Tuskegee University opens doors to students and parents


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 9, 2013) All things Tuskegee were put on display for prospective students and their parents today. Organized by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management, the annual Fall Open House introduced prospective students to the university’s academic and social environments. Although performances by Tuskegee’s marching bands, ROTC programs and Greek organizations thrilled the crowd, how the university prepares its graduates for the future was the main message of the day. 

Mr. and Miss Tuskegee University give greetings
at Fall Open House.

“At Tuskegee, it’s about taking an individual and allowing that person to reach their maximum potential,” said Acting Tuskegee University President, Dr. Matthew Jenkins.

During the early portion of the program, held in the University Chapel, the audience heard from representatives from all of Tuskegee’s seven colleges and schools. Fitzgerald Bramwell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said every Tuskegee student will come through his college at some point. He said Tuskegee’s various programs and degrees can prepare students for a greater future. 

“If you want to be a part of that leadership that determines the fate of the nation, come [to Tuskegee.]”

Current students also touted Tuskegee’s ability to prepare them for success. D’Jon Rawilson, a senior mechanical engineering major from Columbia, S.C., is a member of Navy ROTC. He said he wanted to participate in Open House because he loves his school and wants to recruit more people for Navy ROTC. 

“It’s a family-oriented school. A place where, if you take full advantage of it, it will uplift you and take you where you want to be,” Rawlinson said of the university.

While greeting the visitors, Miss Tuskegee University 2013-2014, Randi Lerai Harrison, shared some insight about being a senior elementary education major here.

“I have attained knowledge and field experience to be an effective educator,” she said.

Kalissa Means, a high school senior from Eufaula, Ala., said her grandparents went to Tuskegee and she wants to major in biology. She said she can already see much that meets with her approval.

“I like it. The whole atmosphere is friendly,” Means said. “I met the department head and he gave me all the info and everything I need for the MCAT.”

Emile Dixon, a professor in the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, said Open House is one of the first opportunities for faculty to connect and engage with their students. He also said it was a way for students to get a personalized experience. 

“At Tuskegee, we don’t look at students as a business. We look at students as a product we develop and send into the world,” Dixon said. 

Prospective students receive answers and information at Fall Open House.

The Tuskegee University band performs for Open House crowd.

Dr. Fitzgerald Bramwell, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences speaks to audience.

Tuskegee University students perform skit for prospective students and their parents.

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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