Lonita Cordova doesn’t have a reference point to make a comparison.

The Dean of Student Equity and Success was participating in her first Extreme Registration, but the feedback from students, faculty and classified staff was pretty glowing.

For the third straight year Merced College offered students an opportunity to get everything involved in the registration process accomplished in a single day on both campuses. Students could fill out an application, take assessment tests, meet with counselors, go through orientation and even get their student IDs. Cordova, who was putting on the event for the first time, made a number of subtle tweaks in an effort to streamline the already established process and the results seemed to be positive.

“I think it ran pretty smoothly,” Cordova said. “We had 195 students see counselors. We moved people through at a pretty good pace. I think it made a big difference having almost everything in the library.

“People really liked the tacos and the churros. It can be a long day for the students, depending on how many things they have to do, but almost everybody that came through had positive things to say.”

The biggest change to this year’s Extreme Registration was cutting down on the number of places participants had to travel around campus. The Learning Resource Center housed the bulk of the activities with students able to fill out applications if needed, meet with counselors, register for classes, take their assessments and go through orientation.

The Quad played host to the food, music and information booths regarding Merced College’s student services. Mexican Twisted catered the event and provided the tacos, while Radio Lobo and Hot 104.7 alternated providing the tunes. A number of professors also set up shop inside the cafeteria to display their various programs to the students.      

Seventy five administrators, faculty and classified staff gave up a good chunk of their Saturday to help facilitate the event, which Shannon Gragg estimates helped register a little over 200 students on the Merced campus.

“The vibe in the library was very calm,” Cordova said. “There were some decent sized waits, but we didn’t have any blowouts from students. Everyone I talked to said it was calm, organized and well planned out, which is what you’re hoping for."