Orientation Leaders from Nine States to Blanket CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- This Friday, about 1,600 students from 88 schools in nine states will invade the CSU campus for a weekend of competitive, fun activities and, more importantly, to learn how other universities and colleges conduct student orientation.

The National Orientation Directors Association’s 33rd annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop is both the largest regional gathering in the United States for college orientation leaders and the largest conference CSU has ever hosted.

In its first time as SROW host, CSU also is the first Georgia school in 28 years to host the affair. The March 7-9 event, coming at the end of CSU's Spring Break, also will bring regional attention to the university and Columbus.

SROW will kick off at 3 p.m. Friday at CSU’s intramural field at University Avenue and Clearview Circle, with welcoming remarks by CSU President Frank Brown, CSU Vice President for Student Affairs Gina Sheeks and Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington. Afterward, participants will engage in a 'sticker swap,' followed by a 7-11 p.m. song, skit and dance competition in the Lumpkin Center.

A 3:45-4:15 p.m. T-shirt swap at the clock tower on Saturday will offer a break from workshop sessions around campus. The conference will close Sunday in the Lumpkin Center with a 9:30 a.m. awards ceremony to recognize institutions and individuals for significant contributions to their schools and to their freshman orientation programs.

For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://orientation.colstate.edu/srow/index.asp.