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CSU to welcome non-traditional students

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

Clayton State University's Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) will host two welcome sessions, next month, to share its plans for the spring semester.

The sessions, themed "Welcome Back to Your Dream," will provide a support system for non-traditional students, and give college survival kits to the first 24 students, who sign-in at each session, according to a press release issued by Clayton State University Communications Specialist Lauren Graves.

The sessions will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the James M. Baker University Center. The first session is scheduled take place from 11:30 a.m., until 12:30 p.m., in UC 265, and the second session will be held later that evening, from 5 p.m., until 6 p.m., in UC 268, according to Graves.

University spokesman John Shiffert said a non-traditional student may be a student in his, or her mid-twenties and older, or could be a high school student taking dual enrollment classes at the university. He pointed out that the average age of a Clayton State student is approximately 27-years old.

"The bursts of enrollments for this institution historically have not only been a number of first-time, full-time freshmen enrolling in a fall semester," said University President Tim Hynes. "Clayton State also attracts a large number of returning students, a large number of transfer students, a large number of students who come to us to complete a degree, which they have started here, but they also may have started elsewhere ..."

Communications Specialist Lauren Graves said the welcome sessions, like the student organization, are open to all Clayton State University students. She added that light refreshments will be served.

"NTSO was formed for the purpose of providing a collaborative community consisting of faculty, staff and students in order to facilitate an effective learning environment at Clayton State University," Graves said.

The organization also identifies areas of needed support for non-traditional students, and creates and maintains a listing of all available on-campus and off-campus resources for non-traditional students, which in turn provides support to all students of Clayton State University, she explained.

"Membership in NTSO is open to all Clayton State University students, faculty, staff, and alumni who desire to provide a supportive community for non-traditional students," Graves said.

For more information regarding upcoming welcome sessions, or to access the schedule for meetings and events, contact NTSO President Diana Peters, at dpeters2@student.clayton.edu.