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Freshman Day at CSUB
  April 14, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield will host Freshman Day on Saturday (April 22), in two sessions, one at 8 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. at the Dore Theatre.

A general orientation presentation is scheduled for students and their parents. President Horace Mitchell is also scheduled to welcome admitted freshmen students who will be entering CSUB in the fall. During the orientation presentation, students will learn about university policies, rules and regulations.

Immediately following each orientation presentation, the students will head to the computer lab on the lower level of the library where they will meet with an advisor and register for classes.

Spring Carnival will also be held on Freshman Day. The carnival is open to the campus community as well as the students on campus for orientation.

Earth Day is also being tied into Spring Carnival this year. There will be free food, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, a bouncy house and volleyball. There will also be giveaways. To be eligible for the giveaway, students have to get involved in the activities and receive tickets from each booth.

Hosting Spring Carnival at that same time as Freshman Day, said Matt Ducatt, student union president, "show's potential students the kinds of things we have to offer on campus."

CSUB plans to combine Freshman Day and Spring Carnival in the future. "Combining the two events shows students a lively campus," said Kendyl Magnuson, associate director of admission and records.

Also new to Freshman Day are the information sessions. This year, there will be an alumni information session, which will allow admitted freshmen and their parents to hear about alumni professions and how their education helped them get to where they are now. "Because so many students are first generation students," Magnuson said, "they are not really sure what type of degree will get them there." Other information sessions are about the library and financial aid. These sessions will be set up in Dorothy Donahoe Hall.

Students are advised to sign up for one of the two orientation sessions before attending Freshman Day.

For more information about Freshman Day, call (661) 654-3388. For more information about Spring Carnival, call (661) 654-2497.