Editorial: Orientation should include resource training

Pre-orientation programs are beginning to prepare for the class of 2022. Last month, FOCUS co-ordinators announced that they will partner with Tisch College to encourage continued community service after the program ends, and the Office for Student Success and Advising is developing a new program called BEAST for first generation students. It is fantastic that pre-orientation programs […]


R.E.A.L. Talk: New beginnings

In my first semester at Tufts, I joined about ten other R.E.A.L. students on campus for our version of orientation. We sat down and had dinner with each other and introduced ourselves. I was amazed at the diversity in a group as small as we were. People from all over the country and all over […]


Undergraduate student orientation sees changes this year

Undergraduate orientation faces several major changes this year, according to Jason Rathman (LA’ 17), orientation coordinator for co-curricular programs and major events. The annual event, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 this year, seeks to introduce first-year students to the Tufts community.  First and foremost, the Office of Residential Life and Learning staff are replacing traditional orientation leaders, […]


Campus Life, ResLife announce changes to leadership roles in first-year orientation

The orientation process for incoming first-year students will undergo changes beginning with the Class of 2021′s orientation in August. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will share responsibilities with First-Year Advisors (FYAs), who will perform the role of Resident Assistants (RAs) in first-year housing next year. Howard Woolf, director of the Experimental College and associate dean of undergraduate education, […]


TCU Senate discusses ResLife, general updates

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met for the first time this semester in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room on Sunday night. At the meeting, senators discussed housing updates and various committee projects. Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife) Director Yolanda King, Director for Campus Life Joe Golia, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Chris Rossi and Senior Associate […]


As pre-orientation programs grow, students, staff consider their impact on non-participants

First-year Sara Kniaz put a lot of thought into her decision not to participate in a pre-orientation program. After speaking with many students about their experiences, she decided it would be easier not to participate because of cost, confusion over logistics of the programs and a lack of enthusiasm about the offerings.  However, Kniaz said that upon arriving on campus, she regretted her decision. “I had […]


ACE Fellow program expands, redefines role on campus

The Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellow program will expand the number of fellows from seven to 10 for the next academic year. This program, which places student leaders in residence halls to offer academic and social guidance to first-years, will also shift its approach to focusing on helping first-year students transition to Tufts. The program accepted its fellows for the 2016-2017 academic […]


New committee created for orientation following departure of associate dean for orientation

As the admissions process for the Class of 2020 continues, the Office of Undergraduate Education is gearing up for the next group of Jumbos with the creation of a new committee this spring tasked with handling the management of the Undergraduate Orientation program. The committee first met to discuss orientation programming in January, and will continue to meet every […]


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