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Albany State University welcoming students for new school year

New Student Orientation and Academic Success Training Week is under way at the university

ALBANY — With classes set to start Monday, Albany State University is welcoming students to the campus this week, with a general orientation session set for 10 a.m. today.

Faculty and staff began welcoming students to the ASU campus Tuesday as part of the university’s New Student Orientation and Academic Success Training Week for the 2014-15 school year. The ASU Housing and Residence Life team is meeting with the newest Rams and their parents through Thursday.

ASU officials say the highlights of the fall semester orientation include a general session at 10 a.m. today in the ACAD Auditorium. During the program, Albany State administrators, student services officials, the Student Government Association president and student volunteers will talk to new students about successfully transitioning from high school to university life.

Move-in activities continue Thursday as transfer students register for classes starting at 8:30 a.m. in the ACAD Auditorium.

Academic Success Training begins at 9:15 a.m. Friday with an open house and tours of ASU colleges and departments.

At 8 p.m. Friday, ASU will conduct its Freshman Class Induction Ceremony in the HPER Gymnasium. The event’s speaker will be retired Albany educator Geraldine West Hudley. Hudley retired as the principal at Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts in 2010. She also served 27 years as a teacher at Dougherty Comprehensive High School and worked as an adjunct professor at Albany State University.

On Saturday, orientation events continue with a self-defense session at 3:30 p.m. in the HPER Gym, followed by a talent show at 7 p.m. in the ACAD Auditorium.

Sunday’s activities include the Women’s Empowerment Summit featuring attorney Nicole Williams; Colette Jenkins, CEO of Chosen to Conquer; veteran Helen Tunewald, and Bridgett Mack, blogger, writer, speaker and co-founder of Go Ministries. The summit begins at 3 p.m. in the ACAD Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The fall semester gets under way with classes Monday.