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Senior Symposium Promotes Passions

For the third year, the Senior Symposium will provide a showcase of the hard work and dedication of graduating students on Friday, April 15 in the Melly Academic Center and Warren Hunting Smith Library. Throughout the course of the day, seniors will present their intellectual pursuits through engaging presentations, posters and discussion.

“I am always amazed at what our students accomplish on campus. It’s extraordinary, we have such varied topics this year – everything from community engagement to the natural sciences,” says Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Ruth Shields, who is organizing the event. “The symposium presents a wonderful way for students from across disciplines to work together. For instance, on one panel, we have economics majors presenting with studio art students; they really get to explore the work of their classmates in a unique and fulfilling way.”

With nearly 20 panels, the day will highlight the work of 84 students who, with the assistance of faculty advisers, have created a tangible way to share their intellectual passions. Students have been placed in panels of three or more to present a unique and cohesive look at a broad topic. Topics this year also include the revitalization of Geneva, the ecological resources of Seneca Lake and an analysis of Civil Rights narratives.

“This year we have a student who used what he learned through his liberal arts education to create a graphic novel, and nearly all of Assistant Professor Khuram Hussain’s education class will be presenting together,” remarks Shields of the program’s diversity. “It’s an incredibly interdisciplinary event, reaching such a broad audience. It’s wonderful for younger students to see all that can be done with an education at the Colleges.”

Presentations commence at 8:30 am. and conclude at 5 p.m. To see a full schedule of panels – including times, topics and locations – visit

The photo above features a presentation from last year’s Symposium.

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