When Emily Noonan got a message from the HCC Student Affairs office informing her that she had won a brand new iPad with retina display, she thought it was a prank.
"It's happened to me before," said Noonan, 18, a first-year student from Holyoke. "I got a phone call from my brother once, pretending to be someone else, telling me I won an iPad because I'd been waiting for one forever."
Well, now the joke is on him. Noonan's name was drawn from a pool of more than 2,200 students who completed New Student Orientation for the fall 2012 semester. Her name was announced in the courtyard during last week's Club Fair, but Noonan wasn't there.
HCC Dean of Students Amnat Chittaphong presented Noonan with her prize this week, and she was thriled.
The iPad drawing was used as an incentive to complete orientation. Only those students who stayed until the end and participated in the electronic survey were eligible. This was the first year that attendance at orientation was mandatory for new students. Chittaphong said it was an absolute success.
"Out of 2,900 students, there were only about 70 who didn't," he said.
Photos: (Left) Dean of Students Amnat Chittaphong presents Emily Noonan with her new iPad. (Right) Emily Noonan.