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Scripps College welcomed 80 high school juniors for Experience Scripps Day

Sydney Otto | Mar 20, 2017

(L-R) Jake Sherlock and Miranda Gillilan, both College Ambassadors for the Scripps College of Communication, guide future students and their families through College Green to Scripps Hall to visit the GRID Lab on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Visiting high school juniors had the opportunity to learn more about the college’s state-of-the-art facilities and programs. / Photo by Jorge Castillo Castro

Scripps College welcomed 80 high school juniors for Experience Scripps Day

By Sydney Otto

ATHENS, Ohio (March 20, 2017)—On Saturday, March 18, 80 high school juniors came to Ohio University for Experience Scripps Day. The inaugural event was a chance for students and their families to visit the Scripps College of Communication and get a better idea of what the college is all about.

“The main goal of Experience Scripps Day is to open up the spaces in Schoonover Center and Scripps Hall, and allow the students and their families to see and explore all of the opportunities that the Scripps College of Communication has to offer,” said Assistant Dean Greg Moeller. “This unique opportunity allows prospective students to meet with faculty in all five of our schools including staff in our GRID Lab and WOUB Public Media.”

Students arrived at around 8 a.m. for coffee, juice and pastries as well as a chance to check out some of the student organizations within the college, such as the Scripps Public Relations Student Society of America and the Scripps Hispanic Network. Student representatives from the organizations answered any questions that the prospective students had.

Then, all of the students were welcomed to the college by Dean Scott Titsworth. After introductions from the directors of each of the five schools the students split into different groups based on their academic interests. Those who were interested in the School of Media Arts & Studies headed over to the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab to see a demonstration of some of the digital gaming and VR technology housed there. Students interested in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism headed to the Lasher Learning Center to hear from Director Bob Stewart about using technology in journalism.

Alexandra Dote from Olentangy High School attended Experience Scripps Day with an interest in learning more about the journalism program. “I've always been really interested in journalism and the social change and activism portion of it. So, coming here, it's really awesome to see the difference that one person can make.”

Others went up to the School of Visual Communication’s photography studios to see students snapping portraits and learn more about the lab space. Prospective communication studies students went to the School of Communication Studies labs to learn more about public speaking. Students who wanted to learn more about the information and telecommunication systems major headed down to the J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems labs to work with some of their equipment.

After a break for lunch and some time to explore, the students and families returned to Schoonover Center for panel sessions where they could ask current students and faculty questions about the program. The day then ended with students getting a tour of the Ohio University campus.

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