Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020. 2:21 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On Monday, Galen University’s Provost, Dr. Eve Aird, welcomed 100 new students to the University at the start of the annual undergraduate New Student Orientation. During her welcome, Dr. Aird said, “I am a bit saddened, though, that I am giving you a virtual welcome to Galen University. But, while I would dearly love to be standing at the podium under our big tent welcoming you to our campus in Central Farm, I am very thankful that we have the ability to offer you our high-quality academic programs and services via our online platforms.”
Indeed, Galen University is running a week-long virtual orientation as opposed to its traditional two-day face-to-face orientation held at its Central Farm Campus. The week-long activity, planned and directed by the Coordinator of Student Services, Ms. Monica Manzur, aims to help students develop an understanding of Galen’s Academic and Student Policies, their academic pathways, advising and registration procedures, and how to use the institutional teaching-learning online platforms (MOODLE, Blackboard Collaborate, and the Student Gateway.) Students are also introduced to the various support services (including Counselling Services, Academic Support Services and Financial Services) available to them throughout their career at Galen.
The Virtual New Student Orientation is done live online using the institution’s online platforms and social media tools like what’s app. Using video recordings, the Administration, Faculty and Staff welcomed the students, and introduced students to their various Faculties and degree programs. On Monday and Tuesday, students met individually with their Academic Advisors, learned more about their degree programs, and selected courses to take during their first semester. On Wednesday and Thursday, they will meet with their Student Finance Officers and will develop payment plans, or apply for Student Loans to meet their tuition costs. On Friday, they will learn about the University culture and traditions. Throughout the week very importantly, they build relationships with new and old students, and with members of the Galen Community, including student leaders, Faculty, Staff and Administration and learn about the university culture and its traditions. A team of older students serve as Orientation Leaders for new students, and guide students through the week’s activities.
A virtual orientation will also be held for new graduate students.
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