By Kristine Hamlyn
More than 300 prospective students, parents and guardians
packed the Music building’s Recital Hall on Memorial’s
St. John’s campus Feb. 5 to attend an information
reception organized by the Office of Student Recruitment.
Addressing the largest crowd a Memorial recruitment information
session has ever drawn in one evening, representatives from
the St. John’s campus, Grenfell College and Marine
Institute delivered their respective messages about why
students should attend Memorial.
Director of Memorial’s Office of Student Recruitment,
Sheila Devine, started the evening with a brief introductory
speech in which she highlighted several of the factors that
make Memorial an attractive choice for post-secondary education.
Among them are tuition affordability, world-renowned faculty
and staff, award-winning students, outstanding facilities
and Memorial’s special experiential learning dimension.
The two-hour event consisted of an hour-long presentation
in which recruitment officers from each of the three campuses
delivered their own campus-specific messages and provide
detailed information about program offerings, outstanding
facilities, and general life at the university. The guest
panel for the evening also included a member from each of
the Academic Advising Centre, Centre for Student Life and
Housing Food and Conference Services. Upon conclusion of
the presentation members of the audience were given the
opportunity to participate in a group-setting question and
Members of the recruitment team, guest panelists and representatives
from various university departments, also interacted with
a large number of individuals who stayed on after the formal
presentation. The more personal setting of the recital hall
lobby gave interested parties the opportunity to ask questions
one-on-one and take in the array of booths, including one
highlighting Memorial’s international campus in Harlow,
England. A representative was stationed at each booth to
field specific inquires and distribute brochures and other
information available for take home.
“By this time of year we have completed at least one
personal visit to almost every high school in Newfoundland
and Labrador,” explained Michelle Snow, student recruitment
officer on the St. John’s campus. “For this
reason we took a slightly different approach to the St.
John’s information evening which had a more detail-oriented
focus. We provided information such as specific admissions
requirements, up-coming application deadlines and important
dates to remember, such as those relating to registration
Ms. Devine was very pleased with the turn-out for the evening.
“It was great to see so many people come out to learn
more about our wonderful university. It is a very positive
feeling to be that first point of contact between the university
and prospective students. You get to see the enthusiasm
and interest they have for their future. And, we strive
to provide the information and answers they require in helping
them to reach their goals.”
Memorial’s recruitment officers are now on the road
once again doing what is referred to as second-round visits.
This means the recruiters are visiting high schools and
holding information sessions, similar to the St. John’s
reception, throughout the province (some out-of-province)
for the second time. The purpose is to provide the more
detailed information students require at this point in time
and answer any questions or concerns they may have.