Freshmen Orientations Begin

June 26, 2012

As the first wave of incoming students came for orientation on June 26, it was hard to believe that fall is already on everyone's minds. Parents and family members joined the incoming class received guidance on what they need to do to succeed as a college student. 

At a lunchtime break, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Life, Dr. Suzanne Phillips, greeted the group with the encouraging words, "The support you get while you are here is so important. We want to make sure you get all the information you need."  And she invited the group to return on September 29.  "This year we have planned our first Family Day and we hope you will be back to see how your student is doing. "

Provost Ivan Banks pointed out, "This is a good time to be here. Great things are happening.  A new 400-student dorm is about to open this fall. The foundation is being built for a new science center that is scheduled to be completed by 2013.  The Marian Anderson Music Center has just been renovated and all of the historic buildings on the Quad are getting upgrades. 

He continued, "The good news is, we offer programs that will get you ready for a career or graduate school.  We will do everything we can do to help you graduate from Cheyney University.  We handle all the pieces, but you will have to do your part also.  As Provost, I have to tell you that you must have a minimum 2.0 to be in good standing.  Grades lower than than can lead to probation and then dismissal.  But you should aim for higher grades, 3.0 to 4.0 so you can be competitive in the job market.  We have professional tutors here to help you. Use them.  The Writing Center staff will help polish your papers with you and our Math tutors can do the same. We have the resources here for you.  Your goal should be to be career ready."

Professor Marques Garrett invited incoming students to join the Choir.  From concerts on campus and at nearby Lincoln University, to local and regional performances and tours, the Choir becomes a tight-nit family. "You have to have a very big heart for music - I require a lot. If you get in you will get a bigger family and will have a wonderful time." Choir member Shaniqua Love graciously treated the audience to an impromptu performance of "Amazing Grace."

Professor Alan Gardner reached out to all musicians in the crowd, encouraging them to participate in his band programs that included concert, soul, wind, percussion bands, as well as dancers and color guard. "Cheyney University is the oldest HBCU, but we have the youngest band.  Every year, we teach, we work hard, and have a lot of fun. In Band, we play in band showcases, Battles of the Bands and parades.  We can get you to where you want to be."