Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Quinnipiac Undergraduate Admissions

Although the rest of the campus is quiet, the admissions office is still very busy processing transcripts and applications.  Our student workers are also busy putting together admissions decision packets that will be arriving soon for many of our applicants. 
I asked some of our office staff and student workers to sum up their 2014 and what they are looking forward to in 2015.


Andrew and Joanna, two of our admissions student workers are pictured here sorting the incoming mail.

 Andrew, a broadcast journalism major says that he has a great deal to look forward to in 2015.  "I will be graduating in 2015.  I have enjoyed every minute of the time I have spent here at Quinnipiac.  It is bittersweet to leave, but I feel that I am more than prepared to enter the working world." 

Joanna, a business major said that "2014 is the year that I found that all of my classes started to fit together.  I can see where my education will be taking me." 

 As students progress through their academic programs they do make the connections between their education and career preparation.  Quinnipiac offers them the opportunity to take what they have learned and apply it to the real world.

Donna Cuomo, one of our admissions assistants, is looking forward to a big trip to start 2015. "I am so happy to have been invited to Hawaii".  Donna's role in our office could be described as air traffic controller.  She manages the multiple priorities of scheduling information sessions, importing applications and keeping us  in good humor through it all.  We wish Donna Momma a fantastic journey.

Erica's best experience of 2014 would be "moving to the York Hill campus.  I have really enjoyed the change and have had a great semester "on the Hill"  The undergraduate residential experience at Quinnipiac does offer upperclassmen the opportunity to change their environment with the move to York Hill.   Our junior and senior students look forward to that move towards more independent living in the apartment style residence halls.

Kanicka Ingram-Mann, Sr. Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions says that she is "looking forward to the opportunity to meet our next class of incoming freshman".  Our counselors spend their winter months getting to know many of our freshmen virtually by way of their applications. 

The Undergraduate Admissions office will be closed from December 24-January 5.  We wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and look forward to 2015.

Monday, November 24, 2014

So much to be thankful for

Some thoughts on gratitude for the fall semester.

Pictured above is a group photo from our third Annual Veterans Day Dinner.  Quinnipiac University has benefited from the addition of veterans to our student body.  As Executive Vice President and Provost, Mark Thompson, stated in his remarks before dinner, the first annual dinner was attended by approximately 20 veterans, faculty and staff who support our student veterans.  This year's attendees numbered over 100.  We continue to grow in the number of student veterans who find their home here at Quinnipiac University.

Our Admissions Fall Open Houses were busy and well-attended.  We were very happy to welcome so many students and parents who are considering Quinnipiac as a college destination.  Thanks to all the faculty, students and staff who assist us in these events.

The freshman class, our newest group of QU Bobcats, has almost made it through their first semester.  From all accounts, this group of freshmen are involved, active and engaged.  As an instructor for the QU 101 seminar class, it has been a distinct pleasure for me to spend three hours a week with twenty four freshmen.  They are intelligent, curious and lots of fun to be around.  Our discussions revolve around not only relevant issues but also their struggles as first year college students.  I learn as much from them as they do from me.

All of our admissions counselors have returned from their travels safe and sound to begin the process of reading the many applications that arrive daily.  In the admissions world it is good to be busy!

The Admissions office wishes all members of the Quinnipiac family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Individual and the Community at Quinnipiac

Photo Courtesy of Leean Spaulding

One of the most rewarding experiences that I have the pleasure of participating in each fall is teaching a section of our freshman experience, QU 101 the Individual in the Community.  This year our campus food service Chartwells asked the instructors of the QU seminar series to join them for an evening of conversation and dining.  The purpose of the event was for the students to get to know the Chartwells staff and have an opportunity to express their feelings on the dining services here at Quinnipiac.
Margaux Mahoney and Hannah Blockis, pictured above, are two members of my class who dined on pasta, chicken, asparagus and tiramisu served buffet style.  The meal was very well received and, although the students were initially reluctant to offer their opinions, they did share some of the their concerns and wishes with Leann Spalding, Joe Tobin and Chef Kevin who are the folks who keep things running smoothly for over 6,000 undergraduates on the Mt. Carmel campus. 
This event demonstrates what makes the Quinnipiac community so special.  The students loved the food that they were served, they had an opportunity to sit with their classmates and enjoy each other's company and learned a bit more about how things really operate behind the scenes in our dining services.  Chartwells was able to get some feedback from our newest Bobcats and let them know that there are ways to have their voices heard.
This type of connection to the community is part of what makes our campus such a special place.  The faculty, staff and students all work together to make Quinnipiac a living and learning community. 

We were recently named one of the top fifty most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall. Come see us and get a last look at the foliage at our Open House this Saturday, November 15.