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Orientation gets new students ready for college life; guest speaker Sam Richards

The class of 2015. The Arch is a symbol of the history and spirit of the campus.
8/2/2011 —



Members of the class of 2015 at Penn State New Kensington began 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 met with staff, faculty and peers and participated 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 attended one of the two small-group orientation days and learned 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, brought together all first-year students to meet with faculty and advisers and take part in group activities. The keynote speaker was 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 was the traditional Arch photo of the incoming first-year class. The students were grouped by prides, and the different pride tee-shirts provided a rainbow of colors. The Arch is a symbol of the history and spirit of the campus.

Orientation concluded 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/StudentLife/ online.

"The Water Gun Fight at NK Corral" is a part of teambuilding exercises during All Prides day.

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