CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Oct. 3, 2003 – Drew Griffin, admissions counselor at Southeast Missouri State University, is visiting prospective students in high schools throughout Southeast Missouri this school year.
Griffin will be visiting three to four high schools a day and expects to have visited every high school within the Southeast Missouri territory by the first week of November. He visits schools as large as Sikeston, Mo., and Poplar Bluff, Mo., and as small as those in Cooter, Mo., or Chaffee, Mo. Griffin says that many of the smaller high schools, particularly surrounding the Cape Girardeau area, often send the greatest percentage of their students to Southeast.
According to Griffin, one benefit of covering the Southeast Missouri region is its prominence in Southeast’s recruitment process.
“Southeast Missouri is one of our biggest service regions. I get to build relationships with the counselors and students in this area. I like to know that I can represent the best of Southeast to them.”
Griffin, a Southeast alumnus, has been an admissions counselor at the University since May 2002. He previously served the northern Missouri territory, including Kansas City. His new territory extends from south of Cape Girardeau to the Arkansas state line and throughout the Bootheel as far west as Poplar Bluff, Mo.
The duties of an admissions counselor are varied and plentiful, according to Griffin. He coordinates all interaction between Southeast and high schools, even middle schools and other colleges, that are within his territory. He visits college fairs to recruit new students for Southeast. Telecounseling is also an important aspect of his job. Griffin says he often calls prospective students to remind them of important dates or deadlines. He may help advise students during their first few days of orientation at Southeast.
In addition to these duties, Griffin has planned and coordinated a President’s Day event in the past, in which students returned to school during their holiday for fun and information on career and education choices.
Griffin says his responsibilities as an admissions counselor are designed not only to recruit new students, but to personally benefit each student with whom he comes into contact.
“My duties are to help high school students have an easier transition to the next step in their lives, whether that be attending Southeast or another college, attending a two-year college or entering the Air Force. I represent Southeast, but my primary role is to make sure the student I am working with finds an easy transition into that next step.”
Admissions counselors typically spend a large amount of time traveling. With his former territory, Griffin was spending an average of 10 to 12 weeks on the road during the school year. He would leave on Mondays to attend college fairs or visit high schools and return early Friday mornings. Now, because of the close proximity of his new territory, Griffin is able to perform those same duties, but return each evening to spend time with his wife, Tanya, at home in Jackson, Mo.
Along with acquiring a new territory this summer, Griffin was made secretary and membership chair of the Missouri Association for College Admissions Counseling (MOACAC) Executive Board. MOACAC is a professional organization for high school and college admissions counselors. Griffin is also a liaison for the Southeast Missouri School Counselors Association (SEMOSCA), a professional organization for all high school, middle school and elementary school counselors. He works with the president of SEMOSCA to provide anything the counselors might need from Southeast, such as financial aid and program information.
Griffin earned a master’s degree in higher education/ student affairs from Indiana University in 2002. While there, he worked in the admissions office for one year. He had the opportunity to work closely with someone who is a key figure in the enrollment management field and says he learned a great deal from his experience there.
Griffin graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication. While an undergraduate at Southeast, he served as a community advisor for the office of Residence Life, as a student worker for the Office of the President, and as a postal carrier for the University Receiving office.
Originally from Bernie Mo., Griffin graduated from Bernie High School in 1996. He was involved in Quiz Bowl, played the trumpet in band, and played on the golf team. He was vice president of Student Council and president of the Beta Club, an honor society.
Griffin’s pastimes include spending time with his wife, playing golf, reading and working around the house. He is very involved in his church, the Mount Auburn Christian Church.
Personal interaction is an important part of the admissions counselor’s job, says Griffin.
“I enjoy receiving calls and e-mails from students and encourage them to contact me with any questions they may have,” he says.
Griffin’s upcoming travel schedule is as follows
10/6-10/9 10/6 North Pemiscot HS 10/7 Clarkton HS Kennett HS Risco HS 10/8 Scott County Central HS 10/9 Scott City HS Malden HS Richland HS 10/20-10/23 10/20 Senath-Hornersville HS 10/22 Caruthersville HS Bell City HS 10/23 Gideon Clarkton 10/27-10/30 10/28 Malden HS college fair 10/29 Dexter HS college fair South Pemiscot HS Poplar Bluff HS college fair Sikeston HS college fair 10/30 East Prairie HS college fair New Madrid HS college fair 11/5 Cambell HS Holcomb HS
If you would like to contact Griffin for more information about Southeast or his upcoming school visits, he can be reached at (573) 651-2590 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.