August 9 saw the new crop of SIS students in Knoxville for Orientation. Two-thirds will be distance education students. All students beginning classes in the fall come to campus for the intense series of sessions covering everything from Blackboard training to cohort meet and greet. Students get to meet with their advisors, develop friendships with fellow students and see the facilities where their learning originates.
While the average age of the new students is 33, a third already have earned at least one graduate degree. The opportunities SIS students can access are vast. By coming to campus, students get to meet professors and second-year students who can introduce them to some of the learning options they will have during their graduate studies. These options are often the enrichment which can lead to interesting and fulfilling careers.
Many of the students remark during orientation that they are pleasantly surprised to learn about the career options available to SIS graduates. Several have already admitted to learning about a career path they want to explore further even though they entered the program with another career path in mind.
“It is exciting for me and the faculty to meet these new students,” said SIS Professor and Director Ed Cortez. “All of us are energized by the new students and this year’s class is extraordinary!”