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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 28, 1998)
ORIENTATION FOR NEW SDSM& T STUDENTS INCLUDES MANY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) has a wide range of orientation activities scheduled this weekend for new students— including a scavenger hunt, a dance, the President’s Picnic, movie at the Elks Theater, and a mentalist. In addition to orientation sessions about academic and campus life geared toward freshmen, SDSM& T also offered orientation programs for the parents of freshmen, as well as special sessions focused on non- traditional and transfer students. Thirty- five returning SDSM& T students volunteered to serve as Orientation Leaders to help new students with their orientation to the SDSM& T campus. Senior mathematics major Carrie Torkelson is chair of the 1998 Orientation Program.
Coupled with various social, friendship- building and leadership development activities, the orientation program for SDSM& T’s entering students includes an opening campus convocation, dedication of the freshman plaque, mentor/ advisor meetings, math review sessions preceding the math placement exam, department open houses, chemistry and physics placement exams, and student life skits. Orientation continues this weekend with class registration, Emerging Leader’s Conference, SDSM& T President’s Picnic, financial aid, Internet training, and finding jobs off- campus. Classes begin Tuesday, September 1.
At 7: 00 p. m. Monday, special entertainment will be provided in the New Gym by mentalist Craig Karges, who will explore the unexplained mysteries between science and the supernatural. Karges, who was named National Association of Campus Activities Campus Entertainer of the Year, has been on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno and Larry King Live.
The schedule of orientation activities scheduled for this weekend are as follows:
Saturday, August 29:
7: 00 - 9: 30 am Continental Breakfast ( Surbeck Center)
8: 00 - noon Class Registration with Orientation Leader ( Surbeck Ballroom)
2: 00 - 5: 00 pm Open Gym/ Field Day Activities ( New Gym)
6: 00 pm Mexican Dinner ( Tent in Quad Area)
7: 00 pm Scavenger Hunt ( All Over Campus)
9: 00 pm Interfraternity Council Dance ( Tent in Quad Area)
Sunday, August 30:
10: 00 am Non- Denominational Worship Service ( Surbeck AB Room)
11: 00 am - 4: 00 pm Various Activities Sponsored by Campus Organizations
11: 00 am - 2: 00 pm Emerging Leader’s Conference ( Surbeck Bump Lounge)
5: 00 pm Life at Tech ( New Gym)
6: 00 pm SDSM& T President’s Picnic ( Tent in Quad Area)
9: 00 pm Movie at the Elks Theater
Monday, August 31:
8: 00 am - 2: 30 pm Financial Aid Sessions ( CB 204E& W)
10: 00 am - 3: 00 pm Student Organization Fair ( Surbeck Center Front Lawn)
10: 00 am - 3: 00 pm Internet Sessions
10: 00 am - 3: 00 pm Library Tours
3: 00 pm Finding a Job Off- Campus ( CB 204 E& W)
7: 00 pm Mentalist Craig Karges ( New Gym)
For additional information about SDSM& T Orientation activities, contact , with Michelle Howell, Director of the Surbeck Center and Student Activities, at 394- 2336.
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