POTEAU–Over 450 seniors representing 40 high schools attended the annual Senior Day at Carl Albert State College on Thursday.
The students spent the day learning about CASC, toured campus, had lunch at the cafeteria, and went home with a stack of college information – including CASC t-shirts and other promotional items.
David Hogan, Upward Bound Coordinator at CASC Poteau, served as emcee of the overall event and had students cheering and dancing in the aisles, according to Leroy Nolan, Director of High School and College Relations.
“We like for the high school students to see our campus and get a feel for the atmosphere we offer at CASC,” said Nolan. “We obviously want them to know all about the serious side of obtaining an education and graduating, but on Senior Day it is exciting to let them see there is a fun side to campus life.”
Students in attendance were given the opportunity to sign up for various gifts, including gift certificates at the CASC Bookstore.
Dr. Brandon Webb, CASC President, welcomed the students to campus and encouraged them to set their sights on attending college and graduating. He emphasized that each of them have people pulling for them to go to college and be successful.
He also told the students they all have someone looking up to them and watching as they make the decision to attend college, and graduate from college. Webb told the standing room only crowd some of the advantages of attending CASC, including the lowest tuition and fees in the state, the highest graduation rate of two-year colleges in Oklahoma, and it is close to home and also close to friends.
“We want you at Carl Albert State College, and I hope to see you all here in the fall,” said Webb.
The students received information on the various programs and departments available at CASC. Leah McLaughlin, Vice President of Student Affairs, was the last presenter for the day and in closing encouraged the students to bring their program from the day as a “get in free” ticket to experience the college atmosphere of a home Viking basketball game.
When asked about the day’s events, McLaughlin stated much planning goes into Senior Day to make sure it all goes smoothly. She expressed appreciation to administrators, faculty, and staff for the various roles each played in making the day a success.
“We know CASC is the best, and we go to great lengths to let potential students and their families know what we have to offer,” McLaughlin said.
She also reminded students of the importance of applying for the CASC Scholars Program and other CASC scholarships by the deadline of Wednesday.