In Leiden it starts with muffins and coffee. At Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, pizza and subs are served to students and faculty during the first week. Campus locations in Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base go with root beer floats and nacho bars.
Such are the scenes for new and returning Webster University students as they are welcomed to campus for the busy Fall semester as it begins at Webster campus locations across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
In Thailand, airport pickup for new students and ice-breaker events help ease in new students, some of whom are in Thailand for the first time. In London, a welcome reception for graduate students and a garden party for the undergrads kick things off.
Webster University students in St. Louis began moving into residence halls this week, and graduate students across the U.S. began their Fall 1 courses. From the 17-year-old freshman with the undeclared major to the adult learner working on a doctoral degree, it’s all part of the Webster global campus environment that attracts students from diverse cultures, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Everywhere this week and next, Webster staff are busy making sure students — and often parents too — feel welcome and comfortable as they get back into the routine of taking classes.
That can involve a variety of gestures, from hand-written welcome letters and personal phone calls to stress relievers and giveaways, to the always-popular pizza party. New and transfer students throughout the network are receiving t-shirts.
And orientation sessions aren’t run strictly by staff and faculty: In many cases current students play a major role too, whether as orientation leaders or as participants in the activities that welcome new students. Together, everyone has a part to play in ensuring Webster students find success in the 2012-13 academic year.
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