Thursday April 21, 2016

A New Way to Learn

With only roughly two weeks remaining in this second semester, things are beginning to pile up. Papers. Projects. Packing up to head home. When stuck in this hectic loop of madness, sometimes the best thing to do is take a step back and take a well-deserved break. This break came in the form of an alternative day of learning.

For those that may not be aware, the University of Dayton pauses for one day every spring to recognize and celebrate academic and artistic excellence on campus in what is know as the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium. Named after former provost Brother Joseph W. Stander, the Stander Symposium fulfills our Marianist principles of being a “community of learners” by providing students from every academic discipline a chance to showcase their work for the community to see. 

In a day full of performances, art exhibits, oral presentations, and poster sessions, students have the opportunity to wander campus and learn about a whole host of different topics that they may have otherwise never been exposed to. From the opening celebration of mass on Tuesday to the closing keynote speaker on Thursday as I type this, the Stander Symposium is a massive campus event appealing to a variety of interests. Students are exposed to a host of topics ranging anywhere between the creation of a mathematical model to express the epidemic of alcoholism to listening to student musicians perform string pieces. 

On a day with no classes, the Stander Symposium ensures that there’s by no means a lack of learning on campus. This alternative day of learning provides us students with an opportunity to reward those of us who’ve performed extensive research with the ability to share their findings with their community. Learning from professors can be fun, but it’s great learning from those who may sit next to you in class as well.

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