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Scholars’ Symposium at UMFK Showcases Student Achievements

Posted April 25, 2013, at 10:07 a.m.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s fourth annual Scholars’ Symposium will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 2 & 3 on the UMFK campus. The theme of this year’s event is “Creativity, Technology, and the Workplace: Bridge to the Future.”

The two-day showcase of student academic achievement begins Thursday, May 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room with a panel discussion on the role of the University in training students in the use of technology for today’s careers.

On Friday, May 3, the day will kick-off with a welcome from UMFK President Wilson G. Hess at 8:45 in Fox Auditorium. That will be followed by keynote addresses by Louis Loeffer, assistant professor of Instructional Technology at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 9 a.m., and by Dr. Matthew Bampton, professor of Geology at the University of Southern Maine at 10 a.m.

Loeffer works with students who wish to learn how to integrate technology into their teaching and learning. He consults with schools and businesses on the integration of technology into their training. Dr. Bampton’s research centers on geographic information system education for undergraduates.

Various student presentations will be made simultaneously in Fox Auditorium and in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Following lunch in Nowland Hall, the Symposium will move to the UMFK Sports Center from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. for the hugely popular poster and project session, where students display poster presentations of their research or projects, and answer questions about their methodologies and findings.

UMFK Scholars’ Symposium fosters a community of engaged educators, researchers, and life-long learners who value academic excellence, scholarship, and intellectual curiosity. The two days of stimulating presentations and discourse focuses on issues relevant to the region and to the institution’s mission, which commits to experiential learning, responsible citizenship, and environmental stewardship in its Franco-American, rural setting.

For further information on the Symposium, please contact Jeff Dubis, Symposium coordinator, at jdubis@maine.edu

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