May 7, 2004
By Jennifer Alexander
This summer, Baylor is introducing a streamlined version of its matriculation programs designed to enhance the experiences of incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Baylor Bound encompasses the vital elements of a student's introduction to the University, including Orientation, Baylor Line Camps and Welcome Week. Elisa Dunman, director of student involvement, said Baylor Bound helps connect all three programs under the overarching theme "Become/Be One."
Dunman said most changes are on the administrative end and have been in the works since fall 2004. Modifications appear first at this year's summer Orientation. New sessions include one where parents of current Baylor students answer questions from parents of incoming students. Another new session discusses the outcomes of a Baylor education.
"We're looking at four years, and we're trying to put a picture of that in the minds of parents and students," Dunman said. "We want to help the student understand what God is calling them to be."
In addition, the traditional lunch break at Orientation will be divided into two smaller breaks, giving students ample time to learn about campus life and academic opportunities.
"Our No. 1 goal is academic introduction into the University, and it always has been," Dunman said. "We also want to create a sense of belonging and connectedness."
The two-day Orientation program provides additional information on student services, financial aid and payment plans.
Dunman said staff members studied feedback and comments from previous Orientation participants, faculty, staff and parents, and used that information to make Orientation a better opportunity to provide new students with all the tools necessary for a successful beginning at Baylor.
"Before a student sets foot on campus, we look at all of our matriculation programs and think, 'How can we send out our message together? How can we be more thoughtful and more service oriented?'," Dunman said. "We have come up with one registration center, which we will call Baylor Bound Headquarters for all three programs. I think we've become more efficient and effective."
Baylor Bound Headquarters is staffed by members across the Division of Student Life and provides new students and parents with information regarding these programs, advice and direction on financial aid, academic requirements and the student's transition into a university setting.
Students and parents seeking additional information or to register may visit www.baylor.edu/BaylorBound or call (254)710-7240. Freshman Orientation sessions for students taking Summer I classes will be held May 30-31, and Orientation for all other sessions will be held on various days between June 15 and July 2.
"Orientation is a campus-wide event," Dunman said. "It truly is a community effort."