What a terrific day at Southern Connecticut State University for Counselor Appreciation Day! We had a great talk from “President Joe”, the Director of Admissions and many department heads as well as a tour of the campus and the chance to chat with current students. So many changes on campus—the new science building boasts sustainable design and houses teaching and research training laboratories for nanotechnology, physics and optics, the earth sciences, the environmental sciences, cancer research, astronomy, molecular biology and chemistry. It has saltwater aquaria which facilitates outreach to local schools.
Janet Rosier was on “On the Road” in Ohio!
Great visit at Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday! We heard from President Rock Jones, Ph.D., administrators, faculty and students and had a great tour of the campus-including the dorms, an extensive tour of the Studio Arts Facilities and the Columbus Zoo brought some furry friends including this two-toed sloth. We heard an I-cubed Lecture—“Ideas, Insight, Imagination” lecture in three minutes—about algorithms and we had a student panel tell us about the OWU Connection. An informative and enjoyable visit!
Branch Rickey, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball by signing Jackie Robinson was on the Baseball Team and a coach at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Next Stop: The Ohio State University!
When a Buckeye yells “O-H” you respond “I-O”!
I had a great tour of the Ohio State University and an extended meeting with an Admissions Rep. whom I met a few years ago when she was here in Connecticut visiting high schools.
OSU has over 200 majors for students to choose from and their location in the state capitol creates an amazing number of opportunities for their students. OSU has a very large number of undergraduate students, but they know how to make a large college feel smaller!
Spent an amazing morning at the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus! We had a terrific Q&A with Nathan Fuerst, U Conn’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admissions. We learned all about what is new with U Conn– at all of their campuses– and what their future plans are. This was followed by an equally informative session with Terrence Cheng– U Conn Stamford Campus Director. There are 13 majors where students can stay on the Stamford campus and earn their Bachelor’s Degree–right in the heart of downtown Stamford where internships await!
We also had a tour of the new residence hall. The majority of U Conn Stamford students live at home and save on expenses, but for those who want housing, they have a deluxe dorm with a small kitchen with granite counter tops and each unit has its own washer and dryer!
I spent this morning with Devin Lamb, Connecticut Admissions Counselor for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Devin treated us to a comprehensive program—we learned about what is new at RIT—from buildings to majors as well as what their key programs are. Their Co-Op program is one! How does RIT describe the difference between their Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering versus Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Technology? We got that!
On Sept 28, our CT Regional Group was hosted by Fairfield University for info sessions, a tour and lunch in the new dining hall. Karen Pellegrino, Dean of Enrollment gave us a comprehensive session on Admissions, new majors and the university’s focus. We also had an excellent session with Susan Birge the Assistant VP and Director if the University Counseling Center. We learned about their innovative Recovery House Program and Heather Petraglia, the Dean of Academic and Career Development discussed academic support available to Fairfield students.
I was invited to a very interesting Lunch and Learn with Gettysburg College– with Gail Sweezey, Director of Admissions and Desvan Moody, the Admissions Rep for Connecticut.
We had great conversations about what is new and important at Gettysburg –Interdisciplinary programs are very popular as well as the Eisenhower Institute– their unique policy institute for undergraduate students. They are a campus of “doers”; their students want to put their learning into practice.
Gettysburg takes its “sense of place” seriously. They are very close to the battlefields where Democracy was fought for.
When I toured the campus, we were treated to a tour of Gettysburg Battlefield by one of their History majors who was extremely knowledgeable about the battles fought here.
I attended the NACAC National Conference in Boston last week. There were well over 7,000 attendees- Independent Educational Consultants, College Admissions Officers, School Counselors from Public, Private, Parochial and Boarding Schools and Vendors. Lots of Vendors–from those like The Common Application, ACT and the College Board to all kinds of tech companies with data management tools for the colleges.
And the largest college fair I have ever attended—Connecticut was well represented by their public and private universities. I stopped at hundreds of tables and spoke with their college admissions reps. There were also pre-conference college tours and workshops as well as Educational Sessions- 7 Educational Session time slots with 104 sessions from which to choose! It was exhausting, but very worthwhile—I always learn something new.
I met with the New England admissions representative from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. I learned about their most popular majors –Nursing, Education and Business– as well as details of their scholarships and campus life.
I spent two days in Scranton, visiting two very interesting universities.
The University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution with top notch Business programs as well as great programs in the health fields, some with combined undergraduate-graduate degrees! I met with the Connecticut admissions rep and chatted with students—including one young woman who just started this week and shared with me why she choose this university.
Next up, a very full and amazing day on the campus of Marywood University. We heard from the President of the university, met with the head of admissions and were able to hear from and ask questions of a student panel. Then on to comprehensive presentations by the heads of the departments of: Architecture, Nutrition and Dietetics, Visual Arts, and Communication Arts. This university, originally founded to teach the children of the local miners, is a gem! Their philosophy in the Dept. of Architecture is “adaptable re-use” and they put that into action. Their department is housed in the former natatorium.
Mark Sklarow, CEO of the IECA, came to Connecticut for a morning of education. We members learned about and discussed what is new and trending in admissions—for college, graduate school and secondary schools.