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Cub Camp introduces new Cougars to UH


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Freshmen participate in their New Student Orientation. | Amber Hewitt/The Cougar

Incoming freshmen will experience life as a Cougar following this summer’s New Student Orientations.

Cub Camp, a new program that hopes to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity at UH, will premiere with its first session Aug. 17-19 and a second session Aug. 20-22.

Student directors want to instill a sense of pride by encouraging incoming students to step out of their comfort zones.

“One of the most important components to transition into college is the establishment of a support system,” said Cub Camp head director Isaiah Ross.

The goal of Cub Camp is to establish four pillar values in incoming students: a sense of unity, spirit, tradition and growth, as well as providing academic, social, co-curricular and institutional support for the college experience.

With UH’s history as a commuter’s university and with initiatives to become more residential, Cub Camp hopes to build pride and community by bringing the freshman class together during one of two, three-day sessions the week before fall courses.

“(New students) will see how they fit within the big picture (of the four year experience) as individuals mapping out their own success,” Ross said.

For the two sessions, freshmen will be divided up into two camps named after namesakes that have positively made an impact on the University: Provost Paula Myrick Short, alumnus and former Student Government Association President Cedric Bandoh, associate professor Jay Neal and history professor Joe Pratt.

“Each of these individuals have really help the organization, and their camps create a great sense of culture and formulate a brand for camp,” Ross said.

Current students who want to be involved with Cub Camp next year can apply to work as camp staff at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

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