University College Day takes place on Wednesday, April 9.

“Think Global, Start Local”  will be this years theme.  

The two guest speakers scheduled are Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, associate professor at Texas Tech; and Stefan Stamoulis. University College Day will feature events from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Texas Wesleyan’s Senior Vice President and Provost, Allen Henderson, PhD, helped organize the day “which is a day of scholar presentations, and whatever you have learned from your research, or from your experiences that are unique, that you want to share and present what you have learned,” said Hendrson.

There are lots of different ways to show the research being presented, said Henderson. “It could be a paper or project or experiences in student learning, which can be written down and put into a proposal for a presentation or poster format.”

This is timely opportunity for all students of any background to express themselves. I also helps students to be able to put something special on their resume. Each student has to work with a faculty sponsor. Doing this can give the students direction and advice to make sure the presentation is on the right track.

The committee panel has made a few changes on last year’s event by trying to have more presentations than 2013. Students will be asked to present for about 20 minutes; the poster session will be about two hours in length and students may come and go during their poster presentations as they please to help fit into students classes.

Dr. Loraine Dieckmann, who is chair of the event, said: “It’s a one day event and takes a year to organize, we choose the topic, we found the guest speakers last semester.” Dieckmann also has a vision that she wants students to share of making the planet a greener place.

“I want people to become aware of their carbon footprint,” said Dr. Dieckmann with a smile. “This year is exciting because I got to work with Dr. Zane and helped create a new submissions form, that is working well” to help the process of applying and create more submissions to create hopefully a much smoother event for everyone involved. The best submissions will be posted on a google website database and be featured in the library which showcases the rewarding works.

Organizers are thanking the Wesleyan community for its support and participation in UCD 2014. Both faculty and students are a critical part of the collaboration that makes University College Day a signature event for Wesleyan.

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