The Center for First Year Experience

Our Mission

The Center for First Year Experience's mission is to provide a supportive environment to ease the transition of our first year students into the academic, cultural and social life of Clarion University.  The opportunities and experiences we provide are designed to build the skills, knowledge and values necessary to achieve academic, personal and professional awareness.

Clarion's first year students will courageously go after their dreams with the confidence to know they can.

N.O.W. Schedule

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NOW (New Student Orientation Week)

NOW is a week long orientation for first year students.  NOW will start with move in on Monday, Aug. 21 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The week includes various presentations and activities for students to become acclimated to academics and life at Clarion University.  Themes covered throughout the week include Academic Acclimation, First Year Fundamentals, Social Excellence and Service, and Life Outside the Classroom.  The N.O.W. schedule can be accessed here.


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Our New Student Orientation Week (NOW) is fast approaching!  Move-In Day for our new students is Monday, Aug. 21, beginning at 9 AM.  Not everyone is expected to arrive at that hour, so come when you are ready!  The day is un-programmed time for you to help your student unpack, do a supply run, explore campus and get to know other students and families. 

You are invited to stop by our The Center for First Year Experience:  First-Year Parents & Families tent in front of Becht Hall from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  At the tent, you can grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of water and ask any last minute questions that you need cleared up before the end of the day.  

At 4:30 PM, you are invited to the Welcome Picnic outside of Gemmell where we will welcome your student but bid farewell to you.  Visit the First-Year Parents & Families tent there as well.  We will have a send-off board for you to add a “best wishes” note to your student, sign-ups for give-a-ways, photo opportunities with our Golden Eagle mascot and more!

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First Year Fridays

First Year Fridays are hosted each Friday of the fall semester outside of Becht Hall.  Student Success Coaches host the event and offer freebies, such as t-shirts, food, and free information!  Each week there is a different topic briefly covered.  For Fall 2017, themes will include communicating with your professors, time management, and study tips.  Stop by the table anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Fridays!  We will CU there!

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STUDENT SUCCESS COACHES are professionals who:

• Work with first year students to develop
realistic goals that contribute to personal
and academic success.

• Refer and connect students with relevant
university resources.

• Guide students as they make meaningful
social connections on campus.


Mr. Shawn Hoke
Co-Director - Student Affairs 
Director of Center for Leadership & Involvement

Dr. Richard Lane
Co-Director - Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, English & Modern Languages

Bonita Bailey
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
416 Becht Hall

Dani Emings
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
402 Becht Hall

Matthew Mullen
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
411 Becht Hall

Last Updated 8/18/17