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August 16, 2006 - Hastings College New Student Days August 25-27
Hastings College is expecting more than 330 incoming students on campus Aug. 25-27 during annual New Student Days (NSD) orientation. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 28. (A full schedule is available at www.hastings.edu/nsd)
Activities following the theme “Find Your Way, Pursue Your Passion” were planned by a student committee chaired by senior Sarah Schumacher, daughter of James and Susan Schumacher, Delaware, Ohio; and junior Thomas Kluver, son of Stephen and Suzanne Kluver, Fairfield, Neb.; in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and advisor Joan McCarthy, associate dean of students.
Other students on the planning team include: Tyler Prochazka, junior, son of John and Robyn Prochazka, Hemingford, Neb.; Valerie Sweley, junior, daughter of Roger and Debra Sweley, Grand Island, Neb., Tyler Keyser, sophomore, son of Daniel and Jackie Keyser, Cambridge, Neb.; and Wendy Nicklin, sophomore, daughter of Donald and Rhonda Nicklin, Papillion, Neb.
New students who have not been on campus for athletics and other activities will begin moving into residence halls Friday morning, Aug. 25.
At 3 p.m., Friday, a Welcoming Convocation will be held in Lynn Farrell Arena. Dr. Phil Dudley, president of the college; Dr. Rich Lloyd, academic dean; Gretchen Vondrak, trustee; Aaron Rouse, junior, president of Student Association (son of Larry and Vicki Rouse, Trumbull, Neb.); NSD co-chairs and other college personnel will greet new students and their parents. The Hastings College Band, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Schmidt, will perform; and the Hastings College Choir, directed by Dr. Fritz Mountford, will sing.
At 9 p.m., students will watch a video and listen to a panel discussion titled: “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About,” and learn about college life and how to have a successful first year. The presentation will be in French Memorial Chapel.
Saturday morning, Aug. 26, students and their advisors will gather for the annual community service project. From 8:30 to 11 a.m., students will volunteer their time and effort on campus, at Good Samaritan Village, Lincoln Elementary, the United Way, YMCA Duck Days, the Open Table and Hastings Parks and Recreation. Music majors will perform at The Kensington and The Homestead.
Parents will be attending a morning orientation session and participate in a panel discussion led by members of the Parents Advisory Council.
Weekend events also include football and volleyball scrimmages, campus tours, a student organization fair, a buffet at the home of President Dudley, a dance, a Sunday morning ecumenical chapel service, an on-campus picnic, and meetings with residence hall assistants.