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Sister Annette Schmeling, R.S.C.J., vice president for student development and dean of students, introduces a new approach to new-student orientation. The four-day program, administered by 13 student leadership executives, includes all of the pragmatic elements of traditional programs — move-in, welcome speeches, a resource fair, meet-and-greet events and a family picnic — plus a Sunday liturgy and seven small-group dialogues on topics ranging from diversity to UD's Catholic and Marianist identity.

"We're trying to address, 'What is the essence of this University that students need to know to get the most out of their University of Dayton experience?'" Schmeling said. "It's based on three sine qua nons: Quality relationships, academic engagement and passionate purpose." More simply put: "Open heart, open mind, open will."



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