†These are enthusiastic and well trained
individuals committed to providing new students with all the tools necessary for
academic and personal success. Each Orientation session is designed to meet the
needs of ALL new students and their families so that they may grow and thrive at
Orientation is just the beginning of a very exciting time for JSU
students, so it is our hope that the experience at Orientation will be most
enriching and rewarding. We meet this challenge by accomplishing the following
the JSU undergraduate community to new students from an academic AND personal
information and assistance to new students (and their families) so that they may
succeed academically and develop socially
GO! Leaders who can share their own experiences as a source of support and
new students to meet each other and interact in small group settings to develop
new relationships and
information on the variety of student services offered on campus so that
students will feel comfortable navigating the university on their own.
University Peer Educators is
the local chapter of an international organization known as Bacchus &
Gamma (being Area Eightís top
program for three years in a row). These students have taken the
initiative to offer leadership to their peers on certain issues. Their number
one goal is to create a more positive, healthy campus environment. As an
affiliate of Bacchus & Gamma, the JSU Peer Educators focus on events and
activities that meet the specific needs of the JSU campus. They coordinate and
publicize events for: National Alcohol Awareness Week, Sexual Responsibility
Week, and Safe Spring Break programs. The programs and goals of the JSU Peer
∑† Attacking myths about college drinking that
portray excessive use and drunkenness as a norm
∑† Featuring alcohol-free social events in
conjunction with educational messages
∑† Using the power of peer-to-peer influence as
part of the educational process
∑† Significantly influencing student drinking as
it relates to impaired driving prevention
∑† Recognizing the link between alcohol abuse
and other related health issues such as HIV/AIDS, depression, etc. and
supporting a comprehensive peer approach to prevention
∑† Supporting state laws and campus policies and
reducing overall risk to the university and individual studentís well-being
∑† Engaging students in being a part of the
catalyst to developing healthy campus environment
This is a group of elite freshmen
established to develop leadership skills and to promote the interests of all
freshmen on campus. It is an exciting way for new students to become involved in
the many activities of the Student Government Association. Members serve as
active participants in SGA activities such as Homecoming, Concerts, Casino
Night, J Day, and more!
The Office of Student Life is the
operating headquarters for Freshman Forum, but meetings and activities are held
weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters.
The Student Government
Association's general election is held every spring semester before prospective
freshmen are enrolled. The Forum allows the freshman class to have a voice in
the governance of the student body, while allowing its members to make new
friends and contacts that will enable them to become involved in campus
organizations and activities. And studies show that the retention rate for
freshmen is higher for those who are involved in campus activities!
Members of Freshman Forum have
gone on to become SGA Officers and Senators, Orientation Peer Counselors,
leaders of JSU fraternities and sororities, as well as many other organizations!
The members of Freshman Forum
have weekly meetings where they come together to discuss freshman issues and
plan activities! The Forum allows freshmen to:
information about JSU
ideas on improving student life!
a voice in the Student Government Association!
involved in the Student Activities Council!
in various community service projects!
and present the INSPIRE Program (a program based on involvement and the
transition from high school to college) in area high schools and
valuable training to help in future leadership positions.