April 11, 2011

Admitted students experience Hamline pride and hospitality at weekend event

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Cloudy skies couldn’t extinguish the bright energy radiating from Hamline’s Saint Paul campus as over 400 incoming students and their parents arrived for Admitted Student Day.

Held annually, the event serves as an official welcome to students who have chosen to come to Hamline in the fall and to showcase the Hamline experience for those who are still undecided about which college to choose. 

Current students and staff ensured the campus exuded Piper pride and hospitality with a plethora of “HU” flags, a welcome tent on Hewitt Avenue, and a new digital signage system displaying a variety of multimedia including student-made videos.

Jennifer Ashley, an incoming first-year from Saint Francis, Minnesota, says she decided to come to Hamline after attending a past admissions event.

“Everyone is so friendly and the professors are great!” Ashley said.

Inspired by what she learned at Admitted Student Day, Ashley already has ambitions to travel to England with the study abroad program.

Besides demonstrating the opportunities available through a Hamline education, Admitted Student Day gave a glimpse into what a typical day is like for undergraduates. The program entitled “A Day in the Life” featured six current students discussing their daily routines, academic, student organization and community involvements, and a slideshow of pictures from their campus experiences.

Bryce Jackson, from Long Lake, Minnesota, can’t wait to get involved with athletics in the fall. As a sprinter, he’s looking forward to joining the track team and transferring that experience into his academic life as an exercise and sports science major.

“I also want to participate in the Ultimate Frisbee Club,” Jackson said.

Marc Skjervem, director of brand experience development, said Admitted Student Day was a resounding success.

“We want admitted students to make connections with faculty, staff, and current students, to get their questions answered, and feel like a part of the community,” Skjervem said. “And I think we did just that.”