Today@Sam Article

Orientation Heats Up For The Summer

May 25, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Lane Fortenberry

Story by Tyler Pointer

Registration is officially open for incoming freshman and transfer students to be a part of Sam Houston State University’s tradition of Bearkat Orientation’s summer sessions. 

The orientation sessions are hosted by the Accepted Students & Bearkat Orientation office and its purpose is to provide new students with a detailed understanding of what it means to be a Bearkat and information they need to know about attending SHSU. 

All incoming freshmen are required to register for and attend one of the nine two-day Freshman Orientation sessions scheduled for June 5-6, June 8-9, June 15-16, June 22-23, June 29-30, July 6-7, July 13-14, July 20-21 and July 27-28. The one-day transfer orientations are not required, but students are urged to attend either of two sessions on Aug. 14 and Aug. 18. 

Jesse Bernal, Director for Accepted Students & Bearkat Orientation, believes that Bearkat Orientation is an essential part of being a student at SHSU.BearkatOrientation630

“Freshman orientation introduces new students to all of the offices, departments, and buildings that will address the needs they will have coming into college,” Bernal said. “Transfer orientation is a one day program that discusses different needs compared to those students who are new to college.” 

Incoming students will get the answers to lingering questions they might have regarding school during the sessions, get their Bearkat OneCard or visit with the over 200 student organizations at SHSU during the organizational fair, according to Bernal. 

Students will also get the chance to eat in the brand new dining hall, General’s Market, during their orientation for dinner.

“We also have a service tradition tied in with our orientation sessions,” Bernal said. “Individuals are encouraged to bring pop tabs to their sessions, which are donated to the Ronald McDonald House.” 

Bearkat Orientation differs from Saturday@Sam, in terms of individual information, social involvement and opportunities, according to Bernal. 

“It’s important for students to register for orientation soon because if they are looking at a specific session to attend, it could already be filled up,” Bernal said. “I encourage them to be enthused and not afraid to ask questions because our orientation team is excited to help them make the transition to SHSU.” 

To register for orientation, to check availability, or to check pricing information for students, Parents/Family and sibling orientations visit the website or call 936.294.1782.

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