Amid a festive atmosphere with a carnival theme, some 2,500 new students converged on the College campus quadrangle for Freshman First Orientation, held on August 26. They were greeted by Dr. Diane B. Call, President of Queensborough Community College; Ellen Hartigan, Vice President for Student Affairs as well as members of the Student Government Association(SGA).
Under large white tents, students spoke with advisers and gathered information about workshops, counseling, benefit screenings, services for students with disabilities and clubs and activities.
Students were also introduced to the Queensborough Academies through break-out sessions within their respective areas of study: Business; Health Related Sciences; Liberal Arts (including Education, and Criminal Justice); Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).
All full-time students are assigned an Academy Adviser who becomes their personal guide throughout their college career at Queensborough, whether they plan to transfer to a senior college or enter the workforce.
Crystal Motilla, a student in the Science, Technologies, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy said, “Having a personal academic adviser will definitely help with making the transition to college.”
Sabera Saadullah, Academy Adviser for the Liberal Arts Academy, led a panel of experts for criminal justice students that included members of the New York Police Department, Homeland Security, and a former Secret Service agent. She said, “Students know that their best efforts here will lead to successes elsewhere.”
Rebecca Ann De Jesús, also an Academy Adviser for the Liberal Arts Academy, spearheaded the event. “We want students to look forward to their academic experience at Queensborough and I feel confident that we accomplished our goal.”