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 Tuesday, May 9, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


CU's "National Council" Returns For Ninth Year
By Kevin Lee, associate executive director, University Communications

You might have heard rumblings around campus about something called National Council, but you weren't sure what it meant, where it was or who was involved. That's probably because it always takes place outside of Colorado in locations like San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.

CU-Boulder's National Council is a collaborative effort among Admissions, the CU Foundation, the Alumni Association and University Communications to recruit better non-resident students to CU-Boulder and to provide outreach to alumni and donors in key "feeder" markets around the country. This is the ninth fall that the tour has been conducted at CU. The following stops are planned this year: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Orange County, Palo Alto, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Thousand Oaks.

Following a 15-minute recruiting video, a CU-Boulder campus administrator - usually a chancellor or vice chancellor - and a distinguished faculty speaker give brief talks to an evening reception of high school seniors and their parents at a centrally-located hotel site. Additionally, they address a smaller group of parents of current students in each city, usually at a luncheon or alumni-hosted home event. Faculty interest in participating is always very high, but the program can accommodate only about six speakers each year.

CU Alumni Association President Kent Zimmerman serves as master of ceremonies for most National Council events. Local alumni from each city are invited to speak about their CU experiences and successes since graduation. They're often some of our best ambassadors because of their very fond memories of the campus and their favorite professors. We've had to limit their time at these sessions because of the number who eagerly volunteer to participate.

"Prospective students and parents find it extremely valuable to have the opportunity to hear from top administrators on the campus, faculty, and alumni from their area," said Ryan Chreist, associate director of Admissions. "The National Council program is a very effective recruitment event for prospective students, their parents and our alumni."

Admissions representatives wrap up each session with detailed information about how and when to apply, the approval process and timetables, and what is expected of CU students. Having done this for many years and at many other locations besides National Council, they're quite adept at anticipating student questions and parental concerns.

National Council is a rather unique program in the academic world and one that contributes very positively to CU-Boulder. It improves the quality of the student body, creates goodwill with our alumni and stimulates donations to our university. It's a tribute to a lot of hard work by many CU ambassadors on campus and around the country.

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