SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration) will welcome UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 7.
Throughout the month, nearly 3,000 new students and 2,000 parents and family members will attend one of the eight two-day Freshman SOAR sessions or the one-day Transfer and Adult SOAR session. Additional sessions are offered the week before classes begin in August.
SOAR provides new students with the opportunity to make connections with current UNCG students, faculty and staff. This year, 25 Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS) leaders and 10 Transfer and Adult SOAR Leaders (TASLs) will host new students and their families during SOAR sessions by leading small group discussions for incoming students, serving as guides across campus and facilitating presentations on a variety of topics.
Many on campus are involved: Various departments and student organizations participate in the festive Spartan EXPO, an information fair that provides helpful information to all SOAR participants. Faculty members also participate in the First-Year Summer Read (which will be featured in a future CW post), which gives students the opportunity to read a faculty-selected book over the summer and join a faculty-led discussion and reception during Rawkin’ Welcome Week.
Additional staff members offer their time to serve as SOAR Volunteers, lending support around campus to our visitors by serving as greeters, shuttle hosts, and offering directional assistance.
William Parrish (EUC) takes part each year. “Taking a few hours out of my schedule to make sure we provide some assistance to the team putting on SOAR – and present a smiling, helpful presence for our future Spartans and their families – is a small but important part that I can provide to this program,” he tells CW. He normally greets at the main entrance door to the EUC.
Nicole Piscitelli (Campus Recreation) is volunteering as a Street Team Member. She says she greets new students and parents and answer questions. “Seeing all the new students re-energizes me for the upcoming year!”
Volunteer opportunities are still available. If you are interested in being involved in SOAR, email Allison Schofield at email@example.com
For more information about SOAR, visit http://soar.uncg.edu.