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Point Park University's Honors Program welcomed 86 new members during its annual Welcome to Honors orientation Aug. 19-24.

This is an opportunity for freshmen and transfer students joining the program to arrive on campus before classes and begin to learn about the program requirements, explore campus and Downtown Pittsburgh. Twenty returning honors students volunteered as mentors to the new students as they began their college experience. 

Highlights of the week included:

“Not being from Pittsburgh and exploring with my City as Text group provided me so many new experiences," said Chloe Hoover, a broadcast production and media management major from Somerset Area Senior High School in Somerset, Pa. "Seeing all of the small shops and learning about the towns was fun! Having mentors as our tour guides made it much more enjoyable!” 

Nicole Pampena, a journalism major and honors mentor from North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., emphasized the importance of the programs' volunteer projects.

“This was my fourth year volunteering with the PDP, and I really enjoyed it. It's so important for the freshmen to see that they’re doing something good for the city," Pampena said. "My group of students recognized that littering is a serious problem, and it was heartwarming to see them want to do more to make it a clean place for all.”

"Welcome Week was really cool," said Kenneth Foran a broadcast production and media management major from Slippery Rock Area High School in Slippery Rock, Pa., "I feel more confident when it comes to exploring the city and love that Pittsburgh is my new backyard." 

Reporting by Colin Parrish, Honors Program graduate assistant and M.A./M.B.A. student

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