Alan Sorensen Havre Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshman and transfer students and their parents and spouses took the day Sunday to catch their breath, learn more about the school and enjoy themselves before the real work begins with registration today. Saturday was ful l day for incoming students as they moved into the rooms, took ACT tests, had identification card pictures taken, enjoyed a campus meal and had the chance to challenge each other in mini golf at Pro Putt. Sunday began with students who hadn’t already taken up residency moving into the Morgan and MacKenzie halls at 10 a.m. While students took part in the It’s All About U explanation session in the Student Union Building Bal lroom, their parents and spouses were familiarized with various university departments, including the registrar’s, financial aid, student services and foundation offices. Bill Lanier, assistant dean of s tudent s, said the Saturday through Tuesday activities are called the Fall Connection for a reason. “Fall Connections is to make connections,” Lanier said. “The more connections they have, the more likely it is they’re going to stay at Northern. “It’s to have fun, get connected with the school, their classmates, upperclassmen, and to learn about themselves and learn about Northern meet some faculty,” he added. The parents meeting in the SUB dining hall, Lanier said, was to allow them the opportunity to ask questions they might have. “After today, everything will be so hectic, this will give them a chance to get things answered during the down time,” he said. After their all-about-you orientation in the ballroom, the freshmen broke into seven groups of about 10 students each and went to participate in teamwork and trust exercises on the former East Hal l lawn. Marty Foxman of Northern’s education opportunity center in Great Falls, and a couple of Northern student aides with each group, led the students through their paces in a variety of physical activities upon which they were to report later. Several activities are planned for today, culminating in a club fest and pizza party in Morgan Hall. Classes begin Tuesday, followed by a concert and dance in the SUB featuring a live performance by Enzymatic. The Northern Bookstore is holding a book-buy-back from 8 a. m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday. People are instructed to bring in all the compact discs, tapes and supplemental materials that go along with the books they are selling back.