Fifteen counselors from Puerto Rico visited campus on December 4 to tour Neumann’s facilities and establish connections with administrators and staff.
The visitors represented a variety of schools, including Colegio San Ignacio, Palmas Academy, Academia Bautista Puerto Nuevo, Mater Salvatore, and others.
After lunch with three students, they walked to the Mirenda Center where they met Dr. Chris Domes and heard an admissions presentation by David Alvarez, senior admissions counselor. Alvarez, an alumnus who hails from Puerto Rico, has traveled to the island for the last two years to build relationships with counselors there.
During the afternoon, the group engaged in a panel discussion with Kathryn Callahan, director of student success; Sarah Williamson, dean of student affairs; Victor Betancourt, associate provost for global engagement; Preeti Singh, director of career and professional development; and Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, former vice president for mission and ministry.
“This event was extremely successful as the counselors were all discussing students from their high schools that they thought would be a good fit for Neumann,” said Lauren Sciocchetti, director of undergraduate admission.
“David really gave them a picture of the experience and support students will get even far from home. I believe this event, as well as the work David is doing when he is there, will go far in creating a Puerto Rico-Neumann pipeline of students who have values that align and want to experience life and school in a location that has so many opportunities for growth.”
The group met with a collection of coaches before ending their tour in the campus store.