Letter from Dean of Campus Life Francy Magee

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This past summer, I had the privilege of welcoming nearly 700 new students and their families to campus through Old Westbury’s five Summer Orientation sessions. These sessions are part of three-pronged effort to educate new students about NYIT resources and enable their success in reaching their goals. The three prongs include Summer Orientation, Welcome Day, and 50 Days/50 Nights. These programs offer activities and events that focus on helping students transition to college, either from high school or from another college if they are transfer students.
At each day-long Summer Orientation session, I introduced new students and their families to the people and offices NYIT has in place to help students refine their career goals and connect to their peers and faculty as future colleagues in their chosen field. Students got tours of campus and met with their Student Orientation Leaders.
 
They participated in a program that introduced them to using the NYIT website, Blackboard, and Orgsync, a web-based program that allows students to sign up for and stay apprised of events sponsored by clubs of their interest. Students had the chance to meet administrators from Campus Life, Career Services, Student Solution Center, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Counseling & Wellness, Housing & Residential Life, the Office of International Education, Security, Athletics, and more. Perhaps most importantly, they got to meet and hear about some of NYIT’s exciting alumni who are making a difference in the world with their innovative thinking and commitment to exceling in whatever they are doing.  In my speech, I emphasized the importance of asking for help and taking advantage of the resources that NYIT offers. I also focused on Summer Orientation as the exciting start of students’ networking efforts…that the other new students they were getting to know during the day would likely become important professional contacts in their futures.
 
On September 6, 2011, Welcome Day marked the first day that all the new students came together for the first time in one big group. I always look forward to this day as I love seeing the new class of students in its entirety….everyone’s collective energy and excitement makes me feel that the school year is off to a good start! Many students reunited with others they had gotten to know over the summer. Early in the morning, special sessions took place for transfer and international students. Later that morning, new students participated in fun large-group activities designed to get them interacting with each other. After lunch they attended a welcome address in Riland Auditorium with President Guiliano and SGA President Robert Hammarberg. Finally, at the end of the day, students broke into smaller orientation sessions to introduce them to administrators and faculty in their academic schools. It was a great day, despite the pouring rain!
 
Extending into the first weeks of college, the programs and events of 50 Days and 50 Nights are open to all students and are designed to welcome students new and old to a new academic year at NYIT. Activities provide opportunities for new students to get to know each other and for returning students to reconnect with one another. All students are invited to participate in the fun-filled and educational activities sponsored by Student Activities, the Campus Programming Board, SGA student organizations, Greek-Letter Organizations, Student Solutions Center, Advising & Enrichment Programs, and more. Specifically for first year students, 50 Days and 50 Nights offers programs to help with time management, goal-setting, studying for mid-terms and finals, registering for the spring, and finding an internship for the summer. There is also a Volunteer Fair scheduled for November to get students connected to opportunities for making a difference in the community surrounding their new home away from home—NYIT. Students who get involved in these opportunities will learn more about themselves and others as they develop leadership and professional skills that will serve them at NYIT and beyond.
 
I am happy to welcome back our students who are returning to NYIT for another year. The hallways feel full and energetic again! And, judging from the wonderful students and family members I got to know over the summer, and having felt the enthusiasm of the new incoming class on Welcome Day, I know it is going to be a great year!
 
Dean Magee
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Letter from Dean of Campus Life Francy Magee