For 45 years, students at Fort Hays State University have taken one day out of the year to teach their former high school administrators about current college life. This year, that day will be April 12, at the 45th Annual Student-Counselor-Principal Conference. The event will begin in Memorial Union's Sunset Lounge at 8:45 a.m. and will run into the early afternoon.
"It's an opportunity for students to meet with personnel from their schools," said Dr. James Murphy, chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling and interim dean of the College of Education.
"The primary objective is to get high school principals and counselors to talk to current students," said Dr. Herb Songer, vice president for Student Affairs. "It's a status check for counselors and principals. They solicit two kinds of information."
Songer said the high school administrators gather information for themselves as well as FHSU. The student-counselor-principal discussions focus on the high school's ability to prepare the student for college and FHSU's ability to accommodate and educate the student.
"There's an opportunity for the school, student and university to benefit," Murphy said. "All this can help the student now and in the future."
Songer said between 100 and 150 high school administrators usually attend the conference.
"We've been pleased with response from all three constituencies - the students, schools and the university," Murphy said.
Classes have been rearranged to allow the formal dismissal of classes from 10-10:50 a.m. This 50-minute period has been created so students can meet with representatives from their high schools.
In addition to meeting students, administrators can also attend the following sessions: Admissions, Scholarship Activities and Financial Assistance; Teacher Education/Technology Studies Program; Qualified Admissions 2001; and Retention Efforts.
"Those workshops change from one year to the next," Songer said.
This event is sponsored by the College of Education and Student Affairs. For more information on this event, contact the College of Education at (785) 628-5866.