By Meagan Lutey
mlutey@my.madonna.edu

Madonna students were given the opportunity to explore various college activities and academic support groups at the Winter 2012 Resource College Fair, March 23 in the Franciscan Center.

Twelve university resources set up tables with posters, pamphlets and other informational materials to inform students of their role on campus.  Friendly staff and students were available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to answer questions and share their experiences.

“I would like everyone to know that the Writing Center now has online tutoring,” said Diane Baumgartner, a Writing Center specialist.

Representatives from the Center for Personalized Instruction, Student Life, the Center for International Relations, Financial Aid and many more encouraged students to get involved on campus and take advantage of the helpful programs they provide to make college a more fulfilling experience.

Students were able to sign up for membership and services at each station.

“I went to the event to showcase the sign language major,” says Kelly Kennedy, a sign language student.  “I was asked to volunteer and I really enjoyed it. I got to meet a lot of nice people and learned about resources on campus.”

Each student who attended received a program which could be initialed by representatives at each table for the chance to win prizes. Tommy Scott, Student Support Coordinator and Resource Fair organizer presented one $50 and one $100 book voucher to two lucky students at the end of the event.

Highlighting the event were three presentations given by faculty members.  Barry Sherman of the Criminal Justice department, Sue Sweeney from Gerontology, and Dan McDougall of the Sign Language department gave heartfelt “last lectures” to the many students in attendance.

Gerontology instructor Sue Sweeney expressed the passion she has for helping the elderly and her zeal for changing the way society views older adults. 

“I can help organizations that serve older adults do a better job by helping them to train their staff, to change their culture, to change the attitudes, to learn to deal better with some of the behaviors of older adults.”

Dan McDougall, Sign Language Department Chair expressed hope for a bright future at Madonna.  
“I hope that we continue to be the kind of place where we take our crusts off and share ourselves with one another, because I think that’s where connection happens; that’s where we ultimately benefit.”
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