New students welcomed to campus life at Tuskegee during first week


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 16, 2012) — New students and their parents are getting their first taste of campus life during orientation week at Tuskegee University. Tuesday was the first day of a schedule crammed with activities to help the students get acquainted with their new surroundings. Hosted by volunteers from the Tuskegee University L.A.S.E.R. (Linking Academic Success to Engagement and Resilience) group, the new students are introduced to the administration, campus leadership, deans, and student and academic support services throughout the week. Orientation will end Aug. 21.

On Tuesday, Tuskegee University President,
Gilbert L. Rochon spoke with new students, their
parents and family during a picnic. 
Student emerges after crawling through a tube
during a carnival held by the College of Agriculture,
Environment and Nutrition Sciences. 
On Tuesday, Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon, and first lady, Patricia S. Rochon officially welcomed the newcomers, their parents and family. At Chambliss Hall, the Rochons answered questions and met with students and parents during a picnic that featured music and performances by student Greek organizations. On Wednesday, the president gave the new students lessons about Tuskegee’s history and future during an address in the University Chapel.

Lessons from the president

Starting with the story of Tuskegee’s founding, the president explained the institution’s legacy and impact on other universities and the world. He outlined some of Tuskegee’s global involvement in nations such as Burkina Faso, Ghana India and Tanzania.

“It’s an extraordinary history that is a source of inspiration and a challenge because the bar has been raised very high,” he said.

He gave information about new degree program offerings and plans for the possible addition of medical and law schools in the future. He also told the group of plans to start a new generation of Tuskegee Airmen with new programs for training pilots, air traffic controllers and aerospace engineers.

“You’ve come to an institution that has a tremendous amount of history, a tremendous amount of pride and respect for traditions,” he said. “And, also an institution that is very forward-looking and determined.”

Welcome to CAENS

For the first time, new students got the chance to have some old-fashioned fun while learning more about the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences during a carnival outside Campbell Hall and the Morrison-Mayberry building Wednesday afternoon. From agriculture studies to fitness and nutrition, booths displayed all aspects of the college as well as information such as study tips and stress management.

“Our focus is on freshmen. We wanted to them to feel welcome here… This is the beginning of us sharing what we’re all about with the rest of the campus,” said the college’s dean, Walter A. Hill.

The event featured fitness challenge courses, games, hayrides, horseback riding and a petting zoo. Fresh from taking her first ride on a full-grown horse, freshman, Niesha Marks, talked about her experiences on campus and the people.

“They’re very homey around here,” said the 17-year-old pre-veterinary medicine major from Montrose, Mich.

New students began arriving on campus Tuesday. This minivan bearing the message "Tuskegee or Bust" was decorated to mark the occasion.

Volunteers from the Tuskegee University L.A.S.E.R. (Linking Academic Success to Engagement and Resilience) group help students and parents sign-up and find information during orientation week.

New students listen during president's address in University Chapel Wednesday.

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