New Student Orientation begins at Methodist University on Thursday, August 17, when freshman move-in and registration opens at 8 a.m. Orientation activities will run through Sunday, followed by the first day of classes on Monday, August 21.
“At Methodist University, we start a new year with a renewed commitment to our students and the greater community,” stated President Ben Hancock. “We expect nothing less than our best year ever, with our faculty leading the way to prepare our students to step into the world with the necessary skills, confidence, and a commitment to their local and global community. Such values-based education has never been more important or more relevant.”
Campus and community volunteers, many from area churches, will be on hand to greet the students and their families and help them move into their residence halls on Thursday.
Fun highlights of orientation include:
- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday: New student check-in in the March F. Riddle Center
- 6-7 p.m. Thursday: “Welcome to MU” family cookout on The Quad
- 9:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday: Hypnotist Christopher Carter in Huff Concert Hall
- 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday: University Fair in Nimocks Fitness Center
- 6:30-9 p.m. Friday: Rise Against Hunger meal packing in Nimocks Fitness Center
- 9-11 p.m. Friday: Monarch Madness (part 1) in Berns Student Center
- 7:30 -11:30 p.m. Saturday: Monarch Madness (part 2) on the outdoor basketball courts
- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday: Orientation chapel service on The Quad
For the third year, the entire freshman class will be participating in a group service project. This year, they will be packing 55,000 meals in two hours for Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization. In March of 2018, as part of a spring break mission trip to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, students will have the opportunity to serve Rise Against Hunger meals to elementary students at College John Wesley.
“It is a powerful experience for students to pack meals during New Student Orientation and then to serve those same meals to children living in poverty,” said Vice President for Religious Life and Campus Chaplain Rev. Kelli Taylor. “The awareness of how one act of compassion can change a life comes full circle.”
The university is seeing record enrollment in graduate programs. New programs this year include the Master of Education with concentrations in Physical Education and Coaching and Athletic Administration. The Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate will also begin this semester. The third cohort of Doctor of Physical Therapy students will begin this semester as the first students prepare to graduate from the program in May 2018.
The new Gene Clayton Tennis Center is complete and will welcome students from the Professional Tennis Management Program as well as the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Construction continues on the Matthews Ministry Center and Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery, and is expected to be completed in spring 2018.