Ernst & Young sponsors 2012 Freshman Fellows Orientation
Launch photo gallery
Freshmen Orientation [fresh-muhn awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn] noun
A landmark beginning to every student’s college career, freshmen orientation
is a day highly anticipated by soon-to-be college freshmen everywhere.
Freshmen orientation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is no
different. Each year several hundred new students file into the Riggs Alumni
Center to meet their classmates, faculty and staff, and get acquainted with life
at Smith and at the University of Maryland, College Park.
What sets the Smith School’s freshmen orientation apart is its sponsor: Ernst
The Smith School partnership with Ernst & Young creates an initial sense of
community among its students and employers, showing students that employers care
about their wellbeing and development and don't just see them as numbers of
potential recruits. This relationship between Smith and Ernst & Young is 30
years old and continues to remains strong.
For four years now, Ernst & Young has hosted the Freshmen Fellows Orientation
at Smith, welcoming bright-eyed, eager students to the top-ranked business
school. This year’s orientation took place on Aug. 28, 2012, with a theme of
“navigating change in your life and career.”
The nervous energy in the Riggs Ballroom was palpable as 294 Freshmen Fellows
filled the room. All freshmen admitted to the Smith School are given the
opportunity to participate in Freshmen Fellows, an active learning community
that incorporates experiential learning opportunities for Smith students through
site visits, speakers and professional development activities.
Along with the new students was the brand new associate dean of undergraduate
studies, Victor Mullins. He welcomed the freshmen to Smith, sharing words of
wisdom before introducing a few members of the Ernst & Young team.
“You are about to embark on an exceptional journey. The undergraduate
experience is one of the most important journeys in the world and in four years,
you will change,” he said. “You have to become an active participant to achieve
what you want to achieve,” he finished, encouraging students to make the most of
their time in College Park.
Then, Mullins introduced members of the Ernst & Young team, including Anthony
Calderazzi ’92, Laura Freitag ’89, Michael Poerksen, Marie Accius, and 15 Ernst
& Young mentors.
In turn, Calderazzi, Freitag, Poerksen and Accius all offered students his or
her own advice to the enthusiastic students:
To round out their orientation experience, students also participated in
icebreakers to get to know one another better and attended success sessions on
topics including career preparation at Ernst & Young and building their Smith
experience, among others.
Before heading back to the dorms and preparing for class to start on
Wednesday, Aug. 29, the students got to take advantage of something all college
students can appreciate: free food. Their orientation ended with a dinner
provided by Ernst & Young and networking with one another and their new
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.