By Chris Casey | University Communications
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Ashley Roberts, a senior at Lakewood High School, is anxious to get her future under way next fall at the University of Colorado Denver.
"The Public Health program really interests me and I like that they have epidemiology classes in there, too," said Roberts, who plans to become an epidemiologist.
Roberts was among 20 LHS students who've been accepted to CU Denver next fall and were surprised by an impromptu information session -- plus several CU Denver souvenirs -- during a College in Colorado Day event at LHS this morning. Ricky Mott, associate director of the Office of Admissions; Beverly Calvin, assistant director of admissions; and Susan Hunt, an LHS counselor, spoke to the students.
Last spring, a dozen LHS students were accepted to CU Denver, so this year's group is 30 percent larger, Hunt said. College Friday is an annual event that promotes college goal setting among the state's high school students. Students and alumni are encouraged to wear their college colors all day.
"We have students in this room who are going to receive scholarships from CU Denver and other institutions because they are excellent students and have the pick of schools they could attend," Hunt said. "I'm looking on the list here and I see majors that are all across the board. I look at the faces and we've got the cultural diversity in this room that I think is so special about Lakewood High School and CU Denver also."
Before the souvenirs were handed out -- T-shirts, water bottles, car decals and note pads -- Mott and Calvin shared information about financial aid, housing, transportation and even the characteristics of their fellow CU Denver students.
"The type of student that thrives on our campus is that student who is determined and dedicated -- they set a goal, they go after it and they do whatever it takes to achieve that goal," Mott said. "They also embrace diversity. We enroll a 48 percent diversity rate in the freshman class."
The diversity goes beyond ethnic backgrounds, Mott added, to the variety of extra-curricular and scholarly interests students have.
This is the second year in a row that CU Denver has recognized Lakewood High School students on College in Colorado Day.
"It's really just to say thank you and congratulations on your academic accomplishments," Mott said. "Also to chat with them and let them know what they can expect between now and August. Answer any questions they may have."
Roberts had the most questions of the students. She is clearly excited about starting at CU Denver.
"I like that everything is close and we get the bus pass," she said. "It's close to home, but I get to live downtown and get the downtown experience. And I can still come home on weekends and do my laundry."
School Spirit rewarded with ice cream
Colleagues at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) also got into 'the spirit' by wearing representative school colors. Remember, CSPH is a collaborative school of public health located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado.
They submitted a shot to 850KOA College Friday photo contest.and were rewarded this afternoon with ice cream delivered to their office.
Pictured left to right: Marshall Ward (CSU), finance manager; Anne Hanaway (CU Buffs), communications coordinators; and Lyndsey Crum (UNC), assistant dean.