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New Student Orientation August 27-29

Students new to MNU will pack their bags and stuff their vehicles to make the trip to college later this month. New Student Orientation (NSO) at MNU is August 27 to 29 and begins what the university calls, the MNU Experience.

The three days of orientation include informational, academic, and social activities designed to maximize the success of students’ transition to college and the MNU community. Freshmen are assigned to groups of 15 or less, with one student and one faculty mentor. The groups attend events together over the first three days and then meet twice weekly for the first nine weeks of the semester. The one-credit hour Freshmen Seminar, taught by the faculty mentor, encourages students to explore their strengths, learn time management and begin planning for their futures.

Long time freshman mentor, associate professor Dr. Neil Friesland, says the goal is to encourage close and early contact between undergraduates and faculty.

“It helps relieve the stresses of starting college, moving away from home, and being on their own for the first time,” Friesland asserts. “NSO and Freshman Seminar are designed to create cohesive groups, help build lasting relationships, and foster team building.”

In addition to caring for the academic and emotional issues involved in transitioning to college life, safety is also of the utmost concern at MNU. Associate Dean for Residential Life Kristi Keeton invites the Olathe Fire Department to NSO each year to present information on fire and vehicle safety. Students are taught by fire fighters that fire safety becomes everyone’s responsibility when living in a dormitory. MNU’s Safety Department also informs students what to do in case of emergency and how to reach someone who can help.

“Our officers are the first responders in non-life-threatening situations on campus,” says MNU director of campus safety Emil Shellack. “We want students to feel comfortable seeking our assistance and to realize we are on the job 24-7.”

Keeton says MNU also takes care to orient MNU students to the surrounding community.

“MNU students come here from all over the country,” Keeton states. “We want them to know about Olathe and all it has to offer, so we make sure there’s information from various businesses and organizations available to them.”

The annual Community Fair held during MNU’s Welcome Week is an opportunity for organizations large and small to distribute information on their services to the MNU student body. Additionally, many organizations tap into this resource to recruit new employees.

This year the Community Fair will be held on September 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. For more information or to sponsor a booth, contact Alison Weinstock at or at 913-971-3541.

The fall semester at MNU begins on August 30. For information on classes and registration, contact admissions at 913-971-3380 or email Parents of new students and transfer students may register for NSO at

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