New student scholars in the 通往成功之路 program were surprised with a special delivery from the Gateway 领导 Team so they could start their online summer programming in style.
博士。安吉拉·麦克尼尔, director of Act 101/通往成功之路, 克里斯蒂娜·辛特龙沼, assistant director of 大学本科 Studies, 罗默阿科斯塔, Financial Aid and 招生 counselor, and 辅导服务 student 泰勒柯蒂斯21米 hand delivered welcome baskets to 23 Gateway scholars in the Philadelphia area on June 23. These baskets included Arcadia swag, snacks and an Arcadia rental iPad to ensure each scholar had a device to join the virtual classes and activities throughout the summer.
“Because of COVID-19, we made the tough decision to move our Gateway summer program online to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Cintron-Marsh. “We decided to do something special for the scholars and make a personal delivery to their doorstep. It was nice for them to put a face to the folks who have been emailing, calling, and texting them all semester. I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, it embodies how we do things in Gateway and Arcadia.”
Donning face masks and respecting social distancing, the team delivered baskets to scholars as far as Mount Laurel, N.J. and Quakertown, Pa. For those farther away, the team is mailing the welcome baskets.
This is the first year the Gateway program has hosted its orientation online. Scholars who are participating in the Gateway summer orientation usually move onto campus at the beginning of July and participate in transition courses and community building activities to promote success in the fall semester. This year, scholars will participate in similar virtual opportunities that start today.
“Delivering welcome baskets is our first attempt at building community,” said Dr. McNeil. “Even with facilitating a virtual program, we are determined to build our ‘Gateway Family’.”
In addition to delivering the welcome baskets, the team has also launched a TikTok account to help scholars get to know their mentors and the University as a whole.