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Freshmen Arrive at Wilmington College

New Students Start Four-Day Orientation, Classes Start Monday

August 16, 2012

President Jim and Sue Reynolds welcome new students and their families as they arrive at Austin-Pickett Residence Hall Thursday morning.

President Jim and Sue Reynolds welcome new students and their families as they arrive at Austin-Pickett Residence Hall Thursday morning.

The newest crop of students at Wilmington College moved into their homes-away-from-home Thursday morning (Aug. 16) and began four days of new student orientation activities.

Fall semester classes start Monday.

The College expects about 300 freshmen — the Class of 2016 — and 70 transfer students, which eclipses the number of new students hosted at WC’s main campus last year.

Residential students were informally greeted by President Jim and Sue Reynolds and several of the College’s vice presidents as they entered the parking lot adjacent to the freshman residence halls. Members of athletics teams, fraternities and sororities, and other student organizations, along with WC’s Alumni Council, helped transport the new students’ belongings to their rooms.

Upon moving in and maybe meeting their roommates, the students attended “O-Town on the Mall,” which was an opportunity for local businesses, banks, churches, and — the traditional student favorite — pizza delivery establishments to share information on the goods and services they offer.

(LEFT) Freshman Jessica Conrad (right) of Okeana, gets a helping hand moving in from volunteers Shane Devine (Sigma Zeta), Jamie Borror (Alpha Phi Kappa) and Emily Marcum (Kappa Delta).

If students hadn’t done so earlier this summer, they took the opportunity to activate computer accounts and take care of other campus business.

Families said farewell in mid-afternoon Thursday as new student orientation activities got underway.

Highlights of the four-day orientation include the popular Playfair, which constitutes a student icebreaking activity on a massive scale, a Friday lunch hosted by the president and the New Student Convocation Friday, at which the students are formally introduced to the faculty and staff, who are attired in full academic regalia.

The balance of orientation features a combination of information sessions, opportunities to get to know one another and a community service project. Also, new students will walk downtown Saturday afternoon for a look at what the central business district has to offer.

Upperclassmen will arrive Sunday.