St. John's Athletics Holds New Student-Athlete Orientation

First-year and transfer student athletes during orientation 2011.

Aug. 31, 2011

QUEENS, N.Y.- Incoming St. John's student-athletes took their first step in preparing for their Red Storm careers by participating in new student-athlete orientation on Monday, Aug. 29. The 2011-12 St. John's athletic season kicked off in earnest with the day-long event that introduced the newcomers to the expectations, values and traditions that comprise Red Storm athletics.  The event was organized for the first-year and transfer student-athletes by Director of Athletics Chris Monasch and the staff of Student Development. 

"The purpose of our Student-Athlete Orientation is to introduce our new Red Storm freshmen and transfers to key people and begin to give them the tools to have successful careers at St. John's," said Monasch. "The incoming group comes with high expectations set by previous student-athletes, who have achieved in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the arenas while also serving the community."

Returning St. John's student-athletes served as orientation leaders, providing insight on their athletic and academic experiences thus far.  The upperclassmen will continue to mentor small groups of new student-athletes throughout the year. As part of their orientation, the incoming class went through a variety of meetings which included talks with their individual academic advisor, campus minister and sports psychology consultant.

"We want to set the tone for what it is like to be a St. John's student-athlete," said Eric Rienecker, Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes. "We have a theme at St. John's of 'Win. Graduate. Serve.' We expect our student-athletes to win on the athletic fields, win in the classroom, graduate and serve the community."

The day finished with the 2011 St. John's Tailgate in Carnesecca Plaza which provided an opportunity for the entire student body to celebrate St. John's athletics. Free food, live music and games highlighted the event that lasted into the early evening. The event was co-sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Greek Life, Student Government Inc., RedZone School Spirit Committee, and Campus Activities. 

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