College Night draws hundreds

SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times Warren High School junior Faith Burns, left, talks with Marietta College representative Alli Hesson.

Several hundred local high school students, parents, and others interested in higher education opportunities crowded into Marietta College’s Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center for Wednesday’s annual College Night.

“This is especially good for high school kids who can visit a lot of schools in one place. We also have some military recruiters taking part this year,” said Nancy Huffman with the Marietta College Office of Admissions that sponsors the yearly event.

She said 63 institutions were represented at this year’s College Night, including schools from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana.

“This is my first time in Marietta,” said Lauren Greve, representing the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She noted some local students who visited her table wanted to stay close to home during their college careers.

“But we’re only about three hours from Columbus, and Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana,” Greve said. “We have about 2,000 undergraduate students and specialize in nursing and business degrees.”

Nearby Staff Sgt. Matthew Heim, a recruiter from Parkersburg, was providing information about opportunities with the U.S. Army.

“Joining the military your college is paid for with a guaranteed job placement,” he said, noting benefits that can be obtained with two to six years of active duty or six years in the Army Reserve.

Heim said several students, both male and female, had questions about the possibility of entering military service.

Warren High School junior Faith Burns had already decided her major course of study as she talked with Marietta College rep Alli Hesson.

“Music therapy,” Burns said. “You can help a lot of people like those with Alzheimers or kids who have mental disabilities. I’m especially interested in using music therapy with babies in (Neonatal Intensive Care Units).”

She said music has been shown to provide a therapeutic effect on those infants.

Kory Science, a sophomore at Marietta High School, accompanied a friend to the College Night event.

“I wanted to look into some of the colleges. I’m interested in a nursing career, but I’m still thinking about where I want to go,” he said.

Patrick Copen is a sophomore at Parkersburg Catholic High School.

“I’m getting my feet wet in the college search tonight,” he said. “I play basketball and baseball and would like to get a college scholarship to study exercise science and coaching.”

Another Warren High junior, Jenna Haffner, had an armload of literature from a variety of institutions she visited during College Night.

“I’m keeping an open mind about where I want to attend,” she said.

Her mother, Kelle Haffner, said one college recruiter gave her daughter some good advice.

“Eliminate what she doesn’t want first, then further explore what’s left,” Kelle said.

She said Wednesday was not her first College Night experience.

“I have two older daughters who came here on a college search,” Kelle said. “Both are in college now. And one daughter’s interest in a school was sparked after talking to a college recruiter here.”

About College Night

¯ Sixty-three schools from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky participated in Wednesday’s College Night at Marietta College’s Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center.

¯ Hundreds of area high school students, parents, and others interested in post-secondary education attended College Night, an annual event sponsored by the Marietta College Admissions Office.

¯ College Night provides potential college students with a “one-stop shopping” experience to learn about educational opportunities.