On Aug. 24, Corban University’s Salem campus was abuzz with new students ready to begin their college careers and parents who ported clothes, computers and even refrigerators into their new school-year homes.
This year, Corban will have nearly 550 students living on campus with an approximately 2:1 female/male student ratio living in five dorms.
Corban’s orientation weekend kicked off with students getting registered into their new homes, a barbeque, a parent dessert and more. Throughout the weekend, new students became acquainted with their roommates and dorm leaders, met professors and attended various workshops. On Saturday night, Corban University President Dr. Reno Hoff and other university administrators served ice cream to the new arrivals.
The weekend was also a time for parents to meet each other and get a first-hand look at Corban’s Christ-centered education and the impact its students will have in the community and the world. Core student groups met together and prayed for each other and the coming school year. On Sunday, parents and students attended a worship-filled chapel service in the Psalm Performing Arts Center before saying one last goodbye amid hugs and tears.
The orientation weekend ended Monday with an evening scavenger hunt at 5 p.m. Student leaders dressed as their favorite superheroes led the students in songs, riddles and games throughout the downtown Salem core before an evening of pizza, volleyball, Frisbee and a movie.
On Aug. 29, new and returning students headed for their classrooms for the first day of the 2012/2013 school year. Throughout the day there were random shouts of joy as they greeted friends they hadn’t seen since classes ended in May. Many professors were in early finalizing classes and greeting early visitors.