Aug. 17, 2009
New Bearcats take Advantage as school year begins
Students attending Northwest for the first time will begin the 2009-'10 academic year Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 27, by moving into residence halls and taking part in Advantage 2009, a series of orientation activities lasting through Sunday evening. Fall trimester classes begin Monday, Aug. 31.
Stretching over four days, the Advantage program gives freshmen and transfer students a chance to familiarize themselves with the campus, get acquainted with classmates and learn about programs and opportunities designed to ensure their college years are active and successful.
Related events designed to help usher in the new school year at Northwest include the annual Merchant Fair, which serves to introduce new students and faculty/staff to local businesses. This year's fair will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 29, on the Memorial Bell Tower lawn.
A second fair, set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, also at the Memorial Bell Tower, will introduce new Bearcats to campus organizations and clubs, including academic societies, Greek-letter organizations and groups representing dozens of co-curricular interests and activities.
The bulk of this year's freshmen will arrive on campus between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, then spend the next few days picking up computers and textbooks, touring the library, participating in orientation classes and otherwise preparing for their first trimester of college.
New arrivals will also meet with faculty advisers, peer advisers, residence hall assistants and fellow students while participating in a number of events leading up to the New Student Convocation at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in Bearcat Arena, an event that marks the official beginning of the academic year.
S pecial attractions taking place during this year's Advantage days include the Bearcats' season-opening football game against Abilene Christian, which students and the public can view live on television at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Bearcat Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
In presenting the telecast, Northwest has teamed with United Services Inc., which will set up two large projection screens inside the arena over which fans will view the CBS College Sports Network's live broadcast from Abilene, Texas.
Concessions will be available until the start of the fourth quarter. In addition, there will be an inflatable bounce house for kids and apparel from the Bearcat Bookstore available for purchase.
Besides getting moved in and preparing to start classes, new Northwest students are encouraged to attend a series of mixers and social activities during the Advantage period, including a Thursday night "country dance party" on the Bell Tower lawn, a Friday night appearance by comedian Dan Cummins in the Houston Center for the Performing Arts and free admission to a midnight movie screening Saturday/Sunday at The Hangar cinemaplex in Maryville. (Valid Bearcat ID card required for admission.)
For a complete Advantage 2009 schedule, click on ADVANTAGE . For more information about attending Northwest, call the Office of Admissions at 800.633-1175 or 660.562.1562 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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