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Posted on August 31, 2010

For the second consecutive year, incoming students at Cal U participated in a four-day New Student Orientation.

Held Aug. 26-29, it introduced students to Cal U traditions and provided information about the University's history, mission and values.

Orientation began with Move-in Day. As new students and their families unloaded cars full of clothing, stereo equipment, televisions and books, more than 160 peer mentors, fraternity and sorority members volunteered to carry the items into residence halls. 

Later in the evening, Playfair ­gave students a chance to meet new people in an entertaining way.

The night's highlight was a performance by award-winning comedian Craig Shoemaker, a Cal U alumnus. Music and games continued until well after midnight.

Orientation continued Aug. 27 with a presentation by President Angelo Armenti, Jr. After welcoming the students, President Armenti briefly discussed the history of the University, the importance of character on campus, and the increasingly important role of private funding at Cal U.

New students then attended classes that taught leadership and values based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. They also learned about Cal U Fusion, the campus's new mobile technology initiative.

The weekend concluded with the New Student Convocation and a candlelight vigil emphasizing Cal U's core values.

At the convocation, students were asked to donate $1, slipping the bill into an envelope with their name written on the outside. President Armenti drew six envelopes and awarded each of those students a $500 scholarship to demonstrate that giving a little can reap big rewards.

Click the image below to view photos from the New Student Orientation.

Students light candles at the Candlelight Vigil