A Week to Remember
With activities ranging from poster presentations, a leadership symposium and a tennis match, nearly 400 students participated in a Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) event last week.
The activities, organized by a group of students, faculty and administrators, were developed to celebrate and support high-impact learning experiences, which include research and inquiry, leadership and community engagement, global learning and mentoring.
A highlight of the week included a PosterRama event in the student commons where students Katie Woodward, Jessica Zuppan, and Dimple Patel presented their research to more than a dozen students and faculty members who dropped by.
“This was the first time we had a QEP week on campus, and it was nice to see that about a third of our student body participated,” said Dr. Julia Schmitz, a biology professor and director of the QEP. “These events are exciting, particularly as students take on leadership and ownership of them. The events also encourage our entire campus community to support deep-learning experiences.”
Most students who rated the events on the Piedmont app gave them very high marks – four and five stars.
Although many QEP week events focus on engaged learning, some – like the tennis match white out and create a critter – were developed to promote campus community and excitement.
“I thought the entre week was very successful,” said Kanler Cumbass, a junior and president of the student government association. “As a student athlete and tennis player, my favorite event was the white out. It was our senior day, and I won a real competitive match that day because I refused to lose.”