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Melissa Molinaro of Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, with her parents Tom and Theresa, talk with Ian Lising, assistant professor of speech and debate, about La Verne’s debate team at the Spotlight Weekend club fair Saturday in the Quad. Spotlight Weekend is a two-day event for accepted students to gather all the information they need about ULV and have an experience of student life by spending the night in the dorms and communicating with other students./photo by Christopher Guzman

Melissa Molinaro of Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, with her parents Tom and Theresa, talk with Ian Lising, assistant professor of speech and debate, about La Verne’s debate team at the Spotlight Weekend club fair Saturday in the Quad. Spotlight Weekend is a two-day event for accepted students to gather all the information they need about ULV and have an experience of student life by spending the night in the dorms and communicating with other students./photo by Christopher Guzman

Kristen Campbell
News Editor

Prospective Leopards roamed the University of La Verne campus learning about their potential school for higher education for Spotlight Weekend last week.

Last Friday and Saturday, high school students who have been admitted to ULV got to experience first-hand what it is like to live at and attend a university.

Friday’s festivities began with a coffee and tea reception that allowed students and parents to meet faculty and get a feel for the university.

“I feel the first day was consistent and really ‘spotlighted’ each student’s needs,” Matthew Rinehart, assistant director of admission, said.

All accepted students were given the opportunity to spend the night in one of the dorms.

“I stayed the night in Stu-Han and it was pretty cool,” said Sarah Huacuja, one of the prospective students. “I’m not sure if I am attending La Verne for sure yet, but the Spotlight Weekend has been fun.”

Bright and early Saturday morning, the prospective students were greeted by their Spotlight Leaders and all were adorned in shirts saying, “I’m a Leo.”

At 11:30 a.m., tables covered the University Quad each representing a club, a Greek organization or an academic department. These tables included SIFE, computer science, photography, Sigma Kappa, Iota Delta, communications and theater arts.

Each table had pamphlets and representatives to speak with students and answer any questions they may have about the subject.

“I’m going to attend ULV next year for sure and major in radio broadcasting,” Danny White, senior high school student, said. “The professors and students at the tables really made learning about the campus easy.”

After the club and major fair, there were various breakout sessions for parents and students to learn about such subjects as financial aid, student life, athletics and classroom experiences.

“I’ve been impressed with this presentation,” said Elizabeth Mohn, parent of an admitted student.
“College sure has changed since I was in school,” she added.

Mohn added that she liked ULV for its intimate atmosphere and the welcoming attitudes of the faculty, staff and students.

“This event was very successful and we had a record number of attendees,” said Adam Wu, assistant director of admission said.

Kristen Campbell can be reached at kristen.campbell@laverne.edu.

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