Friday, September 23, 2016

Hilltopper Advising Center to host annual Majors Fair

The Hilltopper Advising Center at Ohio University Chillicothe will host its annual Majors Fair on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the Shoemaker Center from 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The Majors Fair is designed to allow all OU-C students the opportunity to visit with representatives of the different majors available at Ohio University. With more than 50 majors represented, students have the chance to explore their many options, both in Chillicothe and the main campus. Representatives from Career Services, Veterans Services, and other service offices will also be in attendance.

The event is aimed at undecided students, but all students are welcome.

“We know students change their major. We want the ‘re-deciding’ students to attend too,” said Cristy Null, Coordinator of the Hilltopper Advising Center. “We also want students to consider the value of a second degree, minor, or even skill building electives that are attractive to employers.”

Now in its seventh year, the event has grown since first being held in the hallways of Bennett Hall. After expanding beyond Stevenson Center, the event was moved in 2015 to the Shoemaker Center, allowing plenty of room for everyone to move about and converse comfortably.

This year, the Majors Fair is being hosted a few weeks earlier to educate students ahead of the last day to change a major for fall semester on Friday, October 7. This provides the opportunity for students to declare any major, minor, or certificate this semester, instead of having to wait until Spring.

Students entering the Majors Fair are given a list of participating Colleges and majors.  Additionally, students are provided questions to ask representatives in case they are unsure of what to say or ask.

Beth Barnes, academic advisor and instructor of the UC 1000 course, Mastering the University Experience, has additional plans for her students, to ensure they get the most out of the event.

“Students in the UC 1000 courses will have completed an interest inventory before the Majors Fair, identified several majors to explore, and developed questions for the event as a part of a semester long academic planning assignment,” said Barnes. “We believe this preparation adds to the value of the Majors Fair experience for the student.”

Dr. John Fisher, Director of Student Services, added that the Majors Fair is also an excellent way for prospective high school students to get information about academic offerings at Ohio University. “We have confirmed that five high schools will bring groups of students this year.”

While on campus these high school students will take a tour and receive admission information, and as well as participate in a preparing for college workshop in which tips for selecting a major are provided.

“The exposure is good for students that are interested in attending OU-C, but also for those who want to start in Chillicothe and relocate to the main campus after several semesters,” said Fisher.

Invitations were sent to students who have expressed interest in attending OU-C in the future or applied to attend in the Spring.

The Hilltopper Advising Center is the campus’ central resource for academic advising. All students are welcome to visit with an advisor in the Hilltopper Advising Center to discuss a myriad of subjects related to classes, degrees, requirements, and more.

Located in Room 270 of Bennett Hall, the Hilltopper Advising Center also has a small number of computers available for students to take assessments, conduct registration activities, or access information. Hours for the Hilltopper Advising Center are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Interested students or individuals can contact Cristy Null at nullc1@ohio.edu or call (740) 774-7752 for more information about Majors Fair.

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