Special Edition: Orientation 2015
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Dean's Message
Parents Meet Librarians at Annual Welcome Breakfast
International Students Connect with Classmates, Librarians
RCL a Hit at University's Tech Expo
Rush Rhees Stays Up Late

Dean's Message

As the pace of life quickens on campus, we are excited to welcome new and returning students, faculty, and staff! This is when the River Campus Libraries shines. As you’ll read in this issue of Tower Talk, we are rolling out the welcome mat with a myriad of activities and by making connections across campus. We are also developing new, exciting programs and spaces dedicated to improving the student experience, including the eventual Evans Lam Square. This state-of-the-art learning space in Rush Rhees Library will assist students in their discovery and use of library resources, the Humanities Center (a collaboration with the School of Arts and Sciences), and more.

We look forward to sharing our news and events with you through Tower Talk as our year transpires. Thank you, as always, for your interest and support. And remember, everyone is an alum of the libraries!
All the very best,

Mary Ann Mavrinac
Neilly Dean, River Campus Libraries
Parents Meet Librarians at Annual Welcome Breakfast
Members of the Class of 2019 will experience many changes over the next few weeks—from getting to know their new home-away-from-home, to making new friends, to taking on a new level of rigorous coursework. While these changes are exciting for students, their parents may be nervous during the initial adjustment period. That’s why the RCL hosts its annual Parents’ Breakfast during Orientation Week. More than 100 people attended the event on August 26 in Rush Rhees Library. The event began with a special welcome from Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries. Parents were then invited to get to know library staff members dedicated to making students’ transition easier. Read more and view photos.
International Students Connect with Classmates, Librarians

Making the transition from high school to college can be intimidating, but what about making that transition in a new country? This is what international students experience when they begin their academic careers at the University. RCL staff members teamed up to create a series of activities for these freshmen to highlight the libraries' inclusive environment. Nearly 100 students from around the world attended the events, which included welcome sessions where they learned about the libraries, and a game day and pizza party. Read more and view photos, and watch a welcome video
RCL a Hit at University's Tech Expo
You may see more RCL t-shirts, tattoos, and pencils on campus after the University’s Technology and Campus Services Expo on August 25 at the Field House. The annual event is a one-stop-shop for students interested in learning about activities and services on campus. Hundreds of students visited the RCL's booth to spin a prize wheel, meet staff members, and collect League of Librarian cards. View photos.
More news and events...
Rush Rhees Stays Up Late
When members of the University's newest class entered Rush Rhees Library after their candlelight ceremony on August 25, their excitement was contagious. Hundreds of students packed into the typically subdued Q&i area for a late night party, where they enjoyed a hot jazz trio, cool technology, and shared ice cream with their new classmates. The event was the perfect kickoff to the academic year! View photos.
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