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Aug. 3, 2006

Orientation for Cowley students on Aug. 16, Laubach featured speaker


Cowley College expects 350 students to go through its one-credit hour Orientation course, scheduled for Aug. 16 on the main campus in Arkansas City.

Students enrolled in the orientation course will earn one hour of college credit while learning important information designed to assist them while they are students at Cowley. The daylong Orientation will include guest speakers, meetings with instructors and advisors, and great food and fun social activities.

Sessions have been developed for parents of students and will take place Aug. 15 from 1-3 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. Orientation for North Campus students will take place Aug. 11.

The first day of fall classes at Cowley is Aug. 17.

Studies have shown that students who successfully complete an orientation program are more likely to succeed than those who choose not to enroll in the course.

This year’s Orientation speaker is Rhett Laubach (pictured), co-author of three leadership books “Possibilities”, “Possibilities II, and “Teen Power”.

“He has been here before and has always been very popular with the students,” Cowley College Dean of Student Life Sue Saia said.

Laubach is a professional speaker, author, leadership expert and owner/operator of YourNextSpeaker, LLC - a leadership resource for organizations.

He served as the 1991-1992 Oklahoma FFA State Vice-President and the 1992-1993 Oklahoma FFA State President. He has also been awarded the honorary member status in the Oklahoma FCCLA.
Laubach continues to train hundreds of FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, BPA, HOSA, TSA, SkillsUSA and DECA students and advisors every year across the nation.

The schedule for the new student orientation on Aug. 16:

8-9 a.m., “Welcome to Cowley”, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
9:10-9:50 a.m., Compass meetings in campus classrooms.
10-11:20 a.m., guest speaker, Rhett Laubach, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., optional lunch in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center (free).
12:30-1 p.m., pick up class schedules in the Brown Center lobby.
1-1:20 p.m., Clubs and Activities, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
1:20-2:20 p.m., advisor meeting, TBA.
2:25-3:40 p.m., Compass meetings in campus classrooms.
3:45-4:10 p.m., closing session, Robert Brown Theatre inside Brown Center.
4:10-5:10 p.m., Community fair, Earle N. Wright Community Room and Gallery, Brown Center.

Students enrolled in Orientation will be given five assignments that involve an advisor meeting, using the electronic library, Campus Connect, the Discover Program, and a signature page.

Back-to-school activities:

Aug. 15, New Student Housing Meeting, 7 p.m., Robert Brown Theatre.
Aug. 16, New Student Orientation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brown Center; All Residents Housing Meeting, 7 p.m., Robert Brown Theatre; Student Government Association Welcome Back Party, 9-10:30 p.m., The Jungle.
Aug. 17, First Day of Fall Semester; Mentalist Chris Carter, 7 p.m., Robert Brown Theatre.
Aug. 24, Back-to-School Breakfast (served by Cowley Board members and administrators), 7 a.m., McAtee Dining Center; “Find the Noise” Street Dance, downtown Ark City, 9-11 p.m.
Aug. 29, cookout and beach volleyball tournament, 5-10 p.m., behind the Kimmell Dormitory.
Aug. 30, speaker Vince Papale, 9 a.m., Robert Brown Theatre.