March was a bit of a slow month in terms of things to do for the April 26 elevator pitch. Applications trickled in here and there but picked up a bit in the last week of the month. The online application deadline was April 5. As you might have guessed the bulk of the applications came in just before the deadline. That did cause some anxiety as we fretted over whether or not we would get a respectable number of applications. We did - 70 in all.
Our primary goal in March was to generate interest in the event so that students would apply. To that end we posted flyers on our respective campuses, and asked all faculty members to remind their students of the event and the $500 awards. We also sent e-mail reminders to all of the area high schools. The Southwestern Illinois College student newspaper ran a feature story on the event which we believe was very helpful in raising awareness on that campus. The local newspaper ran a brief story as well.
There will be much more to report in April as I share results of the event on the 26th.