Brock Open House draws record crowds

Prospective students Helen Le (red cap) and Nour Alideeb, attending from Mississauga, chat with guide Victoria Maxmen on Sunday.The campus was buzzing Sunday March 3 as thousands of prospective students, their families and friends poured in for the 2013 Open House.Open House is a critical part of Brock’s undergraduate recruitment plan, as most of the prospective students attending on Sunday had received an offer of admission and are considering Brock as their university of choice for September.Beth Natale, Director of Recruitment and Retention, said more than 3,200 guests visited Sunday, a significant jump over last year and the best turnout ever for an Open House.“It’s particularly impressive because we anticipate at least another thousand guests visiting next week during March Break,” said Natale.Natale said motivating prospective students with a campus tour is a top priority during the conversion portion of the recruitment/admission cycle.  When the guests arrived, some 400 volunteer faculty, students and staff were waiting to show them around teaching areas, research labs, residences and support facilities.Guests had the opportunity to speak with professors, staff and students from every academic program and student service, including Co-op, career services and student awards and financial aid. There were also dedicated staff to help facilitate the transfer of students moving between Ontario colleges and Brock, or to help interested college students with on-the-spot university applications, admissions and credit assessments.An invitation-only Scholars Reception was held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby for students achieving an admission average of 90 per cent or higher, while another invitation-only event offered guests an insider’s view of student life in the Goodman School of Business.  Each event was near capacity.“Our people and campus show very well,” said Natale. ” If we are successful in motivating applicants to visit campus during a ‘red carpet day’ such as Open House, it significantly affects the likelihood of that applicant becoming a confirmed and registered student.”Open House also caused a stir on Twitter as academic representatives, proud current students and excited future students and parents mentioned the event more than 270 times.Brendan Joseph (@BrendonAJ) tweeted, “The open house helped a lot with convincing my parents to let me go away for school, Thank you so much !!”Jon Sniderhan (@callmesnides) tweeted, “Had an awesome time at #BrockOpenHouse , Looks like my future is in Brock!”Chelsea Ancio (@ChelseaAncio) tweeted, “Great day at #BrockOpenHouse today. Can’t wait to go there #woo” read more

Popes parades and Gay Mitchell The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.16,650 – The number of miles a house telephone travelled from Borris in Carlow to Brisbane in Australia when it was mistakenly added to a care package being sent to to a family member who had emigrated.3 – The length in kilometres of this year’s Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin city centre.4,500 – The number of barriers used throughout the Patrick’s Day Festival. That equates to more than 10 kilometres worth of barriers.1,272 – The number of years it has been since there was a pope who didn’t come from Europe. Pope Gregory III, who was from Syria, ended his decade-long reign in 741 and was the last non-European before Pope Francis was elected this week.3 – The percentage by which electricity usage in Ireland dropped on Wednesday evening as people stopped what they were doing to watch the announcement of the new pope.36 – The total number of years that Fine Gael politician Gay Mitchell has served as a TD and an MEP. The 61-year-old Dublin MEP said this week that he will not contest next year’s European elections.10 – Ireland sold the first 10-year government bonds this week since before it entered the bailout programme. The sale was a seen a significant boost of confidence from the markets in Ireland exiting the programme later this year.756 – The number of people who complained about problems accessing State services through Irish last year. The Language Commissioner said it was the largest number of complaints ever received by the office.50 – The percentage of mortgage loans in arrears that the government has ordered the banks to deal with by the end of this year.143,851 – The number of residential mortgages in Ireland which were in arrears at the end of December.521,000 – The number of passengers from Northern Ireland who travelled through Dublin Airport last year – equivalent to almost 30 per cent of the total population of the North.101.73 – The number of carats in a diamond being auctioned by Christie’s later this year. The pear-shaped rock is expected to sell for more than $20 million (€15 million).1 – The number of popes called Francis.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces>last_img read more