A new school year often means new people, new living arrangements --- and a new city.
Minot State University is aiming to acquaint new students with not only their classes, but also the Magic City.
Among the first introductions: volunteering.
MSU's commitment to civic service has been apparent through the flood, and it's a lesson new students are raking in even before classes start.
Nearly 300 new students, group leaders, faculty and staff are visiting Roosevelt Park and Zoo this week to continue the flood recovery effort.
They also took time for ice breaking activities, sitting in groups in the NEW grass --- the way the zoo was intended.
(Brad Bingen, Minot State University Junior) "What we're doing around the zoo right now is helping to break it up, bringing the zoo back to it's original restoration. We're raking the leaves, cleaning up the roads, painting the bars on the buildings. Basically it's a new way to our new MSU students incorporate helping our community more, especially after the flood last year."
The extended orientation is in it's second year called 'Connections.'
Next year the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning hopes to expand the program, giving it the more permanent annual title of 'Transitions.'