Jessica Pounds
Students, faculty and staff at Texas Wesleyan enjoyed a day free of classes to participate in University College Day April 11.
University College Day is when everyone involved with the university is invited to come together to celebrate the intellectual and community life of the university. All day, students, faculty and staff shared their interests and projects that have driven their learning experiences.
Provost Allen Henderson thought the involvement this year was tremendous.
“There was great participation from students and faculty this year,” Henderson said. “This is probably the largest University College Day in Texas Wesleyan history.”
The all-day event featured a special networking event for students sponsored by the World of Wesleyan Leadership Program, a luncheon featuring Wesleyan grads, panels, debates, a student film premiere, poster boards, pecha kucha presentations, a keynote address and a cookout with live music.
Amber Smith, sophomore criminal justice major, thought this year was better than last.
“The presentations were a lot more interesting this year,” Smith said. “I think that University College Day was great because it gets students involved and makes them look at issues in the world we face today.”
One of the last events for the day was a keynote address by Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns. He is an alumnus of Texas Wesleyan.
“It’s nice to be back home here at Texas Wesleyan,” Burns said. “It was also good to see some of my old professors.”
Burns’ speech was directed around the lasting effects of bullying on children and how stepping up and being honest about it can better your life.
Elizabeth Tolentino, senior marketing major, was touched by Burns’ speech.
“Councilman Burn’s speech was so inspiring and personal that there was not one soul in that room that wasn’t paying attention,” Tolentino said. “It was truly amazing to listen and connect with his speech.”