UNCG Campus Weekly

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SOAR 2011: Spartan Bold, Blue & Gold

051811NewsAndNotes_SOARUNCG’s SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration) will welcome the university’s newest Spartans beginning June 9.

Throughout the month, more than 2,500 new students and 2,000 parents and family members will attend one of the eight two-day Freshman SOAR sessions or the one-day Transfer and Adult SOAR session. Additional sessions are offered the week before classes begin in August.

SOAR is supervised by the Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs.

SOAR provides new students with the opportunity to make connections with current UNCG students, faculty and staff. This year, 25 Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS) leaders and 10 Transfer and Adult SOAR Leaders (TASLs) will host new students and their families during SOAR sessions by leading small group discussions for incoming students, serving as guides across campus and facilitating presentations on a variety of topics.

UNCG faculty and staff are highly involved in SOAR as they lead sessions for students and guests on topics such as faculty expectations and transitioning from high school to college. Various departments and student organizations participate in the festive Spartan EXPO, an information fair that provides helpful information to all SOAR participants. Faculty members also participate in the Freshman Summer Reading Project, which gives students the opportunity to read a faculty-selected book over the summer and join a faculty-led discussion and reception during Rawkin’ Welcome Week.

Additional staff members serve as SOAR Volunteers, lending support around campus to our visitors by serving as greeters and shuttle hosts and by offering directional assistance. Volunteer opportunities are still available. If you are interested in being involved in SOAR, contact Garrett Kachellek at jgkachel@uncg.edu.

For more information about SOAR, visit http://soar.uncg.edu.