On July 19, the incoming students of the Montclair State Class of 2022 within the College of Education and Human Services attended an on-campus orientation that introduced them to campus life. Students within the Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education; Educational Foundations; Exercise Science and Physical Education; Family Science and Human Development; Nutrition and Food Studies; Public Health; and Secondary and Special Education departments were in attendance.
The students started the day with a breakfast in the Student Center Cafeteria, where mascot Rocky the Red Hawk took selfies and gave high fives to the incoming freshmen. The group then moved to Memorial Auditorium for a Kick Off! and Transition Introduction by the Orientation Leaders. This included an introductory dance along with skits that touch upon issues relevant to new students, who both live on campus and commute. After the presentation, the Orientation Leaders divided the new students into smaller groups, where they participated in ice breakers to get to know each other. Then, sessions took place within University Hall to teach the new students about the different technology that is essential to all students. There were also personalized sessions for Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Physical Education; Family Science Science and Human Development; Nutrition and Food Studies; and Public Health students as well. It was at this point that they also learned about general education major course requirements.
After a lunch break, there were various break-out sessions on a plethora of topics, including First Generation Students; Community Service; Presidential Scholars; Financial Aid; Teacher Education; Commuting; and Residential Life. The day ended with a message from the Center for Student Involvement and questions with the Orientation Leaders. Finally, the Student Center hosted a fair, with information on a variety of organizations such as the Student Government Association; Greek Life; Campus Recreation; Weekends at Montclair; Newman Catholic; Residence Life; and Commuter Life. There were giveaways and prizes as well, and students were seen walking around the room displaying their new Montclair State items, such as t-shirts, buttons and mugs.
Additionally, the parents and families of the incoming freshmen also had their own programming throughout the day. In addition to attending some of the same presentations as the students, they had the opportunity to attend seminars on topics such as Faculty 101; Safety at Montclair; Underage Drinking and Other Drug Use; Health Related Services; and Auxiliary Related Services.
Overall, it was a very successful day where the entire campus community came together to welcome the newest group of Red Hawks. We are looking forward to seeing all the new students on campus in September!