By Alex Balletto – 1851 Staff
Since 2002, Symposium has been a very important and well-attended event. Symposium was once a week-long event in the spring but changed into a biannual event; one per fall and spring semesters. This year’s fall Symposium is being held throughout the day on Tuesday, December 8.
The fall and spring Connected Learning Symposium include presentations, displays, exhibitions, and performances that last throughout the day, as well as other events related to Symposium throughout the week. Besides the fact that some students may view Symposium as a day to stay in and get their work done before finals, it is much more than that to Student Connected Learning Organizer, junior Kelsie Pace.
“It’s a time to showcase what you have worked so hard on all semester to your fellow students and faculty. It’s a day to present yourself in a professional manner and reach new heights not only as a student here at Lasell, but as a school together,” said Pace.
Symposium is a perfect event to exemplify students’ commitment to the connected learning philosophy.
“These end-of-semester events gather the Lasell community in celebration of the collaborative accomplishments of students and faculty, helping to further establish the relevance of teaching and learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Sarah Abbott, Faculty Connected Learning Organizer.
On top of the day being focused on academics “there’s something for everyone,” according to Abbott. There is no limitation to what classes present at Symposium which is part of the reason why it is so interesting. Pace added that as an event management major, she’s “lucky” to have the opportunity to work on Symposium and working alongside Abbott is a “pleasure.”
“The more time, energy, and I put into each showcase, the more I love to watch it all come together,” said Pace.
No matter who you are, any part or Symposium is a great opportunity to see. Various faculty can view what other colleagues are doing with their curriculum, giving each other valuable ideas.
Participating students are “committing to a professional presentation and its’ associated preparation,” according to Abbott, discussing another benefit of this event.
Abbott added the skills learned while preparing for Symposium are “transferable” and can help students when applying for graduate school or for the first job out of school.
Some examples of groups presenting in the poster session which is being offered from noon to 12:50 are: “Why Make Art?” “On Deadline: 1851 Chronicle and Website,” “The Pistachio Presence Project,” “Native American Social Justice,” and “Differential Equations with Applications.”
According to Abbott, her favorite part of symposium is working with so many talented faculty, staff, and students in the Lasell com- munity that she would not ordinarily do in her role as a faculty member. She has espe- cially enjoyed working with Pace.
To the people presenting, Symposium means something very similar.
“To me, this presentation is a demon- stration of all we have learned; it is our way of communicating with Lasell the impor- tance of our classes,” said freshman Nicole Glendye, who is presenting for her honors legal studies classes.
Glendye’s honors class, The Riddle of Gender, will “provoke students and faculty to think in ways they may not be used to be” according to Glendye. The focus of the discussion will be the meaning of gender binary.
Glendye views Symposium as a great way to teach her peers while stepping out of her comfort zone to speak publicly.
Freshman Samantha Beneski, who is also presenting with an honors class, says that Symposium gives students a chance to “appreciate what their fellow classmates are doing and also learn in a non-classroom setting.”
Beneski’s honors class, The Witch in History and Culture, is presenting “Culture Threads of Magic” which focuses on the students long-term projects on a topic they wanted to explore. Beneski researched Ancient Egypt and their belief of afterlife. This course is taught by Jill Shoemaker.
Shoemaker believes Symposium is important “to learn, explore and share.”
“I believe that there is no other opportunity for the community to experience the quality work that is occurring in our classrooms every day. Providing a space where our students can present their finest scholarly work is our responsibility as an institution and I’m thrilled to be a part of that,” said Abbott.