Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Visitor Center to prepare for first major CFAW

Hard work, dozens of activities and fresh ideas are all coming together to ensure that Liberty University’s first College For A Weekend (CFAW) of the year, Sept. 20-22, is exciting and successful.

CFAW — Thomas Scott and Travis Shirkman prepare CFAW welcome packets in the Hancock Welcome Center. Photo credit: Abby Kourkounakis

According to Ericka Morris, Recruitment Events Coordinator, planning and preparation for CFAW never stops.

“Whether one of these weekends has just occurred or is happening in the near future, CFAW preparation is a year-round activity,” Morris said. “We are already thinking ahead to November.”

The weekend of Sept. 20 will showcase new activities along with the traditional events. According to Morris, this year will be introducing the first Academic CFAW, which will specifically target individual majors. A brand-new feature of CFAW will be the Academic Track: a list of classes that coincide with the major that a potential student is interested in. If a guest is unsure about which track is right for them, or even which major might be right for them, multiple tracks can be picked up so that guests can compare classes.

According to Morris, as the CFAW guests browse through the various majors, they will have the chance to meet the chairs and faculty of the different departments.

As important as academics are, the weekend’s sole focus will not be on classes and admission. CFAW guests will be encouraged to enjoy an array of activities including home games for the Flames football and hockey teams and a concert by Jars of Clay, featuring Shane and Shane.

CFAW — Welcome Center staff gets ready for CFAW students. Photo credit: Abby Kourkounakis

According to TJ Scott, one of Liberty’s campus guides, other activities will include horseback riding at the Equestrian Center, an art exhibit in the Studio and Digital Arts Department, the traditional late skate at LaHaye Ice Center, a Fusion worship session in Towns Auditorium and of course, Hall Connect—a chance for the CFAW guests to meet the leadership on the hall where they are staying and experience the spiritual atmosphere of dorm life at Liberty.

Hosting students at Liberty so that they are able to experience “College For A Weekend” is not a new idea. According to Joy Federico, the guest experience coordinator, CFAW at Liberty has been around for more than 20 years. These weekends attract large numbers. The number of current students at Liberty who experienced a CFAW makes up about 70 percent of the population, according to Morris.

Kimberly Higgins, a sophomore at Liberty, is one of the many students who were welcomed to Liberty by a CFAW. She says that after her CFAW experience, she went on to visit other colleges, but her thoughts kept coming back to how comfortable she felt at Liberty and how much she really wanted to be a part of this school.

“If I didn’t go to CFAW, I wouldn’t be at Liberty,” Higgins said.

For more information, visit libertycfaw.com.

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