I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on becoming a member of the Springfield College family. My name is Scott Newman and I am from Ayer, Massachusetts. I am a Physical Education major and I will be graduating in the spring of 2015. This summer, I am working at Springfield College as a SOAR (Summer Orientation Advising and Registration) leader, so I will meet some of you in June. I will continue to work on campus as a Camp Massasoit camp counselor until August.
This year I have the privilege of being the General Chair of New Student Orientation. New Student Orientation, also known as NSO, is a four-day program that allows you to become familiar with the campus and your peers. NSO begins the process of engaging you with academic, residential, and social aspects of Springfield College. The NSO Executive Board and I have been working hard to develop a program that will get you off to a great start here at Springfield College.
There are many aspects to our college that help to make it a great experience: course work, residence halls, friendly peers, upper-class students, co-curricular activities, faculty, traditions, the surrounding community, and more. NSO is designed to engage you in our school, but we need your enthusiasm, cooperation, and involvement in order to be successful.
During the four days of NSO, you will be in a group of approximately 24 students, with two upper class leaders. Your NSO leader will contact you over the summer by telephone, letter, e-mail, or through Facebook.
Springfield College is strong on tradition, one of the oldest traditions being New Student Orientation. This program is very unique, as it will allow you to take part in many activities and give you the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, faculty, and staff. Our NSO leaders work hard year-round to develop, implement, and provide the best possible orientation program. They are very enthusiastic about what they do for this program, meeting you and helping you to adjust to your new environment.
Pre-Camp 2014Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, through Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Pre-Camp is a program for first-year students to meet people, feel comfortable, and gain a sense of self before getting into the rigor of campus life. It is an optional pre-orientation program for small groups of first-year students interested in getting a head start prior to NSO. Apply to Pre-Camp today!
Some of the highlights of NSO are:
Upon arrival the morning of Friday, August 29, 2014, students check in for orientation and into their residence halls if they are residential students. Later in the afternoon you and your families will attend the New Student Assembly at Blake Arena.
At the conclusion of the assembly, students join their classmates and NSO leaders and begin familiarizing themselves with the College, its traditions, and the many aspects of campus life. Some of this time will be spent at Springfield College’s East Campus, a “nature zone” a mile-and-a-half from the main campus.
During NSO, all incoming students will discuss the summer reading selection, Wine to Water by Doc Hendley, with faculty, staff, and NSO leaders.
Please take some time to review the NSO Web pages in order to familiarize yourself with the dates and times of arrival. We also ask that you familiarize yourself with the Traditions and songs prior to your arrival at Springfield College. We look forward to meeting you during the New Student Orientation. Again, welcome to the Springfield College family!
Scott Newman, ‘15
General Chair of New Student Orientation 2014