Pep rally introduces new BU students to Roongo

For immediate release: August 15, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s incoming freshmen and transfer students will meet members of the Huskies football team, cheerleaders, band and the mascot, Roongo, at a pep rally Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in Nelson Field House.

“We thought this would be a great way to welcome new students, get them excited about BU and tie into some school spirit,” said Maramonne Houseknecht, coordinator of new student orientation.

New students will move into campus residence halls Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20 and 21. Orientation activities from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21 to 24, are designed to acquaint the students with the campus, their majors, the Town of Bloomsburg and local volunteer opportunities. Approximately 1,380 freshmen and 390 transfer students are expected at BU this fall, according to admissions director Chris Keller.

Daytime events on Friday, Aug. 22, will stress academics and community involvement, beginning with the new student convocation, “Engaging Minds, Taking Action” when BU President David Soltz, provost James Mackin and faculty will officially welcome students. Following the convocation, students will discuss their summer reading assignment and meet faculty and other students at lunchtime barbecues hosted by each of the four colleges – Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

On Friday afternoon, freshmen and transfer students can learn about local volunteer opportunities and take part in the Town of Bloomsburg Scavenger Hunt. The evening’s entertainment will feature hypnotist Michael C. Anthony and a games night.

New students may register to vote on Saturday, Aug. 23, at “A Vote is a Voice,” sponsored by BU’s chapter of Democracy Matters. They will make fleece blankets to be donated to sick and needy children through Project Linus and scale the Quest climbing wall on the upper campus. The day’s events will end with the freedom dance and inflatable games in Kehr Union.

The main event Sunday, Aug. 24, is the activities fair on lawn of Lycoming Residence Hall when representatives of student clubs, organizations and intramural sports will share information with the newcomers. Also planned are BU Bucks and Bingo and Protestant and Catholic worship services.

Classes will begin for all BU students Monday, Aug. 25.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.