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Staffs Within Student Support Services Unite to Showcase Programs Available for Current Students

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Whether it was new students investigating the wide variety of support services offered by the college or veteran students learning about updated or enhanced programs, the overwhelming sentiment was that Wednesday’s Student Development Day was a rousing success.

It is estimated that more than 100 students took part in the two-hour event, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Shepard Student Center. Eighty students officially registered and received prizes after visiting each of the 11 displays, while the others mingled or asked about particular programs of interest. After attracting an official attendance of 76 combined students during a pair of student development events last year (one each during the fall and spring semesters), Wednesday’s turnout was impressive.

“We were very pleased with the event. Plus, the feedback we received from the students was that the event was positive and that they learned a lot,” said Madeline Torres-Diaz, SUNY Orange’s coordinator of support services. “As a staff, we feel this event gives us a chance to provide students a wide variety of information about our services, and to show them exactly what we have to offer.

“I’d also like to express a special thank you to those staff members who created displays, manned tables and donated their time on Wednesday,” Torres-Diaz added. “Events such as this continue to show our students that the faculty and staff here at the college are committed to helping them succeed in all areas of their educational experience.”

Tables were staffed by folks from Admissions, Career Services, Advising and Counseling, Student Activities, Financial Aid, Health Services, Newburgh Extension Center, Student Support Services and Disability Services. In addition, the Bookstore and Tutorial Services were on hand to answer students’ questions.

As they registered, students were issued a lanyard and an “all-access pass.” Once they completed their visit to a particular display, a staff member would punch their pass. Students who visited every table, and had their pass punched at each stop along the way, could turn their pass into the registration table in order to select a prize. A portion of the prizes were donated by the Bookstore, Admissions, Student Support Services, Career Services, Disability Services and Anne Ruscher from Business Management.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940