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January 2004

College Welcomes Admitted Students

Room with a View Scene for Reception with Admitted Students and Parents

It was standing room only at the Deans' Day Reception held at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago this month.

Students admitted to the College of Business in the class of 2008 were welcomed at the Illini Center (left) on January 10th. Students and parents were invited to the reception that was held at the College's Chicago headquarters on South Wacker Drive. The reception was an opportunity for admitted students and their parents to meet College of Business Dean Avijit Ghosh and Assistant Deans John Hedeman and Jewell White from the Office of Undergraduate Affairs and to encourage the prospective freshmen to ask questions about Illinois. Staff hoped getting answers to those questions would help the students decide to choose Illinois.

Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions Stan Henderson also attended along with nine current College of Business students and eleven alumni from the Chicago area.

John Hedeman (standing) addresses a standing-room only crowd.Dean Ghosh welcomed the group of more than 175 to the Illini Center and spoke about the advantages of attending the College of Business. Dean White congratulated the students on being admitted to the College of Business and surveyed the opportunities that students have on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Hedeman presented a summary of the new Undergraduate Honors Program and scholarship opportunities for College of Business students. White and Hedeman answered questions from the audience. The twenty current students and recent graduates, who each sat at one of the tables assembled in the spacious meeting room with views of the Chicago River, provided significant information to the students and their parents.

Students questions focused on personal aspects of coming to a nationally recognized College of Business on a Big Ten campus. The deans fielded concerns about fitting in, finding friends, and handling classes, pointing out the range of structured activities held each fall that encourage learning about the various communities on campus and making new friends. Freshmen convocation, ice cream socials, "open door" periods when all dorm room doors are open to meet and mingle are all chances to start of the semester with a new friend or two.

Parents looked a little longer term. Their questions were about the competitiveness of an Illinois degree, careers services and placement success, and the College's academic reputation.

White called the event "a huge success" noting that many of those in attendance have emailed Undergraduate Affairs staff with addition quesions and comments about the reception. The Office for Undergraduate Affairs expects to hold the reception annually.


Jewell Brown meets with prospective student.

John Hedeman  answers questions.

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