This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication.
I found myself browsing the web this week and came across an article describing 13 technological sounds that your kids will no longer hear. “Hmmm,” I thought to myself, “I wonder exactly what this is about.” Upon entering I was treated to the sounds of rotary dial telephones, floppy disc drives and, perhaps most surprisingly, the sound of a busy signal.
It made think how quickly things change and that, generally speaking, these changes are for the better.
A good example of this is the way Pittsburg State interacts with its incoming students. Twenty years ago I enrolled as a transfer student to Pittsburg State. The enrollment process was pleasant, but I didn't exactly see a lot of people or get a great sense of everything my university had to offer. Should I have taken a bit more initiative and asked more questions? Sure … but things were a bit different back then and besides, I had a summer to enjoy!
Thankfully, things have changed, and Pittsburg State is doing more than ever before to prepare its students for success.
A perfect example of this is the Pitt C.A.R.E.S (Campus Advisement, Registration, and Enrollment Services) program. This summer, PSU will offer nine of these sessions for its incoming freshmen and transfer students. Hundreds of incoming Freshmen and their parents, grandparents and siblings are taking part in these day-long sessions which provide insight into the many academic and social challenges that these students will likely face during their college career.
It’s a great way for students and their parents to get answers to questions in an incredibly relaxed setting, and it gives them a chance to really get to know their campus.
If you see these students in town this summer, I invite you to welcome them and thank them for choosing Pittsburg State University … and maybe, just maybe, take a moment to explain why rotary phones really were cool ... especially in avocado green. (Here's a short video about the Pitt CARES program)