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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: BSU, NTC orientations begin Friday

Bemidji state tennis player Sabrina Okeson help load a crate during move-in day at BSU in August 2016. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI—BSU's class of new students for the 2017-18 academic year, which includes a freshman class expected to number about 800 students, will get its first taste of college at the university's Orientation weekend, Aug. 18-20.

Orientation welcomes all students who are new to the university, including both first-time college students and students transferring to BSU from other institutions, according to a release.

The schedule of activities begins with the BSU residence halls' annual Move-In Day on Aug. 18 and continues with a series of activities for new students and their families throughout the weekend:


• Residence hall move-in and orientation check-in will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• An official welcome ceremony and Class of 2021 group photo at Chet Anderson Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

• A Family Connection event featuring information and activities for parents of new college students in the Gillett Wellness Center's BSU Gymnasium beginning at 3:15 p.m.

• Convocation begins at 5 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium at the Gillett Wellness Center. Convocation officially marks the beginning of a student's academic journey as a member of the BSU student community, and includes an induction ceremony and a gift to new students.

• A send-off picnic on the Hobson Memorial Union Lakeside Lawn from 6-8 p.m.

• Gathering and social for off-campus students at the Hobson Memorial Union's Crying Wolf Room, beginning at 8 p.m.

• A welcome dance for all new students in the Hobson Memorial Union's Crying Wolf Room beginning at 9 p.m.


• Orientation Leader Time at the Walnut Hall Lawn at 10 a.m.

• "Succeeding in College and in Life," a presentation by motivational speaker and former American Ninja Warrior competitor Hoan Do. Do has been recognized for youth mentorship and speaks at colleges, high schools and associations across the country to share practical advice that helps students to succeed in school and in the real world. This presentation will take place in Hagg-Sauer 100 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

• "Life on Campus and What You Need to Know" in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100 at 1:30 p.m.

• "Meet the Class of 2021" event at the Gillett Wellness Center beginning at 3 p.m.

• BSU's Campus Activities Board will offer a presentation to incoming students beginning at 8 p.m. in the Gillett Wellness Center.


• New students can participate in a "ropes course" at the university's Hobson Memorial Forest from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students will be divided into groups and depart at various times throughout the day.

• Walking Tours will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Orientation leaders.

• Transfer student orientation starts at 11 a.m. in the Crying Wolf Room.

• Sunday in the Park in Diamond Point Park from 1-5 p.m., weather permitting.

• Official Orientation Weekend activities conclude with a campfires and s'mores at the residence halls beginning at 9 p.m.

Welcome Day at NTC

BEMIDJI—Northwest Technical College will have its "Welcome Day" orientation Friday, Aug. 18 with new students beginning at 10:30 a.m. and returning students at 11:45 a.m.

Orientation welcomes all students who are new to the college, including both first-time college students and students transferring to NTC from other institutions, according to a release.

The schedule of activities includes students getting their IDs, purchasing books, buying parking passes, meeting college clubs, lunch with classmates, lawn games with prizes, and the opportunity to meet faculty and staff.

Gillett Wellness Center open house

The Gillett Wellness Center staff at BSU will host a community open house to unveil their newest additions 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

New additions to the wellness center include a multi-purpose fitness-on-demand room which will have trainers and new climbing and TRX workout equipment. The center is equipping the room with Discovery Series Selectorized equipment by PreCor, and will provide on-demand access to world-class fitness programming.

Jake Sobieck, director of annual giving for Beaver Athletics, is a frequent user of the wellness center's many services.

"One of the many features that keeps me coming back is the variety of equipment available and the flexibility of classes offered throughout the year," Sobieck said in a release.

The open house will include drawings for door prizes including water bottles and towels. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. The center offers free membership to BSU students and flexible membership options for the community.

"The Gillett Wellness Center is much more then a great place to work out—you will be reenergized for the rest of your day," said Jay Passa, BSU health education coordinator, in the release. "The health benefits will pay you—and the people you come in contact with later in the day—back tenfold."