New Student Invasion! Part 2

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

The morning and afternoon of the first day of New Student Orientation were busy with the hustle and bustle of moving freshmen into the dorms. The evening, however, gave students and parents a time to relax and learn more about the campus students would be calling home.

The evening kicked off with the annual President's Picnic, where President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, gave a rousing speech to welcome new students and their parents to the APU family.

Following the picnic, a joint information session provided information for parents and students about the events of Orientation Week. Afterward, parents split off and walked downstairs to Lower Turner Campus Center (LTCC) to participate in a panel discussion. Students stayed to watch the Alpha Leaders perform a series of skits known as Day in the Life, which demonstrate what an average day might look like for a new student.

The freshmen then separated into their Alpha groups. The 90 Alpha groups, each headed by an Alpha Leader, include small groups of 10-15 freshmen, and allow for the new students to build deep and meaningful relationships, and to tackle issues that face students on college campuses. The groups meet once a week in Beginnings class and once a week outside of class for discussion.

On Sunday morning, APU held its annual Sunday morning worship service for new students and their parents. Campus Pastor Chris Brown spoke about the challenges that face students and their parents, and after the message, President Wallace lead Communion. The end of the service signaled the time for parents and students to say their good-byes.

On Sunday afternoon, Alpha groups participated in Operation Adaptation, a series of high-energy games that allow students to get more acquainted with one another. That evening, Alpha Leaders performed a series of skits known as Good Times. Comedy Sportz of Los Angeles also performed after the Alpha Leaders' tradition of skits such as "Men Without Shirts" and "Share the Toothbrush".

Continuing to kick-off the start of classes, students found plenty of activities in which to participate, including the ever-popular Monday Night Madness where students play a series of get-to-know-you games; New Student Mugging where students receive a free mug and root beer float; Fall Fest where local bands perform for everyone; and an Anaheim Angels game on Friday night. Designed to make new students feel at home and welcome, Orientation Week is a vital and exciting beginning to the college experience at APU.

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