Senior Orientation to Prepare Students for Post-Graduation

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The orientation will guide seniors through their last semester of college. Students will receive advice on applying for graduation in a timely manner, strategies and techniques for job searching, maintaining connections after graduation and more.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 13, 2007 – Student Transitions and the Office of the Registrar will co-sponsor a series of Senior Orientations in late February to provide Southeast Missouri State University seniors with the information they need as they transition to the workforce, graduate school or other opportunities.

The orientation will guide seniors through their last semester of college. Students will receive advice on applying for graduation in a timely manner, strategies and techniques for job searching, maintaining connections after graduation and more.

Leon Book, director of Student Transitions and First-Year Experience, said the idea for Senior Orientation came from the 13th Annual National Conference on Students in Transitions, held in November of 2006 at St. Louis University.

“Sandy Hinkle (Southeast registrar) and Theresa Haug-Belvin (assistant director for New Student Programs) attended a session on seniors at the conference, and it got them thinking about how well Southeast serves its seniors. After some planning, we came up with the idea for Senior Orientation,” he said. Book said he hopes the Senior Orientation accomplishes three main objectives: Ensures that seniors understand the procedures required for graduation; informs (or reminds) them of the services and resources available; and helps seniors connect with key personnel involved in their preparation for graduation.

Hinkle said the sessions will occur at different times on different parts of the Southeast campus in order to accommodate as many students as possible. 

“We’re excited. We’ve planned for six sessions, beginning in late February. We want to give seniors as much information as we can to help them through the graduation process and beyond,” she said.

Hinkle said that, among other topics, the orientation will feature advice from Career Linkages about the job search, including cover letter and résumé writing, and Alumni Services will talk about networking after graduation.

“We have some very strong alumni associations out there,” Hinkle said.

Book said, “We’re in the pilot phase of this orientation, so we want to gauge how much interest there is among students and ask them some pointed questions on how we can make the sessions better.”

Senior Orientation Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon – University Center Program Lounge
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m. – Dempster Auditorium, Rosemary Berkel Crisp                                                Hall of Nursing
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. – Glenn Auditorium, Robert A. Dempster Hall
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. – Glenn Auditorium, Robert A. Dempster Hall
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. – University Center Missouriana Room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, noon – Seabaugh Polytechnic Building Room 210/211 

Agenda of Activities:

  • Welcome and OverviewSandy Hinkle, registrarLeon Book, director of Student Transitions and First-Year Experience
  • Final Steps to GraduationJulie Grueneberg, assistant registrar/graduation
  • Next Step: Post-Graduation PreparationWarren Skinner, assistant director for Career LinkagesNolan Brunnworth, St. Louis Career Specialist
  • Staying Connected: Services for AlumniKaren Grebing, director of Marketing, Alumni Services
  • Individual Exploration & Follow-UpOpportunity to speak to representatives from various offices and departments about students’ particular situations