SESP Welcomes 210 New Students as School Year Begins

SESP Welcomes 210 New Students as School Year Begins

Wildcat Welcome 2012

The School of Education and Social Policy is welcoming 49 new undergraduates and 161 new graduate students this fall. Even before classes start on September 27, new students will be busy with orientation activities, and the entire SESP community is invited to an all-school welcome back social on October 3.

Forty-five new freshmen and four undergraduate transfer students will participate in Wildcat Welcome orientation days from September 20 to 25. The new students joining the SESP community have already distinguished themselves with records of accomplishment. According to Laura Robinson, associate director of admission, "The recent increase of applications and yield rates for the School of Education and Social Policy illustrates the recognition that SESP's distinctive programs have among college-bound students."

Of the four concentrations open to SESP undergraduates, social policy was the most widely selected by the Class of 2016. Thirteen freshmen opted for social policy, compared with 12 for learning and organizational change, nine for human development and psychological services, and eight for secondary teaching. Seven freshmen are undecided.

A highlight of the welcome week for incoming undergraduates is a dinner at the home of Dean Penelope Peterson on September 24. The schedule of SESP Wildcat Welcome activities also includes a convocation, individual advising, registration, tours and group meetings. Freshmen will meet with their academic advisers as well as their peer advisers, nine upperclass volunteers selected for their leadership abilities. The SESP peer advisers for 2012-13 are John Cowgill, Jamie Forman, David Harris, Jenna Herr, Calla Jordan, Alyssa Leonard, Krysta Smith, A.J. Tomiak and Kate Mattux.

SESP graduate programs also have kickoff and orientation events in the coming weeks. The Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) doctoral program is welcoming seven new students this fall, the biggest cohort in years. Orientation on September 24 emphasizes joint events with the Learning Sciences graduate program to promote interaction among the students in the two programs and to reinforce the sense of the educational community at SESP.

The Learning Sciences graduate program will greet six new master’s students and six new doctoral students, a diverse group of students with backgrounds in the arts, sciences, engineering and education. Orientation activities on September 24 and 25 include a joint introduction with HDSP, lunch and campus tours. “The ultimate goal of orientation is to welcome students into the SESP and Northwestern community and establish resources of mentorship and guidance for them by building relationships with faculty and current students,” says program assistant Autumn West. A Learning Sciences Community BBQ will be held on September 30.

The Master of Science in Education program’s 80 new students include 31 students in secondary teaching, 16 in elementary teaching and eight in the new teacher leadership concentration. Twenty-five of the new students are completing the NU-TEACH alternative certification program by pursuing a master’s degree. At orientation on September 24, new students will introduce themselves, consider what brought them to teaching and SESP, and begin to think about a master's project topic. An informal welcome party will take place on October 5 at the home of Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, director of the program.

The Higher Education Administration and Policy Program welcomes 31 new students to its program, which prepares leaders for careers in higher education. Orientation is on September 24, and an informal welcome party will be held at the home of director Lois Trautvetter on October 12.

The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program’s 31 new students will participate in a weekend retreat on September 14 to 16 to kick off the year. "It's an event where we build community among all of our incoming students — whether they live in the area or are joining our program via the alternative schedule option and live elsewhere," notes MSLOC associate director Jeff Merrell.

The entire SESP community will come together for a social event on October 3. All SESP students and faculty members are invited to an all-SESP welcome back social from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Garrett Patio. The event is co-sponsored by SESP’s student organization, Promote 360, which is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of minority and under-represented students.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/23/12