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 August 2013

Students returning to campus

Programs will be held for new students to immerse themselves in college life.

As we enter the month of August, students will start arriving for programs and orientations across the country.

At the main campus, SmartStart is an invitation-only residential program for 20 students to get off to a solid start at Columbia College. Students will move into their dorm rooms on Aug. 5, nine days before the others, and will attend sessions that teach them preemptive academic skills and orient them with college life. 

Along with sessions on topics such as using the math and writing centers, effective note-taking, student employment and the mentorship program, students will attend six sessions on financial literacy in an attempt to educate students on smart borrowing and money choices and help lower loan default rates , says Katie Wheeler, a senior associate for Enrollment Management.

The program gives students a chance to settle in at the college before classes begin.

Aug. 14 is early check-in for the rest of the new students, and on Aug. 15, students will begin participating in Student Development’s “EXPLORiENTATION,” a program of activities for first-year students. 

Students will attend the traditional pinning ceremony, enjoy the first ever Traditions Dinner and meet with their residence hall community on the first day. The next day they learn about classes and academics and attend Step Up, a session on active engagement in the Columbia College community. They top off the night with Chaos in the Cage, an evening event of sports and games at Southwell Complex.

On Saturday, students can choose from four day trips to locations around Missouri. “Cougars Take the City” brings students to the Gateway Arch and the City Museum in St. Louis; “A Day at the Theatre” has students bike the MKT Trail in Rocheport and attend a show at the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock; “Outdoor Extravaganza at the Lake” shows students fun at the Lake of the Ozarks; and “All Out Adventure” attendees hike in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and zipline in New Florence.

After these days of getting to know their fellow students and making friends, new students will get the experience of the “Storm the Gate” tradition. Help make the students’ experience a memorable one, and join us at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Rogers Gate Bass Commons.