UWF’s calendar is jam-packed after spring break

By Sydney O’Gwynn
Staff Writer

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“Spring into Action: Professional Development Symposium” will give students the opportunity to speak with career professionals and UWF alumni.
Photo courtesy of UWF Alumni Services.

Spring break gives students plenty of things to do — travel, visit Florida’s famous beaches or even catch up on a good book — but there are also plenty of events that will be happening at the University of West Florida for when we Argonauts come back to school.

The 15th annual UWF Women’s Studies Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the UWF Conference Center. The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Anne Fausto-Sterling. For more information about the event, visit the website.

“Day of Exploration, a Majors Fair” will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, on the Cannon Green. Previously called “Day of Declaration,” the event is open to current UWF students undecided in their majors or looking to learn more about the majors they have already chosen. Booths will be set up from the various colleges around campus with faculty and staff ready to address questions and hand out informational materials.

“It’s an opportunity for them to get some one-on-one time with people from departments that maybe they haven’t gotten to talk with yet, and for them to learn more about the internship opportunities, the potential career opportunities, and the future that might be available to them,” said Lindsey Walk, an associate director for Career Services. Walk said the event is a good stepping stone for students in their collegiate careers.

“It’s a good opportunity for them to come learn more about all of the options that are available on campus in terms of degree programs,” she said.

She also said this event is not only for non-major students, but also for students wanting to learn more about their own major and what they can do with it.

“I had a lot of students last year that told me they had already declared a major and that they were glad to have come,” she said. “So it’s definitely still for those who have chosen a major.”

Free pizza and drinks will be provided. In the case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Commons Auditorium.

The Education Club will host the first Recess Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Various events, including corn hole, tug-o-war, relay races and even a campus-wide scavenger hunt, are planned. It is $5, and the money raised will go to Relay for Life.

“I think it is very important for us to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” Jenny Gustafson, president of the Education Club, said. “I think it’s something very important to a lot of people.”

The Education Club is open to anyone who loves education, whether you are an education major or not. The group holds monthly meetings with guest speakers from around the campus or county school district.

“We do a lot of volunteering in local schools, so it’s a great way to get your name out there in the community,” Gustafson said. “We hope everyone comes out and enjoys the day with us,” she said.

The fifth annual “Spring into Action: Professional Development Symposium,” hosted by Alumni Relations, is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the UWF Conference Center. Free lunch and door prizes will be offered, plus guest speaker Peggy Brockman, an inspirational speaker and author who will discuss how to be a real success and how to connect rather than just communicate.

“The symposium is that opportunity for us to bring those career professionals to campus or to also bring those alumni to campus to connect with these currently enrolled students, one-on-one in a very laid back, comfortable environment,” said Alesia Ross, coordinator for Alumni Services. Ross said she wants students to learn how to forge connections that will help them achieve their plan of success.

“A lot of times [students] don’t realize the benefit on how to network,” she said. “They don’t understand that all it is [is] talking to someone.”

Ross said she is enthusiastic about the event and said she believes both the students and mentors can learn something through interaction with each other.

“I’m always so pumped up to get people into a room and start connecting,” Ross said. ‘There’s so much beauty that comes out of that.”

Admission is free, but those attending need to confirm their attendance through the website by March 17. Once you click on the website, click on the link called Professional Development Symposium to register.

The American Homicide Book Talk will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Building 70, room 115. UWF instructors Richard Hough and Kimberly McCorkle will discuss their newly released textbook, “American Homicide.” UWF faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

These are only some of events planned for the last part of the semester. Check the calendar listings at uwf.edu for more events.

So as Spring Break 2016 begins, don’t forget that UWF has a lot in store for when the Argos return!