Despite the predictions of traffic and confusion created by the Republican National Convention, everything went smoothly as SVA welcomed more than 750 new students for its 2004 Orientation. Students and their families easily navigated the city on their way to the residence halls and first-day programs on Sunday, including the Presidential Welcome Lunch at the America restaurant. The new students then enjoyed a full week of academic, administrative and social programs.
To get the new arrivals acclimated to life in New York City, the Office of Campus Life included tours of the city, trips to museums and tickets to Broadway shows in the offerings. Students also participated in Wednesday’s Day of Service, in which groups went out to do community service, including doing art projects with kids at a local branch of the library and painting a mural at the Hudson Guild community center in Chelsea. Students also met with their department chairs and academic advisors, all of whom got the newest batch of SVA artists ready for the start of classes on Tuesday, September 7.
Image: Students painting a mural at Hudson Guild; photo by Brian Glaser.