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Alpha Program


What's an Alpha?
Think back to your first weeks as a student here on campus. Remember the one or two people assigned to your FYS group as helpers during Orientation? Those students were part of the Alpha Program! 

An Alpha is a student at Catawba who helps incoming first years through their orientation week! Alpha's help first years register for classes for the first time and also help them navigate campus during their first week as students. You are assigned to a FYS professor, and help them throughout the week as well!


Apply Now for 2015!
Want to help with Freshman Retreats? Want to help incoming first-years through their orientation week? Be an Alpha! Applications are now available in Student Affairs. Apply by February 13 at 5pm.

Our Mission as Alphas
The Alpha Program strives to provide a support system that makes adjusting to college life as seamless as possible through mentorship of incoming first years, while also assisting FYS Instructors with the Orientation process.

Alpha Leadership Core
The Alpha Leadership Core is comprised of new and returning Alphas. ALC memerbs attend one or more of the four Freshem Orientation Reteats. ALC members work closely with faculy and staff during the retreats to help facilitate activites and mentor incoming Freshmen and transfer students.

If you are a compassionate, enthusiastic, and supportive member of the Catawba Community, consider this opportunity!

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