Our friends in Admissions remind us to keep our smiles on this Friday (July 31) for a waiting-list crowd at Summer Campus Preview Day. About 290 guests, 103 of them prospective students, will be visiting from 9 a.m. to noon to learn more about the UW-Green Bay experience.
There is uplifting news out of admissions and enrollment today. Summer Preview Days are so popular they have been capped. On July 31, 289 guests (98 of those are potential UW-Green Bay students), and on Aug. 7, 302 guests (109 potential UWGB students) will attend Summer Campus Preview Days. (Both dates have wait lists). It is the first time that Admissions has closed Summer Campus Preview Days so far in advance. Jen Jones, Assistant Director for Admissions Marketing, Media and Recruitment, credits increased visibility through digital advertising and increased and more targeted invites to students and families. This year’s invite list also included ACT name purchases from local, Illinois and Michigan residents, who based on specific criteria, are considered “good fits” for UWGB. Jones says it seems a good indicator of interest in those applying for admission for fall 2016. Students can still take advantage of daily visits and Fall Campus Preview Days. The admissions’ staff sends “a huge thank you to all the staff, students and faculty who work together to show off all that our amazing campus offers.”
As part of Associated Bank’s Fridays on the Fox series, the “three A’s” of UW-Green Bay — Alumni, Admissions and Athletics — are inviting students, alumni, friends and fans to Phoenix Friday on the Fox, between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, on the CityDeck in downtown Green Bay. There’ll be socializing, games and activities for kids and adults, an appearance by Phlash Phoenix and music by the popular band Big Mouth. Wear your Phoenix gear for a chance at free prizes. No RSVPs necessary. If you have any questions, pose them to Alumni Relations Director Kari Moody at ext. 2226 or MoodyK@uwgb.edu
The campus chapter of NRHH — the National Residence Hall Honorary — has informed UW-Green Bay staff member Kristina Berg that she has been chosen staff member of the month. The citation noted Berg’s daily dedication to students through her work with GBOSS, the One Stop Shop, and her extra efforts overseeing the evening, volunteer call team set up by UW-Green Bay Admissions to aid in recruitment.
Admitted students to UW-Green Bay were the special guests of UWGB Chancellor Gary and Georgia Miller Tuesday, April 14, when they hosted an Admitted Student Reception at Lambeau Field. The event was held in the fourth floor balcony overlooking the Packers Atrium. About 50 admitted students for Fall of 2015 attended with another 50-plus family members, as well as an entourage of faculty, staff, students and alumni, who welcomed the students to the Phoenix Family. Guests were treated to a Lambeau Field tour that included a special stop to the visiting team’s locker room.
“I wanted to thank you for putting on the Admitted Student Day at Lambeau,” said a parent of a local high school student in a follow-up e-mail. “My daughter is now very excited about attending UW-Green Bay in the fall. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the faculty, staff and students that were there sharing their experience and excitement for our campus. Tanya was a little apprehensive about staying at home and attending UWGB but now after all of the encouragement and her ability to see how much she can still be a part of the campus, she is very happy with her decision.” Said another parent, “Thank you for putting the time and resources towards this event. It does matter and make a difference!”
Chancellor Miller welcomed his guests to UW-Green Bay, and was followed in the program by guest speakers — student Hannah Stepp, alumnus Alex Tilton (manager of client services at Breakthrough Fuels), and faculty member Denise Bartell. Bridget Derge, from UWGB’s Green Bay One Stop Shop (Gboss), spoke to the attendees about college affordability. Members from UWGB’s office of financial aid, registration, orientation, study abroad, athletics, diversity, and others, were part of a resource team and fair.
Organizer of the event, Jen Jones, asked that current faculty, staff and students be recognized for their hard work in making this first-time event a successful reality.
You may have noticed that the University home page has an updated layout today (April 6). Campus personnel in Admissions, Web Services and University Communication worked together on updates that provide for richer and more frequent content updates and a better browsing experience for users, particularly prospective students, while remaining as a useful portal for UW-Green Bay’s primary audiences.
This Friday (April 3) marks the first of the two Spring Campus Preview Days. Attendance is expected to be around 400 people (a great indicator of interest in UW-Green Bay). The Admissions Office extends its appreciation in advance to the current students, faculty, and staff who will make this a great day for prospective students. As you see visiting families touring campus on Friday, please welcome them to UW-Green Bay. Stay tuned for the second preview day on April 24.
Chancellor Miller and Provost Fritz made calls last Friday, March 6, to undecided admitted freshmen. Would you consider joining the Admissions team from 5-7 some evening? No prior knowledge is necessary, and support is given throughout the evening to the callers. E-mail Jen Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Remaining call nights for this spring:
• March 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
• April 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30
• May 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14
A reminder of other ways to help:
• Academic departments and units can volunteer as a group to call or e-mail prospects.
• To those already planning to go into high school or college classrooms to guest lecture, teach, or give a presentation, Jones can provide promotional materials and/or talking points.
• Engage student organizations that are allied with academic departments to help with any of the above outreach to prospective students.
• When you see tour groups in the hallway, feel free to welcome those families and introduce yourself. (Where are you from? Know what you might like to study?) Your interaction is welcomed!
• Reach out to the Admissions Office if you want to learn more about recruitment/enrollment. Admissions would be happy to come to your meetings to share updates and ideas for recruitment. Also, let Admissions know if you have groups of prospective students on campus.
The Log newsletter recently took the initiative to quiz enrollment-initiative leader Jen Jones of Admissions as to the outlook for fall semester 2015. She responded by citing several highlights: As of this past Monday (Feb. 16), applications from new freshmen were up 13 percent, and admits to date have increased 7 percent. Additionally, transfer-student applications are beginning to pick up as we enter the prime period for transfer decisions. Jones thanked the campus community and more than 100 individuals across the University who have already provided hands-on help since the recruitment push began Nov. 1. “Your ongoing support for enrollment is greatly appreciated,” Jones said. “We have a long road ahead, and I’m so grateful to be on this journey with amazing faculty, staff and students across campus.”
In her enrollment update, Jen Jones identified three different areas of focus for spring and summer recruitment efforts:
• Freshmen ‘yield’ — Most freshmen apply and get accepted at multiple schools. Spring of the high school senior year is when many of them choose where they’ll actually enroll. When an admitted candidate shows up for class at UW-Green Bay on Sept. 2, 2015, we have “yielded” them, so to speak, from the pool of admitted students. “Our job now is to stay No. 1 on their list or try to get to No. 1 on their list of options for higher education,” Jones said;
• Spring is the busy season for assisting and encouraging transfer students to apply and register;
• The University is beginning the process of recruiting high school juniors (2016 graduates) and informing them why UW-Green Bay would be an excellent choice. All juniors in Wisconsin will be taking the ACT on March 3, Jones notes, and “We want to start out as No. 1 on their list of potential colleges.”