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Cedar Crest College Welcomes New Students to Campus on “Move-In Day” August 25

Just One of Many Activities Set for Orientation Weekend

Allentown, Pa. (August 22, 2011)—Cedar Crest College will welcome new students who reside on campus during the annual Move-In Day on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Move-In Day kicks off student orientation weekend, for which this year’s theme is “This I Believe.” The theme for orientation is based on a required reading for first-year students of the book by the same name, which includes dozens of essays from people of all walks of life describing the core values that guide their daily lives.

Students will be moving into Steinbright, Curtis, Butz and Moore residence halls throughout the morning and early afternoon and then take part in orientation activities.

These new students and their families are invited to President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s residence for the President’s Family Picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., where they can enjoy barbecue food and get to know the college president as she readies for her fourth year at the helm of Cedar Crest.

Later that day, these students will pose for the traditional class photo on the Blaney Hall steps (3 p.m.) and participate in the Open Door Ceremony (3:30 p.m.), during which they will state their name and hometown and walk through the open door of Blaney Hall to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before.

The complete list of Orientation Weekend activities, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 28, also includes the annual Day of Service on Friday, Aug. 26, from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the Strawberry Festival the same day from 7-8:15 p.m.

Day of Service 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 Strawberry Festival, a tradition since 1913, invites new students to the president’s residence to enjoy the delicious fruit and make new friends.

“We are very pleased to welcome these new students to the Cedar Crest community this week, and welcome back our returning students,” said President Ambar. “We continue to implement many of the exciting initiatives in our strategic plan—and this is a very exciting time to be a student on our campus.”

A couple new and exciting initiatives for the fall semester include the CREATE (Community Related Experiences in Art Through Engagement) living learning community; a New Media major and media convergence lab added to the communication program; and the First-Year Experience: Preparing Women for Leadership, which will guide first-year students through a successful transition to college. The “This I Believe” reading is part of the First-Year Experience.

The remainder of resident students will move in on Saturday, Aug. 27. In all, Cedar Crest College has approximately 1,850 full-time, part-time and graduate students.

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