Students Meet Professors at A&M International Orientation

Incoming freshmen students at Texas A&M International University will have a chance to break bread with their faculty and administration in the first installment of the Universityıs popular student led Orientation, scheduled Wednesday, July 16.

Gabriela Mendoza, Associate Director of Student Development, said the incoming students will have lunch with University faculty and administration at 12:30 in the Great Room, Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library 319.

"This has always been an immensely popular portion of the Orientation with students really enjoying an advance opportunity to sit down and meet with their faculty, discuss the course work, what will be expected of them, and how best they can approach their semester," Mendoza explained.

Mendoza said the Orientation is designed to help students to transition into University life with the assistance of fellow students who have walked in their shoes. "By seeing the University through their peersı eyes, new students can more rapidly get a handle on how they can succeed in their effort to secure a four-year University education," she said.

The overall orientation, dubbed "Mission is Possible: Orientation 1997," is led by students and includes presentations by Orientation leaders on getting around on campus, identifying a student skills formula that works, previewing the Universityıs student service areas and representatives, insider tips for success, an opportunity for advisement and registration and a tour of the Universityıs new University Village student housing community.

The University first initiated its Orientation program two years ago, and Mendoza said student reaction has been overwhelmingly high.

"Itıs really a fun time, students enjoy skits, go on tours, meet new people and get to sit down with people who will share their on-campus community. The reactions we get from students are very positive. They'll say 'We got to know each other well so we could help each other out, or in regard to the luncheon, 'having lunch with the University faculty and staff was the most helpful part of my orientation. They were able to answer my questions,'"she noted.

Additional orientation dates are scheduled Saturday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 5.

For more information, contact Mendoza at 956. 326. 2280 or visit her in offices located in room 107 of the new Kinesiology/Convocation building in the Universityıs Phase II.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu