Corban Experience gives visitors a taste
November 20, 2009
Corban Experience is a “taste test” weekend for high school juniors and seniors to see what college life at Corban is all about. Last weekend’s Experience brought 155 prospective students to campus. One hundred parents of the visiting high school students also came for a concurrent program on Monday, November 16.
The prospective students were given campus tours, took part in chapel, and visited classes, as well as ate in the dining hall and met professors. A special treat for all on campus was the Late Night Breakfast that Campus Dining by ARAMARK generously donated and served. A jazz band provided late night entertainment for the event.
The College community in action was highlighted through other events, too, including the 2009 Talent Show and the wrestling competition of Farrar Resident Hall at this year’s Pumpkin Smash.
The 2009 Talent Show, sponsored by ASB, was definitely a draw for all of student life, including the high school visitors. Sandy Van Dyk, Special Events Coordinator, said “Our visitors got to see the Corban community at its finest and funniest, and most talented.”
First prize, $500 cash, went to Peter Ellis for his unique talent of flute beatboxing. Erinn Streckfuss won second place for a poetry reading of an original poem. The duo Teleah Moss and Mikayla Mueller, accompanied by John Bennett on piano, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for third place. Second and third prizes were $200 and $100, respectively.
Farrar, a men’s residence hall, also hosted campus entertainment. At their annual Pumpkin Smash, the men tried to out-wrestle, out-wit, and … out-slime the competition on a mat of pumpkin innards. Farrar Residence Director Casey Van Dyk reported, “There is nothing like some pumpkin guts and odd costumes to bring a dorm together. It is amazing what this event does for our dorm unity.”
Ben Daniels earned the title of 2009 Smash Champion. Apparently the show made an impression, especially on those new to campus. One Experience visitor said, “That was the most entertaining event I’ve ever seen!”
A highlight from the parent program was the Monday Coffee with a student panel. Daren Milionis, Director of Student Support, moderated this open forum/Q & A session. For Sandy Van Dyk, this is one of the best parts of the Experience. She said, “Parents get the ‘real deal’ from students. When choosing the panel, we always try to select students who will be forthcoming. We also have a broad representation of students and their interests at Corban.”
The next Corban Experience is scheduled February 7–8, 2010; click for more information.
By Jenny Hirschfelder, Staff Writer, Office of Marketing & Communications
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