Catawba College First-Year Students Move In
August 22, 2005;
More than 200 of Catawba’s first-year students moved into their residence hall rooms on Saturday, August 20 and are participating in an orientation session prior to the first day of classes, August 25. The students and their families were assisted in their move by Alphas, a group of upper class students.
Each of the first-year students received welcoming packets, including a six-pack of Cheerwine, a locally brewed soft drink. The soft drinks and accompanying literature reminded the students that if they are under 21, it is illegal to either consume or possess alcohol both on campus and in N.C. Each of these students also found window clings on the mirrors of their residence hall rooms which provided them with alcohol awareness tips.
Eight of Catawba’s nine residence halls are online this academic year. Pine Knot is offline due to renovations scheduled to take place there. One residence hall, Foil House, will be home to a living-learning community, consisting of approximately a dozen students who are all enrolled in the same section of a First-Year Seminar class taught by Academic Dean and Vice President Dr. Barbara Hetrick.
College administrators anticipate that enrollment will lag slightly behind last year’s, but expect higher student retention numbers. They report that the academic credentials of the incoming class continue to be strong. Final enrollment numbers will not be available until after the close of fall registration (August 31).