Humber seeks school’s new faces in model search

by | Feb 16, 2019 | News

Humber students signing up to have a photo taken during the feb. 8, 2019, model search at the North campus where the model search team looked for new faces for the 2019 Humber viewbook. (Nathaniel Smith)

Nathaniel Smith, Arts and Life Reporter

Fionnah McKechnie walked around Humber’s North campus on Feb. 8 looking for the next face of the school.

“I’m grabbing anyone with a friendly face, someone who looks welcoming and friendly because it will look good for Humber,” said McKechnie, with the college’s marketing department. She was the vanguard for the college’s Model Search at North campus, where the institution was looking for new faces for the Humber College viewbook.

The event went from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the E Building near the E135 Lecture Hall, where students signed up and waited in line at the photo station for their photos to be taken, with hopes of being picked for the viewbook.

More than 50 students showed up within the first hour of the viewbook search, with close to 300 shots taken by the photographer in attendance.

Fionnah McKechnie, of the Humber Marketing Department, walks around the campus on Feb. 8, 2019, looking for students to participate in the model search between 10 a.m and 3 p.m. (Nathaniel Smith)

McKechnie also used those items to convince students to get photos taken. She let them know that “it’s free to do with lots of free items.”

Students were worried about was where the photos would be going after the shoot. The answer is the school’s personal records and nowhere else.

Tien Nhut, a second year engineering student who is also an international student, took the time to capitalize on this opportunity by Humber.

“I’m an international student and my family encourages me to participate in activities, so I think it would be good to send the viewbook to my family in Vietnam,” he said.

Tien Nhut, a second year engineering student and international student, after taking a photo for the Humber north model search on Feb. 8, 2019. (Nathaniel Smith)

Multiculturalism was a central focus this year, where students of all ethnicities participated and showing their faces with pride, which is a staple in the image of Humber College.

Tien believes this is what future students are depending on when searching for a school.

“I like how diverse the lineup of students are which will make all people want to come to Humber,” he said.

The next Humber Model Search planned at the Lakeshore campus on Feb. 12 was cancelled and is to be rescheduled.

“It would be awesome for students to be in the Viewbook for a year and keep it forever,” McKechnie said.