Symposium Showcases Wooster’s Commitment to Experiential Learning

Students step into the spotlight with presentations on Friday, Nov. 7

21 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will showcase its extensive experiential learning program at a symposium on Friday, Nov. 7. The event will provide students with an opportunity to present and reflect on the impact of their experience in the field and the ways in which they are applying what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with a reception in APEX (Advising, Planning and Experiential Learning Center), which is located in the lower level of Gault Library (1140 Beall Ave.). The annual AMRE (Applied Mathematics Research Experience) Projects Day follows at 10:30 in CoRE (Collaborative Research Environment) on the main level of the library, where teams of students will share the results of their eight-week summer experience as consultants for clients in business, industry, government, education, and the non-profit sector.

At noon, a luncheon in Kittredge Dining Hall (535 E. Wayne Ave.) will bring business and community partners together with faculty, staff, and students for informal networking opportunities. There will also be a brief overview of the experiential learning program presented by Wooster President Grant Cornwell.

After lunch, there will be a series of concurrent sessions featuring presentations by students who participated in summer research programs and APEX Fellowship opportunities. The sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and again at 1:45 p.m. in APEX, CoRE, and the Scot Center Governance Room (1267 Beall Ave.).

"A meaningful component to experiential learning is the chance to reflect and share what one has accomplished through a presentation to an active audience," said Ryan Ozar, associate director of internships at Wooster. "It is important for students to relate what they experienced, and it is valuable for the audience to see what has been done. These interactions provide a great foundation for students to learn more about what it is like to be a professional."