Today’s the day!
Saint Martin’s welcomes its newest class to campus

August 26, 2011

Lacey, Washington — For more than 200 new Saint Martin’s University students, today is the day to begin one of the most exciting and challenging chapters of their lives — their undergraduate education.

At Saint Martin’s, enrollment for first-year and transfer students is keeping pace with last year, when a group of 240 students marked the second largest incoming class in University history. This sustained growth is reflected in Saint Martin’s rising resident-student population, which is on track to break a school record. With more than 500 students registered to live on campus this fall, the University is poised to surpass the record-high of 469 on-campus residents, set in 2008. Last academic year, 456 students lived on campus. This year’s residents will enjoy a newly renovated Baran Hall, featuring updates that include a new community gathering space with gas fireplace and lobby kitchen, as well as innovative “Skype centers” and study rooms at the end of each floor.

Today, Saint Martin’s kicks off its Incipio Fall Orientation, which runs Aug. 26-29. The four-day orientation provides new students with important information to begin a successful transition to college. It also gives them opportunities to become acquainted with classmates and to experience the welcoming Benedictine spirit that is a hallmark of the Saint Martin’s campus.

Incipio is Latin for “to begin or commence,” explains Ginny-Beth Joiner, director of campus life.

“This is not only the beginning of their college experience, but their introduction to the Saint Martin’s community,” says Joiner. “Our alumni call themselves ‘Saints for Life,’ and we hope this program launches that long-term sense of belonging. The Incipio program allows us to share with our new students the campus-wide commitment to hospitality and service.”

As part of today’s Move-in and Welcome Day, the University is rolling out the red carpet for the newest members of the community. A contingent of current students, faculty and staff volunteers, including University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., and Board of Trustees Chair A. Richard “Rick” Panowicz, were on hand this morning to greet new students and their families, and to help the students move into their new home—the residence halls on Baran Drive. Later in the day, transfer students living in residence halls also will move in and settle in before their one-day orientation on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Orientation officially gets underway for the Class of 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with the University’s New Student Convocation and a corresponding program for parents at the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. A picnic dinner and parent farewell will be at 6 p.m. on the lawn near the Trautman Student Union Building.

The remaining orientation days are a mixture of academic and social activities that will include an on-campus employment fair, lunch at the home of University President Roy F. Heynderickx, a scavenger hunt through downtown Olympia and an introduction to the Saints-in-Service service project. Orientation ends Aug. 29 with Red White and SMU Spirit Day and a trip to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium to cheer on the Tacoma Rainiers baseball team.

Saint Martin’s will begin classes on its main campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, Washington, on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The occasion also will be marked by a Start of School Festival and Involvement Fair.

For a complete schedule of Incipio Fall Orientation activities, please visit the Saint Martin’s University website,

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For more information:

Ginny-Beth Joiner
Director of campus life

Jennifer Fellinger
Vice president, marketing and communications
Saint Martin's University