Odyssey Days successful despite weather

Katherine Weber, Staff Writer

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Student workers stand outside of the Haggar University Center, umbrellas up, ready to greet and help prospective students and their families as they arrive. The next Odyssey Days will be hosted November 20-21. Photo courtesy of University of Dallas Undergraduate Admissions.

The University of Dallas Office of Admissions held its traditional Odyssey Days event for prospective students Oct. 23-24, which featured heavy rain and changes to the traditional program of events.

This was the first Odyssey Days weekend for the fall, with the second weekend scheduled for Nov. 20-21.

Several current students took part in a “Blue Out,” dressing in blue to show their school spirit. Many current students still remember when they visited UD as prospective students.

Professors opened their classrooms to visiting students, who were able to sit in on courses ranging from Dr. Jason Lewallen’s French Thought and Culture After 1945 class to professor Stefan Novinski’s Directing Lab course.

Visiting high school seniors were also able to tour campus, eat in the cafeteria, order drinks at the Cap Bar and meet with faculty members for one-on-one conversations.

Students enjoyed themselves during the weekend, although the weather was less than ideal; during Odyssey Days, Irving received more rain in three days than it had seen in several months.

Still, as the rain came pouring down on Friday, prospective high school seniors came pouring into campus from all over the country. However, the sour weather did decrease the number of attendees, according to Campus Visit Coordinator Lucas Preble.

“We were expecting 95 attendees to our October event, but because of the rain we welcomed 82 to campus on Friday and Saturday,” Preble said. “We were happy with this turnout.”

Some prospective students stayed in the residence halls on campus overnight.

The number of students staying overnight, however, has decreased since last year.

This is not from a lack of desire on the part of the prospective students, according to Preble.

“This year, we opted against hosting students on campus to see how the weekend would go,” Preble said.

Overall, the lack of students staying overnight did not detract from the success of the weekend, as compared to previous years.

Prospective students are not restricted to visiting during the Odyssey Days alone.

Visiting students trickle in during various times throughout the school year, but the two Odyssey Days weekends attract the vast majority of prospective students.

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