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New Student Orientation 2014

Theme: Gifts of Opportunity Require Focus and Work

New and life-lasting friendships were forged as new and returning students got their first and/or latest official glimpse of their new academic life at Lane College in contemplation of their arrival for the fall semester on August 18, 2014.

During the NSO weekend that was held July 11-13, 2014, the College rolled out its usual red carpet to all attendees. Perspective students and their parents/guardians participated in informational sessions, financial aid workshops, class scheduling, and numerous other experiences that were designed to facilitate students’ enrollment and matriculation at the College.

Each scheduled session addressed different aspects of college life that are critical to student success. Students attending the sessions were able to meet personally with administrators, faculty, staff, student assistants, and alumni while registering for courses. Creating that accessibility is a key component of the orientation sessions as well as the larger Lane College experience.

Registration and Check-In began on Friday evening and Saturday morning, respectively, in the J. F. Lane Health & Physical Education Building, and was followed by the Welcome Reception, designed to afford an opportunity for students and their parents/guardians to meet each other, as well as administrators, staff, and faculty. Thereafter, students participated in the Conversation Peace, which allowed them to meet and speak with professionals about career development and educational completion, which was followed by the Male and Female Institutes…separate events where small group discussions allowed students to share personal stories about their respective journeys toward developing their “Power of Potential®. Simultaneously, parents participated in the Cutting the Cord informal session wherein discussions centered around topics relating to parents and what they may experience during their child’s first year of college and beyond. The evening concluded with a social activity and the screening of the movie Fruitvale Station.

On Saturday morning, immediately prior to the scrumptious breakfast prepared by the College’s caterer, Gourmet Services, Inc., the first Saturday Sunrise Prayer Service was held in the William Henry Graves Auditorium located in the Chambers-McClure Academic Center (CMAC). Several heartfelt prayers and readings were delivered by college staff and community pastors. The college believes that in all endeavors, it is most beneficial and proper to begin each day with prayer to thank GOD for his goodness and bountiful blessings.

In the opening general session that began at 9:00 a.m., President-Elect Logan C. Hampton was introduced and presented to the audience, and offered a hearty and gracious welcome to the starry-eyed students and their proud parents/guardians. He then proceeded to inform them of the major significance of their visit to, and matriculation at, Lane College. With his eloquent words, Dr. Hampton reminded each student that s/he is indeed intelligent and smart, and inspired them to focus on their studies when they arrive in August. In expressive language, he let students know that GOD was not through with them yet, and that HE has more in store for them that can be attained through their continued hard work and faith in HIM. Steady cadences of “Amens” were heard from parents and students alike throughout Dr. Hampton’s address.

At the conclusion of the opening session, students and their parents/guardians attended separate sessions. Positioned before and after a delicious noon-time lunch, topics directed to students included Admissions and Financial Aid Assistance; Understanding Your Purpose for Attending Lane College; Academic Advising, Scheduling, and Counseling; What it Means to be a Student-Athlete; Healthy Minds Make Healthy Choices; College Affordability and Finding Money; Establishing Boundaries Between Academics and Relationships; Focus and Work During the First Year; and Supporting the Academic Transition.

A new event that found its place at NSO was the Campus Expo that convened between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in a cordoned off section of Lane Avenue between Middleton Street and Hays Avenue. The Expo brought together churches, community, and campus organizations that offered resources and additional information to students. Among the entities that were present were Regions Bank; Walgreens; St. Paul CME, Love and Truth, New Hope, Lighthouse, and the Historic First Baptist Churches; AGAPE, Greater Visions, Inspiring, and Love and Truth Ministries; the Jackson-Madison County African-American Chamber of Commerce; Black College Today; True Care Physicians Clinic; Jackson Department of Recreation and Parks and Jackson Health Department; Wo/Men's Resources and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP); the Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA); and the following on-campus student organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Pre-Alumni Council, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, NAACP, Student Christian Association, Student Government Association, and the Wellness Program.Filled with the knowledge gleaned from the extremely informative sessions, and the information gathered at the Expo, all attendees made themselves ready for the annual Backyard Barbeque. At this tremendous feast that was held on the beautifully manicured campus grounds adjacent to the Williams-Boyd Campus Center under two magnificent awnings, GSI once again prepared a delectable picnic meal. Those students who were able to conjure the energy to participate in Saturday night activities, after having stuffed themselves with such good food, participated in the annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and then swam at the Dragon Bash at the Pool in the college’s aquatic center. Meanwhile, parents relaxed in the CyberCafé and listened to soothing music while playing card games and dominoes, and enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday morning brought students, parents, and Lane College administration and staff members together for a departing breakfast and worship services at CMAC. Rev. William Smith, III, the Dean of the College, electrified the audience with his enlightening sermon.

The Gospel Brunch and Closing Ceremony, held in the Phillips Dining Hall, brought NSO 2014 to a conclusion. Administrators and staff have now begun preparing to welcome the Class of 2018 when they return next month. We can hardly wait!

Lane College offers an attractive tuition and fee schedule that is purposely designed to insure that graduates are not burdened with an extremely large student loan debt, as well as a varied menu of majors and course offerings designed to expand the minds and increase the knowledge of its subscribers. As alumni and friends, we depend on you to share the story of Lane College with high school students who are members of your church and other college-eligible students, and ask them to consider Lane College as their college of choice by contacting the Lane College Office of Admissions at admissions@lanecollege.edu., or by phone at 731.426.7533 or 800.960.7533. Once contacted, our admissions counselors will promptly respond and share with you, them, and other referred parties all of the positive and good news that defines Lane College.

The Power of Potential® lives and thrives at Lane College. Please join us in this noble endeavor of molding the attitudes and minds of future generations.

Esse Non Videri…To Be, Not To Seem

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