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    SU hosts admitted students from MENAT

    Photo: Admitted students eventMarch 2012
    Syracuse University recently hosted three events for students of the MENAT region. Admitted students and their parents were invited to engage with SU staff and other admitted students, as well as recent alumni.

    “The interest in Syracuse University by students in the MENAT Region continues to grow,” shared Sherlyn Sychua, regional manager for advancement and external affairs/admissions for SU Dubai. “Events such as these serve to reinforce the many benefits of an education at Syracuse University that initially attracted the students. Most importantly, they get direct access to staff and alumni for a more personal sense of the experience they will soon be having.”

    A luncheon for admitted students was held in Istanbul. Erika Wilkens-Sözen, academic director of SU Abroad, Istanbul, attended the event where current SU students studying abroad came to share their cultural, academic and social experiences at Syracuse. The admitted students were anxious to learn first-hand about life on campus and the myriad of opportunities for students. The current and admitted students exchanged contact details and started making plans for a welcome dinner in the fall.

    Many admitted students enjoyed an afternoon tea party at TBWA/RAAD, the office of Reda Raad, MENAT Regional Council chairman. Raad hosted the event, which was attended by Sychua as well as several SU alumni living in the region. Karen Bass, director of international undergraduate admissions, joined the group via Skype and answered numerous questions posed by students and parents regarding enrollment, academic majors, scholarships, residence options and the city of Syracuse.

    Hasan F. Shaikh, regional director of Middle East advancement and external affairs, joined admitted students and their family members at a dinner hosted by the Al Agil family at their farm in Riyadh. Several alumni were on hand to share their personal perspective of SU, and Karen Bass participated via telephone for a question and answer session.

    “These annual admitted students events truly are wonderful opportunities for our incoming freshmen to ask questions of alumni and staff who are well versed in all aspects of the University,” added Sherlyn Sychua. “As well, they showcase the hospitality the students will come to appreciate when they settle into their new life on campus.”

    If you would like to host a future event, contact James O'Connor at jhoconno@syr.edu.