|Above: Students complete an "icebreaking" activity the La Follette School Student Association conducted at the 2010 orientation. Below: Associate director Donald Moynihan advises incoming students.|
The La Follette School welcomes its entering class of 52 students with an orientation session Tuesday, August 30, that includes advice for the first semester, a run-down on curricular and academic information, and an introduction to faculty, staff and continuing students.
The gathering in the Microbial Sciences Building, provides an overview of La Follette faculty, staff, curriculum and career development options. It starts at 9 a.m. in room 6201 with check-in and a continental breakfast. Presentations get underway in room 1420 at 9:30 a.m. when director Tom DeLeire and associate director Don Moynihan will welcome students. At 9:45 a.m., also in room 1420, Moynihan and professors Geoffrey Wallace and Melanie Manion will discuss research interests and share advice for the first semester.
"Orientation is a first chance for the incoming students to really engage with each other, the faculty, staff and continuing students," Moynihan says.
He will give will give an overview of the graduate program, its core courses and concentrations in a session that starts at 10:30, followed by student services coordinator Mary Cate Treleven explaining general academic requirements, the La Follette student handbook and the joint degree and certificate process. Career Development Coordinator Mary Russell will explore how students can advance their career goals and outline the course PA800 Professional Development Seminar. Publications director Karen Faster will touch on writing and editing support, and discuss student news and profiles and alumni relations.
At 11:30 a.m., La Follette School Student Association President Katherine Sydor will introduce the association and its officers. LSSA board member Alissa Quade will conduct a group activity.
Lunch with faculty, staff, first-year and some continuing students will be served at 12:30 in room 1420 of the Microbial Sciences Building.
A math assessment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with teaching assistants Wilson Law and Camila Casas to determine which areas to review the next day at 10 a.m. in 1420 Microbial Sciences.
Students can meet for a social hour at the Terrace at Memorial Union from 4-5 p.m. followed by a picnic at the La Follette School, one of many orientation activities organized by the student association.