First, I would like to apologize for how long it has been since my last blog post! It has been a very busy summer working with Late Night UB as we plan for the fall programs and welcome the incoming students during Orientation! It has been interesting to see how much Orientation had grown since I attended two summers ago, and was and Orientation Leader last summer.
After school ends, everything at UB was pretty quiet except for the occasional people you see walking around taking summer classes. It wasn’t until mid-June, when all the Orientation Leaders arrived for their two weeks of training when the real fun began. That was also around the time when all the other offices that take part in Orientation were finalizing all of their plans. My office, Student Life, prepped for Clubs Fair, Club Terrace, and UB Experience presentation. Throughout the process, I met new Graduate Assistants in Higher Education, and a ton of new friends where were just as excited as me to make sure that the incoming students had a wonderful time.
(This years crew of OLs….dont they look like fun?!)
The two weeks in June flew by, and before we knew it, it was time for the first out of eight Orientation sessions. Now I can’t spill all the secrets of Orientation, but I can tell you about the part that I played in it this year. During the first day of every Orientation, my staff and I would make sure that everything was prepared for that night. By 6 pm we were out in the Student Union (SU) setting up all the tables for clubs fair, blowing up all the balloons, and making sure the placement of clubs made sense. Then at 8, we would golf cart it over to Fargo (a residential hall in Ellicott Complex) to set up for Club Terrace. After set-up was done, a few of us would golf cart it back to the SU to table for Clubs Fair.
It was fun getting to know the other clubs on campus, and seeing the excited faces of the incoming students as they walked into the SU. It was a warm feeling knowing that every club is there to help make sure each incoming student finds their place when they arrive back on campus in the fall. I was always surprised to how many incoming students were brave enough to jump in and do the wobble in the middle of the SU when the song came on as well.
Then came my favorite part of the evening, Club Terrace!!! There was free food, prizes, games, music, dancing, and even a community service event for the incoming students to end their first day at Orientation. Here were some pictures taken over the course of the month:
Playing some Games!
Victor E. Bull made an appearance!
Group picture of OLs and students!
Some Students with their free Late Night Tanks!
During the night, the Late Night Staff and the OLs would teach the incoming students CODE BLUE! This dance pops up all over campus during athletic events and other school events too. If you want to start learning the Code Blue Dance, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3wOM3cEpwo At Midnight the festivities would end, and the students would have to go back to their assigned rooms for the night or continue chatting with other students if they liked.
On the second day of Orientation, I participated in a presentation called UB Experience. There all the incoming students came together one last time watching videos of things to do at UB, hearing people’s stories, and learning the Buffalo Chant. Tons of prizes were given out during this session and soon after Orientation ended.
Now that all the Orientation sessions have been over, the month of August has been flying by pretty quickly. Before we know it, everyone will be moving into their residential halls and apartment complexes and Opening Weekend will be upon us. I will save talking about Opening Weekend for my next blog post though. I hope that everyone enjoys the last few weeks of their summer, I know I will!
My Late Night Staff this summer :)