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Plattsburgh State Open House April 24

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Signs of spring are showing up all over Plattsburgh. The birds are singing, and the snow is melting. Another sign of spring is the Office of Admission's annual Spring Open House at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

Hawkins Hall For the past 20 years, the Plattsburgh State Office of Admissions has hosted a Spring Open House, which will take place Saturday, April 24 for potential incoming students. Open House is not just for high school seniors -- students invited include prospective and newly accepted high school and transfer students. Approximately 500 individuals will be attending the Open House.

Spring Open House is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. after registration and refreshments. The general information session will be held in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall and is broken down into three sections: academics, campus life and student perspectives.

Dr. John Ettling, Plattsburgh State's new president who will be on campus that weekend, will begin the day with a short welcome. Dr. Kathleen Lavoie, dean of arts and science, will provide students with an overview of academics. William Laundry, interim vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, will speak about student life on campus followed by Michael Harrington, Student Association president, who will share a student's perspective.

After the general information session, students and their families will follow student tour guides around campus and will see everything Plattsburgh State has to offer while having their questions answered by the tour guide.

Tours will visit Feinberg Library, Myers Fine Arts Building, Yokum Lecture Hall, Memorial Hall, Clinton Dining Hall, two residence halls -- one low-rise and one high-rise -- and will end at the Angell College Center.

After touring the campus, students will have a chance to attend the various fairs in the Angell College Center. At the Academic Fair, students can meet with faculty from all academic majors and minors available at Plattsburgh State.

Many Student Association clubs will participate in the Student Club Fair, showcasing their clubs and activities. There will also be a College Services Fair, with more than 15 services represented including: Campus Housing, Athletics, Student Support Services, College Auxiliary Services, Student Association, Career Development Center, computer services, financial aid, Learning Center, Student Health Center, New Student Orientation, Study Abroad, University Police, Adirondack Experience Program, Community Service programs, Equal Opportunity Program, Transfer Services and Admissions.Campus Overview

In previous years, Spring Open House has been very successful. According to the Office of Admissions, 83 percent of students who attended the 2003 Spring Open House enrolled at Plattsburgh State.

Richard Higgins, director of admissions, believes the most important element of Open House is the Plattsburgh State students who volunteer their time to be tour guides.

"The goodwill of our students is the most successful factor of Open House," said Higgins. "Potential students and their families also like the fact that there is direct communication between students and faculty. The chance to talk directly to students and faculty is very important to these students."

For more information on Spring Open House, contact the Office of Admissions at 518-564-2040 or email [email protected] .


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