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All roads lead to Loretto! We are expecting 450+ students with their parents (including siblings, grandparents, etc.) to come through the doors of Stokes this year for New Student Orientation. During the In the intensively active four-day you will meet new friends, get to know your surroundings, and get ready for success at SFU. View the schedule below for details on what we have planned.
The schedule below provides time for academic advising and success, a chance to meet with key administrators and academic faculty, and opportunities to begin your character formation and leadership development as a member of our SFU community. Additionally, during New Student Orientation, you will learn about our Catholic, Franciscan traditions and values, which you will use throughout your four years at Saint Francis University and throughout life as an engaged and ethical citizen.
A pdf version of the Orientation Schedule is available for download here.
As a new student, you are expected to attend the New Student Orientation program scheduled for Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 23. Your first stop will be the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center where Check-In is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that there is no option for "early-bird" check-in. It is important that ALL new students arrive on campus to officially check-in NO EARLIER than Thursday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m.
It's important to get all of your new student paperwork in as soon as possible. Completing the following forms before you arrive on campus will speed up your check-in process!
All full-time undergraduate (12+ credits) students must have Health Insurance coverage.
If the following Financial Aid criteria apply to you, be sure to complete these necessary steps.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to answer your questions and help to prepare you for your new life and your new family at SFU! Welcome to Saint Francis University!
All new resident students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE SFU Spirit T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome, compliments of your SFU Student Government Association!
Come come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU Faculty, Staff, and Administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!NOTE: This session will be offered again at 2:30 p.m.
All new commuting students should report to Stokes to begin New Student Orientation and the school year. Everything a new student needs to get you started on your college career—all under one roof! Make sure you pick up your FREE SFU Spirit T-shirt to wear to the Bell Ceremony and President’s Welcome! Reminder: Commuter Information Session in the JFK Lounge at 6:00pm TONIGHT!
Come on over to JFK, grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the air conditioning and a cool treat, courtesy of the SFU Faculty, Staff, and Administration. Let us serve you while you get to know other parents and family members and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter for your students and families!NOTE: This is the same session offered at 1:00 p.m.
All members of the Class of 2019 should meet at the Bell Tower wearing the new Saint Francis t-shirt you received at Check-In. The Bell Tower is located directly across from Torvian Dining Hall. The Bell Ceremony is a tradition at Saint Francis in which all students pay homage and respect to those who've come before them. *Parents can meet their students at DeGol Stadium for the President's Welcome address.*
We invite all new students and their families to meet with Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Saint Francis University President, and members of the University community for the official welcome and opening of New Student Orientation.
New students and their families are invited to join Saint Francis students, faculty and staff for great food at this SFU tradition hosted by Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., Saint Francis University President.
Get unpacked, set-up your room and say “See ya later” to Mom and Dad, and the rest of your family, and begin your new independent life as a college student.
Many commuter students make JFK their home while on campus or hang out at other locations. Learn about the services offered to commuter students. ALSO—plan to attend the Commuter Social at 8 p.m. tonight in the JFK Lounge!
The Saint Francis University Orientation program can help you “Dream. Believe. Succeed.” and make your college experience everything you want it to be! You’ll meet the Orientation Counselors (aka OCs) who will serve as your guides for the next four days as you begin your college journey as a member of the Class of 2019. We’ll introduce the Red Flash Orientation program and explain your group assignments. There will also be time for questions. Please bring your Orientation Folder (provided at Check-In).
Meet your new neighbors and learn what it’s like to live in a residence hall. This initial floor meeting is an opportunity to meet the RAs and students on your floor, as well as to review residence hall policies and procedures.
Enjoy some refreshments compliments of the Student Government Association and meet your fellow commuter classmates.
As a member of the Saint Francis University learning community, your new home comes with great expectations and responsibilities designed to keep you on the path to success. Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of Students, will review Student Code of Conduct and share the keys to success at SFU!
You’ve probably heard about the “Freshman 15.” While it’s certainly important to watch what you’re eating those first months in the dining hall, there are plenty of other ideas you need to “ingest” if you want to start college off right. In this keynote, Justin will drop 15 pounds of knowledge, success and perspective on you! You will laugh and look at things differently, helping set the stage for big things in your first year at college. You’ll be out of your seats and having fun in this program perfect for new students.
The official welcome of student-athletes by the Athletics Department Administration, this is a great opportunity for new students to meet teammates and fellow student-athletes.
You will meet with faculty members of your department in the rooms listed below. It is extremely important that you bring your class schedule with you. All new students are required to attend.
We hope you did your homework! Students will meet with their advisor to discuss the summer reading project,. The book for this year is Ransom Seaborn by Pittsburgh musician and novelist Bill Deasy. The first of three novels, collectively known as The Finbar Trilogy, Ransom Seaborn is written “in the spirit of Gatsby and Holden Caulfield.”
The following description comes from Deasy’s website:“It's Dan Finbar's freshman year and he's struggling to find his proper place in Harrison College. When he finally breaks through into the world of notorious loner Ransom Seaborn, their friendship is brutally cut short, leaving Finbar with nothing but Ransom's old leather journal and his sometime girlfriend Maggie. As Finbar and Maggie investigate the journal - and Ransom's soul - their discoveries illuminate the dark depths of the human heart and they find that what glitters is indeed sometimes gold.”
The true cost of underage drinking is much more than purchasing the alcohol, dealing with the hangover or paying for the damages you may have done. Hear straight from District Judge Galen DeCort, Liquor Control Enforcement representatives, Associate Dean of Students Lynne Banks, and Director of Public Safety/Captain of University Police Robert Fatula, as to what is truly at stake for you.
This exam is for all new students. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember to bring a calculator. Cell phone calculators are not permitted.
John Krimmel, Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Services, will MC this event, introduce the coaches and preview the upcoming season of Red Flash Athletics. Let’s create some Red Flash spirit! GO RED FLASH!!!
The world’s largest icebreaker! PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs. PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! And PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on the campus community.
The transition into college can be both exciting and strange! Students are leaving home for the first time and are faced with a variety of new challenges. (Academic life can be difficult, but the social climate can be even trickier!) As the college year begins, you are called to make decisions about roommates, money, dating, parties, the future… by participating in College Orientation 101, you will be better equipped to handle these challenges with ease.
We’re all meeting at Campus Ministry for hot dogs, mountain pies, and S’Mores! Sponsored by Campus Ministry.
Saint Francis University is an institution deeply rooted in Franciscan tradition. This tradition is woven not only into the academic experience for all students, but it is evident in our community atmosphere, student development philosophy, and community expectations. How are Franciscan values experienced in your life at Saint Francis? The staff of Campus Ministry and the Peer Ministers will explain more about how our Franciscan tradition makes our institution unique.
We’ll introduce you to OrgSync and share some quick tips to get you started about what happens on campus. We'll also introduce you to your own personal co-curricular transcript!
Safety is a top priority of the Saint Francis community. Discover how you can stay safe throughout your college experience by learning about campus policies, procedures, and other tips that promote a safe campus environment. Don Miles, Director of Residence Life, and Robert Fatula, Director of Public Safety/ University Police Captain, will address campus safety concerns and offer valuable advice about campus safety.
Being away at college should be a happy, fun, and memorable experience. Saint Francis University prides itself on providing all students with fairness, advocacy, and respect...especially when it comes to promoting a safe and healthy social environment. Join Heather Meck, Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator, as she reviews important resources that are available to students.
Join Ms. Jaimie Steel, Director of Alumni Relations and members of the SFU National Alumni Association to enjoy a cool treat.
One night...four close friends...alcohol...flirtation...and a conflicting story. Find out what happens when one friend accuses another friend. Who is telling the truth?
Meet with your orientation group to review the Orientation sessions and clear up any questions you may have.
This is your opportunity to get answers to all your questions regarding socialization and interaction with your new campus community. This open forum (where male students will meet with male staff members and female students meet with female staff members) includes discussions on creating and maintaining healthy relationships.
Make these next few years the “best of your life” through smart and positive decisions. There are many opportunities for fun and excitement at Saint Francis and in the surrounding area. Learn about the many activities available and fun things to do from current Saint Francis students. In their own unique way, the Orientation Counselors will have you rolling in the aisles while you learn more about the opportunities available to get you involved at SFU.
Dancing and refreshments! Relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of new friends!
S.A.I.L. is a morning of fun, interactive, team-building exercises that will challenge you, help you build up your leadership skills, and help you to meet new people. Students who registered during the summer should report to Frankie’s. Still interested in S.A.I.L.? Check at the JFK Info Desk for available spaces. Wear hiking shoes or sneakers and outdoor clothing. Limited to the first 60 students who sign up.
Students who need to take this exam will be notified by the Center for Academic Success.
Enjoy nature, meet new friends, and explore your new surrounding during this short hike across our campus nature trail. If our summer reading sparked your interest in hiking, join us for this two mile walk along this scenic trail. A great way to start your day!
The Saint Francis University Peer Ministers will guide you through the closing ceremony as you sign a pledge to uphold the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education and become official Saint Francis University students.
Are you interested in getting involved at SFU? This session will introduce you to clubs and organizations, leadership opportunities and ways to become a part of the SFU community.
This is your ONLY opportunity to receive your new laptop and ask any questions about using the network.
Forgot something? We’ll be taking a last-minute trip to the local Walmart in Ebensburg. Stock up on laundry supplies, H&B (health and beauty), or stuff for your room. Three trips will be offered: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Maximum 18 people per trip. Sign up at the JFK Information Desk.
The mission/purpose of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program is described by the following:
Saint Francis University believes in a holistic approach to the education and development of its students. As a Catholic, Franciscan institution we believe that the foundation for any program or service of quality is built upon the living Gospel message of our Lord, Jesus Christ as exemplified through our patron, St. Francis of Assisi and therefore incorporates the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education. As new students enter our university-community through the New Student Orientation program, our goal is to provide effective programming and rich experiences to assist them in their successful transition into the SFU learning community and to expose them to the many educational opportunities available through the curriculum and co-curriculum of Saint Francis University.
The learning objectives of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation are qualified by the following:
Upon completion of the Saint Francis University New Student Orientation program, new students will have gained a deeper understanding of the University's goals and expectations as well as have gained a sense of belonging within the SFU learning community through the following measures:
You should have received an e-mail to register your vehicle. If you deleted it, or did not receive it, you may go to my.francis.edu to register online.
The total educational growth and physical well being of each individual is of utmost importance to the University and all officials thereof. If you should require special medication or treatment, please advise the Office of Student Development and the Student Health Center as to your condition. The University maintains a Student Health Center staff with a Medical Director (Physician), Clinical Coordinator (Physician Assistant), and registered nurse. Services are available to students during regular business hours and some designated evenings.
NOTE: All undergraduate, full time students will receive a subscription to the Cresson Area Ambulance Service for the academic year. The policy will cover students in need of emergency transport from University property, and/or commuter students residing within the Cresson Ambulance Service area, defined by County 911.
Many of our students find it convenient to maintain a checking account at First National Bank in nearby Ebensburg and Cresson or the S&T Bank in Loretto. Deposits can be made in person or via the mail. An Automatic Teller Machine with First National Bank is located on campus in the lower level of the JFK Student Center. The Business Office, on campus, will cash checks for students up to the amount of one hundred dollars.
Heavy baggage and trunks should be shipped a few weeks ahead. Please be certain that the label is addressed to YOU in care of Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, Pennsylvania, 15940-0600 and that the baggage is prepaid. Shipped items can be picked up at the Campus Post Office in the JFK Student Center.
Transfer students may think that attending an Orientation program is not necessary because they already know what campus life is about; but each campus has different policies and procedures that they may not be aware of. With this in mind, we strongly recommend transfers plan on attending the Orientation Program. Should they choose not to participate in the program you are asked to arrive on Sunday as the first day of classes is Monday. Transfer students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments if they do not attend the Orientation program.
OrgSync is an online platform that allows students to connect with their classmates through various campus clubs and organizations. We like to think of it as being similar to Facebook - but with purpose! Get involved and manage your co-curricular involvement online! It's fun, it's easy, and it helps you build a resume that graduate schools and employers are really looking for! To get started, simply log in to my.francis.edu using your SFU log-in credentials (you'll receive this when you attend your SOAR event in the Summer). Then click on the "OrgSync" link from the menu on the left. You'll then be asked to complete a basic profile for your campus involvement record. Once you've completed your profile, you can peruse through the dozens of campus clubs and organizations and start your SFU Student Life! What's even better is that once you've completed your profile, you'll be connected to the New Student Orientation portal to meet your fellow classmates and your Orientation Counselors online...Plus that's another great location to find the New Student Orientation schedule! For greater accessibility for students on the go, download the FREE iPhone app and then you'll really be making things happen for you and 1,600 of your new Red Flash friends!
Commuter students are asked to check in between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Stokes Athletic Center along with all other new students. A full schedule of the New Student Orientation programs and seminars will be distributed. The first session commuter students should plan on attending is the Commuter Meeting to be scheduled during the first afternoon/evening during Orientation. If possible, please arrange your work schedules so you are free to attend the Orientation sessions for all four days. As a commuter your college experience is different from that of a resident student. Many of you continue to work part time jobs and have other family obligations at home. This does not mean that you are excluded from the experiences other college students participate in and enjoy. The Orientation program is a your opportunity to meet your classmates and join the Saint Francis University community. Visit the SFU website (beginning July 1st) to see the complete Orientation schedule of events. Feel free to contact us at 814.472.3005814.472.3005 with any questions you may have about the Orientation program.
You are expected to arrive at your residence hall on Sunday. Classes begin on Monday. Returning students should arrange to have photo ID pictures, vehicle registration, and scheduling and business needs addressed during the first week of classes at the individual departments.
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