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College Bookstore

Posted by: Jennifer Stevens | August 22, 2013 | No Comment |

The bookstore is involved with new student orientation on many levels.

Representatives from the bookstore speak to all orientation interns during their training sessions to let them know about the goods and services that are offered in store and to answer numerous questions. In a way, interns become ambassadors for the campus store. As a thank you to the interns, the bookstore supplies them with orientation leader backpacks. The backpacks are worn by interns throughout the sessions to carry their gear. Most interns use them in the regular school year as well. Interns are also given a discount card to use during the entire school year, which gives them a 20 percent off discount on any bookstore purchase, including their textbooks.

During each orientation session, the bookstore has a table set up from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with other campus groups at the orientation check-in on Day 1. They are also present at the George Street orientation fair from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. that same day. Representatives distribute wall calendars, coupons for the store, and fliers about the textbook rental process and online textbook reservation.


Stephen Jones, the General Manager of the bookstore, speaks to parents during the parent orientation. He presents for about 15 minutes and communicates the costs associated with textbooks, used books, rentals, eBooks, and textbook buyback. Jones reiterates the benefits of shopping at the store for both their students and the College. Last year, the bookstore processed over 4,300 orders for textbooks using their online reservation system.

In addition, the bookstore is a popular spot for students and parents to hang out and get cool during the downtime between activities. The bookstore also serves as the pickup point for Cougar Cards, which are available the second day of each orientation session. The store is packed by the time distribution of IDs starts and it becomes its own event –  Clyde the Cougar is present for pictures and interns give out prizes to new students for correctly answering trivia questions about the College.

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