Penn State Greater Allegheny welcomed new first-year students to its residential community with two days of orientation programming: Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24. These days are called Orientation Too! because they are the conclusion to the summer New Student Orientation programs.
Orientation began on Friday with student academic unit meetings and advising sessions. Students were required to attend this session where they met academic advisers and other students in their majors. At the same time, parents attended information panels in the Wunderley Building Gymnasium, where they had the opportunity to meet members of the campus staff and administration and ask questions.
The Academic Convocation began at 11 a.m. in the Wunderley Gymnasium. Students signed the Penn State Principles, which were developed to embody the values that Penn State hopes its students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni possess. A luncheon followed in the Student Community Center. After lunch were more information sessions for parents and students.
The Student Affairs Program was held beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a breakfast with members of the student affairs staff in the dining area of the Student Community Center. Students met other members of the freshman class and key members of the campus administration at this informal breakfast and presentation.
Students then moved to the athletic field to attend Diversity Matters, where they explored and learned more about the diversity of fellow classmates, and experienced how appreciating the diversity around them can make them more well-rounded and enhance the richness of student life.
Lunch was served at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Community Center, followed by a getting to know classmates session, where orientation leaders met with first-year students and began the process of building a campus community. A large group activity followed, and then the campus van shuttled students to various stops in Pittsburgh and surrounding shopping districts.
The Penn State Greater Allegheny community welcomes the arrival of students. Questions about orientation can be directed to 412-675-9163.