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College Night – Take 2 – may still draw 100 colleges

Chesapeake College event, rescheduled due to Sandy, is December 5th

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College officials are dubbing it "College Night – Take 2."

The college, which planned to host its 30th annual Eastern Shore College Night on October 31st, had to reschedule the event due to Superstorm Sandy. College officials said the logistics of getting 117 colleges to reschedule their outreach plans to include a new College Night date – which is December 5th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium on the Wye Mills Campus – originally seemed daunting.

"We know colleges set their outreach schedules pretty far in advance," noted Kathy Petrichenko, Chesapeake’s dean for recruitment services. "And we wanted to make sure the rescheduled event provided our local high school juniors and seniors and other college-seekers the same access to college admissions representatives as the event has provided over the last three decades."

Chesapeake’s first step was to determine when the Baltimore College Fair – which also had to be rescheduled – would take place.

"We always tie our date to their date – we know lots of the colleges and universities attend the Baltimore Fair, so they are already in our area," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake’s vice president for student success. "When Baltimore scheduled its event for December 3rd and 4th, we knew our event needed to be December 5th."

The college then immediately emailed all 117 colleges and universities about the rescheduled date, which drew 57 RSVPs. That’s when Barbara Smith, the administrative associate responsible for College Night operations, went to work, according to Midcap.

"Barbara personally called the other 60 colleges to lobby them to attend," said Midcap. "We’re now closing in on about a hundred attending colleges, so you can see how persuasive Barbara can be."

Rebecca McKenzie Wade, an admissions counselor at East Carolina University, said she views Eastern Shore College Night as a valuable event for her institution.

"ECU always seems to get a lot of interest from students from the Eastern Shore, so it is always worthwhile for us to participate in college fairs in that area," said McKenzie. "The students that come out for the Eastern Shore College Night are always well prepared, have great questions, and are genuinely excited about their college search process."

Midcap said the colleges and universities that attend College Night run the gamut "from small to large, in-state and out-of-state, public and private."

The University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and University of Maryland University College will all be participating in College Night. Salisbury University, Towson University, Stevenson University, Frostburg State University, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Washington College are other popular in-state institutions that will be participating.

"We’re pleased that students will have so many strong in-state choices to compare," said Midcap.

Colleges will be attending from as far north as Maine (Unity College), as far south as Florida (Florida Southern, Florida Institute of Technology, and Barry University), and as far west as Ohio (Xavier University).

Admission to College Night is free. Chesapeake College coordinates College Night on behalf of the superintendents of schools of the five Mid-Shore counties served by the college.

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