As the seasons come and go and the leaves flutter in golden heaps in Glendon’s park, it is the fall recruitment season in high gear once again. The recruitment team welcomed next year’s prospective crop of first-year students and their parents to the first campus open house of the season, to Fall Campus Day 2006 on November 5th .
On that pleasant November Sunday, there was an incredible buzz across the campus, with carloads of families arriving and heading to Glendon Hall, where the first part of the day’s program was scheduled to take place. Glendon’s style is personal, individual attention and visitors were greeted by the fragrance of fresh coffee and wonderful, flaky croissants. But don’t let the homey environment fool you – the team is all business in its approach to organizing this and other recruitment events. There is a palpable sense of collaboration, making sure that everyone’s questions are answered and all the necessary information is provided in order to facilitate that all-important decision about choosing a university.
After a warm welcome from Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts and associate principal (academic) Françoise Boudreau, a finely tuned program of three highly informative sessions were rotated throughout the morning, enabling everyone present to attend each one in turn.
The session on admissions and money matters, presented by Glendon’s experts in these fields, provided the nuts and bolts of admission, registration, scholarships and fees payments. A more general overview about the advantages of a liberal arts education was complemented by practical information about building individual studies programs to each applicant’s personal interests in the session under the title “Your Academic Path”. The third session with the enticing title “Go International” detailed all the benefits of an international experience made available to Glendon students, not only through exchanges with other universities, but also through the international and multicultural aspect of the college, its students and professors. The world truly comes to Glendon in spite of its small size, with representation from more than 100 countries on campus!
The great news of the day was that over 600 people attended Fall Campus Day – by far the largest group ever - resulting in sessions filled beyond capacity, and many extra campus tours led by Glendon’s ambassadors – current students working for the Recruitment and Liaison Service.
The Information Fair in Glendon’s Dining Hall was open for business from 11:30 a.m. on, with separate tables set up for academic departments, student clubs and student services. Visitors had the opportunity of talking directly to professors from each department, as well as specialists in counselling, student finances, residence life, security and many other fields.
Translation professor Marie-Christine Aubin speaks with an interested parent
Visitors were very impressed. Said Newmarket high school student Cassandra, “I don’t speak French, but I think that Glendon is a great place to learn. I love the small campus and its natural environment. I could commute from home, but I may decide to live in residence in order to get the full experience.” Hamilton resident Natalie commented, “I come from a bilingual family: my father is French-Canadian, my mother Anglophone. I am fully bilingual myself, so Glendon is an obvious choice. I hope to study psychology and drama, two subjects that complement each other and are offered on this campus.“ Aurora French immersion student Alex explained, “My plan is to become a French immersion teacher and I consider Glendon a great place for preparing towards this career. Although I already knew quite a lot about this college, I found the sessions very informative, providing useful additional facts. I think the campus is really beautiful, a lovely place to study.”
Cassandra and her family
Professors and staff at the Information Fair reported that prospective students were well-prepared with questions demonstrating their deep interest in making the right choices. But there was fun as well. Guests were treated to free popcorn and fortune cookies announcing that luck, happiness and success awaited everyone at Glendon! The recruitment team’s technical prowess was displayed by the very attractive special Fall Campus Day and post-event website, which also features a survey inviting participants to comment on the event. The responses indicate that campus tours, which included a look at actual residence rooms, were an important factor in their satisfaction of the day. The morning’s information sessions were also received with a great deal of enthusiasm.
The members of the recruitment team, under the direction of recruitment and liaison manager Isabelle Creusot, deserve much praise for their tireless efforts and meticulous attention to detail in creating this important program. No stone was unturned, no question unanswered, no individual neglected in an effort to convince as many of the visitors as possible to make Glendon their first choice. Thanks are also due to members of the college’s faculty and staff who devoted a beautiful Sunday to advancing Glendon’s cause. But these are only the first steps in the annual recruitment program. Next events include academic coffee houses, webcasts, parents’ evenings and March Break Open House in the spring.
This article was submitted by Glendon’s communications officer Marika Kemeny