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Our first interview is with Alicia Dunphy-Culp, Director of New Student Orientation.
Fresh@news. You have just finished the four-day orientation program for the Class of 2015. How did it go?
Alicia Dunphy-Culp: We were very pleased with this year’s Orientation program. The students really seemed to enjoy themselves and come together within their Orientation Groups as well as a within their class community, ready to start a new academic year.
Fresh@news: What were some of the highlights?
A.D-C: For me, one of the highlights
is the difference that we see over the four days. It was very moving to see the
students and their parents
Fresh@news: Any other highlights you want to mention?
A.D-C: In addition to the programs for parents on Saturday (the Parents Resource Fair and optional information sessions), the Parents’ Committee sponsored move-in barbecues throughout the campus on Friday. The barbecues were a great addition to a very hectic day, as parents and new students were able to enjoy something to eat while taking a break from moving into the residence halls. Overall, we were pleased with both the turnout and the overall positive response from parents.
Another great moment for our students was on the final evening during a speech
to the whole class by Dr. Richard Jackman, a retired professor of
Fresh@news: So how does the University help those nervous young people on Saturday become the confident new students of Tuesday night?
A.D-C: New student orientation is
really about four things. First, we try to deal with some of the concerns and
questions that the students have.
Fresh@news: Let’s talk about some of those elements. What are some of the concerns and questions?
A.D-C: You might think that the
primary concern of a new student would be the academic work, and in the next
few weeks that is going to be a big
Fresh@news: You mentioned helping the students connect to services and resources. Can you say a bit more about that?
A.D-C: We really run the students all
over campus, introducing them to the many support functions here at Villanova.
One of the most important
We also spend a lot of time just getting students familiar with the mechanics
of daily living. One big first step is what we call the
Fresh@news: You also mentioned the importance establishing a group of friends?
A.D-C: We find that our students form
very close relationships in freshman year with roommates and people who live on
the same hall. These
Fresh@news: What about the Orientation Counselors? What is their role?
A.D-C: One of the nicest tributes to the orientation program is that so many of our students apply to be Orientation Counselors in later years. It really is a remarkable opportunity for a student a few years down the road to be able to give back to a group of new Villanovans. The training is extremely rigorous and the Orientation Counselors get a real sense of accomplishment. One of the things that we stress is that Orientation does not end on Tuesday night. We expect the OC to maintain a relationship with the new students throughout the year. It is enormously useful for a first year student to have a "big brother/sister" on campus, to whom he or she can turn for advice and support over the year. Usually each OC has reunions with the group through the year, but the informal contacts are where the magic really happens.
The OC can often be a resource for parents as well. If you were here for the beginning of orientation you would have met the OC, but if you have questions or comments for the OC, you can also forward them to orientation@Villanova.edu and we can forward your message to the OC.
Fresh@news: Any other advice or suggestions for parents?
A.D-C: Just as we tell the OC staff
that orientation doesn't end on Tuesday night; parents need to know that we are
always available to
Each parent/student relationship will change during the college years and especially this first semester. Being a supportive parent can come in many forms and we know that each relationship with your son or daughter is unique. Make sure to connect with your student—through email, phone calls, old-fashioned postal service, etc—and continue to support them through this sometimes tough transition.
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