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Freshman Orientation Retreat

 

 

retreat2013.jpgThe Freshmen Orientation Retreat is a required event for accepted and deposit-paid members of the Class of 2019!

This retreat will introduce you to the Catawba family and orient you to college life.

 

 

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Freshmen Feedback:

"It was the best retreat
I ever went to!"

"This has been an amazing experience ... I feel so much more ready to begin college."

"I feel that I have gotten to know faculty and staff who will be there for me if I need them, and that is so comforting."

"It was so much fun! :D"

2015 Freshman Retreats (all deposited students must attend)

The Purpose:
To provide an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2019 to get to know your classmates and some members of the faculty prior to the start of the hectic activity of registration and the beginning of classes. The retreat is designed to help freshmen gain a better understanding of the college experience and be successful. Members of the Alpha Leadership Core will be on-hand to answer questions you may have from an upperclassman’s point-of-view. Students are given guidance in discovering who they are and how this understanding can lead to discussions about vocation and career. Finally, these retreats are fun! Why Catawba & the Freshman Retreat?


2015 Dates

The 2015 retreat dates are:

  • June 18-20, 2015
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities to canoe, rock climb and hike.

  • July 16-18, 2015
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities to canoe, rock climb and hike.

  • August 12-14, 2015
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities to canoe, rock climb and hike.

  • August 12-14, 2015
    Black Lake Retreat Center
    This retreat is primarily for international students and those that could not attend one of the previous listed retreats. This will be a more action-oriented retreat with lots of outdoor adventure activities. There will be an option of visiting the N.C. Zoological Park or experiencing one of the state's largest zip lines. Participants also will learn about college life and how to prepare for the college experience. Hiking, canoeing, volleyball, frisbee golf, corn hole and other activities.


NOTE: Athletes should check their team's pre-season practice schedule to be sure there are no conflicts with the retreat dates.


Meeting Location & Time
For all retreats students should report to the Tom Smith Auditorium in the Ketner Building on the Catawba campus between 12:00 and 1:00pm on the day the retreat begins. The retreats will conclude with a "Commissioning Service" on the campus at 3:00pm on the closing day of the retreat. Transportation to and from campus is the responsibility of the student.

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Retreat Locations
The retreats will be at Johns River Camp near Collettsville, NC (two hours from campus) in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and at the Black Lake Retreat Center, near the Uwharrie Mountains, N.C. Zoological Park, and many other attractions.

 

Registration
You must be accepted for admission and be deposit paid to be eligible to attend the retreat. The cost for the retreat is $150.00 per student. The cost will be billed to the fall semester tuition. To register, please use the online form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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More Information
Contact Ms. Sharon Newsome or Dean Ben Smith in Student Affairs (704) 637-4410