Spotlight Weekend offers a glimpse of ULV

Prospective student Erica Gomez arrives on campus to spend the weekend at the University of La Verne’s Spotlight Weekend last Friday and Saturday. The event introduced accepted students to the campus by allowing them to sit-in on classes and participate in events including a photo scavenger hunt to learn their way around campus. / photo by David Bess
Prospective student Erica Gomez arrives on campus to spend the weekend at the University of La Verne’s Spotlight Weekend last Friday and Saturday. The event introduced accepted students to the campus by allowing them to sit-in on classes and participate in events including a photo scavenger hunt to learn their way around campus. / photo by David Bess

Alexa Palacios
Staff Writer

Spotlight Weekend, held last Friday and Saturday, was one of the largest to date, filled with nearly 800 students and parents eager to catch a glimpse into the lives of students at the University of La Verne.

“We worked out a lot of things that made this year’s event run much more smoothly,” Adam Wu, assistant director of admissions said.

“Last year was relearning how to make it an overnight program and this year we really worked out everything that didn’t work so well last year.”

The weekend began with a Hollywood-style red carpet premiere.

The prospective students were escorted down the carpet, which was lined with cheering Spotlight leaders, to a station where they took keepsake photographs with school mascots Leo and Lea.

After meeting with their Spotlight leaders, who served as guides for the weekend, students were given the opportunity to choose two information sessions to attend.

The sessions offered included academics, athletics, living on campus, student life and studying abroad.

The students were then introduced to their hosts and the rooms they stayed in for the night.

After settling in to their rooms, the prospective students were invited to a dance and casino night where they mingled with current students.

The Spotlight leaders also provided a photo booth and board games and showed “Tron: Legacy” as alternate activities.

“I think the students had a great response to the weekend,” sophomore psychology major Ashley Cole said.

“The majority of them seemed to be set on already coming to La Verne or have already placed their deposit. I think the ones that were a little weary were definitely convinced about coming here, especially if they spent the night.”

On Saturday, parents were invited back for breakfast and had the option to attend two information sessions that would educate them on the faculty, financial aid and student accounts, athletics, housing, studying abroad or the value of a La Verne degree.

Monty, an albino python and member of the natural sciences department, greets accepted students on the Quad during the University of La Verne’s Spotlight Weekend on Saturday. Biology Professor Robert Neher introduces his reptilian friend. / photo by David Bess
Monty, an albino python and member of the natural sciences department, greets accepted students on the Quad during the University of La Verne’s Spotlight Weekend on Saturday. Biology Professor Robert Neher introduces his reptilian friend. / photo by David Bess

Students were given time throughout the weekend to get to know the members of their Spotlight group and their leaders, which allowed them to form bonds with with future classmates.

“I felt like I was welcomed as soon as I met with everyone and I loved seeing all of the different groups,” Janelle Lewis, prospective student and current sophomore education major at Northern Arizona University said.

“It made me want to come to La Verne more and it already feels like a home away from home here.”

Students and families were invited to the University Mall for a club fair that marked the end of Spotlight Weekend and showcased the organizations available to students.

The abundance of food combined with music from Leo FM and a performance by the La Verne dance team performance added to the vibrant La Verne lifestyle that prospective students seemed to enjoy.

“I think that after this weekend students were sold on La Verne,” Ann Tabangcura, sophomore psychology major, said.

“They were given a lot of helpful information that helped them decide and the majority of my spotlight group said they were coming here.”

Alexa Palacios can be reached at alexa.palacios@laverne.edu.

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