First A&H Scholarship Day “a tremendous success”
Even before the UW-Parkside College of Arts and Humanities opens the doors of The Rita to prospective students this Saturday, the first-ever Arts and Humanities Scholarship Day is already considered a major success.
"Counting the students who are auditioning and their guests, there are roughly 150 people attending which we think is a tremendous success for the first year of this competition," said Dr. Dean Yohnk, Arts and Humanities dean.
The 50 prospective students who participate in Scholarship Day will be busy. Art students will have their portfolios reviewed, aspiring music and theatre students will audition, while students in the Humanitiescommunication, English, liberal studies, and Spanishwill have a variety of written and multimedia creative expressions reviewed.
"Each student will have time to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from departments in their selected majors and get feedback on their creative presentations and interviews. Students will also be asked to explain their future educational and career goals as well as their decision to attend UW-Parkside in their chosen field of study," Yohnk said.
When students aren't auditioning, they'll have the opportunity to get information on registration, orientation, and financial aid; they can take a special, never before seen, "behind the scenes" tour of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. And they can have casual conversations with current Arts and Humanities students and administrators.
At 1 p.m., students and families return to the Frances Bedford Concert Hall for Scholarship Day's grand finale: the naming of the eight people receiving the inaugural Picken Arts and Humanities Scholarships. Recipients of other arts and humanities scholarships will also be honored as will those receiving out-of-state scholar awards.
Yohnk expressed his appreciation to Kathleen "Kitty" Picken for her generous support of aspiring arts and humanities students.
"At many schools across the country, it's sometimes difficult for students to get scholarships in the arts and humanities disciplines," he said. "Kitty's vision will help us build the College of Arts and Humanities and attract the best possible students."When information about the Picken scholarships becomes common knowledge, Yohnk expects Arts and Humanities Scholarship Day to gain stature. ""This will be an event that will continue to grow as the new College of Arts and Humanities at UW-Parkside continues to flourish."