Washington State University Vancouver welcomes new students!

The beginning of spring semester marks the influx of new students to the Washington State University Vancouver campus. There are a number of ways for new students to get acclimated into and comfortable with this new educational environment, two of them being the ROAR orientation and the Involvement Fair.

ROAR new student orientation took place on Jan. 8, four days before the semester began.

Students were encouraged to come early to the event and take a campus tour to get familiar with the surroundings and where their classes would be. After the tour, students gathered in the Firstenburg Student Commons where they were sat according to their major. Before the event began, students played a BINGO game, which required them to mingle with their fellow VanCougs. Winners were then awarded prizes, which ranged from a WSU Vancouver keychain to WSU Cougar sweatshirts. Hanna Morris-Pinson and Danny Wachsnicht of the Student Ambassador program hosted the event, which featured WSU Vancouver professors, a student panel and faculty members who gave advice to new students on how to succeed in college.

Students were advised on the importance of academic integrity and how to maintain a high GPA despite having job and/or family commitments outside of school. Nikki Hinshaw and Bola Majekobaje spoke to students about the importance of getting involved in clubs and organizations on campus as well as participating in recreational activities the university offers. They stressed the avoidance of PCP, or parking lot-class-parking lot, which refers to students only attending class and then leaving campus which prevents students from getting involved and hanging out on campus.

Hinshaw and Majekobaje encouraged students to attend the Involvement Fair to gain an understanding of the variety of organizations that students can get involved with. At the event’s conclusion, students enjoyed a pizza dinner and interacted with seasoned WSU Vancouver students at table stations set up for media publications, the student ambassador program, ASWSUV, Student Resource Center and other on campus organizations.

The Involvement Fair also took place in the Firstenburg Student Center over the span of two days, Jan. 21 and 22. Representatives from over 50 Washington State University Vancouver organizations talked to students about what their clubs had to offer, promoted recreational activities and handed out free swag ranging from T-shirts to lip balm. Students received a passport upon entering the fair, which had to be stamped by five different representatives in order to enjoy the complimentary nacho bar as well as be entered into a raffle headed by Nikki Hinshaw. Raffle prizes were gifts cards to establishments like Barnes & Noble and Shell gas station as well as Cinetopia movie tickets.

Cambri Shanahan, outdoor intern for the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), and Kevin Alvarez, OSI intramural intern, encouraged new students to come down to the recreation annex and check out upcoming off-campus activities. “Try something new!” Alvarez and Shanahan also said, “Choose your own adventure!”

Sara De Fina, president of the Psi Society (formally known as the psychology club), said of her club, “Our aim is to acquaint psychology majors with each other and with professors. We want to get connected with the academic and social lives of our professors, gain an understanding of their research projects and who they are outside of the classroom.” De Fina continued and said, “We are also getting more involved with our community and participating in team building activities.”

Students seeking an organization to become involved with can sign up for an account on CougSync at http://wsuv.orgsync.com. CougSync hosts pages for all organizations, job applications and events going on around campus. Students can also contact Nikki Hinshaw, student activities advisor, at nikki_hinshaw@vancouver.wsu.edu.


VanCougar Staff at the 2015 Involvement Fair

SCJ Staff

Salmon Creek Journal Staff at the 2015 Involvement Fair


Cambri Shanahan Kevin Alvarez Involvement Fair

OSI Staff at the 2015 Involvement Fair


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