BY BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Welcome Week for new students is underway at Oregon State University’s Cascade campus in Bend.
About 175 students moved into the dormitories this weekend. New students are spending a couple of days learning their way around and getting to know their instructors.
Convocation is a tradition on university campuses that marks the beginning of the academic year.
“We came to this country with very little resources but we were overflowing with passion and optimism,” said keynote speaker Candy Caga.
Originally from the Phillipines, Caga is one of nine children–all now work in the medical and health industry. She’s he chief nursing officer at St. Charles-Madras and serves on the Madras City Council.
Caga encouraged incoming students to study hard and enjoy themselves, friends and family.
Students then had lunch with their instructors, just one of a series activities the university stages to help students feel welcome, connected and excited about their academic experience.
“It’s pretty amazing. It’s a lot different than other colleges I’ve been to so far. It’s a lot more hands-on and open. It’s just great all-around so far,” said Caitlyn Jackson, a freshman from Redmond.
Professors at OSU say the experience helps connect the students to the faculty and get them off on the right track.
“I get to know them on a first person basis – their personalities, their likes and dislikes and hopefully, can steer them in a direction that benefits them best personality wise, which they would never get in a huge lecture hall,” said Tim Burnett, a kinesiology instructor.
Orientation continues with seminars to help students chart their career paths, scavenger hunts to find campus resources and develop good study habits. Classes begin Wednesday.