President Bresciani welcomes incoming students
NDSU’s incoming students were officially welcomed to campus by President Dean L. Bresciani and student body president Robbie Lauf during ceremonies Aug. 26. Bresciani and Lauf led the students through the university gates and addressed them from the steps of Old Main.
Bresciani told the students they are attending an outstanding university that is ranked among the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. “Your university, since its inception, has been a student-focused, land-grant, research university where students are the first and the last thing we talk about. You are a priority. Go Bison,” he said.
Lauf encouraged students to meet people and take advantage of the many opportunities offered at NDSU. “This is the only time in your life where your only real responsibility is to learn and grow as an individual,” Lauf said. “Enjoy every second of the next four years. You will not believe how fast they go.”
Bresciani also introduced Aloysia Pfeiffer, the first student to be admitted for fall semester. Pfeiffer, a mathematics education and music major, is from Fargo.
“I grew up surrounded by Bison pride my whole life, so attending NDSU was an obvious choice. I am impressed by the quality education that NDSU offers right in my own backyard,” said Pfeiffer, who is the daughter of Juergen and Cindy Pfeiffer. “I’m excited to meet new people, study subjects that interest me, pursue my future career and have fun.”
Pfeiffer said she is looking forward to the challenge, and she offers this advice to fellow incoming students. “Whether I’m the first or last student admitted, it makes no difference. We’re all in the same boat and about to start the ride of a lifetime,” she said. “I’m challenging myself and everyone else to make the most of our college journey. Challenge yourself, take risks, question everything, get involved, reach out to that person who needs a friend and always keep a positive outlook on things.”
Adding music and excitement to the festivities were the Gold Star Marching Band, the NDSU Yell Leaders and cheer team.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.