WESTMINSTER -- Western Maryland College will hold its annual four-day orientation beginning Thursday, Sept. 3. Each year the college chooses a relevant topic for its new student colloquium, in which freshmen are introduced to the intellectual rigors of college life.
This year's colloquium, "When Cultures Meet," will take place Sept. 4 beginning at 1 p.m. 1992 marks the 500th anniversary of the historic first encounter between the cultures of indigenous Americans and Europeans. Through a simulation, a discussion of common readings and a play, students and faculty will address this singular event.
During orientation, new students and their families are given several opportunities to become familiar with the campus and its community while placement and proficiency exams are conducted, room assignments are made and class schedules are arranged with the assistance of faculty advisers.
Other events scheduled for the week include a luncheon for new students, a faculty and staff discussion for parents and families, the annual introduction convocation, and a reception for new students, parents, families, faculty and staff. Commuter, transfer and non-traditional students also will receive recognition.
Highlighting this year's events will be a special celebration to mark WMC's 125th anniversary as a private coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences, on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. on the College Green.
Cake will be served and a new plaque unveiled in nearby Ensor Plaza to commemorate "Old Main," the college's central classroom and residential building from its early years until the late 1950s.
On Oct. 3, the first annual Founders Convocation, to honor those who have provided support and leadership for the school, will be held in Baker Memorial Chapel, beginning at 11 a.m.
A guest speaker will be announced later.