Sept. 4, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. --After their second full day of classes on Wednesday, new University of Wisconsin student-athletes participated in Badger Beginnings, an orientation session put on by the Office of Student-Athlete Development in conjunction with the Office of Academic Services.
The goal of Badger Beginnings is to educate freshmen and transfer student athletes on what it means to be a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin.
“This is obviously the kickoff of their career,” Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services Jason Holtman said. “Some of them came in the summer, but most of them arrived in the past few days to begin their career as Badgers. The session gives them an opportunity to learn about the academic side and the student-athlete side, but also to hear what it means to be a Badger. Our primary goal is to set the table for them, to have them understand what our departments do for them, but also all of the resources they have available for them on campus to assist them in their careers as student-athletes.”
Associate athletic director Doug Tiedt addressed the crowd giving the new student-athletes advice and explained to them what it means to be a Wisconsin student-athlete. After his presentation, the student athletes broke into small groups to discuss life as a student-athlete. Each table had a staff member or a peer leader piloting the discussion.
Following the discussion, the Office of Student-Athlete Development and the Office of Academic Services each had a presentation educating the student-athletes on what each department does.
The program concluded with a highlight video and an evaluation of the educational evening.