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Admit It: Alumni Important to Future Tar Heels
What high school senior wouldn't enjoy sitting in a room willie department head after department
head stood at a podium and explained Everything
You Need to Know About College in just one
hour. Right. The retention rate for that crash
course is probably in the single digits. Well, as it
turns out, there might just be a better way to
prepare the future college student for what to
expect, and the Carolina admissions office and
the GAA have created a solution.
Admitted student receptions have long
been an important part ofprepping new Tar
Heels for their Chapel Hill experience. But
this year, students across North Carolina and
in metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, New York
and Washington, D.c., will have the opportu-
nity to decide what they want to know about
and who they want to talk to.
"We're trying to set it up more like a col-
lege fair," said Tanea Pettis ' 95, assistant coordi-
nator ofstudent programs at the GAA. "It will
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begin with a general introduction to UNC, and
then students can just go to the tables they're
interested in. It gives them the opportunity to
pick and choose what they want to hear.
"We thought about the way orientation is
set up-we don't want to duplicate tlut expe-
rience, but we want to give students more ofa
voice, to let them seek out the information
that interests them."
Pettis said students would have more opportu-
nity to persOlulize their contact with the
University right from the start. And an impor-
tant part of that idea will extend beyond the
booths-which will be broken down in cate-
gories ranging from housing to financial aid-
to Carolina alumni who attend the receptions.
Pettis said alumni have much to offer today's
students about life at Carolina, whether they
graduated in the 1950s or the 1990s. All col-
lege freshmen have the same concerns, and all
of them will take part in the same Tar Heel tradi-
tions while forging new ones of their own.
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"Students like to get different perspectives
on campus, they like to hear about what it
used to be like," she said. "They are really
there to mix and mingle with the
students-it's a good chance for alumni to get to know
future Carolina students in their area."
The GAA will hold nine receptions in North
Carolina, including Fayetteville, Charlotte,
Greensboro, Asheville, Greenville, Rocky Mount,
Wilmington and the Triangle. Three other events
are scheduled for Atlanta and Washington.
In years past, several Carolina departments
sent representatives to make short speeches;
now, a brief general introduction will take
their place, and students will spend the rest of
the time roving from booth to booth to find
information useful to them. They also will be
able to talk with alumni and other students.
"Having alumni involved in the receptions
helps students understand the continuum from
admitted student to Carolina graduate," said
GAA President Doug Dibbert ' 70. "Students
have the chance to meet people from a wide
variety ofprofessions who are leaders in their
fields and see that they are Carolina graduates.
It's an opportunity to see what UNC can help
Current UNC students also figure prominently in the new format, just as they did in
the old. "Students are the best resource at the
program- they have high credibility," said
Dibbert."There are a lot of questions that
prospective students have: 'Will I have to live
in one of those high-rise dorms' Will all my
classes have 400 students? What does it mean
to be at a research university?' This gives
prospective students a chance to ask those
Even ifstudents are not able to attend the
reception in their area, alumni will be available to
talk with new Tar Heels by phone and answer any
questions tlley may have about what lies allead.
"At the receptions I attend, I always threaten
to lock the doors and not let anyone leave until
every admitted student has had all their ques-
tions answered," said Dibbert. "We want them
to see that we do want tllem to come to
-Rebecca Morphis ' 97
518 West Jones St., Raleigh
(corner of Glenwood Ave. and Wesr Jones Streer)
Growing with Chapel Hill since 1954
If you'd like to learn more about how to help a
student's Tar Heel transition, please contact Tanea
Pettis ' 95 at (919) 843-9694, or e-rnail her at
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