Meet your Summer Orientation Directors

Hello, my name is Tracey Howard. I am the Associate Dean of Program Development and the Co-Director of our Summer Orientation Program. I am just finishing my 21st year at Albion College and I extend to you my congratulations on your personal achievements that have led you to becoming an Albion College Briton. Welcome to our academic community.

As the Co-Director of the Summer Orientation Program, I will help guide you and your families through the next few months while you learn more about Albion College and prepare to start classes in the fall. Beginning today and throughout the summer, the Summer Orientation Program will be posting weekly blogs on Wednesday afternoons. Email messages will be sent weekly to all new incoming students, transfer students, and their families highlighting the information contained within the new post.

These weekly blogs will serve as a “Countdown to College” and will cover a variety of information such as college updates and weekly task items that need to be completed prior to the start of classes. You will receive welcome messages from faculty and staff, and departments and programs will share their offerings and support. You will interact with faculty advisors working on developing a fall class schedule for you. We will also share with you our community expectations and provide insider information on what it means to become an Albion College Briton.

As with all things these days, the 2020 Summer Orientation Program is not clearly defined. Many faculty and staff, along with campus leadership, are working diligently in an ever changing environment to prepare for a fall college opening. Therefore, our Summer Orientation Program is designed to be adaptable and flexible as environmental contexts change and evolve. Whatever twists and turns might come our way, the Summer Orientation Program will be there to inform, guide and assist you the entire way.

Our Summer Orientation - Countdown to College Team members are excited to walk you through these important days ahead. We are here to answer any questions you may have along the way. We, along with many other college faculty and staff look forward to meeting you in person when it is safe once again for all of us to gather on campus. Until then, Jennifer Yawson, my Co-Director and I are here to support our new Brits throughout the summer and are only an email or phone call away.

Welcome To Albion!

Tracey Howard
Co-Director
Summer Orientation

 


Hello, my name is Jennifer Yawson and I'm the Director of Campus Programs and Organizations and Co-Director of the Summer Orientation Program. I am finishing my 18 year working at Albion and I am excited to have all of you join the Albion College community.

It is our hope, through the weekly blog posts, to share information with you that will help keep you informed as a new student. However, Summer Orientation is not a static endeavor. Through the Summer Orientation Program, there will be new student engagement calls to action and you will be asked to be an active participant. Expectations exist for you to complete assessments and questionnaires to help us design your fall academic class schedule, as well as complete training programs on community expectations in preparation for living and interacting on campus.

As we Britons do, we are also going to have opportunities for engagement and fun! Partnering with colleagues from Student Development and Admission, the Summer Orientation Program will utilize real time video conferencing sessions and virtual tours, as well as contests, activities, and chats to solidify those campus connections and establish friendships before starting classes in the fall.

The Summer Orientation Program will be a combination of information intake, work tasks and enjoyable interactions. To best prepare yourself for college, you need to immerse yourself in the Summer Orientation Program. To-do lists will appear in your weekly blog and it is critical that you pay attention to action items and complete them by posted deadlines. We, as an orientation program, have a responsibility to make sure you get the information and direction that you need. Likewise, as a new student, you have the responsibility to actively use that information and direction to complete the tasks and training placed before you. By taking advantage of opportunities to connect with faculty, staff and fellow classmates you will best position yourself for a successful college start.

Tracey and myself, as well as the rest of the Summer Orientation Team, are committed to taking this journey along with you and helping you in any way we can to prepare for the academic year ahead. If throughout the summer you have any questions at all or would like to interface with Tracey or myself or any part of the orientation program, please feel free to email us at . We will work hard to answer any questions you may have and if we cannot answer your question directly, we will put you in contact with the person or department who can best assist you.

Welcome To Albion!

Jennifer Yawson
Co-Director
Summer Orientation