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Brittany Logan, an Auckland, New Zealand native, poses for a photo with Leo and Lea after walking down the red carpet at the start of Spotlight Weekend outside of the Campus Center on April 4. Spotlight Weekend welcomed potential incoming students to the University, where they had a chance to get a closer look at campus life and stay in a dorm. / photo by Daniel Hargis

Brittany Logan, an Auckland, New Zealand native, poses for a photo with Leo and Lea after walking down the red carpet at the start of Spotlight Weekend outside of the Campus Center on April 4. Spotlight Weekend welcomed potential incoming students to the University, where they had a chance to get a closer look at campus life and stay in a dorm. / photo by Daniel Hargis

Kat Simonelli
Metro Editor

The University of La Verne played host to more than 230 prospective students over the course of two days for Spotlight Weekend on Friday and Saturday.

That is about half the number of students who attended the event last year.

“It’s not a bad thing that there are less numbers. It just means that there is more time for people to connect,” spotlight executive board member Marina Youngblood said. “They are more genuine connections, so if anything, it’s better.”

The admissions staff planned out the usual sessions where students could learn about academics, athletics, student life and housing and residential life, but this year was a little different than last year.

Candyce Coleman, associate director of transfer admissions, planned the student life session to include breakout sessions based upon students’ interests.

“I really feel like there were more conversations based upon what the students were actually interested in, versus hearing it like a panel full of current students just talking about what they’re involved in and what their experiences were,” Coleman said.

Breakout sessions included meetings with members of Greek life; multicultural, religious and spiritual groups; special interest groups; academic departments; Associated Students of the University of La Verne; Campus Activities Board; and Student Housing and Residential Education.

Students were able to interact with current students as well as their prospective professors.

“I think that the students have had some wonderful interaction with faculty,” Dean of Admissions Chris Krzak said.

“I think they’ve seen up close and personal the caring relationship that faculty has with students and the nurturing environment that La Verne has to offer, and I think that they’re having a really good time,” he said.

Stephen Rought, an incoming freshman from Chino Hills, said he has wanted to come to La Verne since his sophomore year of high school.

“My cousin actually went here and she was really good friends with a lot of people,” Rought said.

“I could just tell it was kind of small and everyone knew each other and I liked it,” he said.

The two-day event gave students a chance to meet many of their prospective fellow classmates and make new connections.

“I like looking around and seeing new conversations spark up. I like people starting conversations and mingling on their own,” Youngblood said.

Admissions staff members said they have high hopes for the enrollment rate next year.

“I hope that every student that attends Spotlight will enroll in the University of La Verne, that’s our goal in planning Spotlight,” Krzak said.

Kat Simonelli can be reached at kathryn.simonelli@laverne.edu.

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