MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is preparing for an incoming class of about 350 students with 250 of those being resident students. Freshmen move-in is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. Several churches, local businesses and alumni will be on hand to make the transition as smooth as possible.
According to Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay, the university is expecting a total of nearly 950 traditional students this fall which is an increase of about 30 daytime students over last year.
“Welcome Week is designed to help new students get acclimated and connected to college life here at the University of Mount Olive,” said Meg Dutnell, director of Campus Life.
There are many special activities and events planned that provide intentional opportunities for new students to have their questions answered, meet their fellow classmates, introduce them to university traditions, and to have lots of fun! Some of the activities that are a part of Welcome Week are small group sessions led by orientation leaders, the class of 2018 picture, Convocation and the Candlelight Ceremony, as well as Trivia, the Annual Foam Party, and more.
“We want our students to feel connected to the University of Mount Olive, so it is a priority that we schedule weekly events to encourage involvement on campus,” said Emily Schneider, director of Student Activities. “These events allow students to not only interact with each other, but with faculty and staff members as well to help them build a sense of community. Students will be spending the majority of the next four years here on campus, and with our wide range of events scheduled; we think it will start to make them feel at home in no time.”
An opening Convocation will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. It will begin with a brief address by University President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter and conclude with a candlelight ceremony and singing of the Alma Mater.
Returning students will arrive on Monday, August 18 and classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The university, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.