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Many thanks for our first virtual new student orientation

Submitted by Thom Janini,

Dear ATI Community,
   Last week, ATI completed its first full week of Virtual New Student Orientation. Moving from an in-person to a virtual event was an incredibly difficult pivot, but we did it! Although there were a few rough spots and bugs in the system, the overall process was great for our new students and their families. 
   I want to sincerely thank all the staff and faculty who worked diligently to make this virtual New Student Orientation a success. Having to go virtual in such a short period of time hardly seemed possible to me. Yet we did it because so many dedicated and caring people worked together to make it happen.
   I want to thank all the folks who contributed video and content for the Orientation Carmen course, and those responsible for video post-production and content editing. Kudos to all who hosted Orientation Day sessions and were available to answer questions. I am grateful to all who staffed the Virtual Helpdesk, as well. 
   One group that deserves a special note of thanks is the Academic Affairs Team. So much of our virtual orientation hinged upon the implementation and coordination of university systems like SIS and OnCourse. This group put in untold hours to make this work and I want to recognize and thank them.
   We have a few more sessions to go and I am confident they will go as well or better than the first.
   With sincere gratitude,
   Thom Janini
   Assistant Director – Student Programming and Life