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2008 Student Orientation Sets a Record

The University of Alaska Southeast held its most successful New Student Orientation ever August 26-28.

Orientation event on the beach“One of the overarching goals of the program was to ensure that all of the participants established at least a handful  of relationships with people who will contribute to their success in college and at the same time had some fun,” said UAS Admissions Director Joe Nelson.

Two action packed days included kayaking, whale watching and a barbeque beach dinner that featured Tlingit drumming.  In her written comments, one student wrote, "Thank you sooooo much. I had an awesome time! The first day was long, but important, and the second day was fabulous! I loved the boat ride and the stories; the BBQ was fun. Thank you again."

“A record 140 students attended Day One and 117 attended Day Two for an 83.5% return rate. This was the largest orientation at UAS, as well as the largest return rate for Day Two,” said EMAS coordinator and orientation organizer Julie Staveland.  “Orientation would not have come together so well, had it not been for a dedicated team of student services staff who have been planning the event for many months,” added Nelson.

“This was not only a record year but blew previous records out of the water,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Services Bruce Gifford. Good news for UAS. But Chancellor John Pugh points out that the national high school Class of 2008 is the largest in U.S. history. Demographics show those numbers are now set to progressively decline, which presents a recruiting and marketing challenge for all universities and colleges.


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