Tuskegee University welcomes prospective students to Fall Open House



TUSKEGEE, Alabama (October 29, 2011) — Hundreds of prospective students had a chance to look at Tuskegee University up close and personal at the annual Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 29. Student ambassadors and administrators gave an overview of everything from academic programs and financial aid to residence life and extracurricular activities.

“It is important for prospective students to visit Tuskegee University to find out whether or not the university is a good fit for them,” said Cynthia D. Sellers, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Over 1,000 students and parents were treated to an entertaining opening session in the University Chapel featuring music from the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir, presentations from student and faculty leaders and a rousing skit performed by the Tuskegee University LASER (Linking Academic Success to Engagement and Resilience) group.

“At Tuskegee, students are part of history. There’s no learning environment like Tuskegee in the world,” said Marc McMillan, Mr. Tuskegee University.

During her introduction of university president, Gilbert L. Rochon, Student Government Association President Jesica Holley discussed Rochon’s personable relationship with students. She mentioned that Rochon has eaten lunch with students in the cafeteria, and that meeting him is not an uncommon experience for students.

“He (Rochon) has a vision for Tuskegee and he has the will power to see that vision through,” Holley told visitors.

Rochon addressed prospective students on the number of current and future research projects in which the university is involved. He also discussed study abroad opportunities and the addition of new degree programs.

Rochon applauded the visitors for visiting an institution of higher learning to see what opportunities it could offer.

“You have made a decision to realize that the route to prosperity — the route to fulfillment of your destiny and your intellectual capabilities — lies in going to college,” Rochon said.

During the second session of the open house, visitors joined students and faculty members in Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for entertainment and an informational fair with academic and student services booths. Shelby Thomas of Columbus, Ga., spent some time at the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science table. The high school senior said the pre-architecture program interested her most.

“I looked on the Net and did some research and here you can study architecture when you’re a freshman or sophomore,” she said. “Some other schools you have to wait until you’re junior to get into your major.”

Her mother, Ericka Thomas, appreciated the detail of Tuskegee’s website information and liked the fact that the university is close to home.

“So far, everything I’ve liked,” Erika Thomas said.

Alvin Colvin of Hueytown, Ala., is interested in pursuing a degree in sociology or psychology. He and his parents, Alfonzo and Faye Colvin, were impressed with Tuskegee’s environment.

“The students seem to be above average,” said Alvin Colvin. “Here, it’s welcoming. If I come here, I could be successful.”

Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president addressed 2011 Fall Open House on Oct. 29 in Tuskegee University Chapel.

Nearly 1,200 people visited Tuskegee University during the 2011 Fall Open House on Oct. 29. Visitors gathered in Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Center for an information fair and entertainment by student groups.

The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers performed for prospective students at the 2011 Fall Open House in Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Center on Oct. 29.

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