Sunday, November 6th marked Fall Campus Day, the first major recruitment event of the academic year. Since this is usually the initial contact between prospective students and the campus, it’s all the more important to make the best possible impression.
Although the weather did not cooperate – thunderclaps and torrential rain greeted the arrivals at registration time - this did not deter dedicated future students and their parents from coming on campus in the largest numbers ever. Every guest was counted and the registration tally added up to an incredible 500 visitors: 216 students and their family members!
Manager of recruitment and liaison Isabelle Creusot led the team of Tobi Strohan, Dave Leavitt, Léa Bertrand, Carol Yorkden-Chamberlain, Sophie Gravel and a host of student ambassadors in feverish preparations during the past several weeks. The program they created addressed every step in a prospective student’s search for the right university.
Croissants and coffee - a typically Glendon breakfast – and warm words of welcome from principal Kenneth McRoberts and associate principal (student services) Louise Lewin awaited the visitors, who could then choose from three informative mini-sessions. Since each of these sessions was offered three times during the morning, every visitor had the opportunity to benefit from all the information that was provided. And throughout the morning, until the open house drew to a close, they could also join a campus tour which included a rare opportunity to visit a residence room and adjoining facilities, and speak to students currently living there.
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, the Information Fair in the cafeteria welcomed visitors to a host of kiosks staffed by members of the faculty and the Glendon administration, representing the academic programs, student services and student clubs. They were the best resource for answering specific questions and guests reported their satisfaction with the attention and information they received.
Visitors’ reactions were best expressed in their own words. Grade 12 student Brock Dishart from Banting Memorial Secondary School, Alliston, Ont. explained: “I searched for information about universities on the Internet and found what I was looking for on the Glendon website. I am especially interested in studying translation and the Glendon translation program looks very interesting. I am seriously considering coming here next year.”
Modiha Madda, in grade 12 at Lorne Park Secondary School, Mississauga said “for me, visiting Glendon is sort of a ‘Harry Potter experience’. It’s different from other universities in a positive way – it’s like visiting a home where you feel comfortable. I love what I have seen and both my parents and I feel reassured by Glendon’s safe and beautiful environment. It offers so many languages and cultures in this small space and seems to be a friendly, welcoming place to people of different backgrounds.”
Some of the guests travelled long distances to attend Fall Campus Day. Janelle Lajeunesse drove from Ottawa with her mother and her friend, Marie-Claire Lemay. “Visiting a campus is an important step in choosing a university”, said Janelle. “Now that we have seen Glendon and heard reports straight from students who are currently studying here, my friend and I are much more convinced that Glendon is our best choice. The mini-sessions provided lots of information and they were fun. The whole day has been really impressive”.
A brand new feature of the event this year: Dave Leavitt and the team have mounted a post-event website at www.glendon.yorku.ca/fall where visitors can review what they have seen and fill out an online survey to provide their reactions. And all those who could not come on Sunday are able to review the full presentations and view the photos and comments online.
All in all, everyone felt that it was a highly successful day and a great start to the recruitment season.
This article was submitted by Glendon’s communications officer, Marika Kemeny