Threshold Kicks Off New Academic Year
Hundreds of New Students Move In to Make North Park Home
CHICAGO, IL (August 27, 2010) – North Park University’s preparations for the new academic year went into overdrive this week with the arrival of students new to the school. Threshold, North Park’s orientation program, is designed to ease the transition that new college students and transfer students experience in coming to the campus for the first time.
The week kicked off on Tuesday with move-in day when the neatly choreographed process of getting hundreds of students into their dorms went off under clear blue August skies. “New student move-in went fairly smoothly,” said Residence Life and Housing Director Sara Dickey. “We had a few traffic back-ups while unloading cars but we really appreciated the patience and flexibility of our students and their families as they waited in line. It was great to see and welcome so many excited new students to their campus home.”
Laurie Konecky, the coordinator for Threshold, was tremendously upbeat about the week, in spite of the breakneck pace. “I’m amazed at how much fun they had playing kickball Tuesday night,” said Konecky, “I don’t know how they do it after spending all day moving their stuff.” Konecky also pointed to Thursday night as one of the week’s highlights when students boarded buses bound for Navy Pier for a dance on a Lake Michigan cruise ship.
But Threshold is not all about fun; it also sets the stage for living out a life of service that the University encourages in students. In keeping with that theme over 60 new students participated in two service projects on Thursday. One group of students went to work picking up litter in neighborhood parks around the campus. Another group traveled to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to assist in preparing deliveries for food pantries in the area.
North Park University begins the new academic year with more new faces than in recent years. Dean of Enrollment Mark Olson acknowledged that admissions numbers are not considered official until the fourth week of the term but Olson was nonetheless optimistic. “In broad strokes we’re up about 5% in new students,” said Olson, “That’s incoming freshmen and transfer students combined.” Olson pointed to a strong influx of international students as part of the increase.
Classes for the fall term begin on Monday, August 30.