Summerstart brings thousands of new students and their families to campus

Western Today staff
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 10:28am

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Incoming freshmen and their families exit the Summerstart orientation held in the Performing Arts Center on campus Aug. 1. Summerstart, which takes place through Aug. 18, will bring 2,400 students and 1,200 family members to campus. Photo by Christopher W
Incoming freshmen and their families exit the Summerstart orientation held in the Performing Arts Center on campus Aug. 1. Summerstart, which takes place through Aug. 18, will bring 2,400 students and 1,200 family members to campus. Photo by Christopher W

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Western Junior Alexander Moffit greets students as they enter the PAC for Summerstart orientation. He is counting the number of students that come into the PAC with a hand counter, and as they enter, he gives them high-fives. Photo by Christopher Wood | U
Western Junior Alexander Moffit greets students as they enter the PAC for Summerstart orientation. He is counting the number of students that come into the PAC with a hand counter, and as they enter, he gives them high-fives. Photo by Christopher Wood | U

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Parents and students enter the Performing Arts Center for Summerstart orientation on Aug. 1 at Western Washington University. Photo by Christopher Wood | University Communications intern
Parents and students enter the Performing Arts Center for Summerstart orientation on Aug. 1 at Western Washington University. Photo by Christopher Wood | University Communications intern

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Western freshman Gage Cosgrove walks to the Performing Arts Center for Summerstart orientation on Aug. 1. He says he is looking forward to leaving home and attending Western. Photo by Christopher Wood | University Communications intern
Western freshman Gage Cosgrove walks to the Performing Arts Center for Summerstart orientation on Aug. 1. He says he is looking forward to leaving home and attending Western. Photo by Christopher Wood | University Communications intern

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Chris Nelson, 59, asks Western sophomore Hannah Trigg and Western junior Brent Bode about were to pick up the Western catalog. Nelson said her son is starting at Western this fall. “It’s cool to see all the freshmen excited to be here,” Trigg said. Photo
Chris Nelson, 59, asks Western sophomore Hannah Trigg and Western junior Brent Bode about were to pick up the Western catalog. Nelson said her son is starting at Western this fall. “It’s cool to see all the freshmen excited to be here,” Trigg said. Photo

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Western freshmen Molly Martin and Jeanie Marinella chat Monday, Aug. 1, in the PAC Plaza. Both from Shoreline. Martin says she wanted to go to Western because of its education program. “Western has a great music program,” Marinella adds. Photo by Christop
Western freshmen Molly Martin and Jeanie Marinella chat Monday, Aug. 1, in the PAC Plaza. Both from Shoreline. Martin says she wanted to go to Western because of its education program. “Western has a great music program,” Marinella adds. Photo by Christop

Summerstart, Western Washington University’s advising, registration and orientation program for new freshman students, is being held now on campus through Aug. 18.

Participants register for one of eight two-day session blocks. More than 2,400 new students and 1,200 family members are registered to attend.

The program features academic advising and support, class registration, informative workshops and peer-led orientation sessions about Western and campus life. An extensive information fair for students and families to become more familiar with Western’s services and resources is held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

For more information, check out New Student Services / Family Outreach’s Summerstart website or contact the NSSFO office at (360) 650-3846.

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Incoming freshmen and their families exit the Summerstart orientation held in the Performing Arts Center on campus Aug. 1. Summerstart, which takes place through Aug. 18, will bring 2,400 students and 1,200 family members to campus. Photo by Christopher W