GB Orientation registers most students since 2009

Personnel in the Office of Student Life would like to thank all campus partners who made GB Orientation 2019 a success. More than 150 staff and faculty contributed to the eight days, in which the Green Bay Campus hosted more than 900 students and approximately 1,400 guests. The 916 total students attending was the most since 2009 and included an increase of 88 students more than last year.

GB Orientation

Look for a new ‘focused’ GB Orientation

Formerly known as “FOCUS R&R” a renamed and rejuvenated “GB Orientation” will welcome incoming first-year Phoenix. Here’s a quick orientation to the new-and-improved GB Orientation.

What’s in a name? In the case of rebranding the new-student orientation program from “FOCUS R&R” to “GB Orientation,” it’s truly an example of substance over style. Ironically, one of the biggest changes is now the program is more focused—specifically with students taking the lead in launching fledgling Phoenix.

“We’re excited to create a summer orientation that truly engages our new students and parents in a modern and intentional program highlighting our amazing student leaders.” Says Eric Arneson, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus climate. “The re-imagining of GB Orientation is an example of our priority on students.”

GB Orientation is a one-day program for all incoming first-year students offered during the first two weeks of June. Students will be able to register for fall classes, make connections and get off to a solid start on their journey from day-one to commencement.

One of the driving forces in that re-imagining, Claudia Guzmán, director of Student Life, credits a collaborative process with a committee consisting of 24 faculty, staff and students. “Ultimately what we wanted to do is a more dynamic and student-centered approach.”

Arneson agrees. “Claudia brought a fresh perspective in terms of creating intentionality to GB Orientation.”  The result is an event-packed day with mini-tours, question and answer sessions and more, with University Student Ambassadors working closely with incoming first-year students every step of the way.”

Faculty, staff and other members of the Phoenix flock can show their support by reviewing all communications, websites and documents to ensure that FOCUS has been replaced by GB Orientation. Here are the major talking points:

  • GB Orientation (formerly known as FOCUS R&R) is a one-day event for incoming first-year students. Parents/guardians/supporters are also encouraged to attend.
  • There are eight dates in June, including Saturday options. There will also be a half-day session offered in August.
  • GB Welcome (formerly known as FOCUS Orientation) will be held September 1-3. Highlights include: Move-In, Convocation and a community service project.

If you have any questions please contact Guzmán, 920-465-2464 or or Grant Winslow, new student programs coordinator, 920-465-5676 or

Learn more at the GB Orientation webpage.

GB Orientation: Call for faculty advisors by Friday, Mar. 15

New Student Programs (formerly known as FOCUS) is seeking members of the faculty to serve as advisors for the freshmen advising registration program GB Orientation (formerly FOCUS Registration and Resources). This year’s GB Orientation will take place on Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, June 14, 2019. Faculty will have the opportunity to earn up to $800 while advising new freshman. The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. Questions can be directed to Prof. Steve Meyer, GB Orientation faculty liaison, at