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Faculty urged to attend new student convocation

Faculty members are encouraged to welcome the 6,000 freshmen and transfer students who are expected to attend the New Student Convocation at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Coliseum.

The convocation will feature welcoming remarks from President Neal Smatresk and other leaders. A UNT pep band will lead the new students the UNT fight song, and John Garst, who is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in the College of Music, will lead them in singing the alma mater.

Students will also recite an academic creed.

By attending, faculty can show these students in a personal way the scope of support available to them. The event is part of the Succeed at UNT program, an initiative to teach students valuable skills that they can use to be academically successful.

Christy Crutsinger, senior vice provost for faculty success, said the convocation sets the tone for academic life at UNT.

“Faculty presence at Convocation symbolizes the centrality of scholarship to the university experience, and faculty attendance demonstrates our commitment to our first-year and transfer students,” she said. 

Smatresk stressed the faculty’s role in this process.

“Help us build a new tradition of celebrating student success,” he said. “We would love you to come and be recognized at the New Student Convocation.”

As an incentive to faculty members to attend, Smatresk will offer a chance to win a $500 travel stipend. One faculty member who attends the event will be chosen at random to receive the stipend for professional development travel. Once the winner’s attendance at the event is verified, he or she will be notified electronically after the event.

  • RSVP to Ashlea Coulter or check in at the faculty section at the convocation to be eligible to win.

Faculty and staff also are encouraged to be familiar with the Succeed at UNT campaign and look for ways to incorporate its six tips for success into their daily work.

After the convocation, students can be introduced to multiple campus departments and organizations at the Mean Green Fling.

—Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing


Posted on: Tue 12 August 2014

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