Morristown, N.J. (August 21, 2013) – Approximately 160 new students were welcomed into the College of Saint Elizabeth family by new President Dr. Helen J. Streubert during orientation activities on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Beginning with actual move-in at 9 a.m., Dr. Streubert greeted the new incoming class, and then proceeded to roll up her sleeves to help lift, carry and roll students' possessions into their residence halls. Later on, she greeted the students and their families at a welcome session in the College's outdoor Greek Theatre.
"I am a freshman like many of you," Dr. Streubert told students and their families. "I can promise you that when I came here, I was welcomed by loving and caring people ... You will make a difference in the world because you are a CSE woman."
The Class of 2017 is made up of students from 19 New Jersey counties, plus the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania. CSE also welcomed students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela and Vietnam. Students have enrolled in 21 different majors, with biology, elementary education and psychology the most popular.
Reasons for choosing CSE are as diverse as their hometowns. Kirsten Uhlig of Mountainside, N.J., came to CSE to study Foods and Nutrition. "I like a small college," she said. "It's close to home but far enough away to get that college experience." Dad Dennis agrees with her choice. "This beautiful campus reminds me of an Ivy League setting," he said.
Tiffany DeJesus of Belleville, N.J., chose CSE to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Geovanna Castenada, a biology major who will graduate in 2014, and her cousin, Camila Ravelo, a 2007 graduate. "I expect to learn a lot while studying here," she said, setting the bar high as she double majors in philosophy and justice studies with a minor in psychology. "I feel fulfilled and proud that my two daughters have come to College of Saint Elizabeth," said her mother, Mildred Castaneda.
Another student, Karissa Chung Xu of China, chose to study international studies at CSE to be near her aunt, Lixie Lutjen, who lives in nearby Livingston, N.J.
After the move-in and formal welcome session, the new arrivals and their families had an afternoon of activities, including a parents orientation and a session of student icebreaker activities. The day ended with a New Beginnings Family Blessing in Holy Family Chapel, after which parents departed campus.