This past Saturday was the last day of orientation and, in my mind, the first day of the semester.  Of course we have been busy learning and doing for the past two weeks; but the final day of orientation is carefully planned to delineate critical phases of the semester journey.  For this reason, I’d like to share some thoughts that I wrote up last semester about the intentionality that goes into orientation and the semester as a whole here.  I also included a picture of the final signing of the IS Mutton Snapper, a symbolic act that represents every individual’s commitment to the semester community.