The Newman University admissions team raised more than $1,500 for the Kapaun Mt. Carmel (KMC) Thespian Troupe by running concessions during their performances of “The Sound of Music.”
The troupe held shows March 28-30 and the admissions team set up a Newman information table as well as food and drink tables outside the auditorium to serve attendees.
Part of their goal was to spread awareness about the Investigative Summer STEM Program, Advanced Standing opportunities, tutoring and other things Newman has to offer. But mostly, the team was looking to support KMC and strengthen their relationship.
Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment Georgia Drewes said, “We’ve been trying to think of creative ways to get more exposure at KMC and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School (BCCHS), so when I saw the KMC show on their calendar, I thought it would be a great opportunity.”
Drewes is a BCCHS alumna and enjoys staying active at both BCCHS and KMC. She often recruits at both schools and has built relationships with much of the staff and faculty.
Eight members of the admissions team and five KMC alumni who are current Newman students joined in the efforts and enjoyed interacting with guests and the cast and crew.
As for the reaction from patrons, Drewes said, “They seemed surprised that we were raising money for them and not ourselves.”
Overall, the event was a success for all. “Everyone had a lot of fun with it,” said Drewes.
By investing time in the students, the admissions team hopes to be seen as a useful resource for the BCCHS and KMC communities when it comes to furthering their education.