Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Student Affairs, Byron Bullock, has announced plans for an exciting students and parents orientation for the 2017/2018 Academic Session.
New students are expected on campus from Wednesday to begin the next steps in their life’s journey at the beautiful AUN campus. Most will be accompanied by their parents/guardians, a unique feature of the American university system. Sharing the orientation experience with their wards enriches the parents’ own understanding and appreciation of the special qualities of studying in the most prestigious university in Nigeria.
At the senior management retreat on August 12, Dean Bullock told the participants that new students are expected on campus from August 15, prior to the check-in and orientation that starts on August 16 at the Commencement Hall Lobby.
The orientation program gives new students the opportunity to become acquainted with the University. Many student volunteers will be available to assist the new intakes in the transition to college.
Acknowledging the work of the Admissions office in attracting the new students, the Dean said the Student Affairs Department would help the incoming students understand that they truly belong to AUN. “It is my (job) to help them understand that they made the right decision.”
As usual, parents/guardians are not left out of the AUN welcome experience; there is a simultaneous orientation package for them. “We want to assure them that it is a very special place that they are leaving their children/wards.”
There will be an Official Welcome on August 17 where the new students and parents will meet with President Dekle, academic deans, as well as the SGA president. While the students will attend various seminars that introduce them to academics and student life, there will also be a series of seminar talks for the parents, including one to address whatever security concerns they might have.
Dean Bullock said the orientation with parents is to help them understand what happens to students while they are here. “So, I do a session called “Parents’ Guide to Student Life” to help them understand developmentally the changes that are going to happen to their children when they are here--that the young people they drop off next week are not the same young people that are going to return to them at the end of the semester.”
Academic life, health services, fee payment, and interaction with the admissions office are other components of the parents’ orientation package.
Students will also have their first community service engagement with the host community during the orientation period. Returning students will arrive and check-in on August 20. The Convocation and Pledge ceremony will follow on August 21 and August 22 is the first day of class.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa