In less than five weeks, the Johnson & Wales University community, under the leadership and direction of New Student Orientation & Support Programs (NSOSP), will transition and acclimate incoming JWU students and their families to the Wildcat community during JWU’s summer New Student Orientation.
JWU Providence will welcome more than 1,600 students and 1,400 family members from June 17 through July 19 during its two-day new student and family orientation programs. These Wildcats will meet with their academic college deans and interact in engaging presentations and workshops led by many JWU departments including Counseling, Health Services, and Student Involvement & Leadership. Students will meet future classmates, learn about academic and co-curricular resources, become familiar with their new home away from home, and begin to develop an understanding of what it means to be a Wildcat for life.
All students will participate in hands-on experiential activities to build teamwork and communication with the support of their Orientation Team (OTEAM) leaders. Families will learn about resources to support their students’ transition, meet faculty and staff, and understand how together with the university, they can support their student from move-in day to graduation day.
This summer session dates are:
Since February, NSOSP has been training the newest cohort of OTEAM members in preparation for their important roles this summer. This year’s training schedule welcomed back OTEAM alumni to campus to facilitate training workshops. “The connection former OTEAM members have made with this year’s team has already made a lasting impact,” says Beth O’Day, associate director of NSOSP. “Having new yet familiar voices lead trainings on topics such as teamwork, leadership, social media, belonging and mattering has been invaluable to our newest leaders. This opportunity has also reinforced that ‘once an OTEAM member, always an OTEAM member.’ More importantly, these alumni embody what it means to be a Wildcat for life.”
Orientation is truly a campuswide initiative in making the most memorable and meaningful experiences for these students and their families. If you are on campus this summer, please give the incoming class a warm Wildcat welcome into the JWU family.