The goal of the “Admitted Student Mondays” (ASM) program at Missouri State University is to bring students and their parents to the main Springfield campus on a Monday in March or April to tour the campus, meet with various campus stakeholders in their matriculation and success, and to instill in the admitted students and their parents an overall feel for the campus (including the warm, welcoming library!), its vitality, and the commitment of the university community to student success.
Kristin Roop, the Assistant Director for Events, Outreach, and Recruitment in the MSU Office of Admissions, coordinates and leads the ASM program, which has now completed its second year.
The MSU Libraries hosted groups of students, and their parents, who are not yet sure which field of study they plan to pursue in college and their careers. Laura French, the marketing and communications coordinator for the MSU Libraries, planned and coordinated the Libraries’ participation in the ASM program.
The hour-long mid-morning events, held on the “Wedge” space on the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, included glimpses into the collections (especially rare books), services, and spaces offered in the library, as well as technology demos (virtual reality goggles and 3D printing), and the perpetually popular button-making machine, followed by refreshments and a few remarks from the dean and/or associate dean of Libraries, and from an upper-class student-employee of the Libraries.
Over the four Mondays in March and April over 180 students and their parents attended the ASM sessions in Meyer Library. Congratulations to everyone involved in this new program. Go Bears!