by Debbie Hum
More than 1,200 prospective students from Quebec, Ontario and beyond came
to Surf @ Concordia on Saturday, Feb. 1. It was a splendid turnout for
the one-day showcase for potential students.
A surf theme infused the event, complete with fake surfboards and student
volunteers sporting leis, sunny orange T-shirts, Haiwaiian shirts and
shorts. A number of exhibits displayed Concordias extensive online
We wanted to create an atmosphere that was friendly and that would
give a welcoming message, said David Gobby, director of the Recruitment
Office. I think we were successful many students and parents
that I spoke to liked the surfing concept and had a good time.
Representatives from every faculty and a terrific team of over 25 student
volunteers, answered questions and kept the day animated and visitors
A number of administrative units showed some of the services available
online at Concordia. Computers in the Birks Student Service Centre were
available to access admissions requirements and submit online applications.
The three admissions officers from the Registrars Office were so
busy that they didnt have time to stop for lunch, Gobby reported.
The Financial Aid and Awards Office offered access to a computer program
where prospective students could calculate how much they could receive
in loans and bursaries. The IITS student portal system, which provides
students with personalized access online to their student record, grades,
course and exam schedules, and course-related information also elicited
Surf @ Concordia was organized by Concordia graduate Carl Kouri. Uzma
Moustafa, of the John Molson School of Business student recruitment office,
and Danielle Skene, of the Recruitment Office, provided technical support
for the event.
Some of the days events were simultaneously Webcast to reach students
who could not attend the information day. A video of Surf @ Concordia
is being edited for the Web.