Monday, July 1, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 151



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."

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