After several days of rain, the sun finally broke through the clouds and provided the perfect weather for the second annual CSU Sacramento “Spring Sting,” held in the quad of Yuba College on Wednesday April 30. “Spring Sting,” hosted by Yuba College’s Transfer Center, provided a gathering of several representatives from different departments of CSU Sacramento.
The representatives came to provide information on programs at the university. Students had the chance to speak with representatives from academic departments, financial aid, and were able to apply for On-The-Spot-Admission. Many students found the event such to be very beneficial.
“It’s very helpful and sped up the admittance process,” said Yuba College sophomore Andrew Pinegar, who plans to transfer to CSU Sacramento in the Fall of 2003. “I drove here from Woodland, but it was worth it.”
The representatives from CSU Sacramento enjoy participating in events like this because they feel that it’s a great asset to students. “I think it’s a great opportunity to link with students and let them know what’s at CSUS,” said Carolyn Kenner, a representative from CSU Sacramento’s financial aid department. ” It’s not always convenient for students to come to the financial aid office or to get through on the phone, so this is a great opportunity.”
“It’s an excellent opportunity.,” said Yuba College sophomore Toby Golden. “I didn’t have to drive all the way to Sacramento to get information.”
CSU Sacramento Outreach counselor Charles Cole has made regular visits to the Yuba College campus to meet with students on appointment and drop-in basis regarding their transfer to CSU Sacramento. Having the availability of meeting with university representatives has enabled students to receive valuable advice that they may not have gotten elsewhere. “I tell students to maximize their transfer ability by taking as many units as possible (at a community college) because CSU Sacramento will be there.”
However, because of the California state budget situation, many universities have to make cuts to their outreach programs, including CSU Sacramento. Even though events like “Spring Sting” may not be a prospect in the future due to budget cuts, CSU Sacramento still plans to provide ways to communicate with students. Different methods- such as video conferencing, the Internet, and telephone campaigns- will still be used to reach out to students. “We’re not cutting our services. We’re committed to YCCD,” said Cole.
Transfer center assistant Misty Halcomb participated in a trial run of the new video-conferencing set-up between Yuba College and CSU Sacramento. “I thought that it was great. I think that it’s going to allow a lot more students to get transfer advice from a transfer advisor because a lot of students can’t schedule an appointment when the advisors are on campus.” said Halcomb.
“Our services haven’t changed, but now we deliver our services has,” said Cole.