By REBEKAH RAY
Prospective students with alumni parents were given the
chance to see what it is like to be a part of the Tech family when they
attended Legacy Day Saturday.
Emily Steed, an admissions recruiter, who was primarily
in charge of the event, said Legacy Day took the place of the Time Out for Tech
that would normally be held during winter quarter.
“The thing about Legacy Day is that only students with at
least one parent who graduated from Tech [could] attend,” Steed said. “Legacy
Day is only for them. It’s not for any other students, so it’s kind of special
There were only 200 spots available for this first-time
The spots were filled within a month and a half after
notice was given about Legacy Day in December.
Steed said Legacy Day’s two objectives were to attract
the high school students to Tech while welcoming back their parents into the
“We hope that as alumni are back on campus and are
presented with activities that are available to them, they will want to get
more involved,” Steed said.
Nancy Diaz, a 1975 Tech alumnae, said, “I thought it was
a cool thing for the university to do.”
“Obviously, all colleges and universities are looking for
every bit of support they can get from alumni, so this is smart,” Diaz said.
Sarah Diaz, Nancy Diaz’s daughter, said, “I guess the way
this day is set up is cool because my mom, my aunt and my grandmother all went
here, so it’s neat to get to see the campus from this perspective.”
Guests were greeted in the first floor lobby of Wyly
Tower of Learning by the student recruiter who was assigned to be their guide
for the day.
Each family proceeded on an extended, personalized tour
of the campus before meeting all together for an informational presentation
that covered all current admissions criteria for new students.
Mary Carlton, a student recruiter and a junior speech
major, provided the personal tour for Nancy and Sarah Diaz.
“I think [Legacy Day] was definitely a success,” Carlton
said. “I think we should do it again next year. I know the family that I had
enjoyed the alumni coming together and bringing their kids.”
Nancy Diaz said she liked having a day like this, just
for alumni and their children.
“This is just a good opportunity to be back on campus and
to get to look at it with [Sarah],” Nancy Diaz said. “There’s a lot about Tech
that I know. I was a student here. But it feels really different to come back
here as a parent.”
Steed said the Admissions Office will evaluate Legacy
Day’s success during the spring as they decide whether to make it a regular
So far it looks likely that this first Legacy Day will
not have been the last, Steed said.
Carlton said it appeared Legacy Day had fulfilled its
Carlton saw, as Nancy Diaz told stories of her own
experiences how the two were seeing Tech as “their own.”
“Tech was theirs,” Carlton said. “It wasn’t just ‘oh,
this is this school that I’m thinking about going to,’ it was, ‘this is my
Tech, this is where I want to go, my mom went here and this is her story.’”