As Penn State Lehigh Valley settles in to its new home in Center Valley, staff and students are busy with preparations for an annual event that always marks the beginning of the academic year: new student orientation. This year in particular, the orientation festivities take on new meaning as the first at the new location.
On Friday, Aug. 21, roughly 300 new students will arrive at Penn State Lehigh Valley for their introduction not only to the new campus, but to their academic careers as Penn State students. Orientation activities, led by current students and Student Affairs staff, will include programs about diversity, advice on how to navigate the new campus, and a welcome picnic at 1 p.m. In addition, they will have a chance to meet with advisers and representatives in their majors all in preparation for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 24.
This orientation also marks the first to have a workshop based on how to use the LANTA public transportation system. Unlike the former campus in Fogelsville, Penn State Lehigh Valley's new location is directly accessible via LANTA buses.
This year, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a service activity in the campus's new community. On Saturday, Aug. 22, in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Conservation District, Penn State Lehigh Valley students will assist in a project to clean up a site along the Saucon Creek in Lower Saucon Township.