The annual University College Day [UCD] at Texas Wesleyan is set to take place on April 10. This is a day where students and faculty celebrate their explorations in various topic matters.
Those who register to present for UCD may not necessarily know what it takes to be a presenter or where to start. Bonnie Brimer, senior English major who is presenting at UCD, said she believes UCD is an open forum for presenters to express themselves.
“It is an open space, which means something different to everyone,” Brimer said. “To me it is a time to learn about something of interest to me well enough to be able to tell others about it and a confidence building exercise.”
Brimer said she believes it takes a lot to be a good presenter.
“It takes an awareness of one’s purpose for attending college,” she said. “Is [college] a check-box or an opportunity for growth?”
Tanni Chaudhuri, assistant professor of sociology and this year’s UCD chair, said as a UCD presenter you need to be well researched, well written, coherent and clear. Chaudhuri said students who are presenters, should think about the research they have done in their classes as topics for their presentations.
“The research has to be presentable. It should be something that is of professional quality,” Chaudhuri said. “[The presenter] should be researched invested, and understand the opportunity of being able to present.”
Chaudhuri said some presenters present alone, work with peers or are students and faculty.
“We have more presentations than last year, and have over 250 participants this year,” Chaudhuri said. “We have two female keynote speakers, a NASA scientist in the morning and a Tony award winning producer and actress, Meredith Lucille in the afternoon.
Chaudhuri said she is looking forward to the presentations this year.
“All of the [presentations] are unique in itself, and they’re very well presented so I can’t just pick more than one,” Chaudhuri said.
Chris Pearson, senior English major and a presenter on a panel at UCD, said it takes a self-motivated individual who is willing to share his or her work with the university, faculty and student body.
“I am excited about sharing a topic that I believe most people think about but don’t address,” Pearson said.
Pearson said his group will present a topic that explains race beyond ethnicity as a social construction that categorizes people.
“Instead, we need to be identified by our soul and our minds, not our skin color or gender; which leads to the question: Who are we?,” Pearson said.
For more information on the complete program visit www.txwes.edu/ucd.