Asbury Gears Up for Engage 2013: New Student Orientation
Asbury University’s orientation week for new students is only days away, and if the buzz of activity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media is any indication, this year’s new students are bringing an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to campus.
This year’s orientation has been expanded from years past and renamed “Engage 2013,” an indication of the role it plays in acclimating new students to the academic, spiritual, cultural and social environment at Asbury. Intercultural students, transfer students with less than 30 credit hours and incoming freshmen each have specific activities to help them be successful as Asbury University students.
The nearly 400 students who make up the freshmen class have already been introduced to one of Asbury’s unique traditions: class identity. In the spring of each year, the junior class selects two students to serve as sponsors for the next fall’s freshman class. These two students select a Bible verse and name for the class — touchstones that not only shape the new students’ understanding of themselves but also give them a place in institutional history.
“Kristin and I wanted the verse to inspire the name,” said Matt Winters ’14, who with Kristin Knapton ’14, sponsors the Anchored Class of 2017. “We both started searching passages in the New Testament, and she came across Hebrews 6:19, which says, ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. We both knew right away it was perfect.”
Engage 2013 is structured to allow new students to build community as well as to understand the academic expectations of a liberal arts university and complete placements tests and registration. Some highlights include the following:
- An introduction to a new liberal arts seminar that includes discussions of the novel “The Remains of the Day.” Students will examine the ways in which characters in the book chose to engage with their world to develop a deeper understanding of humanity.
- A Parents’ Orientation that addresses topics in financial aid, career and counseling services, campus ministries and more.
- Community service and adventure leadership opportunities to help new students building relationships with each other and minister to the larger Central Kentucky community.
A complete schedule of Engage 2013 activities for freshmen, intercultural and transfer students is available here.
“Orientation is such a huge part in acclimating new students to campus,” Winters said. “It gives them a chance to learn their way around campus, and with this year’s week-long orientation, it will let them be more comfortable by the time classes start on the 19th. My hope is that this class will draw closer to each other and to Christ as they embark on a new chapter of their life. I love how my class, the Illuminated class, is so tight and close-knit, and I would love to see the Anchored class grow the same way their freshman year.”