”The Language of Learning’ was the theme of the fifth annual Scholars Symposium held on Thursday and Friday at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
“It’s really good for the students because it allows them to showcase work that they’ve been working on over the past year and show how important their work can be to other people in the community and to especially to their fellow students,” said symposium chair Jeff Dubis.
Some of that work was displayed inside the sports center for community members to see. Students lit up as they talked about their projects – Ivon Portellez spent countless hours working on this charcoal drawing of the Fish River falls.
“Life flows like the river flows and there will be crashing waves like there are in real life, so I just want the viewer to capture that or take that with them when they see it,” she said.
Cody Tracy studied vehicle to vehicle collisions based on weather conditions in four areas of our state. For many students it’s a chance to learn about topics OUTSIDE their areas of study, and then share that knowledge beyond the classroom.
“People being here looking at it really is helpful for our self esteem as far as future projects go,” said Tracy.
“When we perform in the light of day in public in front of our peers in front of our campus community, we have a broader feedback for our work,” said UMFK president Wilson Hess.
The two-day event also featured oral student presentations, a panel discussion on the importance of secondary language in today’s workforce, as well as two keynote speakers. Dubis says the theme ties in well with the upcoming World Acadian Congress.