University opens doors to prospective students during Spring Open House
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 23, 2013) — The Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management introduced the Tuskegee University experience to high schoolers and parents at their annual Spring Open House today. During the all-day event, visitors from all over the nation received information on admission requirements, campus life, degree programs, and student organizations.
Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon speaks during the 2013 Spring Open House.
The Marching Crimson Pipers Band was one of the entertainers at the open house.
After rousing greetings by student volunteers that included chanting and enthusiastic dancing, the prospective students were presented with a melodious performance from the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir in the University Chapel. Cynthia Sellers, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said about 1,700 participants were registered for the event and stated that her office and staff are committed to all of the visitors having the best experience at the university. She encouraged the young people to take advantage of all of the information, ask lots of questions and get to know the institution.
“Today marks a very important step in your path to success,” Sellers said.
During his greetings message, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon gave an overview of the university and its future path. He highlighted the impact the university has had on the civil rights movements in America and abroad. He also shared information about progress made in the university’s academics such as the addition of new majors and an agreement to alleviate the costs for study abroad programs. Rochon also gave details about ongoing campus improvements such as the construction of a new science building, Henderson Hall; the complete renovation of Tompkins Hall dining facility; and others.
“We are committed to building, starting this summer, a 480-bed new dormitory,” Rochon said.
Alumni help make a difference
Sellers said the university’s alumni are partners in sharing the Tuskegee experience with prospective students and do much to assist in recruitment. Several alumni like Frank R. Hatten brought students to this year’s open house. Hatten, a business major who graduated in 1979, has been bringing students to the university since 1996. This year, he partnered with Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in South Carolina, the Kappa League, and members of the Hiram Mann chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in Walterboro, S.C., to bring about 30 young men.
“They pay me to do this for real, but I volunteer to do this because I love Tuskegee,” said Hatten, education relations focal for South Carolina at Boeing.
Ken-yaidrei Crawford, a senior at Colleton County High School in Walterboro, was spending his 18th birthday getting to know Tuskegee. He said he was still undecided about his college choice, but enjoyed what he’d seen today.
“The students seem intelligent, like they know what they are talking about and they love their school,” said the aspiring civil engineer. “I like how the school has high expectations. You can’t just be a failure in high school and expect to get into a nice school like this.”
Prospective students gather at information tables at Daniel "Chappie" James Arena.
A university alum partnered with Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in South Carolina, the Kappa League, and members of the Hiram Mann chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in Walterboro, S.C., to bring about 30 young men to the spring open house.
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