Offered only to incoming students, AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs ease the college transition. The ORION expedition takes first-year students on a five-day backpacking expedition through the Pennsylvania wilderness. Participants gain not only backpacking skills from trained upperclassmen, but insight into college life in a relaxed environment. The classroom component introduces students to health and wellness topics such as: eating well on campus, group dynamics, time management, and mental and emotional wellness. Students earn all 3 GHW credits required to graduate (KINES 89), as well as 3 GWS credits. No previous backpacking experience required! For more information, call: (814) 865-3890 or visit: findAURORA.psu.edu
Effective Speech (CAS 100A) explores how people use techniques of oral communication to address practical, professional and civic problems. It is designed to introduce students to principles of effective public speaking, implemented through the design and presentation of individual speeches. CAS 100A fulfills 3 credits of the writing and speaking requirement for general education.