The 2018-19 academic year is only weeks away, and the staff and faculty at Newman University are in full preparation mode.
Each year, the staff in the Newman Student Life department plans a two-day orientation known as Jet Days.
In past years, the new freshmen living on campus move in on day one of Jet Days, but this year, the freshmen will be moving into their dorms a day early.
The Thursday move will allow the students to get settled in their space, get acclimated to the campus and meet fellow classmates also living in the residence halls before starting their first year in college.
Jet Days will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 with a welcome breakfast on Founders Plaza.
President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., along with new Dean of Students Christine Schneikart-Luebbe and many other Newman members will speak to the students during the breakfast and throughout the day.
New Jets will attend sessions on academic success, navigating Dugan Library and its many services, title IX and campus safety and security.
“Jet Days is a great event that really brings the student body together,” said Morgan Calvert, director of student activities. “And it’s a great way for the new students to learn all about the university while connecting with their classmates.”
Parents are invited to Jet Days as well, for special Friday parent sessions, during which they will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus and ask any questions they might have.
The weekend will also include a cookout, an ice cream social and will end with a back to school kick-off party for the whole student body.
Schneikart-Luebbe said, “I am very excited for Jet Days as I can’t wait to engage on an individual basis with our students and their families. This is a critical time in the lives of all of our new students as we help them to uncover the answers to all the questions they have about campus resources, programs and services.
“Jet Days provides an opportunity for our students to learn how to navigate campus and learn more about our rich history and culture. It is our greatest endeavor that each of our students build a network of resources that will help them achieve their own personal success.”