Dear Students,

I’m Hank Parkinson, the Associate Dean for Student Development at Fitchburg State University, your new home away from home. Congratulations on making the choice to join the Falcon family! 

I have the privilege of coordinating our orientation program and I look forward to assisting you and your families with your transition to college.

Over the past few weeks, the leadership of Fitchburg State have been working on several plans for what orientation will look like this year, but will still give you a smooth transition into Fitchburg State. 

This summer, in an abundance of caution during this coronavirus pandemic, our orientation sessions will be run exclusively online.

Also, we are excited to roll out a new program called Falcon Connections. This program is designed to connect our students and families to Fitchburg State throughout the summer, while sharing important information and updates. Students will engage with our Orientation Leaders in small groups, using google hangouts and social media.

You will receive official greetings the week of May 18th, followed by a letter from your Orientation Leader the week of  June 1st, welcoming you to Fitchburg State and sharing additional details for this program. The goal is to communicate with you every two weeks, ending the week of August 24th. Some weeks will include important information and access to resources, while others will be an opportunity to check in with each other.

Though the summer is not looking like we originally planned it, our contingency plans are designed to connect you to Fitchburg State and provide you with the information you need to transition successfully. Please make time this summer to participate in these important programs. This means responding to your Orientation Leader, attending google hangouts, and immersing yourself in the information we share, and making your way to our in-person sessions, if they go forward. I guarantee that if you participate in the single day orientation and/or on-line orientation and our Falcon Connections program, you will be better prepared for your first year at Fitchburg State come September.

I am happy to answer any of your questions. Please call me at 978.665.3163 or hparkinson@fitchburgstate.edu.

I wish you the best with the rest of your senior year and hope you have an amazing summer.

Stay well! Stay safe!


Hank Parkinson, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives