Wednesday August 10, 2005

UD to Welcome New Students

New student orientation to feature academic, social and service events.

The University of Dayton will welcome new and returning students with a series of orientation events held Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21. Classes begin Aug. 22 at the state's largest private university and one of the top 10 Catholic universities in the nation. About 2,000 first-year students will arrive on campus, the University's largest first-year class since 1969.

Highlights of the orientation schedule are below.

Thursday, Aug. 18
* Day of Service: 1 to 4 p.m. Approximately a dozen returning students and 85 incoming students will participate in service projects at nine Dayton-area organizations. Students will meet in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge from noon to 12:30 p.m. before leaving for their service sites and will gather again from 5 to 7 p.m. in Kennedy Union to reflect on their experiences.
* Student move-in: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Approximately 100 returning students will act as orientation leaders, helping first-year students move into residence hall rooms in Stewart, Marycrest, Marianist and Founders halls. Orientation leaders will use golf carts to transport students' items. The orientation center will be located in Gosiger Hall room 227.
* Parent programs: 3 to 4:15 p.m. on such topics as "Students' Transition from High School to College," Kennedy Union.

Friday, Aug. 19
* President's welcome and Mass: 9 to 10:30 a.m., UD Arena.
* Convocation: 10:45 a.m. to noon, UD Arena. Margaret Karns, professor of political science, will deliver an academic challenge titled "It's Your World — Know It!"

Saturday, Aug. 20
* 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.: lecture by David Hilfiker, author of "Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen," required reading for all incoming students, Frericks Convocation Center.
* 11 a.m. to noon, small group discussions of "Urban Injustice" with faculty members.
* 1 to 5:45 p.m., mandatory student programs, including "The Real Deal about Alcohol at UD" and "Becoming a Member of the UD Community," Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Sunday, Aug. 21
* 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., mandatory student programs titled "Who am I? An Exploration of the Differences that Make us all Unique" and "Can I Kiss You?," Kennedy Union Ballroom.

For more information, contact Kristen Wicker, assistant director of media relations, at (937) 229-3256.