RiverHawk Rally gives incoming students a look into NSU life
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RiverHawk Rally gives incoming students a look into NSU life

Published 10/31/18

Caitlyn Mooneyham

TNE Writer

NSU’s RiverHawk Rally offers incoming high school and transfer students a chance to explore campus. During their visit, they have the opportunity to find out if NSU is the school for them.

“During rally, students are able to take an official campus tour, seeing all of NSU's housing options, meet with faculty and staff as well as current students and attend breakout sessions about scholarships, financial aid and other areas on campus,” said Kaylee Switzer, university representative. “That afternoon all guests get a free lunch, a free NSU t-shirt and get free admission to our NSU football game.”

With roughly 400 to 500 high school juniors and seniors and their families, NSU expects around a thousand campus visitors.

“We have a financial aid scholarship session, they have a transfer session and then we have a Native American student support services session that students can attend throughout the day,” said Jasmine Lang, recruitment assistant director . “There is also an academic fair where all of our colleges come out, set up tables and talk about the programs they offer.”

Potential students also learn more about the organizations offered on campus. Current students set up tables to show them what it it is like as a student at NSU.

“Now that I'm a student, I am still involved at the Rally through tabling at the student organization booths, tailgates, cheering on the teams at the games and overall just getting the chance to show incoming students how amazing it is to be a RiverHawk,” said Amanda Patton, Salina senior.

Students who help with the event usually have attended either RiverHawk Rally or RiverHawk Jam in the past. RiverHawk Jam is NSU’s major recruitment event in the spring semester.

“I actually went to RiverHawk Jam and I had already gotten my acceptance letter from the school,” said Patton. “I was so excited to see all the organizations, watch the game, take my own personal tour and look at the dorms I would be staying in. It was great to be able to see what life would be like for me at Northeastern State University.”

One of Lang’s responsibilities is to help guide potential students to where they should go.  Some of the events have a set time, so it is important for those in attendance to be aware of it and take advantage of all RiverHawk Rally offers.

“Students should sign up for RiverHawk Rally so they can experience what it is like at NSU for themselves,” said Switzer. “It is a great day for students to be like an NSU student for the day and hopefully make their decision and answer any questions they may have about NSU. It is a great day for them to see what NSU is all about.”

RiverHawk Rally check in is from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Center for Performing Arts.

For more information, email Jasmine Lang at wright06@nsuok.edu.

To sign up for the event, fill out their sign up form at  https://offices.nsuok.edu/admissions/RiverHawkRally/Registration.aspx
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