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NDSCS begins 109th academic year on August 22

by NDSCS News

Posted on 8/15/2011

New students to participate in technology rich orientation

North Dakota State College of Science fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 22 at 4 p.m. Earlier in the day, new and transfer students will participate in orientation activities featuring a high-tech scavenger hunt of campus, using an iPodŽ touch and quick response (QR) codes on the Wahpeton campus.

New student orientation, an annual event held to introduce students to campus, begins with a welcome message at 9 a.m. at Frank Vertin Athletic Field. Students will break into academic divisions and attend two sessions: department orientation and the new scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt, students will get the opportunity to tour campus, interact with other new students and learn a few fun facts about NDSCS, using only an iPod touch and QR codes. When the code is scanned with the iPod, students receive a clue about their next destination. Students have 90 minutes to make as many stops on the scavenger hunt as possible. Prizes will be distributed for winners and participants throughout the day.

"Our interactive, digital scavenger hunt will allow students to explore NDSCS in an exciting new way," said Taya Spelhaug, orientation co-chair and director of student success and career services. "Potentially, we could provide over 700 students the opportunity to orient themselves to campus and learn about student services using the traditional concept of a scavenger hunt, but with a fun new twist."

Students will get a chance to visit with area businesses during the business expo held on The Oval during the lunch hour. Orientation will conclude with a pizza party on The Oval, beginning at 5 p.m. Classes resume regular hours on Tuesday, August 23.

Any student who is not already registered for classes can do so either online or in person at NDSCS' Enrollment Services - 800 6th St. N, Wahpeton, N.D., 58075. NDSCS offers open registration. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 701-671-2521 or go to


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