The American University in Dubai (AUD) welcomed its new students for Fall 2014 during "Orientation Week” that kicked off on Sunday to start the new academic journey over a week full of activities.
During orientation, AUD President, Dr Lance de Masi and Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Dr Jihad Nader, and the Student Services' Team addressed the students.
Dr Lance de Masi welcomed the new students, and spoke of the twelve "musts” for success at AUD and beyond: "Do your best, Listen, Develop self-reliance, Stand out, Respect others, Seek balance, Be open to change, Develop thick skin, Assume responsibility, Consume books, Learn to laugh, Dream, and Have fun! If you already have a dream, we'll help you turn it into reality; and if you don't have any dreams, we'll help you get a few! Make every day count”.
Rachel Baldwin, Dean of Student Services at AUD, greeted the new students saying: "Your college years at AUD are extremely valuable to the many years ahead. This is a crucial time to gain independence and autonomy, experience personal growth, and explore your life and career goals. The greatest benefit to you begins by getting involved in campus life.” She also explained the significance of the Student Services Office in providing guidance and support for students as they explore, understand, and adjust to university life.
AUD distinguishes itself with a unique student orientation programme planned and orchestrated by AUD Student Orientation Leaders (OLs). During orientation, OLs acquainted new students with the campus environment and the city of Dubai, clarified policies and procedures; explained AUD's Honour Code, and conducted a variety of activities to introduce the students to the university experience.
New students also visited their respective schools, and departmental meetings were also held, where students were given the opportunity to hear from the respective Deans and Chairs.
Parents Orientation also took place the same week. New student residents and their parents met the Student Services Team and the Resident Assistants (RAs). During the session, Raya Al Barazi, AUD Housing Manager, welcomed the new student residents and their parents, as well as presented her duties, and the housing rules and regulations. "AUD strongly believes that well informed and supportive parents are one of the keys to students' success.”
In line with AUD's traditions, the Student Services Office has put together a calendar full of entertaining events for the week, in order to foster a sense of community and encourage new students to get involved in campus life.
Source: The Gulf Today