CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 100 current students, professors, and volunteers attended the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CONHS) fall 2014 Meet and Greet held October 15 at Island Hall.
“The Meet and Greet started as an outreach effort geared toward pre-nursing students to help them feel connected to their college, and with the support of the Dean, it has been taking place for five years,” Johanna DuBose, CONHS Retention Specialist. “The number of pre-nursing students has doubled since our first event in 2009.”
The event gave pre-nursing and health science students the opportunity to get to know the CONHS faculty and learn valuable information about the nursing program and health science major. The event included a tour of the nursing simulation labs, refreshments, and the chance to connect to campus resources.
Additionally, the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA), Recreational Sports, the University Counseling Center, the Islanders Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT), ROTC Islander Battalion, and Disability Services had information tables.
The main goal of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Meet and Greet is to increase retention by providing pre-nursing students with a connection to the College and the faculty. Since freshmen and sophomore students do not have the opportunity to take classes with the CONHS professors until they are accepted into the program, this event gives them the chance to meet professors and build connections before they enter the classroom.