New students gathered on the campus of Herkimer County Community College Friday morning for orientation and a welcome session.
Dean of Students and Master of Ceremonies Dr. Matthew Hawes opened the session by explaining to students the college motto, “Civility.” “As student here at HCCC you have the opportunity for personal growth by choosing to be civil at all times just by following basic etiquette,” he said, adding the college’s motto encourages students to respect themselves and others.
Senior Student Ambassador Alexia Brown greeted students during the session.
As a psychology student, member of the women’s basketball team and a resident assistant, Brown said she understands the meaning of involvement.
“It’s important for students to feel comfortable and get involved in school activities because it makes it easier for them to find friends,” she said. “With the help of student orientation and events it gives students a chance to have fun, meet others and help enhance their college experience.”
Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Oriolo gave students tips for success.
“Although it may seem like you have a lot of freedom you cannot forget about your obligations as a student,” he said. “You are here to get a degree and our goal is to get you to graduate in less than two years, if it takes longer we will not abandon you, we just want to help you succeed.”
Ashley Nichols is a new student to HCCC’s criminal justice and forensic investigation program. Nichols said she wanted to go to college close to home, but live on her own.
“I’m from Caroga Lake and HCCC allows me to be near my family and friends who attend the college,” she said.
Steven Smith, of Hubbardsville, said he decided to attend HCCC to pursue his passion of music through the music industry program. “I play the guitar and harmonica and I just really want to focus on music and get enjoyment out the program,” he said.
Students from the Campus Christian Fellowship Club also took part in orientation and introduced incoming students to the club with games and prizes.
General studies freshmen Kristy Beneven said, “We’re here for people interested in growing their faith and if they already believe they can join the club to become even closer to God.”
As part of the club, Life Church in Rome has a worship team that visits the club every week to preach, worship and pray, said Beneven. “Life Church relates to our everyday issues and they help us deal with college pressures while staying in touch with our faith,” she said.