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Fruitful day adds ‘satisfied’ to accepted students’ status

Penn College welcomed 59 future Wildcats and their families to Accepted Student Day on Sunday – emphasis on the “sun” – as gorgeous walking-around weather helped guests celebrate “the beginning of something amazing.” The day’s VIPs checked in at the Field House, then explored campus, made new friends and found an ever-helpful assortment of students and employees. “I am so pleased with the outcome of Accepted Student Day and the hard work put in by so many people,” said Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “The students who visited are on the edge of committing to Penn College, but still had a few questions they needed answered. Judging from the smiles, I think many questions were answered and our Penn College community will grow.” Aside from gaining helpful pointers about financial aid, housing, veterans services and coping with those inevitable first-year challenges, visitors were treated to outdoor games and ice cream. Presidential Student Ambassadors also led tours, explaining such traditions as Midnight Breakfast, the annual decorating and lighting of oversized holiday cards, and the fireworks display that caps every Welcome Weekend. “A parent met me in line and wondered aloud if Dr. (Carolyn R.) Strickland was really Mother Nature in disguise,” Heckman added, referencing the vice president for enrollment management/associate provost, “since she mentioned personally ordering the perfect weather!”

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

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