Hello all, it's me, Emma again. I'm back to tell you about our recent Fall Open House. It was crazy! We had 400 guests on campus including prospective students, their parents, siblings and other relatives, and a group of administrators from a school in China. 400 people is a lot - a third more than our student body. (you can tell I'm an engineer - I look at numbers.) The funny thing, though, about these numbers is that we only have 299 seats in our auditorium, plus 50 additional chairs in the viewing area up top. That meant that the Open House was standing-room only! Most definitely a first at Olin College. Here, take a look at our auditorium as packed as we can possibly make it (without disobeying fire codes!):
Isn't that just a little bit crazy? I'd never seen it like that in any case... Okay, so here are some more pictures of the day to explain things better than I ever could. A picture's worth a thousand words, right?
Okay, we're off to a good start. The obligatory picture of myself. This time really staged because although I'm here "working" registration, that wasn't actually my job that day. But hey, if I'm going to be an actress, I'd better get used to "staged" presence, right?
Here you can see the real registration people - Teresa Kelleher, Admission Service Coordinator, and Sara '07. The day started off with guests checking in and getting a packet full of information about Olin. While waiting for the program to start, they could talk to staff and students or take a campus tour.
This is a picture of Alex '07 and Ash '09 starting off their tour outside the Olin Center. As you can see, it was a gorgeous day, but super windy!
Here are the Chinese administrators who were visiting during the day. They were guests of Rick Miller, Olin's president, but they got to see more of what Olin is really like by participating in the Fall Open House.
The Olin Volunteer Ambassador League (OVAL) was out in full force during the Open House. They were talking to our guests, guiding people to where they needed to go, leading tours, and just generally being very helpful. They could be recognized by their grey jackets and fancy OVAL nametags. Thank you to all of them!
Here's Olin's President - Rick Miller. He and Robin '07 (President of CORe) helped open the program by sharing some of their perspectives and experiences with our guests.
The day had a few sessions in the auditorium. This one is going over Olin's innovative curriculum. Professor Gill Pratt gave a brief overview (including a video of students drilling pumpkins on Halloween!) and three students (Joe '10, Andrew '09 and Tiana '08) supplemented with explanations of some of the projects they have done in their classes at Olin. Other presentations during the day included one on our SCOPE Projects (Senior COnsulting Program for Engineering), an overview of Admission and Financial Aid and a student-made video about Olin called "Leading the Way."
The highlight for most people during the day's events was an open hour and a half where students could drop in to talk to either faculty, alumni (pictured here - Ann Marie Rynning, Steven Krumholz, and Cheryl Inouye), the Diversity Committee or representatives from the Office of Student Life. Snacks were of course provided! (and the leftovers are now the official munchie-busters in the Admission Office)
There was also a performance from Olin's Conductorless Orchestra. These are pictures of some of our talented musicians:
And to end this blog entry, a picture of Kat '07...
Thank you all, and maybe I'll be back again, one day...