Orientation at Randolph-Macon College is an opportunity for new students and parents
to familiarize themselves with the campus and all that the college offers.
Orientation days were held June 28 and July 11, 2011. A total of 412 students participated
in the day-long programs, which included guided
tours of the campus, special sessions on academics
and campus life, and lunch in Estes Dining
New Student Orientation for a slideshow of photos.
Students and parents started the day at the Frank E. Brown Plaza, where they were
greeted by R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren.
“We are thrilled to have you join the Randolph-Macon College family, and we expect
great things of you,” said Lindgren. “With an exceptional faculty, a knowledgeable
and enthusiastic staff and an outstanding liberal arts program, Randolph-Macon is
now your home. We are committed to giving you the tools and personal support you
need to succeed, to help you realize your potential, and then to help you graduate
with a competitive advantage when pursuing careers or graduate school. We’re glad
you are here.”
Faculty and staff were on hand to assist students in registering for classes. “Like
anything new, college can be a little daunting at first, “says Assistant Dean of
Students Bill Blackmore. “A friendly face can make a world of difference, and orientation
is a chance for us to show off our academic programs and our beautiful campus.”
Students registered for classes, got to know one another and toured the campus with
an orientation leader. They also received R-MC identification cards and campus mailing
addresses. While the future Yellow Jackets familiarized themselves with the college
and campus life, their parents participated in a separate orientation. They received
information on financial aid,
internships, study abroad,
disability services and more, and had the opportunity to ask questions
of faculty and staff.
Students and parents also learned about the college’s
Four-Year Degree Guarantee, which pledges in writing that freshmen entering
in fall 2011 who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate
within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for
R-MC courses needed to complete the degree. Lindgren and Provost William Franz met
with individual families in the Brock Center to discuss and sign the Four-Year Guarantee
The program concluded in Blackwell Auditorium, the R-MC Center for the Performing
Arts. Dean Grant Azdell’s “What’s Next?” presentation addressed practical concerns
that students and parents typically have about college life, such as
Estes Dining Hall’s hours of operation and where to find a nearby bank.