For many students, college can be like entering a whole new world.
Those in charge at Jamestown Community College want to make that transition as easy as possible.
JCC held their new student orientation Sunday afternoon. The event, which was held in Scharmann Theater, was open to any and all new students preparing to start school. Students were also able to sign up for various workshops to help them better understand technology around the campus, aid them in finding their classrooms, learn about being a part of student leadership, talk about stress management and take an in-depth look at the honors program. There was also a networking workshop offered for non-traditional students.
The Masters of Improv perform for new students during Jamestown Community College’s new student orientation on Sunday.
P-J photos by Ryan Atkins
Incoming students make their way to the Scharmann Theater at Jamestown Community College on Sunday for orientation.
Mission Improvable kicked off the orientation with their unique brand of improv comedy, bringing students onto the stage to participate in games like Spelling Bee and Television. Following Mission Improvable, several speakers took the stage to address the students including the student life director, members of the student senate and several faculty members.
"We here at JCC are prepared to work very hard to keep our promises to the students," said Eileen Goodling, vice president and dean of student development.
Before sending students off to their respective workshops, Marilyn Zagora, vice president and dean of academic affairs, had a quote to leave the students with at the end of the orientation
"As Charles Dickens once said, "Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become,'" she said.
Fall semester classes begin today at the college. On Wednesday, the college will host its Welcome Week picnic and student involvement fair.
"Between our honors program, the USA scholarship, the new residence halls and our recruiting for the athletic programs, we really have a broad diversity to offer students," said Goodling. "The open access to anyone brings in some students that might not have other chances, but our incentives and programs also bring in some of the top students from around the area."
Goodling said that she believes the students from out of the area also give the college a wider array of viewpoints and ideas. With the recent addition of residence halls, students from outside of the United States have even started to attend JCC.
"It gives students a more global experience without them having to leave the region."
For more information about Jamestown Community College, visit www.sunyjcc.edu or call 338-1000.