Albany State University First and Second Year Coordinator Dorothy Simmons, left, goes over new student information with Kartecia Cuff at ASU’s summer semester new student orientation Tuesday. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY —With summer semester classes beginning today, incoming students at Albany State University were greeted by school leaders, faculty and fellow students Tuesday at the school’s new student orientation.
At the onset of each new semester ASU hosts an all-day new student orientation for students to give them an idea of what to expect now that they have chosen to matriculate at the university.
The day began early with students who are choosing campus housing to check into their new dormitory homes, before the formal orientation started at 10 a.m. in the student center ballroom.
Incoming students were given an ASU T-shirt and were then given the opportunity to meet faculty and staff while learning about what it will be like attending the university.
Campus counsel Nyota Tucker, filling in for interim school President Arthur Dunning who was out of town, offered the students and their parents an official welcome telling them how excited the school’s leadership was that the students had chosen ASU.
“We’re so happy that you’re here,” said Tucker. “We do not take it lightly that you are here. ASU might not have been your first or second choice, (but) we believe when you walk across that stage (at graduation) you will agree that ASU was the right choice for you.”
Tucker said that those who attend ASU will feel cared about and will be challenged to succeed, in addition to feeling like a part of a family.
“You can chose to do anything you want to do,” said Tucker. “We are here to help make that happen. There are no failures here. We expect that you will graduate from Albany State. This is your home away from home. We are a family.”
In addition to receiving a warm welcome from Tucker, students also heard from Academic Advising and Retention Director Kimberly Burgess, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Beverly Edmond, interim Vice President for Student Affairs Rhonda Bryant, Financial Aid Director Thomas Harris, Student Life and Activities Director Gwinetta Trice, and ASU Police Chief John Fields.
Students were also given the opportunity to meet and talk with current students as well as advisers and members of the school’s retention team.
Parents who accompanied their children to the mandatory orientation were also invited to participate and informational sessions for the parents were also conducted.
The full day then concluded with students begin given the opportunity to participate in academic advising and class registration.
New student orientation for fall classes is scheduled for June 27-28, July 18-19 and August 13-14.