Prospective students learn about Cabrini mission on Columbus Day

By Maria McDonald
October 22, 2009

Shannon Keough

On Monday, Oct. 12 Cabrini celebrated Columbus Day by incorporating the school’s mission into the historic day. The College hosted a series of morning and afternoon events for high school students interested in attending Cabrini.

Christopher Columbus and Mother Cabrini both left their native country of Italy to start a new life and better the lives of others.

For Columbus, it was venturing off to discover a new land and new goods for the economy. Mother Cabrini left Italy to do work in other parts of the world for those less fortunate.

The message of starting over in a new environment and doing extraordinary things tied into the holiday and the message Cabrini wants to communicate to its prospective students.

The events Cabrini scheduled were open to potential students and the families of those students interested in attending the school.

“We planned a campus visit on Columbus Day because in the past years it has been a big day for students to visit the campus, as they are off from school,” Kate Keglovits, admissions counselor, said.

The morning sessions consisted of a 9 a.m. power point presentation. At 9:40 a.m., prospective students got to sit in on a class, EDU 219 School in America, and parents attended a financial aid workshop. At 11:15 a.m. the morning group got a tour of the campus followed by a lunch in the Marketplace.

“We had a pretty good turnout for each group,” Keglovits said. “We had 28 families for the morning session and 12 for the afternoon session.”

The afternoon session started at 1 p.m. with lunch in the Marketplace. In lieu of sitting in on a Cabrini class, the prospective students sat in on a student panel in the Widener Lecture Hall.

Cabrini managed to tie in Columbus Day, the message of Cabrini and the recruitment of new students with the same message of becoming acclimated with a new environment.

“We received positive feedback from the families that attended,” Keglovits said.

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