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Slideshow: Admissions Spirit Week

April 01, 2011

  • Jill Briney, Caitlin Harper, and Lauren Brown

During spring break, the Office of Admissions was hard at work and play, celebrating the first annual Admissions Spirit Week and preparing decision letters to be mailed.  With a record-breaking number of applications filling the admissions file room to the bursting point, a team of more than 25 students, admissions staff, student financial services staff, and “guest stuffers” worked side by side to get decision letters printed, signed, checked, packaged, sealed, and mailed. By Friday afternoon, the thick packets of good news and thin envelopes of bad news were sent to the mail room for over 3,700 regular decision applicants for the class of 2015.

To keep spirits high during the long hours of folding, filing, and carefully proofing every letter, the office celebrated each day with a theme. Monday was “Anywhere But Here Day,” in a nod to friends who had left to spend spring break in sunnier locations.  “Movie Day” was Tuesday, with an afternoon break for a popcorn party and laughing and dancing together to funny YouTube videos. Twins, triplets, and even octuplets dressed alike on Wednesday. Everyone donned their finest orange and black for “School Spirit Day” on Thursday, and the week wrapped up with milk and cookies on “Pajama Day.”

The admissions crew has now shifted gears to host the nearly 1,000 families who will visit between spring break and graduation, including many of those students who were just admitted for this fall. Here are several ways we can all join together to welcome students to campus and encourage them to make the decision to become Lewis & Clark Pioneers:

  • Wear your gold L&C name tag at all times.
  • Offer a smile and warm welcome to visitors.
  • Offer directions to visitors who look lost.
  • Update your website so students and families can get the best and most accurate information.
  • Encourage visitors to explore the campus.

Submitted by Erika Quiggins, associate dean of admissions.