BBQ Leever Lawn

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