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UAF Orientation events welcome students to campus, community

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will welcome new students starting this weekend at the kickoff of new student orientation activities. The four-day event, which runs Sunday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Aug. 29, will include workshops and activities for new students and their families, as well as opportunities for students to connect with the Fairbanks community. Classes begin Thursday, Aug. 30.

Orientation will officially kick off at 7:15 p.m. Sunday at Beluga Field. Students will have the chance to meet their orientation leaders and members of their orientation group. This year’s orientation will include a keynote address from UAF alumnus and former state attorney general John Burns at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Davis Concert Hall. Other highlights include workshops on making sound financial choices in college, an improv comedy show, a college-life game show, a Chena River float, sessions with tips for academic success, a special late-night shopping event at West Fairbanks Fred Meyer and a mixer for family members at the Pub Sunday evening. A full schedule of events, as well as information on how to register for orientation, is available online at www.uaf.edu/orientation.

Campus residence halls will open for students to begin moving in at 8 a.m. Sunday Aug. 26. Student move-in includes “Rev It Up” activities in Hess Recreation Center in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to be a one-stop resource for incoming freshmen, but is open to any student. It includes representatives from a wide variety of student services departments on campus who provide information on academics and student life. Residence Life staff members, community volunteers and UAF staffers will be there to help students move into their new homes.

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