On this episode of the Post Podcast Fort Hays State Alumni Association alumni engagement strategist, Carolyn Tatro, along with marketing program specialist, Noelle Husmann share information about the upcoming Future Educators Day.

 

Transcript

 

James Bell 

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association is getting ready for their popular future educators day later on this month, Alumni Engagement strategist, Carolyn Tatro, along with marketing program specialist, Noelle Husmann, from the Alumni Association stopped by to talk to us about that and more on this episode of the Post Podcast. There's also something cool going on down there. And this time is no different. But before we get into the new stuff, how was Homecoming?

 

Noelle Husmann 

Homecoming was great. We had alums from not only all over Kansas, but we had some drive in from like Louisiana, California, all over to kind of come back to campus and see all the new changes and reconnect with classmates.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

It was there were a lot of people who hadn't been back on campus in a really long time. And they all had a wonderful time, the weather actually turned out beautiful for us. We're really grateful for that.

 

James Bell 

The parade was iffy, right?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

A little bit. But you know what, it's slowed down a little bit there. Right, about halfway, I would say, but it was it turned out really great. And everybody had a great time. And, and, you know, I'm I think we're really looking forward to seeing what homecoming can become, you know, having a little bit of a break last year that we did with some of our events, we're looking forward to growing a lot of our events in the future. So it was a really great time.

 

James Bell 

Awesome. Yeah. And it seemed like to me the little bit that I got to encounter, you know, everybody was just so excited to get back together. Right, right. You guys could have held the thing in a field, you know, and everybody would have had a good time.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Everybody was happy.

 

James Bell 

Yeah, absolutely.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Yeah.

 

James Bell 

What's making it homecoming. So one of the things that went on that weekend, they had the grant or not the groundbreaking but the ribbon cutting for the new Fischli Wills center. Last time I was in there, they were putting some finishing touches touches on there, but I think everything's ready to go at this point. Right?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

That's right, actually as we speak. So the the new officially Fischli Wills Center for Student Success is up and running as we speak. And the admissions office is actually kicking off their newest portion of their prospective student experience, which is having students meet them in the Welcome Center, which is sort of one of the grand pieces of that Fischli Wills building and today's actually the first day that they're starting tours over there. So they're really excited to to begin working with that.

 

James Bell 

Very cool. Yeah, I think the last last time we spoke about this, Joey Linn was with us. And yeah, what a cool unique like building and just a center, you know, it kind of brings together all those student services that are so important, you know, for the current students and also the prospective students and I can't imagine a cooler way to to see that start off to campus tour. But other than that, except for maybe the new art gallery in the old Power Plant. Oh, yeah,

 

Carolyn Tatro 

that's a very cool experience. Yes,

 

James Bell 

I drove by it the other day and I just I saw the paintings in the windows I drive my my way, what was that and I stopped and that is really cool.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

It is very neat. If you ever get a chance to go in there and definitely stop in but I think the the Welcome Center all you know, there's always something exciting happening on campus. And that's just one of those things. And, you know, we always like to tell our alumni, there's lots of different ways that they can help the university grow and, and, you know, the welcome centers is part of that, that new Fischli Wills building is part of that. And I know another thing that's gotten a lot of really great feedback is the unveiling of the new regional tuition program. I was gonna say he has a solid offering for next year.

 

James Bell 

Yeah. Okay. So because we have talked about this in the in the show before, maybe we should recap what the what we're talking a little bit before, basically, you get in state tuition from a laundry list of states. I don't know, how many is there?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

So there's 13. Okay, I was gonna count, I was hoping you just know, 13 new state in addition to Kansas.

 

James Bell 

So you have 14 different states. You're getting in state tuition right here at Fort Hays State University. Right? So it's kicking off fall next year? That's correct.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

So students who are applying for this year, will be eligible for that starting next year students who are currently on campus will also be eligible for that starting next year.

 

James Bell 

That's awesome, though. Yeah. And I just, you know, and look at some of the states I think about like Iowa, Illinois, you know, the ones that are a little bit further away from us this year, oh, haven't had a program like this available. I just got to believe there's going to be so many people come in here and take advantage of the wonderful education you can get a Fort Hays State University.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

That's right. And we have alumni from all over the country and all of those different states. And so we're really excited that they're able to spread the word now, to our prospective students about about these new opportunities for them.

 

James Bell 

You know, it's interesting, you mentioned that I wonder how important is it for for the alumni to be able to spread that word, you know, is that a huge recruiting tool for the school or is that kind of just a I don't know, you might say a bonus kind of recruiting structure.

 

Noelle Husmann 

No, I think it's very important. We have a lot of families that attend many generations attend Fort Hays. I was just talking with someone he has like a fourth generation Tiger family. So it is pretty important for our alumni to spread that word to their perspective, either like family, relatives, friends, relatives of friends. It's a pretty large and important network.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

That's right. And the people who work at the university, our admissions counselors, you know, we can they can only do you know, they can, they can only do so much to bring students here, they really have to, you know, they have the help of those alumni who will have their, their kids and their, their grandkids, their nieces and nephews really get to hear what their experience is about. So it's really a collaborative effort between those who are working at the university to bring students in and those who have the the experience in their families.

 

James Bell 

Yeah, I know, I talked to my kids already there. My oldest ones are nine. But I'm already talked to about Fort Hays State. rarely go But yeah, I remember Yeah, my oldest son, we got one of those Tiger hats that were really popular like three years ago, literally the tiger, the big Tiger on the head with the things that Yeah, dangle down, loves it. Still wears that thing. Absolutely. And it's a lot of fun. I would wear it if I've got a big head. But anyway, yeah, so it's really cool thing, you know, the admissions teams, those departments have done a really good job. But we want to shift gears a little bit here and talk about something you've got coming up. It's a popular event, I think down there on campus, and that's future educators day that's on the way, right?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

That's right. So future educators day is actually something that the university has done for a number of years, within the teacher education department. And of course, our College of Education is incredibly popular, and incredibly successful. We have teachers from all over the state all over the country who attended Fort Hays and are part of Tiger teacher nation. And so they're just trying to bring that again to prospective students give students an opportunity to see what it's like to be a teacher education major, and meet the Kansas Teacher of the Year. So they're kind of they're really excited about how this event is going to grow in the future to bring more students into our College of Education.

 

James Bell 

Yeah, that's awesome, and what a great, you know, program, the I I've known several people that went through the program directly, you know, and they're teaching now, and I've also, in recent years known a lot of people my age that have went back and they've done that transition to teaching program. Yes, that's unnecessary that the department as well, I believe.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Right. Yeah. Right. It's, you know, there's a lot of different ways that you can take the route of, you know, through teacher education, and so students who maybe know what sort of what they want to do, but maybe they don't know the direction to take, they really don't know, if there's a special area that they want to, you know, teach and an opportunity, like, this is really great. And it again, really helps to have our alumni, you know, our incredible teachers who have gone through this program, they will bring their students in to campus for this day. So they'll be able to kind of see along with their students, what things have progressed at the university, and what opportunities await them. Yeah, absolutely.

 

James Bell 

And, you know, I think, too, with with education, especially, it's one of those fields that, you know, having that hands on experience, actually seeing what you're going to do is is very valuable, what you know, to help shape what you might want to teach, but also really, like, what area do I want to teach is that, you know, high school kids grade school kids, I want to get into a college, a junior in college, you know, tech school, so many options there. So that's awesome that they get to explore that. Suzanne Stevenson, that's the Teacher of the Year, right?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

That's right, she'll be there. She's going to be presenting to, to students in the teachers and counselors who bring them. And so I think it's just gonna be a really incredible day. It's October 27. So it is coming up. And I know that they're looking forward to having lots of students and teachers come back for that. Really great things that, you know, I think they're just really looking forward to showcasing.

 

James Bell 

Absolutely. So if people want to be involved in that, what's the easiest or best way to get information or sign up maybe.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

So they can sign up to the university website, and they can contact the admissions office. They're the ones that are sort of primarily hosting this event. And our alumni staff can answer some questions as well. I know, as we have a little bit of knowledge of some of these kinds of events that happened. So really am anybody at the university? The Alumni Association, the admissions office, Teacher Education, they can answer all of those questions if they're interested. Very cool.

 

James Bell 

Now, we just got a couple minutes left, but we want to talk about this as well, that you're, you know, I know, President Mason's out she doing the media tour, I think right now, actually. But you've also got some counselors out there spreading the good word, right?

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Yes, absolutely. The admissions counselors are back on the road, and they were not able to make it into too many high schools last year. And so they're very excited to be visiting in schools, at college fairs and different events that are out happening out there for prospective students and they're also doing a phenomenal job of informing you know, people on social media, where they're going to be and so if you know, anybody, if a student or an alumni who wants to bring their students to visit with the admissions counselor they can find them on social media they'll find out where they're going to be that week and meet up with them if they're going to be in that area.

 

James Bell 

Very cool and when you say social media you guys have your own alumni page right? Matter of fact I think there's probably about 90 Facebook pages for Fort Hays State depending on what department

 

Carolyn Tatro 

You are going to miss what's going on at Fort Hays State everybody's got something out there.

 

James Bell 

Absolutely. Well guys, we get we're almost out of time here. Any last thoughts before we go?

 

Noelle Husmann 

Sure. Uh, with admissions starting the tours, they are waving the application fee for anyone who comes and visits campus.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Right.

 

Noelle Husmann 

So if you have someone that wants to check out Fort Hays bring them sooner rather than later so they can get that fee waived. And then also this Saturday, is Tiger Day.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

See a lot more students on campus this weekend because it's Tiger Day admissions is hosting their annual Tiger Day event for prospective high school students or transfer students so there'll be checking out campus I think they're getting tickets to the football game as well. So they're going to be all over campus on Saturday.

 

Noelle Husmann 

Yep, a lot of gold going on right?

 

James Bell 

Love it. It's UCO, this weekend, right? We're gonna we're gonna win. I'm confident. No, I am. I said this was the homecoming game. So I'm just throwing that out there. Okay. My mother in law so you're gonna win this game. I look at her say we're gonna win. And look what happens.

 

Carolyn Tatro 

Everybody needs to stay for the whole game this time because you never know what's gonna happen.

 

Noelle Husmann 

True. True.

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