The Herald, Sharon,
PA Published Monday, August 17, 1998


Westminster kicks off year with freshman orientation

Westminster College starts its 146th academic year Friday with an Opening Convocation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

Westminster will welcome 378 new students to campus to begin a week long orientation program. The newest additions to the Westminster family are academically prepared for success with an average 1,098 SAT score and 3.38 high school grade point average.

“Westminster’s class of 2002 is exceptional in quality and quantity,” according to President R. Thomas Williamson.

New students will be greeted at 8 a.m. Friday by about 70 Westminster students serving as Fresh Start volunteers. The Fresh Start team will accompany the freshmen in a variety of activities during the week long orientation, and also serve as mentors during the school year.

Dr. Walter E. Scheid, professor of speech, will give the featured address, “The Class the Stars Fell On,” at the Opening Convocation. Williamson and Student Government Association President William G. Gregory of West Lake, Ohio will provide greetings.

Dr. John Deegan Jr., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, will recognize first-year scholars who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in their pre college studies. Wayne R. Nickerson, dean of the chapel, will provide the invocation and benediction, and the Westminster Woodwind Quintet and Chapel Organist Jason S. Kissel will perform special music. Heather L. Meinke, a senior from Medina, Ohio, will sing the alma mater.

A reception will be held in front of Orr Auditorium following Opening Convocation.

Westminster expects to enroll nearly 1,600 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and Lifelong Learning Programs during the fall semester. Academic classes for all students begin Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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