By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomfield welcomed the newest members of its student body into the institution’s family Aug. 21-24, as the College ushered in the next class of future alumni with a four-day New Student Orientation event.
This year marks the second installment of the institution’s four-day orientation model, with the College also again utilizing eight additional dates throughout the course of the academic year. The program is part of a concerted effort by the institution to provide more year-round programming for its new students, helping them to remain engaged in Bloomfield’s diverse campus community and transition into their new lives as college students.
“A new student’s development does not stop when classes begin, which was the basis for the new programming at the heart of our Orientation,” Center for Student Leadership and Engagement director Jennifer Troxell said. “We have a made a conscious decision to encourage and enhance that development throughout the year, helping to give our students everything they need to transition more effectively and feel like they are truly a part of what we have going on here.”
Combining informational sessions and recreational programming for both first-year and transfer students, the festivities provided newcomers with a comprehensive and enjoyable experience designed to help acclimate them to their new home.
Students and parents were treated to sessions led by Bloomfield faculty and staff, covering topics such as how to utilize their email and Blackboard accounts, understanding academic and financial aid policies, and how to plan for career success.
To supplement the educational seminars, students were also treated to a host of events including appearances by nationally prominent motivational speaker Gian-Paul Gonzalez (the man whose “All In” mantra helped lead the 2011 New York Giants to a Super Bowl title), and an all-day trip to Branchville, N.J.’s Stokes State Forrest.
Guiding the newest members of the campus community through the expanded Orientation process will be the College’s “Success Story Book”, an initiative that will allow students to chronicle the journey through their first year while charting their attendance at campus events.
“Like our expanded Orientation model, the Success Story Book is designed to promote the growth of our students in all areas of their lives,” said Troxell. “We want our students to write their own stories, but we must give them the tools to do so. It is our job to provide the programming and resources necessary so that our students feel immediately at home, and become part of our family here at Bloomfield.”