2017-08-23 / Front Page

College students return to campus

By APRIL FEAGLEY
Daily News Staff Writer

Erin Pfeffer of Camp Hill, right, and Emma Moreland of Lebanon, both first-year students at Juniata College, worked together to set up their dorm room in Sunderland Hall. Photo by APRIL FEAGLEY Erin Pfeffer of Camp Hill, right, and Emma Moreland of Lebanon, both first-year students at Juniata College, worked together to set up their dorm room in Sunderland Hall. Photo by APRIL FEAGLEY Members of Juniata College’s freshmen class have spent the past few days settling in to life away from home and getting to know their brand-new community prior to the beginning of classes tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 24.

Saturday was our big firstyear move in,” said Ellen Campbell, assistant dean of students. “They are super energetic and excited to be a part of the community.”

A total of 372 students will be new to campus this week, with 350 first-year students and 22 transfer students, including 28 international students. Of these newcomers, 65 percent are from Pennsylvania, with the remainder representing 21 states and 11 countries around the world.

“About 90 percent of our first-year class, which includes students who are fall athletes took part in Inbound, which is a social transition into college here at Juniata,” Campbell said. “There are no academic pressures during the four days of Inbound, so it’s a time for them to connect and bond with their fellow classmates.”

Upper class peer leaders assist with the program to provide guidance and support.

“They are placed into one of 19 retreats — from equestrian to white-water rafting. There is something for everyone,” she said. “There are also two that are community service related. The students have been up at Westminster Woods and doing projects around town. There has also been one with Big Brothers Big Sisters, they’ve been doing fun things with the kids for the past couple of days.”

Inbound also provides new students with opportunities to make connections within the community.

“We’ve had a couple of connections with the community. George Conrad helped with our hiking Inbound and showed students the trails,” said Campbell. “They are looking for and want those kinds of connections, so they are excited to be a part of the town. They’re happy to be here.”

On the first day of classes, the first-year and transfer students will hit the books along with 1,132 additional undergraduates at Juniata College to gain the knowledge they’ll need to engage with the world around them.

Juniata College’s interdisciplinary approach to education provides students with a broad base of knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as helping them develop the capacity to act ethically with empathy, honesty and responsibility.

Both the new and returning students will enjoy some new and improved facilities on campus, including the recently-completed Integrated Media and Studio Arts building and renovations at Good Hall and Brumbaugh Academic Center (BAC).

Area residents are encouraged to reach out to Juniata College students to welcome them to the community.

“First and foremost, just talk to the students,” Campbell said. “They are open to chatting with anyone when they are downtown, or just come up to campus and attend some of the sporting events.”

April can be reached at afeagley@huntingdondailynews.com.

Return to top

Click for Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Forecast