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Eastern Shore College Night Draws Huge Crowd to Chesapeake College
Thursday, November 15, 2007
WYE MILLS Eastern Shore College Night, which matched college admissions representatives from across the country with local high school students seeking college information, drew more than 2,000 people to Chesapeake College on Nov. 14.
Chesapeake College and the public schools superintendents from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne´s and Talbot counties co-sponsored the annual event. It attracted admissions representatives from 170 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools along with representatives of the armed forces. They spent the evening talking to high school students and their parents from all five Upper Shore counties.
"The great thing about College Night is it provides an opportunity for students to interact with a very diverse group of colleges and universities. Students had a wide range of choices in terms of academics, geography and cost. That´s really the value of College Night illustrating the educational options available throughout the country," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake College´s vice president of student success and enrollment services. "We want students to make informed college choices. The fact that this is a regional event supported by Chesapeake College and all five county school systems encourages admissions representatives to put this event on their recruitment calendar."
Easton High School student Brian Steelman of Easton was typical of the students going from table to table.
The 11th grader´s mother, Michelle Steelman, said that she was visiting Chesapeake´s College Night for the first time.
"It´s great to have so many school representatives in one place. He´s starting his search, so it´s helpful to talk to school representatives in this setting. Many of these schools have financial aid information sitting next to the admissions information. I really appreciate that!" said Steelman, the mother of three children.
The younger Steelman is interested in electrical engineering and was looking into engineering programs at various schools. A lacrosse player at Easton High School, Steelman said he hopes to attend a college with both lacrosse and ice hockey programs.
Nelson Davis, associate director of admissions at Roanoke College (Virginia), was attending Chesapeake´s College Night for the sixth time.
"As admissions folks, all we can ask for is good traffic at these events. We have excellent traffic at this event and interested students who ask good questions," Davis said. "After Virginia, Maryland sends more students to Roanoke College than any other state, and the Eastern Shore is always well represented. This is a good recruitment area for us, so there´s a possibility some of the people I meet tonight will come to Roanoke."
Cambridge-South Dorchester High School student John Doyle of Cambridge was one of the students who spoke to Davis about Roanoke College.
"I´m interested in physical therapy or athletic training as majors. I need to start narrowing down my choices based on who has those programs," Doyle said. "I have a chance to do that tonight."
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