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Good News Bears
While the World Cup captivated the globe this summer, the Good News Bears used ONU orientation to show incoming students and their families that one need not travel to South Africa to see high-energy soccer.
Each year the Bears welcome students and their families to ONU with a skit at the Freed Center before escorting them through the rest of the orientation process. This year more than 50 Good News Bears kicked their way to glory in the ONU College Cup to the delight of orientation crowds. According to the lead Bears, Robert Stahler, Richelle McMannis and Jay Meyers, the skit always sets the tone for the rest of orientation.
“We try to make things run smoother and inform students and parents about the Ohio Northern experience,” said second-year pharmacy major and Stahler.
Following the College Cup skit, new students met with college deans, academic advisors, current students, “The Dating Doctor” Dave Coleman, attended financial aid sessions and learned about residence life at ONU, all while having a Good News Bear by their side.
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“A lot of people like being able to show off the university, and be there to help” said Meyers. “In the fall, a lot of these students will remember you, remember your face and remember your name.”
Orientation is a one-day event, but some attendees who travel long distances choose to spend the night before in an ONU residence hall. The Good News Bears use that time to get to know the students and make them feel welcome at the place they will spend the next four to six years.
“We’ll have music going, play basketball, sand volleyball or corn hole and just hang out. Some nights you have students who are in the same major, or play the same sports, or are from the same area, and you stay up and really hit it off,” said Meyers.
The Bears haven’t decided on next year’s orientation skit, but if this year was any indication, it will definitely be world-class.