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New records set as students begin 2007-2008 academic year at Penn State Fayette

8/31/2007 —
Uniontown, Pa.—The freshman class at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus is breaking new records. As classes began Monday, August 27, for the 2007-2008 academic year, this new class of 390 students is the largest group of students in the local campus’ history. Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie observes, “This is very good news, especially in light of the fact that the number of high school graduates is, unfortunately, declining locally.”
 
Among those of the incoming class, 171 are pursuing baccalaureate degrees and 83 are seeking associate degrees. Most of the incoming freshmen come from Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene and Washington Counties, but there are students also from elsewhere in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, California, and Korea.
 
Freshmen began arriving on campus Thursday, August 23, for orientation activities, which spanned three days. Students learned about student aid, career services and internships, and heard from a variety of speakers on topics such as “How to Succeed in College … and Love it,” “Diversity at Penn State,” and “Making it Count: Unleash Your Inner Monster,” a talk sponsored by MonsterTRAK.com about navigating the path through college to a career. (MonsterTRAK is an online resource for college students to find internships and entry-level and part-time jobs.) Students participated in team-building exercises, and learned about campus clubs, athletic programs and other social and networking-related opportunities. And they had a lot of fun participating in sporting events, enjoying comedy routines and using earned coupons to bid for dozens of prizes at the Lion Buck Auction.
 
Freshman orientation culminated Sunday afternoon, August 26, with a formal convocation ceremony, at which Chancellor Osagie welcomed the students to Penn State Fayette. During the ceremony, a numbered “key” with Penn State University inscription was presented to each freshman symbolizing Penn State Fayette’s role as a key to their future success. It is hoped the “Key to Success” will begin a tradition on campus by welcoming incoming freshmen with a numbered key and awarding same at commencement at Penn State Fayette or upon graduation from Penn State University. The key will initiate a spirit of mentorship and networking in the years ahead as these incoming freshmen graduate and the key numbers are recycled to new students beginning their studies at Penn State Fayette.
 
In total, 1,160 students are enrolled at Penn State Fayette for the Fall 2007 semester.

 Students
 
Incoming freshmen at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus participated in a variety of activities during Student Orientation August 23, 24 and 26.
 
Orientation Team 
Penn State Fayette students served on the Freshman Orientation Team, welcoming and assisting incoming freshman to campus life. The team included (back row, from left:) John Brant, Elizabeth Bartholow, Ryan Edsall, Scott Yetsko, Bittany Washington, LaMar Hill, Derek Sweeney, Sarah Chess, Merchant Brownfield, Julie Salwsville, Mat Rosso, Ashley Madorma, Jon Wik, Janice Collins, Johnny Marcolini, Ashley Gumbert; (front row, from left:) Hilary Griffith, Christa Patterson, Holly Glisan, Emily Wallace, Shaina Jamieson, Shauna Couch; and (lying:) Jeff Palencik (Nittany Lion) and Chad A. Long, student advisor.
 
Dr. Osagie
Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel I Osagie and school mascot, the Nittany Lion, join the fun as freshmen students participate in a variety of activities during Student Orientation in late August.

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