ROAR initiates new Cougs

Washington State University Vancouver has brought back ROAR, the new student orientation program, which is designed to provide support to new students entering WSU Vancouver. The program offers support to various types of new students including freshmen who just graduated from high school, running start students who took college classes during high school, transfer students and even international students.

According to Bill Stahley, student achievement manager, there are different types of ROAR sessions that are designed for the needs of the students. For example, there is a ROAR program especially designed for the needs of freshmen students, which typically offers more information about college life.

The program designed for transfer students is mainly about introducing students to WSU Vancouver, since they have had college experience prior to attending WSU Vancouver. There is also the ROAR Family program, designed to help connect the family as well as provide family support.

In addition to learning about myWSU, courses, campus opportunities and financial aid, students also met up with an academic advisor for the first time. Various faculty members spoke at the orientation including Bill Stahley, Nancy Youlden, Patience McGuiness and various members from the financial aid staff.

“I think that the peer connection is really quite powerful. I think students also like to hear about faculty expectations, too.” Stahley said, when asked what he thought would be most beneficial to the ROAR attendees.

When new students were asked what they looked forward to the most when attending WSU Vancouver, there were various types of responses. Brittany, Biology major said “I look forward to all the help they provide for classes, writing help and all that.”

“I look forward to meeting new people and getting involved,” said Austin, undeclared major.

“I really look forward to getting involved with student activities. There’s a lot this campus has to offer, and I really look forward to taking advantage of that.” Kelly, history major, said.

This year, ROAR advising and registration happened on June 26. However, ROAR freshmen program will not happen until Aug. 13, while ROAR transfer orientation will not happen until Aug. 20. For more information about ROAR visit studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-affairs/roar-new-student-orientation

Photo Credit: Teresa Hoyt

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