Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Admissions Counseling will host a fall Preview Day for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Sept.13. Preview Day is the first of many campus visit events, such as the GROW overnight event during Homecoming Week and monthly Tiger Days, available to prospective students.
“Visiting campus is vital when searching for the college that fits best,” said Aaryn Elliott, a senior early childhood education major from Bentonville, Ark. “It’s your chance to physically walk the campus that you could soon be calling home.
“Personally, taking a campus tour made all the difference for me,” Elliot said. “Being the 19th person in my family to attend Ouachita, I thought I knew exactly all that it had to offer. However, when I took my own tour I saw what OBU could be just for me.”
Preview Day on Sept. 13 is the only weekend event and coincides with Ouachita’s football season opener and the dedication of the university’s new Cliff Harris Stadium.
“While we normally prefer families to come during the week when prospective students can experience a real class day, visiting on a weekday is not always practical for every family,” explained Lori Motl, director of admissions counseling. “We really want them to come on days when they can see the best of student life on a weekend, and this Preview Day gives them that opportunity while also the chance to celebrate with us in the achievement of our new football stadium.”
Preview Day will begin at 1 p.m. with registration in Hickingbotham Hall followed by an opening program in Young Auditorium. Following the program, academic sessions and campus tours will be available before the Tiger Tailgate, stadium dedication and football game.
GROW (Getting Ready for Ouachita’s World)
High school juniors and seniors are invited to experience life as a Ouachita student by attending classes, Tiger Tunes, a special outdoor Refuge worship service and our new Homecoming Purple Plaza Party, spending the night in a residence hall and visiting with current students and faculty members. Call Ouachita admissions at (800) DIAL-OBU or visit obu.edu/grow for registration information.
The Red Bus Project, a free orphan care awareness event for college students, will once again be impacting campuses in the fall of 2014. Since the spring of 2012, the Red Bus Project has held over 80 events on over 60 college campuses and engaged over 160,000 students, helping them to make a difference in the lives of orphaned children around the world.
The Red Bus Project features an English double decker bus, retrofitted to be a rolling thrift store. Racks and bins of clothes will fill the bus and surrounding tents and students will be able to buy clothes to help support Show Hope’s orphan care programs. There will also be a donation center where students can donate clothing to be purchased by other students.
Aside from the bus, clothing racks and bins, there will be tents with Red Bus swag, games and information about the global orphan crisis and Show Hope’s response to it. Student volunteers can help our team interact with their fellow students in these areas.
On the day of the event students can participate in 2 ways: Give clothes + Buy Clothes.
In addition to giving or buying clothes the day of the event, RBP offers a platform to college students who want to be involved in advocating for the children through opportunities such as short-term trips, internships, and direct contact with a support team designed to equip students to share the children’s needs with others. The combination of these resources is setting a collegiate response in motion that will transform the global orphan crisis as students realize the impact that each voice has in changing the life of a child.