Orientation open to everyone

orientationNew Student Orientation is one of the big focuses of Student Life as far as activities go, said Student Life Coordinator Kendra Fringer.

“Orientation here is a little different than a traditional institution because we really want to connect students with our college and how things work here,” she said. “We want them to get more oriented with OCCC, not just college life.”

New Student Orientation is not just for new students, Fringer said.

“It’s for anyone who would like to get more acquainted with campus and get a stronger foothold on what it means to be a student here.

“We have students all the time who have been here a semester but only come at night or who only have online classes so don’t know what the campus is like. Anyone is invited to come.”

Fringer said orientation helps give students a better idea of how things work on campus and information on the different offices.

“We have groups from around campus and offices to come speak to students,” she said.

“There’s a resource fair where [students] can pick up privy materials and get the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with representatives from the offices.”

Students also can get a better understanding about financial aid and the bursar’s office work, she said.

“We have financial aid come to speak so they can have a good idea and understanding (of) how their financial aid will work and ask any questions about the process.”

Senior Student Account Representative Debbie Dutton will be speaking at orientation for the Bursar’s office.

“Students will learn how the bursar works with the new online billing system because it’s a little different than the past.”

Fringer said the campus police department will speak about campus safety.

“Then, at the end, [students] have the opportunity to get a tour of campus so they can see again the offices and locations.”

Fringer said students should not be nervous about attending orientation or asking for help. She said they can invite friends and family along for support.

“We’ll help you, answer any questions we can and get you to where you need to go.”

6 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 1

9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 9

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17

More dates and times are scheduled in July and August. To see all the dates and times, go to occc.edu/studentlife/schedule.

For more dates and information, contact Student Life at studentlife@occc.edu or 405-682-7523.

To contact Katie Axtell, email communitywriter@occc.edu

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