One hundred Evanston Township High School sophomores got a unique look at Northwestern University when they visited campus on October 30. The twice-yearly Kits ‘n’ Cats at NU day is intended to increase college awareness among Evanston sophomores who haven’t yet decided about college.
Kits ‘n’ Cats at NU is part of Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro's Good Neighbor, Great University initiative. The effort is led by Lucile Krasnow, special assistant for community relations, and supported by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at SESP and the College and Career Office at Evanston Township High School (ETHS). Schapiro greeted the students and kicked off the day with a welcome talk that emphasized college attendance. He was joined by District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, who also talked with the students.
This year the focus was on athletics and theatre as well as college admissions as the day’s activities exposed ETHS students to life on a college campus. Students visited Ryan Field to learn about careers in sports medicine, training, marketing and broadcasting. They also attended a panel with Northwestern student athletes, facilitated by football player Bo Cisek, and had a pizza lunch in the Stadium Club.
To introduce another avenue for student participation in college, Northwestern students gave a presentation about Waa-Mu, Northwestern’s annual student-written production. The Theater and Interpretation Center organized the presentation at Louis Theater. Finally students participated in a discussion about college admissions with Caitlin Smith, assistant director of undergraduate admission.
Kits ‘n’ Cats at NU is intended to target a special ETHS students who would be first-generation college students and those who have not yet decided if they will attend college. “We want ETHS students to become aware of Northwestern, ETHS’s neighbor, and get excited about college exploration,” says Amy Pratt, associate director of OSEP.