Fayetteville State University (FSU) will officially welcome the Class of 2021 with Operation Smooth Move on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs, Operation Smooth Move is a systematic process to ensure a smooth move-in and to eliminate congestion in the freshmen residence halls. It is also a cooperative campus-wide effort by which students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers stand ready to assist new students and parents with direction and guidance as they transition onto campus. Classes at FSU start on August 15.
The Student Government Association and members of the university’s fraternities and sororities, as well as other student groups, will be on hand to assist new Broncos moving into their residence halls. Also on hand to answer questions and greet the new students and their families will be FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson and members of his administrative team.
On this day, students will also have identification cards made, meet with advisors and counselors, register for classes and participate in events that will introduce them to life as a FSU student. Later that evening, a cookout for new students will be held.
Orientation for commuter students also has been scheduled for Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Rudolph Jones Student Center (RJSC). This event is for first-time freshmen commuting students. They will receive information and resources that will aid them in their transition to FSU.
An orientation for military and military affiliated students is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 12, in the RJSC. This session is designed specifically for transfer students who are U.S. military and/or military affiliated persons who plan on using either military and/or veteran administration benefits to pay for college.
Transfer students will have orientation on the same day. Two sessions have been scheduled. Session I will be for commuter transfer students at 10 a.m., and Session II will be for residential transfer students at noon. Both sessions will be in the RJSC.
On Sunday, August 13, students will continue a Bronco tradition by participating in the Pinning Ceremony at 11 a.m., in Capel Arena. This is a formal induction ceremony to welcome all new freshmen to FSU. Chancellor Anderson officially inducts the new class into the Bronco family through the reciting of the Freshman Pledge. All students will receive a FSU lapel pin that can be worn for any formal or ceremonial occasion.
Guest speaker will be former FSU football player Dr. Richard Watkins, a 2007 alumnus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in sociology. Watkins went on to earn a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in microbiology and immunology with a specialty in virology.
Watkins currently serves as founder of a public non-profit focused on the enhancement of North Carolina’s scientific enterprise and economy. He also serves as CEO of the Science Policy Action Network, Inc., (SPAN), one of the state’s most influential state-focused general scientific organizations. In addition to running SPAN, Watkins serves as a program coordinator for one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most prestigious scholarships, The Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program.
While at FSU, Watkins served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, vice-president of the FSU Chapter of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, treasurer of the Psychology Club, and a member of Beta Kappa Chi Science and Math Honor Society.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,200 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
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