8th Annual Academic Symposium provides students chance to share knowledge, gain confidence

By Tom Di Camillo
Director, Media & Community Events

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The immediate response to an event entitled Building Bridges may suggest a program in civil engineering, but on April 15 students will be constructing a different type of spanning structure at Central Arizona College.

CAC's Honors Program will sponsor the Eighth Annual Academic Symposium: Building Bridges at the Signal Peak Campus located at 8470 N. Overfield Road just east of I-10 between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

"The symposium is an academic conference where students share original projects, research or talents with other students and faculty," Ginny Atkinson, CAC's professor of English who is one of the directors of the Honors Program, explained.

Participation in the symposium is open to any high school or college student in all disciplines from Pinal County and the surrounding areas.

With Building Bridges as the theme, the types of presentations could include poster presentations, panel discussions and talks on topics representing areas such as humanities, sciences, social sciences, fine arts and service learning.

The event also is open to community members who would like to listen to the students present their remarkable ideas. There is no charge for admission. The conference will be held in the classrooms throughout the Gloria R. Sheldon University Center (Building T) and is open to the public from 1-4 p.m.

"The academic symposium offers students the opportunity to present and discuss original work in a conference setting with others in an atmosphere of fellowship and scholarly inquiry," Atkinson explained. "It is a chance for a student to gain confidence and to better understand and appreciate the importance of contributing to a community of like-minded learners."

The program encourages students to participate while also providing an event that allows community members to see the burgeoning student talent in Pinal County.

"We are encouraging teachers to nominate students to participate," Atkinson said, adding that the deadline for nominations has been extended through Friday, April 1.

Faculty members may recommend students or student groups by completing the online nomination form at www.centralaz.edu/symposium. Students selected to participate in the event along with their nominating faculty member are expected to attend the symposium together.

The following is the Academic Symposium schedule at a glance:
• 11:15 a.m. - Registration & Poster Set Up
• 12 p.m. - Welcoming Address
• 12:15 p.m. - Poster Session & Buffet Reception (For participants only)
• 1-4 p.m. - Student Presentation Sessions (Open to the Community)
• 4 p.m. - Recognitions & Closing Address

The Honors Program at Central Arizona College's is designed with academically outstanding students in mind. Throughout the two-year program, students are encouraged to research, discover and debate ideas - while remaining inquisitive throughout their tenure in the program. The culminating experience for honors students is the Honors Project.

Within the Honors Program structure, students take courses in common with other honors students and choose courses of particular interest. The selected courses are sometimes called extended courses because they start as existing courses that are extended to challenge Honors Program students.

For more information about the Academic Symposium or the CAC Honors Program, please contact the Honors Program Office by phone at 520-494-5380 or by e-mail at honors.education@centralaz.edu.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814