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Students visit campus

Friday, February 29, 2008  
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By Curtis Elmore

Each spring, high school juniors and seniors visit Oklahoma Christian University's campus to get a taste of college life through a variety of experiences.

The students will sleep in the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, discuss academics and attend Spring Sing throughout their stay.

"We're trying to form Spring Visit around the things to do around campus and into seeing more of what's going on around campus," Associate Director of Admissions Teresa DeBoard said.

The theme for this year's Spring Visit is "Community", and the various activities and speakers will emphasize the different aspects of community on campus.

Several new features have been incorporated into the Visit this year. One of the major additions is the Student Activities Fair.

The fair will feature 18 various clubs and organizations on campus so prospective students can see what opportunities are available at the university.

The Student Activities Fair will be held in the McIntosh Conservatory on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"We are trying to do a few new things, including the Departmental Academic Fair and the Activities fair instead of the youth forum because it seemed that interest in the forum was down," DeBoard said. "We hope that students will be more involved this way."

The Departmental Academic Fair will also be on Saturday morning.

The Academic fair was added to help alleviate the stress of only being able to attend one Departmental Showcase.

"When students visit, they often have a hard time choosing which Showcase to attend," Admissions Counselor Crislyn Ward said. "The Fair gives information about each department on campus and is less formal than the showcases. We hope that this will help students get the most information possible."

Following the Departmental Academic Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., students have the opportunity to attend a Departmental Showcase of their choice to learn more in depth information from professors.

The Showcases start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 11:30 a.m.

Each booth at the fairs will have student representatives from each department or organization ready to answer questions and share their experiences.

"I think having current students at the booths makes asking questions less intimidating for the visitors," Ward said.

While Spring Visit is mostly for prospective students, current students are also excited about the activities.

Sophomore Brody Gustafson participated in Spring Visit when he was in high school, and he appreciates all the hard work that goes into it.

"I came to Spring Visit and Spring Sing for the first time as a freshman in high school, and it really made me want to be a part of such a great atmosphere," Gustafson said. "I am helping with campus tours, and I will also have the opportunity to just hang out with the visitors."

DeBoard encourages any current students to join the high schoolers for a devotional following tonight's Spring Sing performance.

"We would really love for any current students to attend the devotional," DeBoard said. "It would be really encouraging for students to see other students."

The university expects anywhere from 300 to 400 high school juniors and seniors to attend Spring Visit.

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