Thursday, April 11, 2013

Open House 2013

Yesterday, we had our annual Open House for Admitted Students.  It was a beautiful day to welcome new admits to our campus, and we had a big day planned for them, chock-full of all kinds of panel sessions and activities.  Here’s a glimpse of our day.
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Welcome to SAIS!
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Our newly admitted students were greeted by Dean Vali Nasr, who was joined by other SAIS deans and the director of the SAIS Bologna Center.
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But the deans were interrupted by a surprise visit from SAIS alum Wolf Blitzer!
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Wolf Blitzer was kind enough to take a moment for a picture with our current student volunteers before returning to CNN.
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Next up: an all-star faculty panel featuring David Lampton, Eliot Cohen, Cinnamon Dornsife, Erik Jones, Ruth Wedgwood, Kenneth Keller, Dorothy Sobol, and Pravin Krishna.
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Director of Executive Programs Stephanie Hedge conducted a discussion of dual degree options with two current dual degree students.
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Financial Aid staff members Chanae Hodge and Lincoln Fischer, joined Associate Dean Myron Kunka and Assistant Dean Bonnie Wilson, to answer questions about financial aid.
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Gordon Bodnar and Jaime Marquez discuss the economics program at SAIS and Pre-Term options.
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Some of our future students.
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Several current students answer questions about their experiences in a candid, off-the-record session.
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Staff member from the Career Services discuss how future SAISers will learn the skills to manage their career in the long run.
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Some more future SAISers.
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Faculty, staff, and current students talk about the benefits of studying at the SAIS Bologna Center.
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In the afternoon, student volunteers talk about their concentrations at the Academic Programs Fair.
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More current student volunteers and future SAISers at the Academic Programs Fair.
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Our final panel of the day: the SAIS Alumni Panel, featuring alums from multiple decades and various sectors, shows how a SAIS degree can influence and benefit your career.
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And what’s an Open House without a closing reception?  New SAISers get the opportunity to meet with current students and engage with faculty and alumni.
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Even after the Open House was over, there were still new admits and current students hanging out in the Nitze courtyard.  They clearly didn’t want the day to end!
We videotaped some of the day’s bigger sessions, which will be posted online early next week.  We’ll be sure to let you know when they’re available.
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions