The Catholic University of America

Aug. 19, 2008

"Doors Opening" on Aug. 21 for CUA Orientation 2008

Erin Twyman of Manasquan, N.J., gets settled into her room in Spellman Hall.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, more than 800 Catholic University freshmen are moving into their residence halls for the kickoff of Orientation 2008 and the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. Approximately 150 commuter and transfer students are also expected to participate in CUA's Orientation.

Titled "Doors Opening," Orientation 2008 provides an opportunity for the freshmen to settle into their residence hall rooms, meet their academic advisers and get to know the campus before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 25. This year's freshman class, numbering more than 900, is the largest in the university's history.

Orientation 2008 features a number of new activities and workshops including sessions for both students and parents about CUA's Center for Academic Success. The center, which was established in May, provides support services for freshmen to help them select a major and a career path as well as workshops for all undergraduates in topics such as time management, note taking, test taking and effective listening.

A staff of 71 CUA student volunteers are serving as orientation advisers. Dressed in red polo shirts with the CUA logo, they are available to assist new students and their families by answering questions and providing directions to different buildings on campus.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, is going to address new students and their families on Aug. 21 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room, during three 45-minute sessions at 3 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The sessions are open to all students, faculty and staff at CUA.

Susan D. Pervi, vice president for student life, talks with Max Snider and his father, Jim, who are from Barnesville, Md.
"Our dedicated orientation staff has been preparing all summer for the arrival of the newest members of the Catholic University community," says Kathryn Jennings, associate dean of students. "We're excited about Orientation 2008, which we think will truly open doors for our freshmen and transfer students and prepare them for success at CUA."

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