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New Student Orientations at SIC Held July 28 and Aug. 4

July 8, 2015

Southeastern Illinois College has scheduled two New Student Orientation sessions for the fall semester. First-time degree and certificate students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the orientation sessions and will be awarded free credit for EDUC 122 for attending.

The orientations will cover information on enrollment, financial aid, TRiO student support, txtSIC, student email, and online classes. Students attending will also receive a tour of campus and have a chance to get an SIC ID card. Students who have not already done so can also register for classes during orientation. The sessions are additionally a chance to meet other new students, faculty and staff.

Orientation sessions are July 28, 1-3:30 p.m. and Aug. 4, 6-8:30 p.m. on the Harrisburg campus in the Private Dining Room in the Harry L. Crisp Student Center.

“The New Student Orientation sessions are beneficial for both freshly-graduated high school students and new, non-traditional students who need to learn more about SIC,” said Kyla Burford, Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar. “The goal of orientation is to make the transition to SIC as comfortable and seamless as possible. We do not want our students to be overwhelmed when they start their classes in the fall, and it is important for us to be accountable to our students.”

SIC offers a variety of scheduling options to fit student needs. Students can save gas and choose their times with online classes, which can be taken from anywhere at any time. SIC offers some degree programs completely online or in a hybrid format with some classes online and others on-campus. Evening classes may be a better fit for students with day-time commitments that prefer a classroom setting.

For students who choose to take online classes, there are several orientation times available. Online class orientations are Monday, Aug. 17 from 6-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m.- noon, 2-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. All sessions will take place in room B224 at the Harrisburg Campus.

“We show students how to navigate their online or hybrid courses with focus on posting to discussion boards, taking quizzes, uploading assignments to drop boxes, messaging their instructors and checking their grades,” said Karla Lewis, Coordinator of Media Services and Distance Learning. “We make sure students get logged into their courses and encourage them to download and read through their syllabus to know what instructors expect from them. Attending orientation gives students confidence that they will be prepared to be successful in their online courses.”

Registration is going on now and classes begin Aug. 17. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Aug. 6. Regular office hours resume the following week: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. On Aug. 17-18, the Financial Aid office and the Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. to better assist students.

For more information about orientation or to register, contact Ashley Schultz at 618-252-5400, ext. 2245 or ashley.schultz@sic.edu. For a schedule of classes, stop by the Harrisburg or Carmi campuses or find the course schedule online at www.sic.edu.

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