The University hosted the first-ever “January Jump Start” for new and returning students last Monday (Jan. 4). In spite of the wintry weather, more than 65 people took advantage of the “one-stop shopping” opportunity, in which faculty, associate deans and staff representing all the colleges and campus offices—from admissions to veterans’ services—gathered to offer information and help students register.
Student employees from the Student Enrollment Communication Center escorted prospective students through the process. To accommodate all the visitors’ schedules, the event lasted from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in 101 Olscamp Hall.
The attendees represented all populations of students: new, returning, transfer, undergraduate and graduate, guest, nontraditional and veterans. They included 14 returning, six continuing, three graduate and 43 new students. Two of the graduate students are pursuing teacher licensure.
“It could not have been done better,” enthused Victoria Arnatelli of Lima, who is returning to finish her Advanced Technical Education degree, an online program. “The moment I walked in the door, someone greeted me, they waited while I filled out the forms and then directed me to the next step. Everyone went above and beyond and was so courteous and professional.
“I appreciated the whole event and the one-stop shopping, especially with the snowy weather we had that day.”
Recently laid off from her state job, Arnatelli said she also appreciates the new scholarship offered to returning students.
“It truly was a University-wide event,” said Lisa Cesarini, interim assistant vice president for enrollment management. All the colleges except musical arts had new or returning students participating, but music advisor Richard Reece assisted other colleges with advising and registration. Other areas such as Non-Traditional Student Services and Teacher Licensure also helped out.
“With people from offices like Disability Services, Student Money Management and the bookstore right there, we could just walk students over to get answers to questions or inform them of services they did not even know about,” said Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for academic success.
BGSU is pulling together to boost enrollment and retention and is trying creative new initiatives such as Monday’s event. “We have learned some lessons: remember to bring paper clips, highlighters and a stapler,” Henry added humorously. “We commend the excellent work of ITS, facilities and our student employees for helping to create a successful first Jump Start.”