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.
Ouachita Baptist University will host pianist Olga Krayterman, 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist winner, in concert Tuesday, Sept.16. The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall, is free to the public.
The NFMC Young Artist Award is a professional competition for piano, string, wind instrument and voice. Contestants between the ages of 18 and 30 compete on three different levels over a course of several months. This year’s award recipient will begin a tour in September featuring appearances at several Arkansas universities, including Ouachita.
Krayterman, a Belarussian-born American and accomplished performer of solo and chamber repertoire, began her piano study at age six. She has participated in music festivals in Canada, France, Spain and several locations in the United States.
In addition to being named the winner of the 2013 Young Artist Award, she also earned first place at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, the Stravinsky Competition and third prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Along with her solo performance work, Krayterman has a strong interest in collaborative work and recently has paired with vocalists, violinists and the Medusa Trio.
“The Young Artist Series concerts give inspiration and encouragement to our students each year,” said Dr. Gary Gerber, chair of Ouachita’s Division of Music. “To see and hear music performed at the highest caliber will hopefully in turn help our students to become better musicians.” Gerber said that Ouachita students are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear these types of performances.
Krayterman immigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1995 and continued her musical education in Cincinnati, Ohio. She made her orchestral debut at age 17 playing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. She earned her bachelor’s degree with high distinction in 2008 and her master’s degree in 2010 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she currently is completing her Doctor in Piano Performance and Literature degree with a minor in music theory. She also teaches piano at the Eastman Community Music School.
For more information, contact Gary Gerber at 870-245-5128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, I will be holding my annual seminar/discussion group on graduate school. The meeting will take place in Mabee 408 from 6:00 PM to around 7:30 PM. The title of the session is: “Graduate School – Getting In, Staying In, Surviving It.”
This is an informal discussion and the purpose is to inform OBU students about the process of getting admitted to graduate and professional school and what a grad student can expect to experience while there. The information discussed can apply to students in any degree field so please make plans to attend if you can. The meeting is open to all students and current juniors and seniors are especially encouraged to attend.
If you plan to attend it would be helpful if you could send me a brief email letting me know so that I can be sure to have enough copies of the handout I will distribute.