With a little help from the PROS: Rowan welcomes freshmen, parents to orientation sessions

With a little help from the PROS: Rowan welcomes freshmen, parents to orientation sessions

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More than 1,300 freshmen and their families are getting an up-close-and-personal introduction to Rowan during the University's annual orientation. They're being aided by close to 40 Rowan students who are members of the PROS (Peer Referral Orientation Specialists).

Anthony Reid vividly remembers his orientation to Rowan University four years ago. The PROS (Peer Referral & Orientation Staff) made all the difference, he says.

"I loved their energy. I felt welcomed. I loved how acceptance of diversity was a key theme during orientation. I learned about campus and how to get involved," says Reid, a Rowan senior and third-year PROS member.

"I joined the PROS because of my PROS at orientation."

During four, two-day sessions (June 18-19, 20-21, 24-25, 26-27), more than 1,300 freshmen and their families are getting an up-close-and-personal introduction to Rowan during the University's annual orientation. They're being aided by close to 40 students like Reid, all members of the PROS, who help nervous students and their parents learn more about Rowan, find answers to their questions, and navigate choosing class schedules.

Orientation sessions include separate sessions for students and parents. The second day of each orientation session includes a 1 p.m. Class of 2016 induction ceremony in the Pit of Rowan's Chamberlain Student Center. During the ceremony, Interim President Ali Houshmand will induct the new students.

While some colleges and universities wait until August for orientation, Rowan traditionally holds its sessions in June, according to Andrew Tinnin, the University's director of orientation and student leadership programs.

"We like to give new students the opportunity to experience student life at Rowan before they move in for the fall term," says Tinnin.

By providing students with an overnight summer orientation, students have the chance to experience living in a residence hall on campus, sample campus dining services, meet other new students and finalist their class schedule with a faculty member of staff academic adviser, according to Tinnin.

The PROS are instrumental in helping new students and their parents feel welcomed into the Rowan family, he adds.

"The PROS are great role models for new students and help expose them to the variety of campus activities and resources available at Rowan," Tinnin says. "During orientation, students will learn about academic and student service resources, getting involved on campus, and personal safety and well-being."

Reid, a health promotion and fitness management major from Columbus, doesn't consider himself a Rowan expert. But he certainly is the closest thing to a PROS professional.

"I wouldn't say I'm an expert. But I know I've had great training to know a lot about Rowan and to share that knowledge with new students," he says.

"By far, being part of PROS is the most fun I've ever had at a job. You get to have fun with new students and to help them feel welcome and accepted."

For information about orientation, visit www.rowan.edu/orientation.

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