Aug. 10, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State will welcome it's incoming and current student-athletes to campus this year with a new student orientation and Welcome Back Pack Dinner, both of which will be held on Sunday, August 12.
As part of the strategic planning process implemented by the Department of Athletics, the new student orientation will be a half day this year, as opposed to the previous year when it was just an hour and a half event. The extra time will enhance the experience of the new student-athletes by allowing them to rotate to five different sessions during the event.
The sessions will be Campus Life, facilitated by Tracey Ray, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity; Sportsmanship and Social Media, which will be run by a team of speaking specialists; Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes; Sports Medicine and nutrition, and The Student Athlete Experience, which will be fun by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Russ Throckmorton, the campus director of Athletes in Action.
The NC State cheerleading team, along with Mr. and Mrs. Wuf, will be at the event to teach the fight song to all of the incoming student-athletes.
Also present at the orientation will be Paul Cousins, Director of Student Conduct.
Following the orientation will be the Welcome Back Pack dinner. The dinner will take place at the McKimmon Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Former NC State basketball star Thurl Bailey will be the keynote speaker at the event.
Bailey was a member of the 1983 national championship team, and his name can still be found in the all-time record book. He shares the school record for most games started in a season (36), and is tied for the most blocked shots in a game (9). Bailey still holds the records for the most blocked shots in a season (95) and career (207).
Bailey went on to become the seventh overall pick in the 1983 NBA draft, and played professionally until 1999.
"By the end of the day we hope that the new student athletes gain some of the knowledge needed to start their journey as a part of the State community," said Tonya Washington, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. "They will have the opportunity to meet student athletes outside of their own sports, to learn from our student athlete leaders, and to attend outstanding sessions."