August 17, 2007

Liberal Arts to host information station Aug. 20

by Andrea Hahn


CARBONDALE, Ill. — New students and those not settled on their majors have several opportunities early in the fall semester this year to learn the ins and outs of the largest college on campus – the College of Liberal Arts.

The college will host an information station all day on Monday, Aug. 20, the first day of classes. The station will be in the Faner Hall breezeway, near Door 7. Any new student with classes in Faner Hall will welcome the opportunity to score a Faner map. The information station will also stock informational handouts, cool refreshments and giveaways from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Several individual departments within the College of Liberal Arts will hold new student orientation events designed to inform major students and to entice others.

Here are some dates for new student informational events:

Aug. 22 – Linguistics orientation is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Illinois Room at the Student Center. This orientation is for graduate students as well as undergraduates. Those who attend receive department handbooks, meet linguistics department faculty and staff and hear a presentation from affiliated student organizations. This orientation also includes a review of important policies and recent course changes. Refreshments provided.

The Department of Theater orientation begins at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the McLeod Theater. This orientation focuses on those with a theater major or minor. Those in attendance meet faculty and staff – including assigned faculty mentors – receive departmental handbooks and learn about audition opportunities.

Aug. 23 – School of Music new music student orientation is from 10 to 11 a.m. in Altgeld Hall, 112. New students will meet faculty and staff, review important policies, and hear presentations from affiliated student organizations.

Paralegal studies' new-student orientation is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 in Faner Hall, 4425, which is the paralegal studies lounge. Majors and interested students will meet department Director Carolyn Smoot, office staff, graduate assistants and mentors.

Aug. 24 – The anthropology department hosts an orientation and tour beginning at 3 p.m. starting in room 3515, Faner Hall. The orientation includes a facilities tour. Light refreshments provided.

The geography and environmental resources department hosts a "welcome back" potluck beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24. For more information, contact the department at 618/536-3375.

Aug. 29-30 – New student orientation in the history department lists two times. Students should plan on attending only one session. Both sessions are from 7 to 8 p.m. in Faner Hall 3314.

The sociology department hosts a new student orientation from 5 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Faner Hall 3410. Rob Benford, director of undergraduate studies, will discuss requirements for major students, though students of any major may attend. This is also the first meeting of the year for the Sociology Club.

Sept. 6 – The administration of justice department hosts its new-student orientation beginning at 4 p.m. in Faner Hall 1326. New students will receive department handbooks and learn about the registration procedures, internship opportunities, upcoming events, including career fair and conferences, and learn tips for selecting a minor and on how to make the most of SIUC's administration of justice program.

Sept. 14 – The School of Art and Design hosts its ninth annual "All School Meeting and Picnic" from 4 to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Park in Carbondale. The meeting and social event is open to all undergraduate and graduate art and design students. This is a chance to meet faculty, staff and fellow students in a casual, low-key atmosphere.

Psychology majors, minors and interested students may attend a departmental open house during the third week of classes. Students will meet the faculty and fellow students, learn about the program and special opportunities for majors as well as meet members of the affiliated clubs. The exact time and place of the orientation is not set yet. For more information, contact the department at 618/453-3544 or stop by the department in Life Sciences II, room 229.

New Foreign Language and International Trade majors should report to the Foreign Language and International Trade office in Faner Hall 2039 the first week of classes for their student handbooks and their personalized program orientation. The office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.