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News Release

April 17, 2000

Students get ready to Interact, Connect at U of G

Hundreds of Ontario high school students and their parents will visit the University of Guelph April 27 and 28 to take part in separate back-to-back events that will acquaint them with university living and learning.

Several hundred students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will descend on the campus Thursday, April 27, for Guelph Interaction 2000. The day-long conference is intended to introduce secondary school students to the university community and learning environment at Guelph. "The purpose is to give students exposure to the university learning process and disciplines they may not be studying in high school," says Laura Beattie, a liaison officer for recruitment events.

The conference will include a welcome address, campus tours and sessions on a variety of topics, including where to live at university, biomedical engineering, tips for financial survival and the university transition. Guelph Interaction was last held in 1998 and attracted more than 800 students to campus.

On Friday, April 28, U of G applicants and their parents will attend the second annual Guelph Connection conference. The goal is to give students who applied to Guelph and their parents another opportunity to visit campus before they decide where to attend school.

The conference allows participants to learn more about life as a university student and experience university-style lectures and workshops. Students are given a sense of what to expect and how to deal with the transition to university. The wide-ranging sessions focus on research and topics of interest to students. Campus offices and programs such as Co-operative Education Services, the Human Rights and Equity Office, the Department of Athletics and the Centre for International Programs will also offer sessions.

A concurrent program for parents focuses on academics and lifestyle topics. Parents also have the opportunity to ask questions about admissions, degree programs, finances, residence and more. Last year, more than 600 students and their parents attended the inaugural conference.

For more information on either event, contact Laura Beattie in the Registrar's Office, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 6716.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 3338.

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