WMU News

"Bronco Days" are Monday through Thursday

Aug. 20, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- About 900 first-time students are expected on campus Monday, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 24, for "Bronco Days: An Introduction to the Western Way."

The program, now in its second year, builds on the summer orientation program by homing in on issues of particular significance to freshmen. It consists of three and one half full days of social events and training programs that help students make their academic and social transition to college life, familiarize themselves with the campus as well as student resources and services, and learn skills necessary to succeed in a rigorous academic setting.

By the time school starts, participants have replaced anxiety with information and feel as comfortable with their new surroundings as many upperclassmen do. Bronco Days kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in University Arena in Read Fieldhouse with a convocation featuring a welcoming address by President Elson S. Floyd.

Immediately following the convocation, extroverts as well as introverts will gather in University Arena for the third annual Bronco Stampede. The event allows new students, including freshman, transfer and international students, to meet one another and get acquainted through organized ice breakers and team building and group interaction exercises. Other Bronco Days activities scheduled in addition to the educational sessions, include a block party, nightly entertainment and games, and even a "graduation" ceremony to end the program.

For more information, contact Stevan J. Veldkamp in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at (616) 387-2115.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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