WSSU Freshmen Take Center Stage during RAMDITION Week

Dr. Kathy Stitts

Dr. Kathy Stitts
August 9, 2012

From move-in on Saturday, August 11, until the newest freshman class at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) walks through the campus’ famous archway on Saturday, August 18, all activities will be focused on helping these students begin their adjustment to college life.

“RAMDITION, a week-long event all freshmen are required to attend, is a collaboration with various areas of the university to provide programs and workshops led by faculty, staff and other university partners to help students become acclimated to campus life and learn about the traditions, processes and resources associated with WSSU,” said Dr. Kathy Stitts, associate provost and dean of WSSU’s University College and Lifelong Learning.  “RAMDITION is a term coined by the late Dr. Michelle Releford when she was Dean of University College and she developed our freshman orientation program into a broader effort that focused on academics and social activities that can prepare students to be more successful during their first year of college.

“Our goal is to instill university pride in these students while we help them move from being high school graduates to a part of the WSSU Class of 2016,” Stitts said.  “Our theme this year is ‘Discovering Your Path – The Journey Begins.’  We want these young people to explore and to discover what they want to do, where they want to go, and how they want to get there.    RAMDITION is designed to be the beginning of that discovery process.”

During the week, students do everything from getting advised on what courses to take and scheduling those courses to attending workshops on various topics ranging from budgeting to career services available on campus.  They also have activities organized around small groups led by upperclassmen called Legacy Leaders.

“This year, we also are hosting a “Sister Accord” session for our female freshmen that will feature

Sonia Jackson Myles, a motivational speaker and author, and a “Brother-to Brother” session with Mataryun “Mo” Wright, a WSSU alum who is an entrepreneur and motivational speaker,” Stitts added. “We’ve also added a Parent Reception on August 11 and a Parent Forum on August 12 to provide some helpful information for them before they leave the students in our care.”

The final program for RAMDITION will be the “Through the Archway” ceremony, which has become a Rite of Passage for freshmen at the university.  The class salutes the heritage of the university by passing through the Archway that marked the entrance to the campus in its early years as they become the newest addition to the WSSU campus family.  They will then complete their orientation at a closing program that will feature Dr. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, as the guest speaker.

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