KETR Local
2:05 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Mane Event attracts nearly 1,000 students


Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted approximately 1,000 high school juniors, seniors, transfer students and their families at the Mane Event Preview Day on Saturday.

"This Mane Event Preview Day was an outstanding event," said Dr. Mary Hendrix, vice president for student access and success at A&M-Commerce. "The weather was beautiful, and the prospects and their families were thrilled with the activities of the day and the interactions they had with faculty and staff."

Students partook in information fairs with student organizations and academic departments, viewed presentations about Hispanic Outreach and the Honors College, and participated in academic and general information sessions throughout the day. Scholarships and prizes were also awarded at the conclusion of the event.

"This event benefits potential students by exposing them to all aspects of our university," Hendrix said. "Students get a true feel for their fit here, get questions answered, are exposed to the valuable relationships that can be formed, and meet current students."

Hendrix noted that students enjoyed the steel drum band, the look and peacefulness of the university and the opportunity to attend the event on campus. Many current A&M-Commerce students also took part in the experience by assisting Stephanie Holley, dean of enrollment management and retention at A&M-Commerce, to host the large event.

"A&M-Commerce is focused on personalizing the experience for students," Hendrix said. "The university has many scholarship initiatives, including Pride Promise, which covers tuition and fees for students' families whose income is $30,000 or less. This personal approach with our students and families extends well beyond our preview day experience."