New students receive warm welcome during WSU Applebaum orientation

At the start of fall semester, more than 200 incoming WSU Applebaum students logged onto Zoom for a virtual orientation session. "This was an opportunity for all new students to learn about vital information to make their transition into Wayne State and EACPHS more productive as they start their professional health care programs," said Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Mary K. Clark, PhD.

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Students shared smiles over childhood memories as they began their WSU Applebaum experience together.

New students were warmly welcomed by Dean Brian Cummings and heard from alumna nurse anesthetist Karen Plaus. They were then introduced to the Student Affairs team, who worked with them and answered their questions throughout the admissions process.

Students also received an overview of the Office of Student Financial Aid from Ryan Thomas and were briefed on research safety standards by Elena Fracassa from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Participants also received a cheerful welcome from Patti Dixon, who serves as WSU Applebaum's dedicated counselor as well as a crisis response coordinator for Counseling and Psychological Services. Dixon encouraged students to rely on CAPS whenever needed as they begin their professional training to help others.

To help everyone get acquainted, Student Affairs asked a series of fun and thought-provoking survey questions and revealed on-the-spot poll results, as shown here. The prompt to share a favorite childhood toy resulted in a range of responses, noted Clark, who added, "We know our new students are smart, but we also like to know something fun about them. You're never too old to have fun!"

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