Getting Off to a Great Start

Getting Off to a Great Start

The new student orientation program at Menlo College used to end with the start of fall semester classes. Starting this year, though, orientation at Menlo will be only the beginning of an ambitious six-week program geared to maximize student engagement, and ultimately to promote student success.

The new program at Menlo reflects national research that consistently points to the first six weeks of college as being the most critical to the success and retention of new students. Menlo College Dean of Student Affairs Lisa S. Webb developed Menlo’s six-week program. She also serves on the National Board of Trustees for the Breakthrough Collaborative, an Oakland based non-profit that launches high-potential, low-income middle school students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

“All students can benefit from the events, and they are welcome to attend,” said Dean Webb, describing the expanded program for new students. “We are very excited that so many members of the Menlo community are participating in the program.”

In addition to social events and explorations of the rich offerings of the Bay Area, some of the on-campus offerings at Menlo College will include:

Sunday, August 21, from 1:00-3:30 pm in the High School side of the Dining Hall

Engaging Differences, presented by Professor Lakiba Pitman
This session will focus on diversity and building community.

Sunday, August 21, from 8:00-9:30 pm in the Dining Hall

Hypnotist Sailesh
(co-sponsored by Menlo’s Student Government Association)

Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00–7:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

Finding On and Off-Campus Employment for Students presented by Vicky Quach, Career Services Specialist
Students will develop their professional image to land a job by learning about time management skills, and other key strategies to improve their professional journey at Menlo and beyond!

Friday, August 26, from 9:00-11:00 pm in Haynes-Prim Pavilion

Bubble Soccer
(co-sponsored by the Resident Assistants)

Saturday, August 27, at 3:30 pm

A trip to AT &T Park for the SF Giants game
Students will leave campus at 3:30 pm on buses for the journey into the city (participants must sign up for tickets at orientation).

Wednesday, August 31, from 5:00– 6:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

Let’s Talk About Wellness, presented by Annette Angulo, MA, LMFT, Mental Health Counselor
Being a college student is not easy. Let’s talk about how being mentally well is the first step to a healthy and successful you.

Thursday, September 8, from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

College Writing and Beyond, presented by Erik Bakke, Writing Center and Intensive English Program Director
What does it take to be an effective writer in college? In this short session, we will discuss approaching different types of writing; making use of resources; managing time; and mastering the writing process. Taking control of your writing will give you confidence and open doors; skilled communicators are able to shape their own futures.

Tuesday, September 13, from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Library

Library Meetup: Share Your Skills
Students share their talents on how to use popular apps and software tools.

Thursday, September 15, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

Open Mic Storytelling, presented by Marianne Neuwirth, Director of Oral Communication Programs.

Wednesday, September 21, from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

Election 2016: Clinton v. Trump and the Future of American Political Parties, presented by Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science
This is a political season like no other, and many folks want to discuss the Clinton-Trump contest. As business majors, some students figure that they don’t need to care about politics, but politics affects everyone’s lives, in terms of the rules and regulations that individuals and businesses must follow, the taxes they have to pay, and the ability of consumers to afford products and services. Professor Michelson writes, “The health of our democracy, and the confidence that people have in our government affects everyone. This talk will help everyone see what’s at stake in this election, and why they should be attentive and involved.”

Wednesday, September 28, from 5:00–6:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge

Academic Success at Menlo, presented by Andrea Peeters, Director of Student Success
Start college on the right foot by learning how to approach your studies successfully. The workshop introduces students to resources available at Menlo, and suggests the best way to utilize them.