Open house attracts many visitors and volunteers

By Website Administrator | Nov 13, 2002

People are calling it one of the best "Discover Kettering" open houses in recent history. Kettering's fall open house attracted the kind of numbers that makes hearts beat a little faster around campus.

People are calling it one of the best "Discover Kettering" open houses in recent history. Kettering's fall open house attracted the kind of numbers that makes hearts beat a little faster around campus.

"I think it was our best ever, in terms of number of visitors and volunteers and even how the day went," said Bob Nichols, Kettering's vice president for Enrollment Management. "The whole University was there and pitched in, and that's what makes this so impressive. The people who came to our campus saw a universitywide effort take place."


'Discover' by the numbers:
Student guests: 509
Total guests: 1,500+
Instant decision: 188
Student volunteers: 183
U.S. states represented: 24

"This event is an opportunity for people to visit campus so we can show them what makes us so unique and special at what we do," said Jennifer Jennings, campus program coordinator and the person responsible for "Discover Kettering."

More than 500 high school students checked in at registration, bringing more than 1,000 moms, dads, grandparents, siblings and friends with them. University officials estimated that visitors to campus topped 1,500 for the day.

Almost 190 students brought materials with them for "Instant Decision," an instant admissions review opportunity.

And almost 200 Kettering University students volunteered -- from helping with parking to serving as tour guides to being student panelists. Highlights of the tours included the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center, many of Kettering's state-of-the art laboratories and even a glimpse of the new $42 million Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center still under construction.

"We especially would like to thank the volunteers," Nichols said. "Without the faculty, staff and students turning out, it wouldn't have been so successful. They were everywhere, helping in the Great Court, participating in student panels and faculty members were everywhere. It went very well."

For more information on touring Kettering, visiting overnight or stopping by a classroom to check out Kettering, contact Jennifer Jennings, campus program coordinator, at jjenning@kettering.edu.