Redesigned College Program Helpful for Students, Parents
Redesigned College Program Helpful for Students, Parents

On Wed., March 1, the College Counseling team hosted a redesigned program for sophomores who are getting started on their college search. The college counselors introduced the college counseling programming that sophomores can expect from now through their graduation in June of 2019. Then, the program featured six different sessions so all attendees could discover more about aspects of the process that interest them.

"There is so much to consider when navigating the college application process. It can feel overwhelming at times," says Elisabeth Lawrence, mother of a Kent Denver sophomore as well as a recent Kent Denver graduate. "From learning the difference between a small liberal arts college and a large research university to understanding the mystique of the admissions office to figuring out how to pay for college, the presentations were enlightening and entertaining."

The sessions at the event, which were 30 minutes in length and repeated three times, included:

  • The Value of a Liberal Arts Education, presented by Maria Furtado, Colleges That Change Lives
  • Understanding Engineering and Technical Schools, presented by Kim Medina, Director of Admissions, Colorado School of Mines
  • Playing College Athletics, presented by Scott Yates, Kent Denver Director of Athletics
  • Financing College, presented by Nashwa Bolling, Associate Director of Budget, Research & Analysis, University of Denver
  • Myth vs. Reality in the College Search, presented by Kevin MacLennan, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Admissions
  • Understanding Selective Research Universities, presented by Mike Drish, Deputy Director, Undergraduate Admission, UCLA

The variety that the new program offered was helpful for parents new—and returning—to the college search with their children. Several parents noted the important information they gleaned about students' use of social media, as well as the important difference between activities that fill a résumé and those activities that students are truly passionate about. Students need to be authentic and participate in activities that matter deeply to them.

"The sessions included a wonderfully reassuring overview of the myth vs. reality in the college search, and another reminding us of the value of a liberal arts education," says Dan Citron, father of both a junior and a sophomore.

Overall, parents found the event both engaging and informative.

Jerry Grewe, parent of a sophomore, senior and recent alumna, adds, "I appreciated the information shared by the various representatives and continue to be impressed by the great things these college admission officers have to say about Kent Denver."

Kent Denver students found it engaging and encouraging, as well, noting the importance of finding many good fits, as well as clarifications on how to be a compelling college applicant.

"College night was a great way to get the college process rolling. It was an enjoyable night and a great way to familiarize the class of 2019 with the college counselors," says Josh Melvin, a sophomore. "I'm excited about the college process and to work with our college counselors."

Pierce Largan, Class of 2019, noted that "The combination of counselors explaining their process and the admissions members from colleges around the country explaining how to be successful when applying helped me understand the process in a different light and helped to relieve my fears about college."

The college counselors at Kent Denver appreciate the excellent turnout for the program, and they look forward to helping families navigate the college process.

Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
Phone Numbers:
School: (303) 770-7660 x324
B.A. - English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on parent communications, editing the Connection and Parent Community News online newsletters and supporting the website and other publications.

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
Phone Numbers:
School: (303) 770-7660 x295

B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications 

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.