Orientation 2013 Introduces New Students to Cedar Crest Traditions

Janet Mock and students
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Cedar Crest’s first-year students were welcomed this past weekend during the College’s fall Orientation, which introduced the new students to a number of College traditions, workshops, seminars centered on leadership, and opportunities to meet new classmates. The theme for this year’s Orientation was “Unleash Your Inner Superhero.”

“What I enjoy about Orientation is that our students are immersed in our traditions and values from the day they set foot on campus.” said Cedar Crest College President, Carmen Twillie Ambar. “The class will graduate during the College’s 150th anniversary year, so they will truly be a part of Cedar Crest’s history from the first to the last day they are on campus as students.”

One such tradition was Day of Service, a day that sends new students, current students and other members of the Cedar Crest College community to local social service agencies for community service—a major component of the College’s mission.

“The Day of Service program at Cedar Crest College is a concrete way to exhibit the values and beliefs of the College community,” said Tammy Bean, director of community service programs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our newest students to the larger community that they will be a part of during their time at the College. This program also helps us demonstrate that there is much to be learned and shared through involvement in the community.”

Other traditions included the Open Door Ceremony where first-year students announce their name and hometown to campus from the steps of Blaney Hall and the Strawberry Festival, a tradition since 1913, which invites new students to the President’s Residence to enjoy delicious fruit, chocolate and to make new friends. Orientation closed with Convocation—the official welcome into the academic community at Cedar Crest.