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Orientation events welcome and support RMC freshmen

BILLINGS, August 25, 2014 – Festive events and guidance welcomed RMC freshmen and their families to campus August 21-24 before the beginning of fall term. 

Thursday August 21, families of new students met with faculty and staff, toured the College, and enjoyed supper on the RMC Green to the sounds of “Funk in the Trunk” after attending President Bob Wilmouth’s address to the freshmen class in the Fortin Education Center.

“You will think critically, and frequently you will be called upon to choose. Making good decisions is a big part of a successful life, and we excel at teaching that,” Wilmouth said.  

“I have been in both your spots,” Wilmouth said to students and their parents. He promised that RMC will prepare students for “not only a lifetime of earning, but a lifetime of learning.”

Friday morning, all freshmen met with mentors of RMC academic support programs. All students may receive help from the Writing Center, free tutoring programs, and the Leadership, Engagement and Achievement Program (LEAP) at RMC. The Services for Academic Success (SAS) program also provides comprehensive student support for students that meet federally mandated criteria. 

All freshmen joined Campus Compass groups that will meet weekly for 11 weeks. Campus Compass classes, led by staff mentors, help students practice paths to college success. Freshmen then shared lunch Friday with professors in meetings of students’ chosen academic programs. 

Though August and September are sunny, dry months in eastern Montana, more than an inch of rain fell in Billings Thursday through Sunday. However, orientation activities continued in spite of the weather. 

Friday evening, an all-RMC event at ZooMontana offered dinner, live music, and zoo animals for students, faculty, and staff. Buses ran between campus and ZooMontana, where faculty, staff, and students enjoyed swing dancing, shave ice, and good company.