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Admissions News

Strong Strides in Admissions

By Jen Kau, Admissions Counselor

The 2016-2017 academic year is bringing many new and promising changes and developments for Holy Cross College, particularly within the Admissions Office.

Tara SpirouIn September of 2016, the Admissions Office welcomed two new counselors. Tara Eleftheria Spirou began her college experience at Holy Cross College in 2011; however, when her family moved to Georgia, she transferred with them and earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Georgia College and State University in 2015. She has a background working in radio, with extensive experience in social media and marketing. She is originally from St. Charles, IL, making her very excited to have the suburbs of Chicago as one of her regional territories. In addition to her admissions counselor duties, Tara has taken on responsibilities regarding Holy Cross social media as well as coaching the Holy Cross Dance Team.

Jen KauJen Kau joined the Admissions team after completing her Master of Education degree at the University of Virginia. During that time, she interned as an academic advisor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Prior to graduate school, she attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2015. While at Notre Dame, Jen was involved with the Notre Dame Band Program, which allowed her to get to know students of Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s. Although originally from Virginia, Jen is excited to have returned to Notre Dame, IN, to contribute to the growing institution that is Holy Cross College. Since coming to Holy Cross College, Jen has also taken the position of director of the Holy Cross Pep Band.

With the welcoming of two new counselors, the office has also had to say farewell to a few esteemed colleagues. After four years of work, Joe Gettinger left last summer to take a position across the street at the University of Notre Dame. In the fall, Rick Gonsiorek parted with the office after working for six years at Holy Cross. He is now a manager at a local Catholic radio station in the South Bend area. Most recently, the office has said goodbye to Terron Phillips after having him as an admissions counselor for nearly three years. He began a job in February as an enrollment coordinator for the University of Notre Dame’s EMBA program.

Looking to the future, the prospects for the 2017-2018 academic year look very bright. The Admissions team is experiencing a record-breaking applicant pool, having received nearly 2,000 applications. The office is on track with its enrollment goals and looks forward to continuing these trends.

In addition to receiving its largest number of applicants, the Admissions Office has been busy with many recruiting events. Throughout the year, the office has hosted many campus preview days as well as visit days that are specific to high school students accepted to Holy Cross.

In January, the office invited admitted high school students, specifically from the Michiana area, to visit campus in the evening to mix and mingle with faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. The prospective students were also able to attend the Holy Cross men’s basketball game that evening. The event was very successful and gave prospective students a great look at the both the academic and social experiences that Holy Cross College offers.

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Admissions also hosted an academic programming day for admitted students on February 20, during which students gathered by intended area of study in order to learn more about the major and department they are interested in. Around 40 students and their families attended this event.

admitted students visit 6The Admissions team is also collaborating with other academic services offices to coordinate Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). This is a one-day orientation session for new students that will take place in June. During SOAR, students will learn about campus resources, meet other new students, faculty, and staff, and register for fall classes.

The Admissions Office is very excited about both the recent and approaching events. With the continued support of Holy Cross faculty, staff, alumni, and students, the team expects a remarkable incoming freshman class, Holy Cross College Class of 2021!