April 29, 2009
A group of alumni, high school seniors and their families in
Torrance, CA met with representatives of St. John’s University at
the Torrance Marriott South Bay on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 for an
accepted student enrollment reception. Staff, current students and
alumni collaborated to share information about St. John’s and
provided insight to help accepted students make a decision about
attending the University in the fall.
A crowd of 60 attendees, 25 of which were students, gathered to
hear Admissions counselor Margarita Gonazelez share her perspective
on St. John’s. A current student from Southern California then
spoke about his experience adjusting to the University as he was
3,000 miles from home.
Alumni speaker Juan Capdet '02CPS, '04MBA engaged the audience
with praise of St. John’s, relating the regular assistance provided
to students by professors and the willingness of the entire St.
John’s community to help those in need, citing the University’s
actions after 9/11 to help students—and the broader community—cope
with the tragedy. Capdet also told the group that these factors
were key in his decision to attend the University despite receiving
a full scholarship from another institution.
The night concluded with a raffle in which two students and
their families received giveaways. Several alumni also remained
after the event’s formal conclusion to speak with students and
families, further demonstrating the strength and support of our