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November 12, 2009

Annual celebration of the Humanities and Sciences held at ULM

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted 75 high school students and teachers at its annual Celebration of the Humanities and Sciences in October.

This year’s theme “Journey to the Center of the University” extolled the acquisition of knowledge through a celebration of the humanities and sciences. The theme also promoted the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, in the belief that such a pursuit is valuable in and of itself.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jeffrey Cass welcomed the students and teachers, and Dr. Gary Stringer, Department of Geosciences head, delivered a short presentation on his experiences with science and the relationship with the humanities.

Dr. Neil White, assistant professor of sociology, served as the game host for the teams competing against each other loosely following the format of the television show “Jeopardy.” Biology instructor Marlena Koper created the game for the evening.

Students and teachers from Epps High School, Ouachita Parish High School, West Ouachita High School, West Monroe High School, Delhi Charter, St. Fredrick’s High School, River Oaks, and Ouachita Christian participated in the competition. St. Fredrick’s team took the win.

The annual celebration began in 2005 to bring several departments in the college together with high school teachers and students enthusiastic about the study of biology, chemistry, communications, English, foreign languages, history, geosciences, math, physics, sociology, political science and social work.

Every year, ULM faculty members in these departments create interactive displays based on their disciplines, and as participants browse from one display to another, they gather information for a team competition. Students have the opportunity to discuss the displays with faculty members and to learn more about the study of the core of humanities and sciences.

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