Preparations Under Way for Engage 2013

WILMORE, Ky. — The fresh green leaves of early summer have just appeared, but Asbury University administrators are thinking ahead to the Fall 2013 semester to ensure the school year begins well for the hundreds of new students.

While “Engage 2013” — Asbury’s orientation week for new students that begins Aug. 12 — is an opportunity to get settled in new housing and register for classes, it’s also a time to initiate relationships that form an important part of the University experience at Asbury.

“Engage 2013 will be a week in which students become acclimated and immersed into the community of Asbury,” said Paul Stephens, associate dean for student leadership development. “Faculty, staff and student leaders have begun preparations to make orientation week an experience in which new students will feel welcomed to campus, invited to begin new relationships, worship and grow together in our understanding of God’s abundant love and grace, and jump start the journey of academic discovery.” 

At Asbury, new students — both incoming freshmen and transfer students — arrive several days before returning students to allow them to become fully familiar with the campus before the semester begins. This year’s orientation is especially exciting, as Asbury has added a unique Liberals Arts Seminar — “Engaging the Liberal Arts: Why Asking ‘Why’ Matters” — to the program for new students. International students also receive specialized transition assistance.

Here are some highlights:

Monday, Aug. 12
New Student Orientation registration and Residence Hall check-in
Cafeteria open for lunch and dinner
President’s Welcome and Convocation

Tuesday, Aug. 13
Opening session of “Engaging the Liberal Arts: Why Asking ‘Why’ Matters” (a new introduction to liberal arts education at Asbury)
Parent sessions
New student and family photos

Wednesday, Aug. 14
Language proficiency exams
Orientation modules (students rotate between a campus walking tour, community service project and adventure leadership experience over the next three days)

Thursday, Aug. 15
Baseline proficiency exam
Community worship and social activity

Friday, Aug. 16
Academic registration
Closing session for the liberal arts seminar

Saturday, Aug. 17
Session on “Your Career as a Calling”
Campus social activity

Monday, Aug. 19
Classes begin
Academic Convocation Chapel

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