On August 31, over 1,000 freshmen and transfer students were invited to the New Student Orientation (NSO) at Kean University to start their journey to further their education. They were provided with a small breakfast outside of the D’Angola Gymnasium before entering the building. Students needed tickets in order to get inside; however, those who didn’t print their tickets were provided with printers outside of the gym to do so. Students were also given Kean University Class of 2016 t-shirts.
The students were brought inside and pumped up by music and dancing of NSO staff joined by Kean’s Cougar mascot. The freshmen were split up by their Transition to Kean (T2K) classes where they could get acquainted with their new classmates before the welcoming began.
A new group called Kean Xpedition introduced themselves to the new students. They asked students to follow them on twitter and the first four students to reply to them would be able to compete for the prize of an iPad or a MacBook. The students were narrowed down with a dribbling competition—guess that celebrity and a talent competition. Freshman Justin was the ultimate winner and chose the iPad. Sarah won second place and received the MacBook.
Transfer students then played a game of “Jeopardy.” It consisted of what they learned in the welcoming ceremony, on campus, and in pamphlets. The transfer students included those who transferred from four year institutions, community colleges, the military and foreign countries.
After the transfer students finished their game and the freshmen met with their T2K instructors and listened to a speech by Jonathan Sprinkles, it was time for lunch. Kean provided students with a delicious catered buffet style lunch.