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The Time of Your LIFE

Ok parents, last week I tantalized you with the thoughts of another super-fun blog to come, and here it is. Please welcome Patrick Englert, Director of Student Engagment, and my colleague in parent programming. Patrick has been working very hard with Sarah to coordinate an awesome on-campus agenda for your students for the four days prior to the first day of classes (I am told there will be hot air ballon rides!!!)

Patrick Englert (Director of Student Engagement) and Jessica Hume (Director of Writing and Parent Communications)

Becoming a Knight, Discovering the LIFE

It seems hard to believe that summer is now in full swing.  Perhaps for your student that means a job, beach vacation, or just enjoying time with friends before the next stage of life begins.  As quickly as summer has approached, the next four years of your son/daughterslife are on the way.

Behind the scenes at BU we are working hard to prepare for your students arrival to campus in August.  Excited conversations can be heard across campus about the impending arrival of our newest Knights.  The first year for your student will be filled with new adventures and transition.

The orientation program was created with developing new knights in mind.  Attending the two orientation
programs, Crossroads and Knight Life your student will receive invaluable information and tools to utilize over the next four years.

Knight LIFE, on campus programming is a new addition to the 2011 school year.  The community building that takes place at Crossroads continues and students begin to connect and explore campus.  August 14-17 is full of awesome opportunities to take part in.  Students will meet their classmates, participate in a service project with their Freshman Focus class, learn about
multiculturalism by visiting the Muhammad Ali Center, explore financial literacy through an interactive experience, and be immersed in the “possibility” city of Louisville.

As a parent how can I help?

We need your support to encourage your student to be present and engaged over the course of the 3 ½ days.   Challenge your commuter student to attend all of the events.  Remind your student to assure that their work schedule will allow them to be at all Knight LIFE events.  If your student lives on campus, remind him/her of how important it is that they participate in orientation.

Knight LIFE Student Schedule of Events:

Sunday, August 14

8am-3pm
Registration/Kick Off

4pm
New Student Mass

5pm
Hall Picnics

5pm
Commuter Dinner

7:30
Ice Cream Social on the Piazza

Monday, August 15

9am
Student Welcome and Trivia Activity and Scavenger Hunt

12pm
Picnic and Matriculation Book Signing

3:30pm
New Student Convocation

5:30pm
Family Send Off

6:30pm
New Student Banquet

8pm
Pinning Ceremony

9:30pm
Playfair

11:00pm
MidKnight Munchies

Tuesday, August 16

8am
Service Day

1:15pm-3pm
Professor Buffet, Various Locations

3pm-4:45pm
Department Receptions

5pm
Medieval Knights Dinner

7pm
Knights on the Town, Muhammad Ali Center

Wednesday, August 17

8am-4pm
Junior Achievement

4pm-6pm
Campus Carnival

Parents, join in on the fun. We have planned events and activities (see below) for you on August 14 & 15th.
Be sure to visit www.bellarmine.edu/parents and click on Orientation RSVP on the column on the right side of the page to
complete the RSVP.  Welcome to the BU family!

Sunday August 14, 2011

8:00-3:00
Residence Hall Move-in

4:00-Mass
(All are welcome to attend)

5:15
My “New” Kentucky Home Dinner-(Parent/Guardian Only Event with KY themed food,
music, and festivities)- SURF Center

Monday August 15, 2011-

8:30-12:00
Parent Crossroads Orientation- Frazier hall

12-2:30
Picnic/ Matriculation Book Signing- SURF/Library

3:30
Convocation-Knights Hall

***Parent/Student send-off immediately following

Whew! My thanks to Patrick–that was all great info! And the terrific activities don’t let up until at least the fourth week fo classes (in August, look for information about the Involvement Fair, or check out last year’s blog about it, including pictures!). So now, we can get something straight: if students call anytime in the first three weeks and say, “There’s nothing to do,” or, “I’m bored,” or anything along those lines, remind them that they have to leave the dorm room and find it.  College is, after all, the time of your life!

Jessica Hume
Directot of Writing and Parent Communications
BU c/o 2005

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About Cassie

I'm the Director of the Writing Center and Director of Parent Communications at Bellarmine University.

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