Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity wel­comes first-year stu­dents

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sub­mit­ted by Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity

Com­ing from as far away as the states of Washington and Florida, Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity wel­comed new stu­dents to cam­pus dur­ing First-Year Stu­dent Move-In Day on Aug. 24.

Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity first-year stu­dent Kate­lyn Ponce of Oley and her mother, Dawn Ro­man re­ceived a cheer from Ori­en­ta­tion Lead­ers and vol­un­teers from the Cougar’s football team dur­ing First Year Stu­dent Move-In Day at the cam­pus in Dal­las Town­ship. Kate­lyn says she first be­came ac­quainted with the cam­pus while at­tend­ing a sum­mer oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy ca­reer camp and chose Mis­eri­cor­dia be­cause of the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple she met and the qual­ity of the oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy pro­gram.

First-year stu­dent Michael Raineri of Gil­bertsville is an in­com­ing mem­ber of the Cougars’ base­ball team.

The new class of 436 first-year stu­dents, the third largest group in univer­sity his­tory, along with 75 trans­fer stu­dents brings the Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity en­roll­ment to about 2,750 un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents in full- and part-time aca­demic pro­grams for the fall se­mes­ter.

A con­tin­gent of staff, fac­ulty, stu­dents and alumni were on hand to as­sist with the move-in process, in­clud­ing a team of trained stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion lead­ers. The event-filled day in­cluded the an­nual con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony that wel­comes first-year stu­dents and their fam­i­lies and acts as the of­fi­cial be­gin­ning of the aca­demic year. The con­vo­ca­tion pro­gram in­cluded re­marks by Thomas J. Botz­man, Ph.D., Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity pres­i­dent, and an ad­dress by alum­nus Tariq Ad­wan, Ph.D., chief sci­en­tific of­fi­cer of Al­pha Genomix of Lawrenceville, Ge­or­gia, a grad­u­ate of the Class of 2005. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion pre­sented Dr. Ad­wan with the Young Alum­nus Award, rec­og­niz­ing him for out­stand­ing pro­fes­sional achieve­ments and civic ser­vice.

In its 93rd year, Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity re­ceived 2,397 first-year ap­pli­ca­tions for the in­com­ing class, which hails from 13 states in­clud­ing Con­necti­cut, Delaware, Florida, Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Mary­land, Mas­sachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia, Vir­ginia and Washington. The Univer­sity ex­pects to have 960 stu­dents liv­ing in res­i­dence halls and townhomes on cam­pus.

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Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity first-year stu­dent Kate­lyn Ponce of Oley, in blue pais­ley, and her mother, Dawn Ro­man, in a white shirt, get a cheer from Ori­en­ta­tion Lead­ers and vol­un­teers from the Cougar’s football team dur­ing FirstYear Stu­dent Move-In Day on Aug. 24 at the cam­pus in Dal­las Town­ship.

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Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity firstyear stu­dent Michael Raineri of Gil­bertsville, right, shares a hug with his girl­friend, Marielle Bozzini, dur­ing First-Year Stu­dent MoveIn Day on Aug. 24 at the cam­pus in Dal­las Town­ship. Raineri is an in­com­ing mem­ber of the Cougars’ base­ball team.

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