Schedule

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Please refer to the McNab Event Guide for the most up-to-date information on the weekend schedule, including locations.

11 a.m. – Registration Opens

Families may register until 12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions

Welcome by Christopher Gruber, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and Marya Howell '91, Director of Alumni Relations.

2 and 2:45 p.m. – Discussions

  • A New Face of Leadership: A discussion on what students should consider when preparing for a particular pathway in college or exploring ways to develop a sense of fulfillment and direction.
  • Turning the Tide: A discussion no how students can find a positive balance between personal success and dedication to the common good.
  • The Places You Can Go: A discussion on moving beyond rankings and brand names to find the right "fit."
  • The Me I Choose to Be: A discussion on how to stay true to yourself in the college admission process.

3:30 p.m. – Student/Parent Meetings

Students: Team Meeting – Self-Assessment in the College Search Process
Small group sessions led by members of the Davidson admission staff and high school counselors that focus on the importance of close self-examination in the college search process.

Parents: The Parents' Role
A panel discussion on the role that parents should play in the college admission process. Panelists include:

  • Kathy Bray '85, Associate Dean of Students
  • Annie Porges '85, Senior Major Gifts Officer
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School (moderator)
  • The Reverend Rob Spach '84, College Chaplain

4:30 p.m. – Student/Parent Meetings

Students: Tips on Writing College Essays

  • Kortni R. Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School

Parents: Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

  • David Gelinas, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial Aid
  • Chad Spencer, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

5:30 p.m.– Student/Parent Activities

Students: Tour and Discussion – What to Ask During Your College Visit

Parents: Reception

6:30 p.m. - Dinner with the Deans and Directors

A panel of admission professionals will discuss issues related to the process (with Q&A). Panelists include:

  • Martha Allman, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University
  • Colleen Hennessey, Chair of Counseling Services, Hunter College High School
  • Jim Jump, Academic Dean & Director of Guidance, St. Christopher's School
  • Jeff Kurtzman, Director of College Guidance, McCallie School
  • Ginny Maddux, Director of College Counseling, Montgomery Bell Academy
  • Anne Shandley, Director of College Counseling, Cannon School
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School

Friday, June 10, 2016

8:15 a.m. – Light Morning Refreshments

8:45 a.m. – Mock Admission Committee

In small groups, families complete an admission case study exercise for an inside view of the application and selection process.

11 a.m. – Application Deliberations

All will gather to review case study application decisions.

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. . – Family Meetings

Each family will meet with an admission staff member or high school counselor to ask individual questions.

2 p.m.: Essay Writing, Part Two (please sign up ahead of time)

  • Kortni R. Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission
  • Catherine Hare, Admission Counselor

2:30 p.m.: Talking with Coaches (please sign up ahead of time)

  • Dave Kraus, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Admission
  • Jim Jump, Academic Dean & Director of Guidance, St. Christopher's School
  • Matt Spear '93, Head Men's Soccer Coach

* NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact Tammy Forthofer in the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 1-800-768-0380.