More than 500 families took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to attend this year's Open House on Oct. 16, a 15 percent increase from last year. In addition to the information fair held in the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium -- where more than 30 academic and administrative departments had display tables -- 1,200 prospective students and their families also had the opportunity to visit with the President and with faculty; tour campus; see the library; and become familiar with housing, financial aid and other services. A special feature this year was an information session exclusively in Spanish, targeting families of Latin-American heritage. "While we know that college students need strong English skills, many of them have parents who will be more comfortable hearing the details about Eastern and admissions, housing and financial aid in Spanish," said Christopher Dorsey, acting director of admissions. "We want to help these families more easily navigate the admissions process as much as we can."