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Casper to welcome new undergraduates Sept. 22

STANFORD -- Stanford President Gerhard Casper will welcome the university's 1,589 new freshmen and 151 transfer students and their parents with a speech at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Main Quad.

Arriving by plane, bus and family car, the new transfers and members of the Class of '98 will be greeted by residence staff, who will help them move into their dormitory rooms beginning at 8 a.m.

[University employees are encouraged to carpool or find alternate forms of transportation to work that day, since many curbside parking areas will be designated as loading zones.]

At the welcoming ceremony, Casper will be joined onstage by Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Edmonds and 1994 Head Orientation Coordinator Maria Martinez. Casper's speech will focus on the reasons students might have for attending college, and for coming to Stanford in particular.

The rest of the six-day orientation program will give new students a chance to get to know the university and each other through a series of receptions, workshops and tours. Organizers are making a particular effort this year to encourage class identity and cohesion.

Special programs will include a panel discussion on the purpose of a college education; a slide presentation called "Faces of Community," illustrating the diversity of races, colors and creeds on campus; and a student dramatic production on sex in the '90s, "for students who don't plan to have sex at Stanford, and for those who might."

Other programs will include ethnic community receptions, talks about various curricular offerings at Stanford, self-defense workshops, library tours, and workshops focusing on career preparation, campus religious life and women's perspectives on the Stanford experience. (For the full calendar, call 725-7914.)

Stanford's new graduate students will have their own series of orientation events as well, including a graduate student convocation at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Speakers will include Edmonds and Dean of Students Michael Jackson, as well as graduate student representatives.

Other graduate student orientation activities, coordinated by the Bechtel International Center, will include bus tours of San Francisco and Santa Cruz, a workshop on teaching at Stanford, and a special welcoming program for graduate student spouses and domestic partners. (For a full calendar, contact the Bechtel International Center at 723-1831.)

Classes for most students begin on Wednesday, Sept. 28.


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