Any day welcoming newly admitted Stevens students is a good one.
Nearly 2,000 guests – members of the newly admitted Stevens Class of 2016 and their families – attended the Annual Accepted Students Reception, on Sunday, April 22. The reception is a day-long event to give accepted students the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment and mingle with faculty, staff and current Stevens students.
From as close as New Jersey and the surrounding metro area and as far away as Switzerland, accepted students converged on campus while the Stevens community kept a close eye on the impending Nor'easter.
With ample opportunity to ask questions, get to know the Stevens community, and get another (or first) look at labs, residence life, the campus environment, classrooms and student life, the Accepted Students Reception is always a great event.
This year's stormy weather was not a challenge as much as a great opportunity for everyone to see that, as one guest put it, rain or shine, Stevens sure can throw a good party!
For some, attending the event was a chance to give Stevens a closer examination before confirming their decision to attend. For others, it was merely a time celebrate and meet the people who'll soon be their classmates, friends, instructors, mentors and advisors.
In the morning, representatives from Career Development, Cooperative Education, Financial Aid, Health Services, Performing Arts, Residence Life and Dining Services, ROTC, Student Life, Athletics and Recreation and Undergraduate Admissions were available to meet with accepted students and their families to answer questions and provide information.
Mid-day, the crowd filled the Canavan Arena to be officially welcomed by Dr. Maureen Weatherall, vice president and chief administrative officer, and Dr. Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens, who each congratulated the students for their accomplishment and detailed to them the excellent return on investment they will receive, among many benefits, as graduates of Stevens.
The floor was then turned over to three student representatives who spoke about their personal experiences at Stevens. Freshman Jorge Rojas and seniors Ann DeStefano and Paul Peskosky, Jr., shared their stories and helped paint a picture for the incoming freshmen of the opportunities that await them at Stevens.
Accepted students and their families also toured Stevens' first-class facilities and had the opportunity to speak with faculty in their programs about curricula and research. They also got to meet with coaches and members of the athletic department. Specific points of interest during the "open tour of campus" were state-of-the-art labs, such as the Engineering and Design labs, Biorobotics lab, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Engineering labs, MicroDevice lab, and the new Hanlon Financial Systems lab, to name a few.
More than 60 student clubs and organizations showcased their offerings and activities on the Babbio patio as part of the Student Activities Fair, which is always a big highlight of the event.
And at the closing reception, the Stevens Jazz Ensemble kept the energy high with a lively performance of jazz standards and popular hits. Stevens staff mingled with families and answered final questions as everyone enjoyed an ample spread of sweets and snacks.
On one of the rainiest days Stevens and the metro area has experienced in quite some time, the Accepted Students Reception this year had the biggest turn-out in its history. Nothing could put a damper on the day's excitement.
Everyone at Stevens looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2016 to campus once again in the fall – this time as official Ducks!