Northwestern connectors win two awards at regional workshop


Northwestern State University’s 2018 freshman orientation leaders placed in two categories at the recent Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) in Orlando, Florida.

NSU finished first in the t-shirt competition and second in the song/dance category. The song/dance performed at SROW is presented at Freshman Connection during the opening session.

More than 2,200 orientation leaders from a nine-state area attended the conference and took part in workshops and educational seminars geared towards helping first-year students make a successful transition to the university.  Program topics included orientation, transition and retention, diversity and inclusion and leadership.

NSU will hold its annual Freshman Connection program in Natchitoches May 24-25, May 31-June 1, June 20-21 and July 10. A session will be held on the Cenla campus in Alexandria on June 5, on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus on June 7 and in Shreveport on June 13.

Participants in Freshman Connection will be placed in a small group with a connector, who will guide individuals through the orientation program. Connectors are current Northwestern State students who share information about what can be expected at NSU and will offer support and guidance about the high school to college transition.

Those who attend Freshman Connection can expect small group sessions with connectors, opportunities to connect with future classmates, an introduction to NSU student services and involvement opportunities, a chance to become familiar with the campus and an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor who will help participants understand their major and schedule of classes and register for the fall semester.

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2018 NSU freshman connectors