Dog Days preps new students, parents for campus life

Dog Days 2013, a series of 12 orientation sessions to prepare new students for the fall semester, begins June 12 and runs through July 17. The fall semester begins Aug. 19.

Each Dog Days session begins with check-in at 7 a.m. in front of the Joyal Administration Building and the program runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Dr. John D. Welty, outgoing Fresno State president, will deliver the welcome at the June 12 and July 11 sessions.

Dog Days is open to the 3,300 freshmen and 2,200 transfer students projected to attend the university for the first time and to their parents and guests. All new undergraduates are expected to attend Dog Days, and the sessions are mandatory for freshmen, said Kenneth Ternate, coordinator of the program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Registration is closed for freshmen but transfer students may still register, Ternate said. The Office of Advising Services is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer.

To date, more than 5,200 are registered to attend the summer orientation sessions where academic advisers from each college or school will be available to discuss general education and major academic requirements. Staff, faculty and student leaders will answer questions and give insight into campus life. A campus resource fair, campus safety discussion and campus tours also are offered.

Breakout workshops in Spanish, exclusively for parents and guests attending with their students, also will be available. In addition to various presentations about college life, parents and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about academics and co-curricular activities for students.

The Dog Days office in Joyal Administration Building, Room 224 is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.

A detailed Dog Days schedule is available and required reservations can be made online at my.fresnostate.edu. Additional information is available at www.fresnostate.edu/dogdays or call 559.278.4885.

Note:  The university no longer is accepting applications for first-time freshmen and transfer students for fall. For application information, contact University Outreach at 559.278.2048 or visit www.gotofresnostate.com/.

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