During Newman University's recent annual Accepted Student Day, students accepted to Newman had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students, tour campus and get a glimpse into how they might fit in at the university.
A total of 60 accepted students and their families attended the special day Saturday, March 3, but the festivities started on Friday for some. On Friday, 32 accepted students took part in interviews for the Cardinal Newman scholarship and the nursing direct admit program, and 13 students chose to stay the night in the dorms to get the full college experience.
Kerri Fuetterer arrived at 5 p.m. Friday and stayed in Beata Hall with her sponsor, Courtney Klaus. Klaus is a communication and history major and was excited to share her Newman experience with a potential Jet.
"I want people to see what a great time I'm having here and see what opportunities they could have here," said Klaus.
She knows how important an overnight stay can be for a potential student and she's glad she took part in hosting a student, she said.
Fuetterer. from Leavenworth, Kansas, wants to study education and art to become a high school art teacher. She said Newman is “still within range of my home and it seems like another home away from home and it has the values I like.”
Fuetterer was eager to attend a mock class, one of the main attractions of the day. Classes in history, business, science, criminal justice and communication were available for the potential Jets to attend. Students seemed to gravitate toward Killer Communication, a course co-taught by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Jill Fort and Assistant Dean of Adult Studies Teresa Wilkerson.
Students were able to get a feel for the classroom and what lessons at Newman are really like.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions Kristen English said, “Accepted Student Day is my favorite event that we do. This is the event that helps many students ultimately decide whether or not they'll attend Newman in the fall and I think it went very well. The mock classes taught by our faculty were very popular this year.”
Along with mock classes, there was an academic programs fair, campus life fair, tours of the residence halls, socials and more.
Maize High School senior Brandon Ho said he looks forward to getting involved at Newman next year.
“I feel that I might fit here because they support volunteering, which I really enjoy doing,” said Ho.
He’s excited to see what new volunteer opportunities Newman has and he plans to join multiple clubs on campus. In addition, Ho will be joining the triathlon team at Newman.
He said, “At Newman, I’m looking forward to the challenge of sports and academics.”
Ho will be studying pre-med and psychology and hopes to one day treat patients with natural remedies rather than prescriptions. He stayed the night in the residence halls and was glad he got the chance to interact with students and faculty, he said.
English said, “We are so grateful that so many (of our) faculty volunteer their time to be on campus for Saturday events like this one. It makes all the difference to the students.”