College fair a grand success
October 7, 2005
There was an amazing level of excitement and enthusiasm last Sunday at Aspen High School. More than 125 colleges and university representatives from around the nation met with students and parents at the First Annual Colorado Western Slope College Fair. The planning, set up, communications and marketing were all done by volunteers. More than 1,500 attendees walked the aisles of the Aspen High School gym, which looked more like a major city convention hall than a place to shoot hoops. Students had the opportunity to chat with representatives from Harvard, Stanford, Michigan State, George Washington University, Vanderbilt, SMU, Purdue and Swarthmore, to name a few. The event was sponsored by Alpine Bank and hosted by Aspen High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Event coordinators Kathy Klug (Aspen’s college adviser) and Carolyn Williams (CRMS’ college adviser) did an incredible job of coordinating, promoting and planning. Students from approximately 40 high schools from the Western Slope were represented at the college fair. “Sherpas,” high school volunteers assigned to a specific representative, provided assistance in setting up. College reps were overwhelmed with the hospitality poured out by Aspen families and volunteers. “This college fair should be the blueprint for all college fairs,” said Baylor University’s Jonathan Evans. Added Krista Bashford from Michigan State University, “I have been working in admissions for about eight years, and I have never attended a better event. Everything from the lodging to the food was great. And I felt the fair was very well attended. I look forward to next year!” College representatives from around the country – including Yale and Harvard – echoed Evans’ and Bashford’s sentiments.And there was more to learn than the specifics about individual universities. For instance, attendees learned there is a website, http://www.fastweb.com, that lists all of the scholarships that are available around the country with guidelines, deadlines and assistance in filling out the application. One of the representatives from a university in Texas told us there are many scholarships that go unclaimed. In fact, a $5,000 Miss Texas scholarship went to a guy, because no one else applied for it! Katherine Huske is president of the marketing firm Huske and Associates. She is also mother of a teenage son who attends Aspen High School.