Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SOAR takes off

On Monday, July 7 Reynolds staff and student ambassadors opened the first SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) session of the summer. At 10:15 a.m., Reynolds staff set up the check-in tables complete with hundreds of SOAR bags, assembled in advance by the student ambassadors. Soon students brimming with energy began filling the lobby of the Massey LTC building on the Parham Road Campus bright and early; as SOAR didn’t officially start until 10:45 a.m.

As soon as the clock struck 10:45 a.m. the students were divided into two lines that extended to the front doors. As each student came up to the check-in desk they were required to confirm their name and program and were assigned a room for their SOAR presentation. But, before they went to their assigned room, staff brought them to the computer room adjacent to the library to ensure they could utilize their computer log-in and passwords. Once confirmed, they were redirected to their assigned room.

Each group was presented with a description of all the academic programs and financial services the college provides.  Following the presentation, student ambassadors assisted each student to ensure they could effectively and efficiently use the Student Information System, or SIS for short; including demonstrating how to create a time-efficient class schedule. Many students had issues concerning dates and times for their classes, as most students do. Other students had trouble with financial and advising issues, which assigned advisors attended to. All in all, it was a very productive day. SOAR ensures every student gains the ability to accurately use their SIS and is able to add their classes without a hindrance. 

SOAR continues until August 8 with sessions at the Downtown Campus, Parham Road Campus, and Goochland Campus.  To register for an upcoming SOAR session visit

Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant this summer as well as a Student Ambassador in the fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.