What interests you? Maybe witch hunts? Different cultures? Or maybe even computer mapping? All these topics and more were covered at UMPI’s 13th annual University Day.
“It’s really a chance to have a conference-style, full day long meeting for presentations and poster sessions,” says Jason Johnston, Chair of the University Day Committee.
“It’s a very special day in the lives of our students because they have been working on these projects for many months, and they get a chance to stand up in front of everybody and show what they have learned,” says President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Linda Schott.
The theme this year is Engaging Minds for Student Success, and that’s what Johnston says they are doing at UMPI, but wants to ramp it up a bit.
“How can we engage students doing real projects that will lead to success after college,” says Johnston.
Chris Staples, a student at UMPI presented a map constructed using a computer mapping program, that he says is for the Presque Isle Fire Department.
“It took us a couple of weeks. We were mapping out all of the fire hydrants in Presque Isle, and we mapped out almost 200 of them on foot,” says Staples.
President Schott says University day is important to the students. They get professional experience, and they are able to present their passion and hard work to the community.