1,200 visitors attend 'Discover Kettering'

Nov 7, 2005

400 prospective students bring friends and family to tour campus

The crowd was a good one on Nov. 5 when 1,100-1,200 visitors participated in "Discover Kettering," the autumn open house for prospective students.

Program Coordinator Shari Luck was pleased with the number of visitors and volunteers. "We had more than 200 current Kettering students volunteer to assist us with 'Discover Kettering,'" she said. "I was shocked and pleased. That's the most we've ever had helping us with our special day. A number of faculty and staff members were also here to help our guests." Visitors came from many states, including California, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, to name a few.

Some of the most special guests on campus Saturday were alumni Sue '80 and Joe '78 Katona and their son, John. John suffered a spinal cord injury earlier this year and was the guest of honor at a luncheon with Chemistry Professor Reg Bell, a long-time friend of the family. Click on this link to see coverage of this special reunion and read more about the family's efforts through John Katona's Wheelchair for a Friend Foundation.

"Discover Kettering" gives prospective students and their families a chance to meet with Kettering faculty and current students, tour campus facilities and find out more about the Kettering advantage of a real-world education coupled with real-world job experience. An academic expo was hosted in the Recreation Center, where students got to talk to faculty members about the various academic programs and majors. Students also met with admissions, co-op and financial aid representatives to find out what it takes to be a Kettering student and get first-hand information about the university's premier professional co-op program. A panel of current Kettering students told stories about their class and job experiences. Campus tours helped the visitors get an inside look at classrooms, laboratories, the residence hall and the recreation center. A special session offered information for transfer students.

Luck said 89 students participated in the "Instant Decision" process, which allowed students to find out immediately whether they are accepted for admission to Kettering. "We were very pleased with the number of students who came for an 'Instant Decision,'" Luck said. "It was more then we were expecting.

"We're obviously really appreciative for all the time and effort that members of the Kettering community provided. We couldn't do this important program without them," she added.

Contact Shari Luck for more information on Kettering's open houses.

Written by Pat Mroczek
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