Webster Students Spread the Word with Alma Mater Visits

| February 13, 2015
Webster student John Strauser visits with counselors at Francis Borgia High School.

Webster student John Strauser visits with counselors at Francis Borgia High School.

Monday’s Freshman Preview Day is the next chance for prospective students to get a look at what Webster University has to offer. But over the holiday break, several current Gorloks offered personal previews to students and counselors at the schools that helped them along their path to Webster.

Rice revisits Belleville Township High School East.

Frederick Rice connected with students and his old teachers at Belleville Township High School East.

While many took a well-deserved break to relax at home after a full and challenging first semester, these students also volunteered their time to help spread the word about Webster University.

Eleven student ambassadors, presidential scholars and Gorlok guides visited their former schools to speak about their college experiences at Webster. These student representatives offered a familiar face for each junior high and high school students to ask questions about topics ranging from academic programs to student life to and study abroad opportunities.

Guidance counselors, teachers and students were able to learn what it is like to be a Gorlok from the most credible source possible – the Webster students who are living the experience right now.

Overall, the visits spread the Webster message to approximately 300 people from 12 schools and garnered rave reviews from students, counselors, teachers and staff.

Frederick Rice, a Webster freshman music education major and presidential scholar, visited Belleville Township High School East in Belleville, Illinois. He spoke with his college counselor, Tonya Sears, and supplied marketing and promotional items for the counseling office. Rice also visited choir practice and shared with his former music teachers how he’s experiencing Webster.

Maurer-Batjer, a Webster freshman, visited two schools.

Maurer-Batjer, a Webster freshman, visited two schools.

Webster freshman and presidential scholar Carina Maurer-Batjer visited Black Hawk Middle School and Warrenton High School, in Missouri, speaking with 49 middle school students, two middle school gifted classes and two middle school career preparation classes. She also spoke with high school gifted program students.

“It was a great experience for me, and a lot of the students enjoyed the visit,” Maurer-Batjer said. “They had great questions from one end of the spectrum to the other — from the process for applying for scholarships to whether the food is good here.” She outlined various ways to prepare for college, talked about what she liked about Webster University, and circulated materials to students and the guidance office.

Enrollment Management Initiative

This outreach program was launched last fall by the Office of Admissions under the leadership of interim chief enrollment officer Robert Parrent, associate vice president of Undergraduate Admission Jim Myers and admissions representative Tim Bommarito.

“These Webster students are extraordinary,” Parrent said. “We were so excited they were interested in this idea and have even brought back lots of ideas on how to improve this plan for next year. To connect with former graduates from these high schools is key to getting Webster’s message out.”

Prospective students had the opportunity to gain important information from these presentations. Not only did they learn about Webster, they acquired valuable insights into the college search process, validated one high school guidance counselor.

Other Webster students who took time out of their holiday vacation to visit their high schools include Maggie Lo, Annie Dent, John Strauser, Shelby Sample, Molly Kinder, Elysha Nemeth, Rosie Jones, Molly Ryan and Jacqlyn Fross.

Their visits covered schools from four states: Ralston High School, Ohama, Nebraska; Columbia High School, Columbia, Illinois; St. Francis Borgia High School, Washington, Missouri; Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, Missouri; Cape Central High School, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Horizon High School, Scottsdale, Arizona; Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Missouri; Quincy Senior High School, Quincy, Illinois; and Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis, Missouri.

“With the help of our dedicated student body, Webster hopes to continue enrolling strong incoming classes,” Bommarito said. “And visits like this can be really engaging.”

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Bommarito in the Office of Admissions, 314-246-7670, tbommarito80@webster.edu.

Learn about upcoming Preview Days — the next one is Feb. 16 — visit the Office of Admissions Preview Days page.

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  1. Christina Gilbert says:

    This is great! Thanks to these awesome students for representing Webster so wonderfully on break!