Transfer students welcomed to UH
By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar
With hopes of becoming a UH student, more than 150 college students
attended the transfer orientation Friday in the Governor's Hall. In fact,
transfer students have been coming to the orientations since summer began
to hear about programs available to them as transfer students and to learn
more about the University's many organizations.
Sophomore journalism transfer Hannah Epps found that members of the
organizations "really want to help us succeed. They're very informative
and helpful with answering the questions I had."
Actually, I was never interested in coming to this University, but after
coming out here and seeing the organizations, I realize there is some school
spirit," Epps said.
"Roughly 10 organizations set up their glued and glittered poster boards,
shined their trophies and greeted transfer students with tidbits about
how joining such an organization could facilitate their college career.
Stephen Edinger/The Daily Cougar
Junior pre-business major Nisho Khan, left, discusses
the orientation sessions with senior accounting major and Orientation Leader
Tiffani Davis at the Governor's Hall on Friday.
Nafis Bhuiyan, senior marketing major and vice president of the UH Ambassadors,
said the orientations give them the opportunity to "to promote the organization
and get new members."
"UH is a big commuter school, so we try to create a college atmosphere
by giving them a chance to join organizations and let them know that there
are people who want to help."
Bhuiyan, who has benefited from being a part of the Ambassadors felt
he should "give something back to the Ambassadors and the University and
let incoming students know the good things an organization has to offer."
The students in attendance were welcomed by Assistant Dean of Students
Edgar Berry as he "inform(ed) them of the Excel Mentoring Program and the
opportunities available to them."
"I encourage them to join the program and discuss how they can benefit
from one of the special components just for transfer students, Transfers
in Transition," Berry said. "It's been very successful and the young people
who do participate find it a rewarding experience."
"In term of numbers, it was one of the largest crowds," Berry said of
the students who have attended this summer's transfer orientations.
"Usually we only promote the organization during the fall and we'll
get a total of 15 to 20 responses," Bhuiyan said. "This summer, we've come
for about three weeks and already have over 50 responses."