Yesterday, Saint Francis University welcomed more than 400 new students. Orientation counselors greeted students and their families across campus, volunteering to help unload cars, decorate rooms, and make move-in day go smoothly.
The day began with student check-in at the Stokes Athletic Center where families had the opportunity to mingle with faculty, staff and athletic coaches, as well as to meet with different student groups. The marching band provided music throughout the day.
At the JFK student center, members of the administration served families ice cream and refreshments before they moved on to the Bell Tower ceremony on the campus mall.
The bell tradition has
historic significance, ringing just twice a year: at orientation and graduation. Jacob Schneider of Baltimore, MD, Brittany Frank of Hollidaysburg, PA, and Jacob Cavallo of Houston, PA did the honors.
The President's Welcome capped off the family portion of the day, with speeches from President Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. and members of the university staff and community.
Erin McCloskey, VP for Enrollment Management, praised the incoming students. "You are individuals who are deserving of access to our strong academic resources and rich Catholic, Franciscan tradition. Each one of you has demonstrated promise in your potential to make the best use of your opportunity at Saint Francis University."
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