What is Storm Surge?
Storm Surge offers comprehensive services, in one location, for traditional undergraduate freshmen and transfer students for fall 2012 who want a little extra care. Storm Surge is designed for your convenience and ease. The event helps you cut through red tape and access academic advising, registration and related services. For 2012, Storm Surge is offered on Saturday, April 21, for new freshmen; Saturday, May 5, for new freshmen and transfer students; and Friday, June 22, for new freshmen and transfer students. Registration is here!
What will I leave with at the end of the day?
1. Your first college student ID so you'll be able to access many discounts from national vendors available only to official college students. You'll be one!
2. Your completed residential housing contract so you'll know what's going on even before you move in!
3. Your course schedule that you can sleep with under your pillow and have peace of mind that your classes are secure and will not change unless a personal conversation occurs with you.
4. Your room schematic (that's a collegiate word for room plan/design) so you can take advantage of all kinds of great sales to buy the perfect xl twin sheets! (Yep. You'll need xl twin sheets.)
5. Information about our New Student Institute (NSI) so that your parents can request time off or vacay days so they can come back with you on Friday August 17, 2012 which is move-in day!
6. Confirmation and selection of your FREE laptop so you can save your money for other things over the summer.
7. Knowledge of President's Gresham's favorite foods which you will enjoy at Party with the Prez.
8. Excitement about your future.
9. Affirmation that you made the right choice by selecting SNU.
10. Knowledge of where to go online to take advange of our FREE monthly payment plans
11. A four year course plan
When can I register for classes if I cannot attend Storm Surge?
We scheduled the three Storm Surge events on days we were hoping you could come. More specifically, a Friday and two Saturdays. However, if you cannot come to any of the three dates, you will be contacted by your academic advisor before school starts on August 15.
SNU academic advising for incoming freshmen
SNU advising is intended to be somewhat aggressive rather than simply available. This is sometimes more important to parents than to students, since some incoming freshmen have good ideas of their own for course choice each semester and for the long-range coherence of their program of study. Nevertheless, University faculty know that freedom can be daunting to students coming directly from high school, where so much is planned and scheduled for students.
Who are SNU faculty advisors?
SNU's Vice President of Academic Affairs (chief academic officer), Deans, and Academic Department Chairs assign incoming students to an official faculty advisor sharing the student’s declared interests. This information comes from the on-line Storm Surge registration form completed by the student.
SNU Faculty Advisors include, as a rule, many of the University’s most distinguished teachers and are scholars of national and international reputation. All of them are extremely familiar with the University as a whole, and not just their specific department, and they enjoy introducing new scholars -- like you -- to this community.
First-year college students, freshmen, first meet their advisor at Storm Surge. After that, advising occurs in November and April during the pre-registration process for the Spring and Fall terms, respectively. However, advisors all hold regular office hours during the semester and encourage you to stop by even if there is no immediate reason to see a professor. It’s not uncommon for SNU students to see their advisor regularly throughout the semester. If the advisor can’t answer a question, he or she can refer you immediately to a colleague who can.
The assigned advisor is not the only resource for information, though he or she is a crucial one. The VP Academic Affairs, Deans, Director of our Honors Program hold weekly office hours, and individual course professors are also useful sources of knowledge.
How do I sign up for Storm Surge?
It's really simple. You can sign up online beginning Thursday, March 1, at 12 p.m. Select a session date based on your travel plans to campus.
How long will it last?
All three Storm Surve events run from 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. You must attend the entire session in order to be enrolled in classes and receive your student ID.
Can my family attend?
Family members are highly encouraged to participate in their student’s transition to the university by attending their own session which is offered at the same time as the student session.The parents' session is a great opportunity for family members to enjoy coffee and dessert with SNU's President Loren Gresham. Experience a one-on-one individual appointment with either a financial aid counselor or business officer. Learn about campus safety and security from the Vice President of Student Development. Also, while the session length is the same, students and family members will be attending separate programs during part of the day.
During the parents' session, participants will have the opportunity to:
Take a campus tour
Participate in a student services resource fair
Ask questions of current staff and our Vice President of Student Development.
Share a meal and get acquainted with other family members of new students
How much does Storm Surge cost?
It's FREE. Absolutely, free.
Something to keep in mind when planning to come: SNU is in the Central Standard Time Zone and observes daylight savings time.
Who is eligible to attend Storm Surge?
All new traditional undergraduate students for Fall 2012 who have been officially accepted to SNU, paid their registration deposit, and either filed their FAFSA or signed a waiver declaring they would not file. And, all new transfer students for Fall 2012 who have paid their registration deposit, submitted their official transcript/s and have either filed their FAFSA or signed a waiver refusing to file.
What questions will be answered for my parents and me?
Meal plan details. What constitues a meal? When are meals available? What special dietary needs are accommodated at SNU?
Residential hall information: What furniture is included in the room?
Laundry facilities: What is available to students on campus at SNU?
What items would be helpful for my parents and me to bring with us to Storm Surge?
1. Proof of health insurance
2. Immunization records
3. Signed financial aid award letter, if you've not already signed it electronically
What specific immunizations do I need and why?
Great question. Oklahoma State Law and SNU requires four: (1) tetanus -- within the last 10 years, (2) MMR (2 doses), (3) Hepatitis B (3 doses), and (4) meningitis (required if you'll be living in the residential halls). For your convenience, these immunizations will be available on campus when you arrive in August. Tetanus, $38; MMR, $58 per dose; Hepatitus B, $40 per dose; Meningitis $95.
What if you have a question not answered here?
Contact our Director of First Impressions, Lisa Jones. Her number is 405.641-6324 or email her at email@example.com. You'll find out why she has her honorary title! There's no one better.