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Chile Camp, other orientations, introduce new freshmen to college life

Six orientation programs, including Chile Camp 2002, will be offered this summer to help new freshmen at New Mexico State University make the transition from high school to university life.

amp, sponsored by the Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU), will take place July 7-10. Director Katrina Smejkal said Chile Camp students will address some of the emotional issues new students face when leaving home to attend a university.

"One of the big things that makes Chile Camp different is it's a display of the college experience," she said.

The camp includes social events like dances and other activities including a casino night and a scavenger hunt to familiarize new students with the campus. Participants will learn about some of New Mexico State's history and traditions.

The university is also offering five traditional orientation programs with activities for beginning freshmen. These programs and Chile Camp include career exploration workshops and parents' sessions. During all orientations, participants will be able to meet other new students, learn about college life, tour the campus, be academically advised and register for classes.

Information about financial aid, meal plans, student organizations and services provided by the library and student health center also will be available.

Students who attend Chile Camp or any orientation will be able to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE), which is required for all engineering, computer science and science majors.

Students registering for any of the new student orientation programs must be fully admitted to the university. The cost to attend Chile Camp 2002 is $65 and includes all meals, housing, campus activities and social events. Applications must be postmarked by June 10. For more information about Chile Camp contact Smejkal at (505) 646-4415 or klsmejkal@zianet.com.

The other new freshmen orientations will take place June 13 and 14, June 23 and 24, July 13 and 14, Aug. 1 and 2 and Aug. 16 and 17. Orientations for transfer students are available on June 25 and July 22.

Registration for these orientations is free and must be made at least 10 days in advance. Registration can be completed at http://www.nmsu.edu/~vpsa/nso.

For more information contact the New Student Orientation Office at (505) 646-1055 or nsoinfo@nmsu.edu.

Sarah Wheeler
June 3, 2002