University To Welcome New Students Through Preview GU

PROMISE photo 2012Posted: August 9, 2012

Gannon University formally will welcome new students while helping them get acclimated on campus through the University’s annual Preview GU program.

Preview GU will run from Aug. 18-21. Fall 2012 semester classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 22 for all students.

The theme of Preview GU 2012 is “Expand Your Horizons.” New students will be able to meet their peers, visit with their adviser, participate in the Aug. 18 New Student Convocation and become more familiar with the resources available to help ensure their academic success and holistic development.

Highlights of Preview GU:

Saturday, Aug. 18:

  • Welcome Cookout, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Friendship Green, located outside Waldron Campus Center.
  • New Student Convocation, 3 p.m., Hammermill Center. Convocation is an academic ceremony as well as an important milestone for the new students as they make the transition to college life. “Embracing Global Awareness” is the theme of the Convocation, Gannon’s 25th annual. The ceremony also is intended to help new students and their families bond with the University and faculty, staff and administrators.
  • PROMISE photo, 4 p.m., Gannon arch outside Waldron Campus Center. The new students will gather for the photo as a way to build unity as a class. The students also will make the PROMISE pledge (Promoting Responsible Ongoing Management in Social Environments): to make healthy and responsible decisions with regard to alcohol and other situations, to show respect for God, themselves and others and to support the Gannon Community. Angela Coustillac, shown above at left, read part of the pledge. Coustillac is president of Gannon's Student Government Association.
  • Games and social activities, 7:30-11:30 p.m., North Hall and Wehrle Hall.

Sunday, Aug. 19:

  • Tours of and opportunities to use the University’s Carneval Athletic Pavilion, 12-4 p.m. Students can learn about intramural sports, group exercise classes and other fitness and recreational activities. Students also can test themselves in an obstacle course.
  • First-Year Experience play, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Schuster Theatre. Performed by Gannon’s honorary theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.
  • Mass, 6 p.m., Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel.
  • LIFECORE event, 7 p.m., Friendship Green. Gannon’s LIFECORE program helps students embrace a healthy and balanced lifestyle. LIFECORE’s dimensions are social, political, physical, emotional, sexual, intellectual, spiritual and cultural.

Monday, Aug. 20:

  • New Student Orientation, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waldron Campus Center. Designed for students who were not able to attend a summer session.
  • First-Year Experience play, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Schuster Theatre. Performed by Gannon’s honorary theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.
  • Meet the Merchants, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Hammermill Center. Students can become familiar with the merchants that accept GU Gold and sample their wares.
  • Campus Safety Presentation, 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., room 104 of Zurn Science Center.
  • Commuter Meeting, 6:15-8 p.m., room 104 of Zurn Science Center. Required for commuter students.
  • Social events and activities, 8-11 p.m., Waldron Campus Center. Make new friends and join Gannon faculty and staff for games of chance during Casino Night.

Tuesday, Aug. 21:

  • Mission and Ministry/Student Success Center residence hall meetings, 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., room 104 of Zurn Science Center. Students can meet the staffs of and learn more about Campus Ministry and the University’s Center for Social Concerns. Students also can learn about the valuable resources and support services offered through the University’s Student Success Center.
  • Lunch with Your Adviser, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Morosky Academic Center, Palumbo Academic Center and Zurn Science Center. Students also can meet faculty from their department and other new students.
  • Activities Fair, 2-4 p.m., Carneval Athletic Pavilion. Meet members of campus clubs and organizations and learn how to get involved.

The complete Preview GU schedule can be found here.