UConn Class of 2002 to arrive Aug. 29 (Released: 8/28/98)
by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.
Storrs , Conn. -- More than 2,500 freshmen and transfers to the University of Connecticut will arrive in Storrs Saturday to begin the 1998-99 academic year -- the first time since the early 1970s that UConn has invited new students to come to campus before upperclassmen. (Sophomores, juniors and seniors will begin arriving Sunday.)
The new students and their parents will be treated to assistance moving into residence halls, courtesy of faculty and staff volunteers, the opportunity to complete any business or book-buying transactions they may have missed during the summer, and an academic convocation, with welcomes from President Philip Austin, Chancellor Mark Emmert, student leaders and others. The day concludes with a picnic.
On Sunday, freshmen will break-out into about 100 groups of 25 or 30 students each to discuss the book Amistad -- all freshmen were mailed a copy of the book earlier this summer. That afternoon, they can compare their thoughts with those of the book's author, former UConn publicist David Pesci, who will address the community at 2:30 in Jorgensen Auditorium.
Events during UConn's Week of Welcome (WOW) include:
Saturday, Aug. 29
Monday, Aug. 31
Tuesday, Sept. 1
Wednesday, Sept. 2