The bright sunshine and sparkling crisp snow (mountains of it) changed the campus into a winter wonderland, as the Circle of Scholars arrived to a special breakfast provided just for them - the first event of Glendon’s March Gala 2008 on Sunday, March 9th. These top applicants and their families were treated to a breakfast buffet, flowers and lovely music by the Andrew Maynard Quartet (all of them York students). Principal Kenneth McRoberts confirmed that Glendon’s new programs – the iBA and the B. Ed. for French and immersion teachers – as well as the $20 million infusion into the campus, recently announced by the Ontario government, would enhance their experience and provide them with a topnotch education.
Meanwhile, the main floor of Glendon Hall was already buzzing with visitors who were treated to a continental breakfast – à la française – with croissants, pains au chocolat and crêpes, while they were planning out their visit based on the detailed programs that were provided. The three information sessions, offered throughout the morning on a rotational basis, furnished all the information applicants needed about the first-year experience, admissions, money matters, the language advantage, international options within the new programs, and the value of one of those coveted Glendon BAs - a bilingual, international, liberal arts degree - in the world of work.
It was amazing to hear what distances visitors had traveled under difficult weather and driving conditions. Families drove from Oshawa, Brantford, Pickering, but also Barrie, Ottawa and London, Ont.! Several had commented on the excellence of Glendon recruitment presentations in their high schools, which motivated them to make the trip.
“I remember a great presentation by a Glendon representative at my school”, said outstanding scholar Kathleen from Barrie, Ontario. “It encouraged me to consider Glendon, where I could become more proficient in French and learn Spanish, while earning a Bachelor of Education. The information sessions at today’s March Gala provided me with helpful answers about residences and scholarships.”
Kathleen with her parents
Luke from Toronto said: “We had a very informative visit at my school by a Glendon representative. Coming from a family of journalists, I have a special interest in international studies. I hope to have a career someday in foreign affairs, and Glendon seems like a good place to prepare for that.”
Kelsey and her dad (pictured left) came all the way from London, Ontario. A French immersion student, she did her own research on schools and decided to check Glendon out, because it seemed like a particularly good fit. “I am thinking of taking French and drama, and Glendon has really interesting programs in both”, said Kelsey.
Another high academic achiever, Jenny comes from Agincourt, Ontario. “I plan to become a French teacher and have heard great things about the Glendon program, and the fun environment”, said Jenny, who is eager to work on her language skills and also has an interest in psychology. “I really like Glendon’s size and the fact that you can get to know your professors and other students.”
Visitors had the opportunity to take campus tours throughout the day and several commented that as a result they were eager to come and live on campus. They were impressed by the intimate size and natural beauty of the surroundings, as well as the fact that they could count on having a private room, as long as they made sure to apply by the deadline.
The Information Fair in the dining hall had kiosks from every academic department, as well as student services, staffed by members of the faculty and personnel ready to answer questions and provide detailed information to prospective students and their families. A new addition this year: the Club Zone, in an adjacent room, had current members of student clubs on the ready with information and sign-up sheets for next fall.
The recruitment team deserves special recognition for making March Gala a success under such challenges. Under director of recruitment Tobi Strohan’s guidance, coordinator of the event Suzi Moore had everything in place and all participants well-versed in their responsibilities. Team members Carol Yorkden-Chamberlain, Léa Bertrand, Marie Maher and Sarah Martin, as well as all the student ambassadors and volunteers did their very best to make this March Gala a real success. Thanks are also due to the many faculty, staff and students who were on hand to provide a great deal of valuable information, in the usual warm and personal Glendon way, to potential students visiting the campus. There is already a special March Gala 2008 web site, where all those interested in more information, photos and comments can visit.
The active Information Fair
The weather? What weather? Saturday’s March Gala at the Keele campus welcomed many participants who were there, inspite of the winter storm, eager to learn about scholastic opportunities. A number of these visitors followed up by coming to Glendon on Sunday, ready to explore our campus and its many offerings. It was Glendon’s luck that the storm had passed by Sunday morning. Visitors confirmed that the effort was worth it and that they were impressed and seriously considering Glendon as their choice for next year.
Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny