AUA Welcomes Over 400 New Undergraduates for Orientation

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On August 26, 2015, the American University of Armenia (AUA) welcomed over 400 new students for the fall 2015 Undergraduate Orientation. The Class of 2019 gathered in AUA’s Large Auditorium for welcoming remarks from President Armen Der Kiureghian, Vice President of Operations Ashot Ghazaryan, and newly appointed Provost Randall Rhodes, and were treated to a surprise flash mob as AUA staff, faculty, and leadership took the stage and danced. 

The morning was followed by two information sessions and a university-wide scavenger hunt to get students better acquainted with the Math & Writing Center, Registrar’s Office, AGBU Papazian Library, Alumni and Career Development Office, and locations of other vital student services. The day concluded with a screening of “Monsters University” with fellow upperclassman.

During his welcoming remarks, Provost Rhodes stated, “AUA’s academic programs can help you achieve whatever kind of professional success you expect after your four years, whether that means entering graduate school or entering the workforce. We provide you with all the necessary tools that you need in order to be successful.”

As part of the orientation, the Undergraduate Student Council organized the Team Leader program, which involved 39 second and third year students and included trainings in leadership and communication skill building. Team Leaders were responsible for helping their students participate in the orientation activities throughout the day.

The orientation was a precursor to AUA’s Welcome Week of events, beginning August 31st and continuing to September 4th, including College Survival 101, Morning Yoga, the Student Club Fair, and more.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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