NSO off to a great start, still time to register for last SOAR and Eagle Bound

By Erika Neldner

Almost 400 students and their parents have toured the Reinhardt campus, met faculty and staff and registered for classes during the first six New Student Orientations held this summer. Many more are expected for final NSO event leading up to fall semester 2016.

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Orientation Leader Kristen Holder, left, hangs out with incoming students at SOAR during New Student Orientation. Photo by Jeff Reed

“From an admissions perspective, it’s been great,” said Lacey Satterfield, director of admissions for Reinhardt. “This is a great opportunity for students to come through and they get oriented to Reinhardt and they get to take care of their business too.”

Students get to register for the classes, check out the bookstore and handle any other business they may have in the Registrar’ Office or Financial Aid, for example.

Dr. Walter May, director of student affairs and assistant dean of students, said he has been impressed with this summer’s NSO and agrees that Admissions has done a great job recruiting. He said it is evident as the numbers have steadily increased over the last year and two years.

“This is the largest number we’ve had for these statements. We are pleased and excited,” May said. “Feedback from parents and students (through surveys) was positive regarding everything from the format of the day to the connections students and parents made.”

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Incoming students get to know each other during New Student Orientation. Photo by Jeff Reed

This year’s new class includes about 470 new students, including freshmen, transfers and dual-enrolled (or move on when ready) student, according to Satterfield. These numbers do not include online only or graduate students.

NSO is broken down into two parts, May said, including SOAR, which has had six total sessions this summer. SOAR is where students learn about being safe of campus and campus involvement. They participate in Eagle Talk led by orientation, and they also participate in Eagle Experience, which is a session on co-curricular items like study abroad and service learning.

One more SOAR session remains and spots still are available. To register for the Aug. 18 NSO, click here.

May said he was thankful for a great group of orientation leaders who have helped during this year’s SOAR events.

“It’s been really exciting watching the orientation leaders who have done a fabulous job connecting with students,” May said. “It has been exciting to watch student leaders engage with the new students.”

Following the last SOAR session, Reinhardt students will head into Eagle Bound, the second part of NSO. Eagle Bound, to be held Aug. 19-21, is a two-day, action-packed experience to help students smoothly transition to campus life. Eagle Bound is when residential students move into their residence halls (planned for the morning of Aug. 19), students receive their parking decals and ID and more. There is entertainment, music, food, games and presentations. For more information, to view the Eagle Bound schedule or to register, click here.