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Archive for May, 2011

Traffic Advisory – First Year Student Orientation, June 2/3

The University of South Florida will host First Year Student Orientation on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, on its Tampa campus.

Students will arrive between 8 and 10 a.m. and park in Lot 17B located on Willow Drive at Maple Drive, near the C.W. Bill Young Hall. Their families will park in the Collins Blvd. Parking Facility. Attendance is projected at 750 people.

Higher than normal traffic volumes are expected at the Fletcher Avenue entrance. Additionally, drivers in the Collins Blvd. facility should expect some stopped vehicles as Orientation staff answer questions and facilitate parking. Drivers may want to allow extra time to reach their destination.

Please contact the Office of Orientation at (813) 974-3060 or with any questions.

Parking Location Change for Transfer Orientation

Parking for Transfer Student Orientation has changed from the Laurel Parking Facility to the Crescent Hill Parking Facility.

Crescent Hill Parking Facility is located adjacent to the Marshall Student Center near the intersection of USF Palm Drive and USF Holly Drive.

The best entrance to use for arrival is Fletcher Avenue at USF Palm Drive. From this entrance, proceed to the second traffic light and turn left onto USF Holly Drive. Then, take the first right to enter the facility.

Your parking permit that was included in your e-confirmation packet is valid for any space in this facility. Orientation staff will be available to assist you once you arrive.

Visit our Getting Here page for more information for a smooth arrival to Orientation.

Parking Permit Guidelines

  • Permit is valid only on your Orientation date.
  • Students or guests with a valid disabled parking permit may park in any handicapped space on campus, with the disabled permit and Orientation permit both visible from the vehicle’s windshield
  • Permit must be printed from your e-confirmation packet and visible in its entirety from the driver’s side windshield
  • Students or guests driving a motorcycle to Orientation should visibly affix the permit to their bike (with tape or another adhesive)
  • If your vehicle information changes, log into MyOrientation to make the changes and download a new e-confirmations
  • Written changes and incorrect information are not permitted on parking permits. If you are not able to update your information, please see an Orientation staff member upon your arrival for a courtesy permit.

Beyond The Polo – Jasmine Fowlkes

Originally from Pensacola, FL, Jasmine began attending the University of South Florida in the Fall of 2006. She was a little apprehensive about going to a University that was seven hours away from her hometown, but because of the fun, excitement, and everlasting friendships she made during her freshman orientation that summer, she knew that she wanted to be an OTL at the end of her freshmen year. She was chosen to be an Orientation Team Leader during the summer of 2007. Jasmine stated that was definitely one of the best summers of her life. During her time as an OTL that summer, Jasmine grew a lot as a person, a leader, and a student. At the end of that summer, she won the “Coaches Catch” Orientation Team Leader Award given by Marnie Hauser for her help with the disabled incoming students who attended orientation that summer.

The one thing that Jasmine would like to tell all the other Orientation Team Leaders who came after her was this: “Being an Orientation Team Leader gives you the confidence, drive, determination, and knowledge of your University that will set you apart from other students. After being an OTL, you will never be the same, and you will achieve great things.” After being an OTL Jasmine developed overwhelming confidence to achieve other goals at the University. She eventually became a USF Ambassador, “Miss University of South Florida” (Miss USF) 2009, “Miss Black and Gold” 2008, a charter member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an executive board member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and the Director of Marketing and Communications for USF Student Government.

Jasmine graduated from the University last May (Spring 2010) with Magna Cum Laude academic honors with a B.A. in Mass Communications. The day before her graduation at USF, she received an offer to move to New Jersey and work as a Marketing Research Analyst for the Gannett Company at the Asbury Park Press newspaper, where she’s been working ever since. Being an OTL has shaped the person and professional that she is today. The team building skills and conflict management experiences that Jasmine learned that summer back in 2007 has equipped her to deal with certain situations on the job as a young professional today. Jasmine is amazed and honored to say that being an Orientation Team Leader during her time at college has really rubbed off on the young adult she has become.

Traffic Advisory – Transfer Orientation (May 12)

The University of South Florida will host Transfer Student Orientation on Thursday, May 12, on its Tampa campus.

Students will arrive between 7 and 9 a.m. and park in the Laurel Parking Facility located on Laurel Drive at Holly Drive, near the USF Health Morsani Center. Students will then travel via BullRunner transit, Route E, to the Marshall Student Center for the Orientation session. Attendance is projected at 700 people.

Parking and Transportation Services will implement a special traffic pattern for this event. Orientation traffic will be routed to the northeast entry (indicated by the red marker) and then up to the 3rd floor of the facility. The entry off Laurel Drive will be used for Patient parking and Gold Zone permit holders.

Higher than normal traffic volumes are expected in the Laurel parking area, and drivers should expect some stopped vehicles as Orientation staff answer questions and facilitate parking. This may be an area to avoid, if possible, or allow extra time to reach your destination.

In addition, drivers are asked to be mindful of increased pedestrian traffic on Holly Drive between Laurel Drive and Cedar Circle throughout the entire day.

Please contact the Office of Orientation at (813) 974-3060 or with any questions.

Transfer Orientation on May 12

The Office of Orientation can’t wait to welcome over 450 new Transfer students on Thursday, May 12, at Transfer Orientation in the Marshall Student Center on USF’s Tampa campus.

Are you attending?

Transfer Orientation is designed with transfer students in mind – you have demonstrated that they can be successful in college. Orientation is designed to prepare you to transition your success to the University of South Florida.

You may want to check out our Getting Here information for important arrival information! In addition, please make sure that you print your parking permit from your e-confirmation PDF that was given to you in MyOrientation.