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On January 30th, Kentucky State University students, faculty, staff and administrators will travel to Hopkinsville, Ky., on the first stop of the Thorobred Express, a mobile recruitment initiative that takes members of the KSU community across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The purpose of the Thorobred Express is twofold – to recruit prospective students from Kentucky to KSU and to inform communities in the state about the university. This initiative is in addition to the university’s regular recruitment program.
Three buses will transport the faculty, staff, students, band and choir. Thorobred Express activities will include visits to area high schools and a college fair, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bruce Convention Center.
An assembly beginning at 1 p.m. will highlight academic programs and will feature various speakers from the campus community. Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks is scheduled to announce by proclamation the designation of Jan. 30, 2015, as Kentucky State University Day. The assembly will also recognize high school seniors who have been accepted to attend KSU in the fall. Seniors also will be able to apply onsite and have their application fee waived.
Prospective students will learn about financial aid, academic offerings and internships as well as scholarship, dual credit and online opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for KSU’s Concert Choir and band at Hopkinsville High School. KSU has invited juniors and seniors in the area as well as local middle school students. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, the YMCA and local KSU alumni are also expected.
The audience will also be entertained by the university’s Concert Choir and the Mighty Marching Thorobreds. An extra bonus, the Marching Thorobreds will stay over for a Saturday halftime performance at the Hopkinsville High School versus Christian County basketball game.
Earlier on Friday morning, KSU faculty members will visit Christian County High School to teach classes and give mini presentations on their disciplines. They will be at the college fair later to inform prospective students about the majors offered at KSU.
“There are some who don’t know who we are and some who think they know who we are. But there are many who don’t know about the quality of the education we offer, the caliber of students we have and the bountiful opportunities for students here at KSU. So as important as securing more instate prospective students is letting the Commonwealth know exactly who Kentucky State University is and what makes us unique,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for student affairs.
The next stop on the Thorobred Express will be to eastern Kentucky and then Elizabethtown.