From August 14-17, Salus University welcomed its largest class to date during its annual Orientation Week. University president Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, assistant provost Dr. Brooke Kruemmling and Student Council president Marni Robbins '19OD greeted the 326 first-year students, welcoming them to the beginning of their professional healthcare journey. Monica Maisto, director of Admissions, and Dr. James Caldwell, dean of Student Affairs also proudly welcomed the incoming students during the morning. Monae Kelsey, associate director of Student Engagement/assistant director of Admissions, led some ice-breaker activities. Students were given a bingo card with different characteristics – has blue eyes, from the West Coast, etc. – and had to locate students who fit these traits. The activity allowed students learn more about their new classmates.
Orientation marks a special time for the incoming students as they begin their educational journeys to become professional healthcare providers and as they orient themselves both on and off campus. One of its main purposes is to help better acquaint students with the University and their new classmates, according to Ms. Maisto.
“During the week, we provide important information and resources for students to be successful both inside and outside the classroom as well as to welcome them into the Salus community which they will call home for the next two to four years,” she said. “Orientation helps them to network across all programs and their program-specific orientation activities help them to get prepared for the academic rigors that the start of classes will bring.”
During the week, a variety of engaging seminars and activities helped the students learn more about what Salus has to offer and hear from a few interesting speakers. A New Student Resource Fair showcased various departments around campus students may interact with such as the Bennett Career Services Center, Technology and Library Services, Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), Office of Academic Success and the University’s three healthcare clinical facilities – The Eye Institute, Pennsylvania Ear Institute and Speech-Language Institute; representatives from a few outside organizations such as CityLife Neighborhood Clinics, Temple Health, TD Bank, Campus Philly, the Navy and the Air Force participated as well.
Students learned about professional development and financial planning during a workshop led by Sage Financial Group. They also participated in a workshop organized by Craig Storti, an international lecturer in the field of cross-cultural communication. It was an opportunity for them to learn about effective communication between various cultures as healthcare providers. A seminar from CPPD on professional communication skills and presentations from Student Affairs, the Bennett Career Services Center and Student Council helped further introduce the students to various departments on campus, which they can and should utilize. A trivia night and a trip to Dave & Buster’s allowed the students to forge new friendships and meet their classmates in a more relaxed social setting.
Orientation week culminated in the University’s White Coat Ceremony
, held at the Kimmel Center for the first time this year. This special ceremony marks the transition from student to healthcare provider as students in the Optometry, Audiology, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs receive their white coats.
To all of our new students, welcome to the Salus community! Thank you for choosing our institution to provide you with the skills and experiences needed to become a professional healthcare provider. We are thrilled you chose us.