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Back-to-school time arrives for college students

Gillett Wellness Center student worker Tim Nelson, right, speaks with incoming student Zane Pahl on Thursday during orientation activities at Northwest Technical College. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI—Back-to-school time has arrived for BSU and Northwest Technical College students.

On Thursday, NTC held its Welcome Day orientation activities at the school for new and returning students. Students were able to obtain their IDs, purchase books and parking passes, as well as meet with college clubs, faculty, staff and more.

BSU will hold a series of weekend events starting Friday for Orientation and Welcome Week.

BSU's Class of 2022, which includes a freshman class expected to number around 750 students, will get its first taste of college at the school's orientation weekend, Aug. 24-26.

Orientation is for all students who are new to the university, including both first-time college students and students transferring to BSU from other institutions, according to a release.

Activities begin Friday, Aug. 24, with BSU residence halls' annual Move-In Day and continues with a series of activities for new students and their families throughout the weekend. BSU's traditional convocation ceremony will take place Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Residence hall move-in and orientation check-in will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other activities Friday include:

• A Parent Sendoff at 1 p.m. in the Walnut Hall Upper Deck

• An official welcome ceremony and Class of 2022 group photo at Chet Anderson Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

• Convocation begins at 3:30 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium at the Gillett Wellness Center. Convocation officially marks the beginning of a student's academic journey as a member of the BSU student community, and includes an induction ceremony and a gift to new students.

• A welcome picnic on the Hobson Memorial Union Lakeside Lawn from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Gathering and social for off-campus students at the Hobson Memorial Union's Crying Wolf Room, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

• A welcome dance for all new students in the Hobson Memorial Union's Crying Wolf Room beginning at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a "Take Back College" presentation by motivational speaker Ryan Penneau at 1 and 3 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer. He will explore the often difficult transition from high school to college and the challenges that come from moving away from home, choosing a major, making new friends, adjusting to new-found freedom and more. Penneau's message to students is to embrace their personal responsibility for their own educations and commitment to lifelong learning, the release said.

Other activities Saturday, include:

• Students also will attend a 10:30 a.m. "Life on Campus: What You Need to Know" session and a "Meet the Class of 2022" event at the Gillett Wellness Center at 1:30 or 3 p.m.

• BSU's Campus Activities Board will offer a presentation to incoming students beginning at 8 p.m. in the Gillett Wellness Center.

On Sunday, there will be a ropes course at BSU's Hobson Memorial Forest from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students will be divided into groups and depart at various times throughout the day.

Other Sunday activities include:

• Orientation leaders will lead walking tours of campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Transfer student orientation starts at 11 a.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the upper Hobson Memorial Union.

• Sunday in the Park in Diamond Point Park from 1 to 5 p.m., weather permitting.

• Official Orientation Weekend activities conclude with campfires and s'mores at the residence halls beginning at 9 p.m.

Classes start Monday. The annual BSU Community Appreciation Day will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, at BSU.