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College Q&A: Orientation sessions helpful to freshmen, parents

June 25, 2011 at 1:25 a.m.


By Ken Cooke

Since it has its first year with freshmen under its belt, what is the University of Houston-Victoria doing to ease its second group of freshmen into fall classes?

This year's advising, registration and orientation sessions should make the enrollment process easy for members of UHV's second freshman class.

The remaining Advising and Registration days for new freshmen who already are accepted by the university will be Thursday, June 30, and July 7, 11, 14 and 28. There will be morning and afternoon sessions with a maximum of 40 students a session.

Ashlee Wassick, a School of Arts & Sciences adviser, will lead the advising staff and help students in the UHV computer labs on the second floor of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

Students must be compliant with the Texas Success Initiative exam, which gauges students' college-level abilities in reading, writing and math.

A representative from the UHV Information Technology and Bursar offices will help get student photos for their Jaguar Card, an account through which students pay for classes and receive scholarship disbursements.

During this time, Sandra Heinold, UHV director of student retention, and parent program coordinator Ersilia Garcia will lead Parent Orientation sessions.

Visitors will be able to have lunch in Jaguar Hall and will have the other half of the day to meet with personnel from the bursar, financial aid and housing offices.

Check in for these Advising and Registration days will be in the Multi-Purpose Room of the UHV University Center. Student Life & Services staff will be on hand to assist students and parents.

Jaguar Journey, the freshman orientation program, will take place Aug. 19-21 to coincide with residence hall move-in preceding the Aug. 22 start of fall classes.

Lindsey Koch and the Student Life & Services staff are planning a valuable and engaging orientation to segue into a freshman seminar course. Students will focus on traditional orientation items, including information about the campus, safety, policies and more.

Do you have a question about University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Ken Esten Cooke, communications specialist at the University of Houston-Victoria, 361- 570-4296 or by email at cookek@uhv.edu.

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