Student Experiences Front and Center at Second Port Day

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More than 200 students presented their undergraduate research, internships and study away experiences on May 4

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Featured News | May 8, 2017

Student presenters on Port DayFrom research on the effects of virtual reality to an internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School to reflections on studying abroad in Africa, student learning experiences were front and center at the College’s second Port Day on May 4, 2017. More than 200 Virginia Wesleyan students presented about their experiences.

Held at the end of each semester, Port Day is designed to demonstrate and promote the academic achievements of Virginia Wesleyan students completing capstone undergraduate research, internship and semester study-away experiences.

Port Day is a campus-wide, conference style event with concurrent sessions in multiple locations throughout the day. No classes or athletic events are held on Port Day. Student presentations include posters, speeches, PowerPoints, special panels and more. The day concluded with the Senior Art Exhibition in the Neil Britton Art Gallery.

On Port Day, no classes, meetings, or athletic events will be held during the day, allowing the entire campus community to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginia Wesleyan students, learn about the good work completed, and hear about the transformative power of participation in capstone academic experiences. The day is also an important opportunity for students who aren’t presenting to learn how they too can undertake a capstone experience at Virginia Wesleyan.

Port Day is organized by VWC’s Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery and a special committee. It is also one of the premier initiatives of Virginia Wesleyan's 2015 Quality Enhancement Plan, See Change — Sea Change.

“Port Day embodies Virginia Wesleyan's commitment to providing students with opportunities and support that guide them to academic, professional and personal success,” says Lighthouse Executive Director Sara Sewell.