Orientation prepares new students for college life

August 10, 2011

Members of the class of 2015 at Penn State New Kensington will begin their college careers with the annual academic and campus orientation program.

Known as Pride Days, the two-day program is a series of sessions designed to give first-year students the tools necessary to make a smooth transition into University life. Incoming students meet with staff, faculty and peers and participate in activities designed to help them adjust to life at Penn State. During the first part of the program, held from Aug. 16 to 17, students attend one of the two small-group orientation days and learn to manage their academic curriculum and navigate the electronic resources on campus as well as meet other students.

The second part of the program on Aug. 18, Academic Convocation and All Prides Day, brings together all first-year students to meet with faculty and advisers and take part in group activities. The keynote speaker is Sam Richards, founder of the World in Conversation Project at Penn State. The project is designed to create dialogues about social and cultural issues that expand perspectives and invite greater understanding between people--locally and globally. Richards, senior lecturer of sociology at the University Park campus, teaches classes on race relations.

One of the highlights of the day is the traditional Arch photo of the incoming first-year class. The students are grouped by prides and the different pride T-shirts provide a rainbow of colors. The Arch is symbol of the history and spirit of the campus.

Orientation concludes with a maritime journey of Pittsburgh's three rivers. The annual evening cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper brings together nearly 400 freshmen from the Penn State campuses of Beaver, Greater Allegheny, Shenango and New Kensington.

As the new semester dawns, the incoming class joins the upperclassmen Aug. 22 and begins working toward their bachelor's and associate degrees.

For more on student life at the campus, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43955.htm#NEWS43955 online.


  • Preparing for the traditional Arch photo of the incoming first-year class. The Arch is a symbol of the history and spirit of the campus.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated August 10, 2011