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New students to arrive Friday, Sept. 20, for 5-day orientation
STANFORD -- The campus convenience store is stocked with hangers and the airport shuttle buses are ready to deliver Stanford's Class of 2000 to campus on Friday, Sept. 20. Orientation for freshmen and transfer students begins with President Gerhard Casper's welcome to students and their parents at the 106th Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. on the Quad Sept. 20, to be followed by loan information sessions, receptions at various campus student centers and residence hall gatherings.
Saturday, Sept. 21, begins with placement tests for some students in appropriate language, math, chemistry and physics classes. Several Saturday workshops will focus on available student choices for fulfilling science and mathematics or engineering core requirements, including the choice of a new science core for those not planning to major in a science, math or engineering field. The evening includes a student-organized program on sexual health and a dance with karaoke.
New students will meet Sunday, Sept. 22, with their academic advisers to begin working on class schedules. Students are invited to stop by the president's house for a reception and to attend book discussions in residence halls. "Frosted Flicks," a movie under the stars at Frost Amphitheater, was extremely popular when introduced last year so the program will be back, said senior Blake Harris, one of four orientation coordinators. "You bring a blanket and eat popcorn. It's a way to mellow out after a crazy day."
Orientation planners have reserved much of Monday, Sept. 23, for students to run errands, such as opening bank accounts, buying books, renting refrigerators and hooking up telephones. There are also workshops to acquaint them with campus support services such as the computer system, and a self-defense workshop. The Haas Center for Public Service will host an afternoon open house to expose students to volunteering, internship and fellowship opportunities, and student community centers will hold receptions in the evening.
Workshops on Tuesday, Sept. 24, will focus on the pre-med curriculum and women's perspectives on the Stanford experience. Dean of Students Marc Wais will host a lunch behind the Ford Center, to be followed by an a cappella fest by student groups in Memorial Auditorium and an activities fair to expose the newcomers to campus student groups and clubs. A special welcome for returning sophomores will be held at 3 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, and a "Faces of the Community" show will be staged at 7 p.m. in the same locale. Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Student orientation will be orchestrated this year by four student coordinators working with 150 student volunteers, 165 resident assistants, 276 advising associates, 276 academic advisers, 10 ethnic theme associates and 40 resident computer coordinators. For more information, contact the orientation office at 725-2487.
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