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275 new students attend LINC orientations at Campbellsville U

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By Ellie McKinley
News from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - One student said it was the warm welcome she got at Campbellsville University, and another said she made friends she knows who will help her as she begins classes.

Both students were discussing what they experienced during CU's first LINC sessions June 7-9, 2012 when 275 students and commuters attended the first of several sessions in the summer.

Mary Hodgen, an incoming freshman from Springfield, KY, attended the first LINC and said her favorite part about Campbellsville was the warm welcome she received and that she already felt at home while on campus.

While attending LINC, which stands for: Learn in a new environment, Invest in your future, Navigate life changes and Connect to Campbellsville, students complete a two-day orientation in which they stay overnight to experience what their new home away from home will be like.

During the first day, students make their way around campus talking with staff from the Offices of Financial Aid and Business Services, receiving their parking decals and UPOs, completing a Compass Test and visiting the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Later in the evening, students participate in a variety of activities planned by the Andrew Ward, director of student activities. These activities enable students to get involved and connect with each other.

The next day is a day filled with academic advising in which students will meet with their advisors to plan their schedules. While it may seem stressful at first for the new students, advisors and LINC workers areprepared to motivate and encourage them, Allen said.

Haleigh Lanham, an incoming freshman from Danville, Ky., had a positive experience at LINC. She was able to interact with future classmates who share similar passions.

She said she was comforted knowing that she met future friends who have the same major. Lanham said, "It was inspiring getting to hear about everyone's plans and seeing how on fire some people are for God."

Throughout the summer, two other future LINC's will occur for other incoming freshman. The dates for these are July 13-14 and August 2-3.

Many months of planning are spent for the orientations by staff including Allen; Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services; and James Dean, director of residence life. -Ellie McKinley

This story was posted on 2012-06-13 05:09:39
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Jessica Blakeman and CU Tiger at LINC session

2012-06-13 - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Ellie McKinley, CU. Jessica Blakeman, Campbellsville, KY, poses with the Campbellsville University Tiger at LINC. - Ellie McKinley
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Raven Burress signs up at LINC, with help of Scott Necessary

2012-06-13 - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Ellie McKinley, CU. Raven Burress, Campbellsville, KY signs up at LINC at Campbellsville University with help from Scott Necesssary, director of dual credit/assistant to the vice president for admissions. - Ellie McKinley, Campbellsville University
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