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August 2002

Release Date: August 20, 2002

ASU Newcomers to Test University Waters at Fish Splash

About 500 incoming students are set to begin their academic careers at Angelo State University with a little fun and frivolity Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, during Fish Splash 2002, a long-standing campus tradition designed to help first-year ASU students get acquainted with the university and college life in general.

Fish Splash will precede the start of fall classes on Monday, Aug. 26, and give newcomers a chance to make friends, get acquainted with campus and just have a little fun before starting their classes and the journey toward a university degree.

ASU Assistant Dean of Student Life Laura Pantano said, "We are excited about starting the new school year and welcoming to campus our incoming class. Fish Splash is a lot of fun, but it has a serious purpose in trying to help all our students begin a successful college career. This year is especially exciting as we have more students enrolling in Fish Splash than in any time in recent memory."

Activities will begin at noon Saturday with registration at the ASU Pavilion. At 1 p.m. in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena students will participate in Playfair, a nationally recognized program that provides fun interactive activities for participants. At 2:30 p.m. students will be involved in "Meetballs," a variety of small group mixers at various campus locations. That will be followed at 4 p.m. with a program on "Making College Count."

After a Blue and Gold Jamboree Dinner 5-6:45 p.m. in the Junell Center, there will be an official ASU welcome from President James Hindman as well as introductions of ASU Cheerleaders, Angelettes, the ASU Band and school mascot Roscoe D Ram. Activities will conclude with carnival and casino-type games 8-10 p.m. in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Sunday's activities will focus on "Success Sessions" which are designed to give a quick overview of topics or skills critical to a student's success at ASU. Sessions are scheduled 1:30-5 p.m. with topics including ASU spirit, transition issues, alcohol/drug issues and campus safety. Fish Splash will conclude with a Student Organization Fair from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Pantano in the ASU Student Life Office at 942-2191.

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