WMU News

Bronco Days draws more than 1,500 students

Aug. 23, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- More than 1,500 first-time students are expected on campus Sunday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 29, for Bronco Days: Get In The Game!

Bronco Days, now in its fourth year, builds on the summer orientation program by homing in on issues of particular significance to freshmen. It consists of four 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.

Bronco Days will kick off with a convocation featuring a welcoming address by President Elson S. Floyd at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in Read Fieldhouse's University Arena. Immediately following the convocation, David Coleman, a popular campus speaker, will present a session titled "How Valuable Are You?" He will challenge the students to explore their strengths and values.

Other Bronco Days activities scheduled are "The Real Buzz: The Truth and The Lies About Campus Alcohol" presented by David Hellstrom; "Unleash Your Inner Monster," which gives students the skills to be academically successful; and "Faces Of America," a one-person show that deals with issues of diversity and multiculturalism in America today.

In addition to various educational sessions offered by faculty, staff and students, other events include a block party, nightly entertainment and games, and even a "graduation" ceremony to end the program. This year's graduation ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 29, in Miller Auditorium. It will feature inspirational comedy by Judd Laipply.

For more information, contact Lori Bennett in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at (269) 387-2115 or visit the Bronco Days events page on the Web.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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