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UMC Hosts Summer Start

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, August 2, 2005

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) is hosting 55 students as part of Summer Start being held from July 31 to August 4. Summer Start, part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program, is a unique opportunity offered to first year college students, PSEO and transfer students to introduce them to college life by helping them acquire the skills necessary for success. It is optional and open to all students who are coming to UMC for the first time but is specifically designed for first year students. Rae French, director of the FYE program at UMC, is excited by the interest in the program, “We have students from as far away as Chicago. Summer Start is a popular program, and since it began in 2002, it has grown steadily.” This group of students is the largest ever to participate in Summer Start at UMC.

During the week, students take the Introduction to Computer Technology class, a one-credit introduction to technology course that is required for all new students at UMC. Lisa Sameulson, director of student activities at UMC, states “The students participating in Summer Start get a head start in the use of technology, and that is important when you realize how deeply ingrained technology is on this campus.” They also participate in a number of activities that introduce them to campus life along with the Crookston community and the area.

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