Looking for a few good Bearkats

The fall portion of Saturdays@Sam will take place at Sam Houston State University on Saturday, Nov. 17. Beginning at 8 a.m., prospective students will be able to take part in the campus preview, hosted by the SHSU Visitor Center.

Events include two academic sessions, an organizations fair, information desks and campus and residence hall tours.

The academic sessions are an opportunity for prospective students to visit with individual departments and ask questions.

“I think it’s great – first of all because it’s just the departments and students can visit with faculty. They are there to answer questions and talk about career options. It’s a really good opportunity,” Director of the Visitor Center Joey B. Chandler said.

The fair will include approximately 50 of the largest student organizations on campus. Lyndsey Gorski, visitor center counselor, said the organizations fair is just a sample of the groups on campus that prospective students can consider joining.

The info desks are available for participants who wish to speak with on-campus offices about the administrative side of attendance. Admissions, Bearkat OneCard, Financial Aid, the First Year Experience, Recreational Sports, and the Testing center, among others, will be in attendance.

“Students and their parents to come by and can ask any kind of questions they can think of,” Gorski said.

The Go Kat Go Center will also be in attendance at Saturdays@Sam. The Go Center is a mobile recruiting tool for Sam Houston. The center gives students the opportunity to begin the application process and learn more about the school.

“Students are able to come in and apply to any school,” Gorski said. “It gives them a chance to learn about Sam, take some of their info and it helps with recruiting. They’re able to walk in there and start filling out their Texas Common Application.”

The campus tours are an opportunity to step out and see more of Sam Houston. The tours are led by volunteers, Visitor Center student ambassadors, and ROTC volunteers.

Gorski said volunteers are an important in the execution of Saturdays@Sam. The first meeting for event volunteers was November 5, but there are still opportunities for students to attend. There will be meetings on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov.14 at noon.

“Volunteers are really a key to this program because it wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. We have approx 3000 students and their family and friends that come in and so these volunteers are here to help with tours and help people in the direction they need to go and they get those prospective students and their family members to different places places,” Gorski said. “They help out a lot.”

To volunteer, participants must attend a Saturdays@Sam meeting. Attendees will receive a free t-shirt to be worn at the event.

There will be another Saturdays@Sam session next Spring.

“The best thing about Saturdays@Sam is how many students decide to attend the university after they’ve visited,” Chandler said. “It’s the final deciding factor, and that’s what it’s designed to do, but it’s great that it works.”

Prospective students can register for free at http://www.shsu.edu/~visitor/saturday.html.

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