Thousands Attend Annual 'Welcome to Cal State Fullerton Day'
April 16, 2013
On Saturday, about 2,800 admitted Cal State Fullerton students, along with parents and friends, arrived on campus for the annual "Welcome to Cal State Fullerton Day" festivities. Each year, the campus holds this event to introduce potential students to the different colleges, programs, centers and assistance that are available to them.
"We had about 8,000 people on campus," said Delia Tijerina, assistant director of precollege programs for university outreach and veterans certification. "Almost double what we had the year before. I think the students are very curious about what we have to offer, and holding this event on the weekend enables them, along with their parents, to visit the campus and ask any questions they may have."
Hundreds of faculty and staff members, including deans from the eight colleges, were available to provide guidance and answer questions about possible majors, academic requirements, financial assistance, housing and more.
"We really see this as an all-inclusive event for the campus," said Tijerina. "In almost all cases, each college department is represented by faculty and staff. For instance, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences had 36 tables. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics had 18. There are tours, workshops and lots of booths set up to answer questions or provide more information.
"It's a great time for students to learn more about the campus and see all the possibilities for academic and student life that we have to offer," she continued. "And we get a chance to meet with admitted students for the first time. Students and their families are often overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of opportunities available here."
"We call it a transition-assistance event," said Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs. "We know that if we work with students right from the beginning, their chances of graduating are much higher. Some students are the first in their families to go to college and we want them to feel comfortable when they first arrive on campus and know that there are resources to help them, if need be. We offered programs for veterans, community college transfers, graduate students, Spanish-speaking students and much more. This demonstrates our commitment to our students' success and we hope the event helps them build excitement about joining the Titan family."
Tijerina recalls seeing a mother and son leaving the campus at the conclusion of the event. "The mother turned to her son and said, 'Y'know, I had no idea how nice this campus is and how many opportunities there are.' The son responded with, 'See? I TOLD you this was a great place!' That just melted my heart. That's the reason why we are here."
By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540