WMU News

Fall Welcome proposals due July 15

July 8, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Faculty and staff members at Western Michigan University are invited to assist with Fall Welcome Aug. 24 and 25 as a way of helping incoming students start right and finish strong.

Fall Welcome replaces Bronco Days as the university's in-depth orientation program, held just prior to the start of fall semester. Now part of the new First-Year Experience program, it features interest sessions for incoming students that are presented by faculty, staff and administrators.

Those wishing to present an interest session are asked to fill out a proposal form by Friday, July 15. Session forms are available by calling (269) 387-3391 or 387-3377.

"The sessions are a great opportunity for the WMU community to connect with this fall's incoming students," says Doris Ackerman, Fall Welcome coordinator.

Ackerman, who replaced former Bronco Days coordinator Lori Bennett, notes that each information session should last 50 minutes and may be presented up to four times over the two-day period.

"Fall Welcome is designed to prepare incoming students for college life and fully engage them in WMU," Ackerman says. "Presenting an interest session not only helps us meet those goals, but also is a great way for employees across the university to educate new students about the valuable resources and services they provide."

Presentations that focus on broad topics are considered essential and will receive priority. Such topics include: campus involvement, leadership opportunities, student government, service options, study abroad, cultural offerings, multiculturalism, international programs, time management, goal setting, academic organizations, peer education, health and wellness, campus and personal safety issues, Bronco athletics, and intramural sports.

Information session proposals for this year should be returned to Ackerman via fax to (269) 387-3390 or e-mail to <doris.k.ackerman@wmich.edu>. They also may be returned by mail or in person to the First-Year Experience office, 2100 Seibert Administration Building, Mail Stop 5263, or to the Fall Welcome office, 2215 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5233.

Session presenters will receive a confirmation letter later this summer that lists their presentation times and locations. For more information, call (269) 387-3391.

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

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