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Welcome Class of 2017! – First Day of Freshman Orientation

More than 100 new students from the Class of 2017 arrived on campus for the first day of Freshmen Orientation, where they were welcomed by faculty, staff and upperclassman.

Students will engage in two days’ of programs, including academic advisement, course registration and an introduction to people, programs and services to help acclimate them to campus life.

“This group of students seems to be enthusiastic, engaged and respectful,” said Susan McAllister, coordinator of orientation and of the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS).

Cam Evans

Cam Evans, from Barrington, said he came to RIC because he heard RIC had “a great elementary education program.” He intends to become an elementary school teacher. Evans also has an interest in anime and ballroom dancing. He said he will join the Otaku Club to learn more about anime and Japanese and East Asian cultures. He will also join the Ballroom Dance Club, where he will learn how to waltz, swing and Latin dance.

Brigite Morais

Brigite Morais of New Bedford, Mass., has decided on communications as a major with a concentration in speech disorders. “My teacher received her communications degree at RIC and recommended RIC for its great program,” she said. Morais will also become a member of RIC’s track team.

Darrian Duvarney

Darrian Duvarney, also from New Bedford, Mass., plans to study radiology and dance. “I chose RIC because I love Providence; it’s so art-oriented; and I love the fact that Rhode Island College is strong in art and that it’s close to home. My friend’s mother went to RIC and had nothing but great things to say about it. I think RIC is a perfect fit, for me,” she said.

Kelly Vater

Kelly Vater from Warwick said she heard about RIC’s “strong nursing program” and was impressed by its “affiliation with Rhode Island hospitals.” Vater, an athlete, intends to get involved in lacrosse and rugby.

Seven orientation cycles will be held from June 6 to June 28. Each orientation cycle will run for two days.

Freshmen are invited to wear something “RIC” at orientation to be entered in a raffle for a $250 gift certificate to the Campus Store. RIC T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other items may be purchased online or at the Campus Store during orientation. Visit http://campusstore.ric.edu and follow the Merchandise link at the left.

Readers can access the class of 2017’s Facebook page and Twitter account #RICO2013 and #RIC2017 for perspectives from the new students.