Sing Song brings not only a rush of alumni and family, but also a flood of prospective students to campus.
The Admissions Office is hosting a premiere weekend for potential students Friday and Saturday and are using Sing Song to advocate ACU in a special way.
“Sing Song is an exciting visit weekend to plan as there’s so much student life that is naturally happening. It makes that aspect of campus easy and very fun to showcase,” said Ashley Pyle, special events coordinator in the Office of Admissions.
With the number of students who participate in Sing Song, it is easy to show off the positive effects the tradition has on campus. However, the high amount of participation also makes it difficult to fulfill weekend duties.
“This presents a challenge to this visit day, as many students who volunteer and help during other visit days are busy with Sing Song and family who have come in for the weekend,” Pyle said. “Staffing this visit day is a little harder, but we are so blessed with a community of faculty, staff and students who are willing to step up and help wherever needed during any visit day.”
Those who are able to work during Sing Song weekend help make the weekend more memorable than a typical visit.
“It’s the same spiel as other preview days but probably a little more goofy,” said Josi Flores, senior international studies major from Abilene. “Sing Song is the biggest tradition at ACU so we want to bring it to light during their visit.”
In the past tour guides have gone above and beyond their roles, and made a special effort to show just how special Sing Song is, she said.
“Last year, we dressed up in old Sing Sing costumes and showed the visitors some of the signature moves,” Flores said.
Along with the unique accommodations the Admissions Office makes for prospective students, those who lead campus tours work to make guests feel at home. Student workers have done different things to spotlight the tradition and make the weekend memorable for visitors, like designating parking spots with the visitors’ name and gifting the students with a lanyard and ACU draw-string bag.
“We want to make them feel as comfortable and important as we can because they are important to us,” Flores said.